Product Type: Apple MP3 players
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The Best Nano
Apple iPod nano (3G) 8 GB
Member Name: Wammerjammer
Apple iPod nano (3G) 8 GB
Advantages: Lovely screen, Great interface, Beautiful appearance
Disadvantages: Hard drive size might be restrictive
The first iPod I owned was the previous Nano and boy is this an improvement! The ability to watch video is a fantastic addition and the widescreen display is surprisingly comfortable to watch, with the highest PPI of any Apple product (at the time of release). Photos look fantastic and the slideshow function works pretty well. I believe there's also a TV Out option, allowing you to view these on the big screen, but I've never made use of it so can't comment. The music sounds as expected and there are a number of equalizer options to customise your listening experience. The 8GB HD might not be enough for some, but I never really had any trouble with it.
But where the iPods really shine is in the interface & physical design. The menus are a dream, organised incredibly intuitively and the option to change what's on the main menu is very useful if you're mainly listening to one kind of audio - I put podcasts front & centre for example. Coverflow looks beautiful on the display, though the covers do occasionally take time to show. The clickwheel's sensitivity is just right, allowing you to navigate the menus with astonishing speed once you get used to it! Everything fits together perfectly, giving a flush feel & gorgeous aesthetics to the whole package. It's also surprsingly durable: as a pretty clumsy guy, I've dropped mine more times than I care to recall, and the machine still works as new (Albeit with a few dents and scrapes!).
Now I know that this is 3 generations behind the current Nano, but I genuinely believe this is still a viable purchase; the new Nano may be touch screen, but it's lost video playback. While a touch screen is nice, I think that functionality is really more important overall! I truly love the look of this generation of Nano - if you don't want to pay the hefty price tag for an iPod Touch, then I would seriously look at getting one of these for the insanely low prices they're selling for now.
Summary: In the market for a Nano? Look to the past!
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