Product Type: Apple MP3 players
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Apple iPod nano (3G) 8 GB
Member Name: DonPaolo
Apple iPod nano (3G) 8 GB
Advantages: Compact, smart, cool, great capacity, fun and simple to use
Disadvantages: Rubbish earphones, as usual
I've owned my iPod Nano 3G (8GB) for 4 years now. It was bought for me as a Christmas present in 2007 (not long after they were first released) and I still use it regularly to this day.
The 8GB model claims to be able to hold around 2000 songs, but I feel this is based on either short and snappy Beatles songs, or at the most, a 3:30 radio edit of a track as an average. In practice I feel about 1700 songs is more accurate.
Syncing with iTunes is relatively simple and painless, and the tracks are organised on the iPod in a well-structured and intuitive way. It's easy to navigate, choose your playlists, and switch between albums with a flick of the wheel.
My pet hate on all Apple products is the inferior sound quality provided by the earphones (see my recent review of Sennheiser earphones for more on this). However, this is in no way a reflection on the sound quality offered by this iPod unit. I almost immediately discarded the earphones which are included in the pack and used another, better quality set, with great results.
In terms of reliability, it has been brilliant. I invested in a small compact leather case to protect it (which I would highly recommend) but it has withstood being dropped and knocked countless times, having various beverages spilled on or near it, and 4 years of almost constant use. The only issue I have encountered more recently is that the navigation wheel (used to scroll through songs and menus, and to adjust volume) occasionally 'sticks'. This means I can nudge the volume up very slightly only for it to keep going all the way up to maximum and almost blowing a hole in my eardrums.
There are a few basic games included on this Nano too, but I never really spent any time playing on them, so can't comment fairly on their quality. What I can say is if the games weren't there, it wouldn't detract in any way from the quality of the product!
Summary: Ideal compact MP3 player, but you will need better earphones
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