Product Type: Apple MP3 players
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Palm-sized mp3 player
Apple iPod nano (3G) 8 GB
Member Name: rosaliecullen
Apple iPod nano (3G) 8 GB
Advantages: Good size and good for exercise.
Disadvantages: Should have bough the 16Gb version for more space.
**Why I purchased the item**
I bought myself an 8Gb iPod Nano in approx. 2007 after my first 2005 iPod classic died a grim death. Compared to those early iPods, this was a revolution. The screen had colour and you could play games on it. Now of course, this product seems so outdated compared to the iPod touch and iPhones that are available.
I specifically downsized from the chunky iPod classic to this small, palm-sized and thin (approx. 1cm thick) iPod Nano so that I could listen to my music as I wandered about. The iPod classic was so much bigger that I wanted something slimline to put my music on. I would say that this size is much better for people who do exercise as there are special arm bands that you can get to strap onto your arm which hold these size mp3 players so you can run and exercise at the same time. Running with an iPod classic stuck to your arm really isn't practical. I can therefore see why these might still be popular today.
The screen is a decent size compared to the size of the device. It is also a colour screen so you can watch TV show episodes on the device if you have them downloaded from iTunes.
I find that the 8Gb size is big enough for the every day music I want to carry around with me, take to work etc. I did find that as soon as I put two or three audiobooks on the device plus music, it started to fill up quite rapidly. Therefore on a 2 week holiday in the sun, the songs I listened to became quite repetitive as there were only around 1500-2000 songs that could fit on, sounds like a lot but it isn't if you listen to it all day, every day in the sun.
This generation of iPod Nanos come in an array of colours, in my opinion, the silver and black look the sleekest and some of the coloured Nanos such as pink and turquoise can look slightly tacky. The back of the item is silver and not scratch-resistant. You definitely would need a cover or expect the item to be scratched an unbelievable amount. The front is scratch-resistant, Apple now seem to have taken note and have ditched the silver-backed products that they churn out.
As I mentioned earlier, this was the first generation of coloured iPod screens so in that capacity, it was revolutionary. Now, however, perhaps a coloured iPod screen is less impressive as they are typically standard on all mp3 and mobile devices.
Also, this was around the time when iTunes allowed photographs and games to be downloaded to mp3 devices, making it a good all-rounded. I guess in "those days", it was the beginning of what we now know to be the Apple app store.
The quality of Apple products, in my opinion give the impression of high quality items. They seem to be well made. However, in general I find that they are not built to last, my iPod classic and iPhone have both died after about 2 years. This little Nano is still going strong, but perhaps that is because I don't use it very often. I tend to use it when I go on holiday so I don't have to take my iPhone to the beach. I don't mind the nano getting scratched so much as it is now worth very little in monetary terms. I guess the Nano remains a good quality item.
The iPod Nano 3rd Generation is a nicer shape than the taller, slimmer Nano models which are sold today. It doesn't feel flimsy and can be picked up cheaply, probably on eBay these days. The size of it is the main draw for me and the fact it is good for exercise as it is light and compact and definitely not chunky. Overall it has been a good little mp3 player for me for the last few years.
Summary: Good product, give it a go.
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