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The original iPod Nano may be a very old device, but it's certainly not a bad one. The device functions exactly as you'd expect is to, with the classic scroll wheel and a relatively small screen, al least compared to the new iPod's. I would like to warn you, however, the original line of Nano's did have a problem that could result in severe overheating of the battery, so be sure to watch out for the heat of the device. You can trade the 1st gen nano for a new touch screen one if it has this defect, but the new Nano isn't so great. You can check out the "iPod nano (1st generation) Replacement Program" page on Apple's website for more information.
Sound quality. The sound produced by the iPod Nano is fantastic, despite it's age it can quite easily, and capably, keep up with the sound quality produced by recent iPhone's and iPod's. It's not the best MP3 player in terms of sound quality but it certainly is good for it's time.
Storage. The storage capacity on these devices is incredibly small. They won't even come close to holding a decent sized library but if you're just looking to stick some gym songs on it then it'll be fine. But if you buy a Nano, don't be expecting a mammoth store capacity, if you're looking for that take a look at the iPod Classic, it'll most likely hold your entire library.
Overall, the device is great for storing your favorite song but will certainly not be able to hold your entire library. The interface is decent looking and is easy enough to navigate. The sound quality is excellent, but be sure that you don't find a device that is affected by the problems that I mentioned at the beginning of the review.
I got given an Ipod Nano (yes, for free!) about a year ago when my sister got an iPhone and realised she had no need for her one anymore. At first I was reluctant to use it. My trusty Shuffle had been faithful to me for many years, and I didn't really have a reason to get rid of it, but I thought I'd give the Nano a go since it can hold so many more songs than my old Shuffle, and haven't gone back to it since!
This particular Nano is the 2nd generation (I will go into this later on). It is available in a variety of different colours including black, white, silver and brighter colours such as green. My one is white, with an aluminium back case (which all of the models have).
What does it do?
This mp3 player lets you, surprisingly, listen to music. It also lets you store and display photos. The Nano has a 1.5 inch colour screen.
The 4GB capacity allows you to store around 1000 songs, obviously this will depend on the size, length and quality of the songs you store on it.
Size of the Nano is (roughly) 3.5 x 1.5 x 0.25 inches. It is very light, and can be easily transported around your neck or in your pocket to enable you to easily listen to music on the go without having to worry about dropping it.
When I got my first Ipod (the shuffle), Itunes baffled me. I had assumed that I would be able to simply drag and drop as I had seen my sister previously doing with her mp3 player (not an ipod). The disk that comes with the ipod however is very simple to navigate through and explains everything nice and easily.
iTunes is a program which will be installed onto your computer using the step by step guide on the disk provided. It's basically a file manager which stores all your songs and in which you can create playlists, purchase songs and more!
The cost of purchasing songs from iTunes varies but it's usually about 79p per song. It's a good idea to back up your mp3's onto a CD you have an actual copy, as it is very easy to delete them instead of moving them (or perhaps that's just me...) and then you will have to pay again! There are also free downloads every now and again as well as 'podcasts', but not expect anything too spectacular there. Overall a nice little program but perhaps one that takes over a bit too much - I personally prefer the way my sister's mp3 player works - it really is just drag and drop and is so much less fuss!
What don't I like about it?
One of my favourite things about the original ipod shuffle was the built in USB stick, which allowed you to charge your ipod and store songs from any laptop with a USB port. This is a feature the Nano does not have, although you can do this with a cable.
One of the other little niggles I have with the Nano is that it doesn't have a built in clip to allow you to clip it to your pocket or jacket to listen to music on the go. Even if you do have it in your pocket, there's always that risk of it falling out!
How good is it?
The Nano holds it charge for up to 24 hours. I usually charge my once a week, and very very rarely run out of battery totally. It has a battery bar in the top right hand corner so you will notice when you are running low. This is a big advantage over the shuffle, which coloured light doesn't notify you that you are running out of battery until it is almost too late! This model is also very quick to charge, taking about two hours to charge fully from empty.
As these ipods have been updated twice, you are now able to pick these up very cheaply - around £50-60 on Amazon, and from around £35 on eBay which is a great deal. However, when you bear in mind that you can get the new, 4th generation version for £70, brand new (current price at Pixmania.com), it would seem silly to save a tenner to get an outdated version.
The new, 4th generation ipod boasts features such as a larger, LCD screen and camera and video recorder/player.
I really like the Nano. It is ideal for me, as I don't want anything too flashy (or breakable!) and it allows me to store a large number of songs to stop me getting bored! If you are looking for a basic-ish mp3 player that is good quality and reliable, I'd definitely recommend the Nano 2nd generation, only if the price is right. However, if you are after something a bit flashier, or will be paying a substantial amount of money for the 2nd generation, you might as well pay the extra few pounds and get the newest possible version!
An iPod Nano is an essential technological item for anyone no matter what age or gender. I did not realise until I was given one why it was so essential. It is compact with a long battery life and can hold a vast amount of music. My iPod has only froze once and all I have to do to get it working again was to let the battery run down and to plug it back into the computer. I woudl not be without my iPod wherever I am going. I prefer the nano to other iPods as it is extremely light and small, it can fit into a pocket in any item of clothing i own. This would be an excellent present for anyone, just make sure you purchase the right size storage, for the storage capabilities that you need. An excellent overall product and my favourite piece of technology I own.
Being a student I don't have a lot of money but with an Ipod being a "must-have" product I thought it would be a worth while investment.
I bought it 5 years ago and with a gaurantee of only a year, admittedly I was a bit weary of whether the £129 I paid for it would be worth it. I took a risk with the little money I had and bought it. And believe it or not it still works great.
I never thought in 2006 I would still have it working in 2011.
The 4GB allows me to hold 1000 songs on it which is more than enough for me, because if I'm honest I don't even like 1000 songs.
It is small and streamline and also very light weight, so I can fit it in my pocket, it doesn't take up much storage at all.
My iPod is black in colour and I find that great because it looks very stylish.
If you are familiar with technology these days or not, you will probably have heard of Apple and their products at some stage. If not on their eye catching adverts, then on the News or a social networking site. Each year they seem to release an innovative product that surprises the nation and exceeds everyones expectations. This year, it was the iPad and the iPhone 4, however in 2005 this was the product that took everyone by storm.
***WHAT IS IT?***
Apple had released a number of iPods prior to this such as the iPod Shuffle and the iPod Classic. The iPod Nano was sort of between the two because the Shuffle was on the small side without a screen, while the Classic was pretty large. The Nano became the Mp3 that everyone wanted to own, including myself. It was a new way of listening to music and it became more stylish than ever before.
***WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?***
Like most Apple products it has a sleek design that attracts the eye. Being only 1.6 inches wide and 3.5 inches long it certainly is lightweight and easy to put into your pocket. It has a screen and a navigation wheel which are presented to you on the front of the device, while it has a USB port at the bottom to connect to iTunes and a headphone socket. The product was initial released with only black and white colours available, however a more varied range were released at a later date.
***WHAT IS IN THE BOX?***
Most Apple products come in a box with minimal packaging and this is no exception. You will be presented with a small square shaped box, most likely with a picture of an iPod Nano on the front. Inside you will find the device itself, a USB cable and some headphones. There will not be any instructions as when you try to turn the device on it will become self explanatory.
***WHAT SHALL I DO WITH IT?***
When my iPod Nano arrived I was extremely excited and I wanted to use it straight away. I imagine this is a familiar feeling with anyone who has purchased one of these, or any other iPod. However, there are a few things that need to be done first. To begin with, you have to connect your device to a computer as you can't use it without doing so. If you haven't done so already, you will need to download iTunes as this is the only way to get music onto your iPod. To me this all seemed like messing about and it felt like it was taking a life time - I just wanted to use it! After your iPod has synced with iTunes to upload all your songs, I would recommend you let it charge for a while because although you are excited, you'll get more use out of it later with more battery life!
Once your device has been charged and you're all ready to go, you can let the fun begin! I love my iPod for listening to music on long car journeys, it also makes it go quicker for me. You just need to plug your headphones in and off you go. You'll find the sound quality is great and you'll have plenty of memory of upload all the songs you want! You also have the option to view pictures which is a great way to share them with your friends.
For me, this device has many good points at the time but in comparison to the newer models it is quite behind the times, but that is to be expected considering we are now 6 years in front! The device has really crisp and clear sound quality which is great and everything you need to be able to use it is in the box. Furthermore you can also upload and view pictures from your computer. The LCD screen is large so everything is easy to view and this is accompanied by the navigation click wheel which allows you to scroll through songs and control the volume. Finally, the songs are split up into categories like 'Recently Added', 'Albums' and 'Genres' as well as a list of all the songs you have, which makes it really easy to quickly find a song you're looking for.
The back of this device always came in silver which unless you have a protective case or cover, doesn't stay very shiny silver for long. It is extremely easy to scratch and even the lightest of scratches are really visible. I would definitely recommend that you get a case for your iPod if you want to keep it in tip top condition! Also, the battery life isn't fantastic. This is a common problem with most Apple products and although they state that the battery life is up to 14 hours, the key words there are 'up' and 'to'! I never found that mine would last for that long, more like half of that time.
I think this is a great little device and it really changed the way that we view Mp3 players. These are extremely durable and I purchased mine upon their release in 2005 and although it is now a bit battered, it is still going strong and all the features work as they should. Although the memory is small in comparison to the newer devices, I have the 2GB model which for me is more than enough memory. At the time of release they could be purchased for £150, however I have no doubt that you would be able to get them pretty cheap on sites such as eBay. They may not be as innovative as the latest iPod Touch for example, but if you want a reliable device to listen to your music on then this is definitely for you.
The apple ipod was released in 2005. It is 9.0 x 4.0 x 0.69 cm and weighs with a 3.81 cm colour LCD display. They had black or white colours, and later on other colours such as green red and pink became available.
I had my ipod since 2006 and it is still working which proves how reliable it is. I have had no problems with it so far and it has been great.
It holds up to 1000 songs and I have around 920 on it, which is all of my songs. Although a lot of the newer ipods have a much larger capacity, I find 4GB is adequate. I do not use my ipod for photos so I do not need extra room for this. I do think one of the good things about the newer ones are the fact they can store videos and access the internet, but to be honest I have not found it necessary to upgrade because it is still working so I haven't needed to replace it.
The battery life when I first got it was good. I wouldn't say it was 14 hours as advertised, probably more like ten, but nowadays its more like an hour. Considering I have had it for 5 years this still isn't bad. It's also very scratched but this is really my own fault since its been dropped quite a few times. A screen protector of some kind would probably be a good idea if you want to keep it scratch free. You can charge it up by plugging it into a computer, using an ipod docking station or you can buy a mains charger.
The ipod comes with a pair of earphones which are okay. They are not the best, or the most comfortable, but they are good enough, and any other earphones also work, so you can always buy some different ones if you want to. You can also buy ipod speakers which are good, and I use these quite often, as it charges the ipod too like I said earlier.
To put songs on the ipod you can use itunes, which is very easy to use, and you can buy songs for cheap.
The ipod itself is also very easy to navigate. You can use the scroll wheel to go through the songs sorted by artist or genre etc. You can also use the << and >> buttons to go through the songs although this drains the battery a bit more. You can also use the shuffle option which is good if you aren't sure what to listen to.
Although the ipod nano has been great, it is still not cheap enough compared to the newer ones and how much better they are, so if you are going to buy an ipod I would get a newer one as they have more features and don't cost a lot more. I would definately recommend getting an ipod though, especially if you do a lot of exercise or travelling, as it is a great way to pass the time.
I got this for Christmas a few years back. Although I now have a new iPod, I still use the nano as a very reliable backup.
The nano was the next generation of the iPod mini, which I also had. It has a flash drive instead of a hard drive, which makes the ipod unit itself far smaller and the battery life far longer. When I first saw it I could not believe how thin it was- it could hold up to a thousand songs and only weighs a few grams. Despite its size, it is far more robust than the mini due to the plastic coating on the front. I am not so keen on the aluminium on the back as it scratches very easily and now has lost all of its reflective shine it once had.
I cannot complain about the battery life though. Now it will only last a couple of hours before recharging but when I first bought it it lasted about 20 hours.
The interface of the ipod software is very easy to use. Simply a scroll down list which worked well with the ipod's classic clickwheel trackpad with the command key in the centre. I also liked the screen brightness and although this ipod nano cannot play video, it does have a coloured screen which can show the album artwork.
I also like using itunes with my ipod. Although there isn't much choice in the matter, I do find itunes very easy to use and makes syncing all my ipods very easy and quick.
The playback quality of the ipod nano is also very good, but I don't generally use the earphones that come with the ipod. Overall I still really enjoy using the ipod nano. Although I have fancier music devices now, it's good if there a situations where you could risk losing a more expensive device. I also keep it updated so that I have a backup of all my songs.
This version of the ipod could probably be picked up pretty cheap. If you are looking for something to simple to listen to your songs on the move, I'd defintely give this ipod a go.
What I like about this version of the iPod compared to the earlier model is the tougher aluminium body, the screen which is the same size as the previous version at 90 x 40 x 6.5mm and the light weight of the device which is also unchanged at 42g. I can also testify that the increased screen brightness - due to a more powerful battery - really does make a difference and it is far easier to read in the house or outside in bright daylight - something that many such devices fail to do.
The now familiar click-wheel navigation system enables effortless one-handed use and still remains one of the best designs out there in my opinion. I like the fact that the Lock slider has been made larger making it more easy to operate, while the Enter button in the centre of the click wheel is dimpled making it easier to locate and press.
It might be said that the Nano is similar to its predecessor in many ways. On the top edge you will find the hold control and on the bottom edge is the headphone socket and iPod connector. With the same sinc connecter as the bigger iPods, you should be able to use many of the same accessories and connectors if you've already owned one of these in the past.
Compared with the previous model Apple have added a search function that allows you to scroll for tracks by title. When using the click wheel to scroll through your library of tracks the list whizzes past in a blur. In order to aid navigation a large letter appears on the screen to show where you've reached in the alphabet - a very useful feature. At 4GB you should be able to pack in 1000 tracks - I have 700 odd on mine.
The Nano is equipped with the easier to use iTunes version 7 but the gadget supports only music and photos with no video feature. The pane where you control the iPod has been considerably altered so you no longer use a separate utility to update the firmware on your iPod. This function forms part of iTunes. Although this Nano iPod comes without video playback, it does have an alarm, to do list, pin-code locking facility and you can even sync Outlook contacts and calendar appointments. There are also four pre-loaded games.
Something that is always an important issue for me when buying such a gadget is the battery life and at over 20 hours the Nano iPod should cover you for most long haul journeys. 20 hours is what I usually get from the one run of the on board Li-Ion battery, although the manufacturers suggest that 24 hours are possible - no doubt the battery has been somewhat worn out by the previous owner.
The sound of course is excellent but to be hyper critical I would only say that the bass falls short a little - and this is despite the bass boost feature. All my reggae albums sound quite weak or distorted on this but I think classical performs well. The Nano comes with stylish ear buds that perform to a satisfactory rather than an outstanding level.
In conclusion this is one of the better Apple gadgets - they don't always get it right in my opinion and I'm certainly no fan of the iPad. I think the 4GB Nano model cost £129 when it first came out - I picked mine up second hand on Amazon for around £50 not so long ago.
I purchased the Ipod Nano 4GB nearly 2 years ago for £120. It's a great little piece of kit, and in the years since I've not been tempted to upgrade it to one of the newer models.
It's got a colour screen which although is quite tiny, is perfectly adequate for viewing album covers and photos if you choose to upload any. As the title suggests it's got 4GB of memory which is around 1500 songs. Compared to other models this may seem fairly small but the size of the Ipod Nano means that it's also much more potable so it's perfect for short holidays or exercising. I wear mine on my arm when running and I hardly notice it is there, which I don't think would be the case with a larger model. It also means it's perfect for travelling. On longer trips I have to admit it would have been nicer to have had the option of more than 12 albums worth of songs. If this is a problem for you, and you have another £50 to spare, I would recommend purchasing the 8GB model which although the same size and weight, obviously has double the capacity.
It's fairly simple with just a few useful features, such as ratings, creating playlists and a back light. Locking and unlocking the scrolling wheel is easily done with a flick of a little switch on top.
I put a protective film over the front and back of my Nano when I first bought it, and this has ensured it has remained scratch free. I'd highly recommend doing this if you want to keep your purchase pristine, as I've noticed the aluminium on my friends Nanos get scratched fairly easily without any protection. The screens seem to fare very well however.
The sound quality is great, even through the earphones supplied with the Nano. Personally if I'm spending so much on a music player I think it's only fair to buy premium headphones to listen with, so I do not use the ones supplied.
The Ipod Nano is easy to use, the wheel controls the volume, and skips through songs. Its particularly easy to use when exercising, as it doesn't require you to actually look at the screen.
The battery life is excellent. Listening to it every day for a couple of hours at a reasonable volume I only charge mine two or three times a month. The Ipod Nano comes with a USB connector, through which charging occurs. However if you do not have access to a USB port then a mains charger can be bought separately. I chose to do this and at a little extra cost than generic versions, purchased the travel charger kit from Apple, it has all the universal adapters you could possibly need, making it perfect for anyone who travels to a variety of places.
This review also appears on Ciao under my username sbeach000
I bought this ipod last year and have found that it is really useful. Lets start at the beginning: battery life. As it doesn't have any in built speakers you can only listen to it through headphones. This means that the battery can last much longer, around 12 hours, meaning you could listen to it for an hour a day for almost two weeks before it needs charging. It has a colour display and all the menus are really easy to navigate and use. There is an option for viewing photos, but this is not what it was designed for and so the small screen does not do photos justice. Its small size is ideal, and it can surprisingly hold more songs than you can remember making it the ideal accessory on any trip or for everyday use. The only downside are the headphones which come with it - if you want better quality sound you will have to invest a little more in a decent pair. Navigating the menus on the ipod is really easy to do, but I find when you are scrolling through song lists it is quite hard to scroll down one song at a time, and it often involves skipping down 2 or 3 and then up again until it lands on the song you want. A slight issue is the fact that you can only upload songs to it through itunes, and so if you already have your music on your computer on something else, like windows media player, you will have to upload them all again to itunes. There are a range of mp3 players which don't require anything specific like itunes, but many of them feel cheap and are not as reliable as apple's products nor have they had the same amount of time and money invested in their design. However, I would recommend the ipod touch over this. The price is more expensive but the touch screen is impressive, the screen is move larger so you can view photos and videos well, and you can also upload applications to it through itunes, and there are loads of new apps added each day.
The Apple iPod nano 4GB really is another great iPod by Apple released with a strong combination of functionality and design. I bought this iPod originally as an upgrade to my Mac Mini and it really has proved to be a worthwhile upgrade. The iPod has a number of features that make it a revolutionary iPod such as its size and its colour screen.
The iPod itself is very slim indeed measuring less than a cm in width, it is also really quite shallow in height but I found that it fits really well into the hand. However, it does not have any curvature in its design and so it is not as comfortable as the current generation of iPod nano's. I found that the sleek black design really does look great and is far better than any other MP3 player on the market given its simplicity.
The screen is only 1.5'' but has a high resolution. I found this just about ok for looking at photo's and scrolling through the music in my collection. However, it is a bit on the small size and can get a bit irritating when looking at it on a longer basis. In addition, the iPod nano has no video playback which I found disappointing but given the screen size this is expected.
In terms of the battery life it lasts in my experience for almost 10 hours which I found ideal when listening to music when on a longer trip. The 4GB HD space I found to be quite small and this was one disadvantage of this iPod.
Overall, it is a stylish and functional iPod however, the small screen size and small HD space are a disadvantage.
i got this ipod about 3 years ago, it is still great to this day. holds up to 1,000 songs which i feel is a good amount. the other ipods do usually hold a lot more but i think this is just the right amount for your 'good songs'. i also bought a stereo for this which i can dock my ipod nano in and listen to at home which i was very impressed with. it also holds photos on here which personally i think of as just a cheap gadget which is not too useful when everybody has cameras as phones and can hold pictures anyway. this is a good music player if you do not want to hold LOADS of songs and if you just want a basic and simple mp3 player. good deal for the price now the iphone and itouch have come out also. would recommend to a friend definitely.
I have had my Ipod nano 4 gb since 2005 and i cannot belive it still works as good as new to this day I have always thought about getting a newer version but i cant bear to part with my nano as i have had it so long with no problems think i would tempt fate. Alot smaller than the origanl ipod easier to carry about great for exercising Holds lots of songs i have never put anything esle on other than songs like pics or anything. I think i paid about £129 for my Ipod and i have really had my moneys worth and iam happy to keep getting use from it. Easy to use and upload to very durable and light great for people on the go i have the white itsa bit dull but still looks good. even now i would recommened this as my sister had a newer ones years after me and hers is broken and mines still going all in all very happy with my ipod nano not a bad word to say.
The ipod nano is a good purchase. I bought one when they first come out and was very please with this. Small and lighweight design is very easy to carry around making this very portable. This is stylish and easily fits into a pocket/bag. 4GB of memory is substantial to store quite a lot of music. Can hold both pictures and songs and has a small selection of games built in. The colour screen is clear and a good feature. The battery life is not bad but not brilliant. I had a few issues with this crashing and just displaying the apple sign on the front screen. (Found a solution to this on a forum by doing a strange combination of flicking the hold switch and the centre/play buttons) Doesn't get used much by me now i am no longer getting on the buses however i have just purchased the connector to hook up to my car radio :D.
I've had this model iPod nano for about 3 years now, it's the only iPod I've ever owend, and quite frankly I love it. It's small enough to fit alongside my phone in the same pocket, and yet has the capacity for about 1,000 songs, which realistically is more songs than you actually like. The scroll-wheel common to all iPods is an amazing thing, it's so very easy to select a song and play it, and I think that the scroll wheel is the best method to skip to a place in a song that exists. The sound quality is ace, I can't tell the difference between my iPod and a CD, anyone who claims they can is probably lying.
Putting your favourite tunes onto the device is exceptionally easy, itunes does a very good job of it. While not the product reviewed here, itunes must be mentioned as it is such an integral part of the iPod experience. The store really is comprehensive, and if you can't find a song on there, it's probably not worth having! Downloading can take a little while, but there we go. Syncing songs can be quite slow if you have to do them all at once, but normally I find I'm just making a few changes so the process only takes seconds.
On top of the amazingness of it's functionality this is a very rugged device; it's survived many a drop, scrape, knock, throw, whack, etc. I've even lost it a few times but it's managed to find it's way back to me!
What a great invention.