Product Type: Apple MP3 players
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It's stopped me Shuffling!
Apple iPod nano 4 GB
Member Name: ice_pink
Apple iPod nano 4 GB
Advantages: Good quality, reliable, good battery life
Disadvantages: Newer ones are now on offer and aren't that much more expensive
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!
Summary: A good, more basic mp3 player
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