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Let me start off by saying I am not a great fan of Apple. Personally find them overpriced, and well, overpriced.
I was given the Nano as a gift, and whilst it does not change the way I feel about Apple, this is a really nice bit of kit.
It is slim, weightless in real terms and slips into a pocket or bag with ease. It appears to be pretty scratch resistant which is a plus. It is robust, and simple to use. The menu operation is intuitive, and even an ageing technophobe like me managed to navigate simply and easily.
The biggest plus I noticed is the crystal clear sound quality, and actually the remarkably good quality earphones provided with the unit. For both sound and earphones, it knocks the socks off other MP3 players I have tried.
The display is clear and bright, displaying album covers and photos clearly. It is however a small screen, so don't buy it if photo storage is you main goal.
All in all, I really like it and would recommend, however it is a real pain that it is locked to the I-tunes store, and this loses it a star for lack of flexibility and cost.
Would I recommend it ? Yes i would, although I am aware that there is a world out there that does not need Apple premium prices.
I have recently been given this ipod nano as relatives are moving abroad. I already own an iphone so was a bit confused about why I would need this as extra, when it doesn't have a touch screen or any of the apps that my phone does. However its proved really useful in recent weeks, and been very reliable.
It is the traditional white colour with grey buttons, and has a silver mirror back. The memory isnt huge but its enough to keep around 50 songs on it.
The sound quality is great, just like my iphone. Its very slim and fits in the palm of your hand.
The battery lasts for ages on this, and even though its quite well used and not new in any way, the battery still lasts for playing for at least 5 hours without needing a charge. I use it almost exclusively for when I am in the car listening to music and for exercise. Its very light and you don't notice it at all when running, although I use my Sony headphones as the ipod ones fall out of my ears. The buttons are easy to press, they only need pressing lightly, apart from to turn on and off when you should hold it down longer. You can lock the player so that when you are moving around it doesn't keep changing songs.
The only trouble is that because the screen is tiny, I have to put my glasses on to read it exactly, and so when exercising or listening in the car I just put it on random.
It plugs into my car charger, which can then be played by tuning the add on into the radio. There isnt a lot of storage on here so I usually rotate the music I am listening to most onto it, and then keep the rest on my computer. It means that I can now fit more apps onto my phone and the phone now works a lot faster without all the music on it.
I thought it would be useless because its old technology, but in fact I have used it loads, I even have a cute pink carry case for it now.
Release Date: September 16th 2005
Memory: Available in 1GB & 2GB
Battery life (when new): 14 hours
Screen size: 1.5 inches
Weight: 1.5 ounces
My view: The world of technology is obviously very fast growing, changing, improving and competitive, so you may be reading this review now thinking to yourself why am i taking the time to write a review on an apple product that is almost 6 years out of date, and in answer to your question, this ipod nano was my introduction to digital music, it was the first product of its kind that i have owned, before this product i was carrying round a clunky ''portable'' CD player and a pouch of CDs, not very convenient at all.
I was not the original owner of the nano, however bought it off a friend who no longer wanted it for around £50 which i thought was a bargain, at the time i did not have much of a music library so 1GB was certainly sufficient for my needs, the 1st Generation nano is very small, thin, weighs virtually nothing, you can't even feel it in your pocket(which regularly causes you to go into a frenzy when you cant feel it in your pocket haha)
The nano is charged through a computer, as the original did not come with a wall charger, you had to buy that separately unfortunately, you can easily sync your itunes library to your nano within minutes, the screen is fairly dull, however i was only really using it for music so it wasn't too much of a disadvantage to me.
I found the screen was quite small and so syncing pictures to it, and taking up valuable memory was obsolete in my opinion, when i was occasionally very bored i would also play the games included with the nano, which i couldn't complain about, but they were not anything special either.
The one thing i have always found with this generation of nano is it doesn't matter how many times you drop it, it never seem to physically affect its performance and the tracks never jump as it uses flash memory technology, which is a godsend for people who use it whilst jogging or doing other physical activity.
This nano i have had for around 5 years and it still works, i actually think this has less faults than my 3rd generation nano which has problems with turning on after a few days of not using it, the only complaint i would have is the 14 hour battery expectancy is grossly over-exaggerated, and the most i have ever had out of it is between 8 and 10 hours.
Flash Memory (stops skipping)
Easy to charge & syncs fast
very sensitive and responsive control wheel
few simple games
can view pictures
Conclusion: Overall it is a superb and cheap little music player, yes it may be six years old and technically speaking cannot compete with newer models of apple products, nevertheless it gets the job done if all you are looking for is a simple music player, as it is cheap, easy to use, and more durable if you drop it.
I hope this review helps.
This iPod nano was my first, and as yet, only MP3 player. I bought it for myself in 2006 when my hints to my then boyfriend (now husband) did not result in its appearance under the tree at Christmas. We had only been going out for five months at that point so maybe he didn't feel he wanted to part with the £90 at that stage of the relationship! Anyway, because I work for the NHS when I did buy it, I did so with a 10% discount at the Apple Store. I'm not sure whether they still operate this discount but it would be worth finding out if you do work for the NHS or know someone who does.
Anyway, onto the product. I was pleased when I bought it, although a little surprised that after parting with so much cash that I only had a tiny bag to carry out of the shop! This is what I have always thought about Apple products actually; they are very minimal in packaging which must be a good thing for the environment. If you are buying this(or the new model) for someone for Christmas, bear in mind that it won't look great under the tree and may actually get lost amongst the fallen pine needles!
The iPod was really easy to set up on my computer. However, as you transfer songs from your PC or Mac I would recommend that you make sure they are all stored with the correct names or else it can be a real pain once they are on your iPod. Once plugged into your PC or Mac, the iPod charges and also updates itself with any new music you may have put downloaded. After time I did find it annoying that you had to plug it into a computer to charge and so I spent around £5 on a mains plug-in charger which I use all the time now.
This music player is really easy to operate. Looking at the technical details now (see tab) I can see there are lots of functions (such as a timer) that I don't ever use. For me, this is purely a music player. The wheel in the middle of the device basically controls all the functions, and is sensitive to the slightest touch. This is great as you can operate the device easily without even looking at what you are doing, such as when it is in your pocket.
A couple of years ago a bottle of water spilt over my iPod whilst it was in my bag, and it's never been the same since. It takes much longer to respond to my touch when using the wheel, but to be honest, I'm just glad it still works. I was also very impressed with the customer support offered by the Apple store when this happened. Even though the device was far outside its one year warranty, they spent a long time offering advice to me and trying to fix it.
The headphones that came with the MP3 player aren't the greatest (see separate review) but do the job, but if I was to do more jogging whilst listening to music on the iPod, I'd definitely invest in some better ones.
All in all I am pleased with this player. I have about 40 albums on it which is enough for me as an occasional user. I won't be upgrading to the newer model as long as my current one keeps on going, but will definitely buy another iPod Nano when the time comes for my current one to give up the ghost.
This is an excellent purchase for those who want to update their old personal cd player and want to step into the 21st Century.
The Ipod Nano 1GB is excellent value for money and can be picked up for as little as £91.00.
The Ipod nano is exceptionally easy to use with the control wheel providing all the options you would otherwise get on a personal CD player, but with access to over 240 songs at the touch of a button.
For those who are put off by the idea of having to use your computer to arrange your library of music, don't be, apple provide an installation cd which automatically loads everything you need onto the computer and the library interface itself is very easy to use and provides you with excellent features as well as the basics.
To put your cd collection onto your ipod is easy, once you have uploaded your installation CD simply place your music CD into the computer drive and click the CD icon and away you go. The loading process onto your computer is quick and you can listen to the music as you go.
For those who don't have the internet this doesn't cause you any problems although you will have to type the names of the songs and artists you are uploading onto your computer to have this transferred to your ipod, if you have the internet these are automatically updated for you.
The Ipod itself is very small (about the thickness of a pencil) and thus not inconvenient to carry around with you, although be careful not to lose it out of your pocket while working-out down the gym as the Ipod is easily scratched (although not very surprising, drop any electrical equipment out of your pocket, not a good idea).
There is also a variety of accessories for your Ipod Nano the most notable being speakers for your ipod that can be picked up for as little as £20.00 and for anyone with a tiny one-bed flat like me allows you to dispence with that bulky stereo system.
Now to the big downside of the Ipod Nano 1GB and that is the 1GB. You are only able to put 240 songs onto the Ipod and while this seems alot in fact it is actually about 12 CD's.
This isn't a real problem if you keep your library in order and regularly delete those songs you don't want. If however, you have a huge CD collection for just an extra £18.00 you can get 2GB and £48 4GB and for the extra few pounds I think its well worth it.
So for those who want a cheap little CD player this is an excellent buy, but for those with a real taste for music I would suggest more space and the 4GB version.
If you havent got a Nano yet and youve been using the price as an excuse not to get one, there's no excuse now!
All the style and fashionability of the Nano series now in a 1GB version. That's enough for 200 songs or 14 hours of decent quality music.
Only thing to beware of is that the time of year is fast approaching where Apple historically rejuvinate the iPod series and you could easily be left holding the dud when some new-fangled gadget gets released as the new iPod. Remember the iPod mini? Would you still want one of those now the Nano is out? DIdn't think so....