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      28.06.2013 13:46
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      Thanks for Reading :)

      A few years ago I managed to save up some money for a treat, and decided that it was time for me to upgrade my mp3 player into something a bit more advanced yet nice and modern and small; hence I decided to purchase an iPod Nano.



      == PRICE ==


      Now I wouldn't normally spend much on an mp3 player, but as I had a bit of birthday money saved up and had seen how happy my sister was with her iPod I decided to give in and purchase one despite the price tag. At the time of purchase (few years ago) it was priced at around £120, however now looking around at prices it has considerably lowered in price due to high number of more advanced iPod mp3 devices on the market that have a higher capacity storage. The price for an iPod Nano (2GB) sells from £25-70 depending on the condition as most for sale are refurbished or second hand. Apple have now replaced this older version of iPod nano with a newer more advanced and one that looks slightly different due to changes in design and prices for the new version start from £125. Therefore if you can get your hands on a older version of iPod nano at a great price I would say it is worth the £25-30 price tag.



      == DESIGN ==


      This iPod Nano despite it being a little older model still looks fresh and modern due to its ultra slim design and small size and glossy finish. The size is similar to a size of a credit card so it more that capable of fitting into small pockets which is great when on the move (W- 4.1 cm, depth-0.7 cm, H- 8.9cm, weight 42g). The screen size although small is more than big enough to view songs/track playlists easily, and along with the coloured 176 x 132 resolution LCD display it makes text and images clearly visible.


      Located on the top of the iPod is a silver slide button that locks the ipod during playback and making it very useful when you are on the move and preventing the touch sensitive controls from activating accidently.


      It has a wheel control system just below the screen which is touch sensitive. The sensitivity is spot on and I found it very easy to navigate through playlists and modes as the controls are also clearly labelled with symbols such as arrows right, left and play.


      There is a headphone socket located on the bottom of the iPod as well as a slot for a USB cable so it can be connect to a PC computer easily for track adding and track organisation.




      ==OTHER FEATURES/APPLICATIONS ==


      Apart from being a digital mp3 player it also has other useful fuctions such as holding contacts, displaying calenders, a stop watch timer and holds digital notes.


      It also comes with a couple of games that are stored into the device such as Music Quiz, solitare and Brick. I personally only play the music quiz as it can be quite fun seeing how familiar I am with the music on my iPod.


      == ADDING MUSIC AND OVERALL EXPERIENCE ==


      Putting music on the ipod is very simple and even a novice can easily get to grips with it in no time. Basically just plug in the USB into a computer and allow the itunes to sync with the software and communicate with the device. Once it has loaded which doesn't take that long at all, all you need to do is drag music from the computer into the ipod itunes screen. You can easily create playlists on the iTunes software and the overall software interface is very easy to follow and to use.


      The music is very easy to select and navigate through thanks to the user friendly interface. A simple scroll through tracks can be done by pressing the navigation buttons and then pressing play on the selected track. It of course has the pause, rewind and fast forward function as well as random playback. The sound quality and setup can also be modified by selecting whether you prefer extra bass or pop sounding music. Music is usually organised alphabetically, but it depends on the playlist that is created. I personally find this ipod nano extremely easy to use, and I was more than impressed with its simplicity and the high standard of all functions and modes available. The only downsides would be a 2GB memory, which is only a downside if love to add new music to the nano every few days. I personally found that the 2GB to be enough space to hold enough tracks for me, as I tend to delete tracks I get bored of and replace with newer tracks. The other minor downside if you can call it that is that the device is very easy to scratch and because it is so small I have a few times dropped it and have had a few massive scratches develop, therefore a protective cover or case would easily solve this issue as they are very cheap to buy now.



      == VERDICT ==


      In conclusion I would recommend this iPod nano (2GB) as it ticks most of the boxes when it comes to wanting an mp3 player; it is small, sleek, easy to use, great design and quality. I would however recommend a larger memory size for those who love their music as the memory would run out quite quickly if adding new tracks and podcasts frequently. The price makes it more than worth it and beats most of the competitors out of the water.

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      Ipods, you pay for the quality and it is well worth it

      Firstly, my (then teenage) kids got an Ipod for Christmas and birthdays.... I loved the idea of something so small storing so much music, but I can be a bit stingy sometimes and I bought a little cheapie MP3 player for myself...

      Yes, it was good.. but very soon I realised how inferior it was compared to what my kids owned, so my hubby - bless him - bought me an Ipad Nano 2nd Generation for Christmas, possibly six years ago..

      The difference was instant and I never looked back!

      At the time we paid near £100 for it, although I have researched this morning for the sake of this review and you can now buy them, refurbished, for around the £40 mark. Obviously you do not buy this model new anymore, it has been upgraded for better models, although from a personal point of view, as long as mine still works (which it does, perfectly) I do not have any reason to buy an upgraded model.

      When bought new, it comes with the correct charging cable, which plugs into the USB slot in your computer, it charges the Ipod up over the space of a couple hours. I am pleased to say that whilst charging the Ipod it does not slow down anything else that you are using on your computer.

      When first plugging the Ipod into the computer, the PC recognises that something is happening and offers to download the software - ITunes - onto the PC, depending on the speed of your computer and your internet speed this did not take too long, maybe around five minutes.

      You get to register your Ipod too, I called mine by my name, so that whenever you plug your Ipod into the charger it tells you that it is charging "Mum's Ipod" this is quite handy when you have more than one Ipod in the house.

      Once Itunes is installed and synced to your computer, the rest is easy and the settings never need to be changed again.

      Part of the software links to "Itune store" where you can register an account and pay to legally download music.. this is something I have only rarely done, but it is easy enough, chart songs can be around the one pound mark, and a current album can work out cheaper than buying it in store.

      Personally I have used my Ipod to transfer CDs on it, which is also very easy, you put your CD of choice into the computer, the Itunes software recognises it and transfers it onto your Nano.

      Currently I have around 200 songs on my Ipod and there is room for plenty more.

      The battery life, once fully charged is anywhere between 14 hours and upwards, which is brilliant. All these years on mine still has a superb battery life.

      It is very easy to use, it has a screen which shows you the various menus, albums, artists, songs, alphabetically, or random (shuffle) and is operated by a click wheel on the front, which is very user friendly.

      You can also upload photos onto the Nano, via your computer and Itunes, which is a nice touch..

      In summary, this is a great gadget, at least six years old and as good as new, you get what you pay for and I love mine and use it most days.

      I have reviewed my Nano on another review site.. same user name

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        15.07.2011 06:56
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        A top notch product that is great for a variety of uses.

        Even after 6 years of use, it still works greatly! This iPod nano was used twice and and it still works flawlessly, well...kind of, but we'll get to that later...We cover the good, the bad, the summary, and why you would still buy it! Let's get started!

        THE GOOD:
        *** QUALITY OF PRODUCT ***
        Design:
        This particular iPod is the most basic one. It's got a very, very simple design. It's got a nice white front and shimmery steel colored back (not quite sure what it's made of), with a great coat of (probably) relatively thick plastic. This protects it from most light to medium scratches. Although, the back is more prone to scrates. If you shine the light on it a certain way, they clearly appear, but you never feel them in the palm of your hand.

        The corners on the iPod are smooth and work much better than the 2nd generation where they're ridged. These ones they should have stuck with. One thing that must be mentioned, is that the headphones jack is on the bottom, and depending on the iPod, sometimes the jack has been at the top, and at the bottom it certain works better when you need to slip it into your pocket. The jack also grips the jack quite well, and it takes some (to little) force to pull it out, but is still great none the less. 7.5/10 - Well done (Or good)/Great

        Durability:
        That said, it's surprisingly durable. After being heavily used, it only has one small scratch above the click wheel. There have been countless times where the iPod has been dropped, stepped on, sat on, kicked, thrown, and yet it still holds up very well. Of course, these are accidents and not supposed to be destroyed at a very high force, but no one would purposefully abuse their iPod that intentionally. 9/10 Excellent

        It's very durable and though the design is simple, it is very effective. 8.25/10 - Great+Some Excellent

        *** EASE OF USE ***
        Screen:
        If you're thinking that because the screen is 1.5" diagonally it will be hard to read, it won't be. It's a great size (unless you have reading or eye problems, to which most people would recommend seeing a doctor) and the text is easy to read. 9/10 - Excellent

        Interface:
        So with the screen, a big thing is the interface and how simple it is to navigate it. Along with the design, the interface is very simple as well. At the top is a gray bar describing what you are listening to, what your current time is, etc., and the rest in the middle and the bottom is the white background with black (easy to read) text. When ever you scroll over an option, the option will become highlighted blue and the text will turn white, signifying what you are currently looking at. 8/10 - Great

        Click Wheel:
        One thing that everyone would instantly recognize with an iPod is it's scroll wheel. And this iPod has a very nice one. It's a lite gray with white text on it and responses smoothly to your fingers. There's a nice click sound for everytime you use a section of it, whether it be the menu, forward, backward, pause/play, or the center button. It reminds me of the computer keyboards of the 80s where there's a nice little bounce to it. There have never been problems with them getting stuck (a problem with some other models) or anything related to that 7/10 - Well Done (or Good)

        Battery life:
        This iPod's battery is very high quality. Even after 6 years, it still gets a good 10 hours (after being fully charged) if you keep it locked. Originally 14 hours, it still holds up and recharge time is very fast (a couple hours) 8/10 - Great

        Lock:
        One note that should be mentioned, is the small slider at the top of the iPod that "locks it". A thing that prevents the iPod from changing anything from it's current state. This is great for running, or stopping the weird occasions when your leg starts to randomly adjust the volume. Although, one minor thing about this is the lock is very small and hard to use if you have small finger nails. If you have small finger nails, using the flat part of your finger that is on the side of your palm, may be slightly harder to slide. Other wise it should be fine.

        N/A - (Subject to user experience)

        Despite being one of the older models, it still is very easy to use. One thing that will definitely stand out as new iPods come out. 8/10 - Great

        *** USE WITH ITUNES (6 Years later) ***
        Software updates:
        Apple has been great of doing the automatic updates and making sure that even though it's an old model, it's being updated to be sure it doesn't fail on a user. This is a very nice thing, knowing that they still care about old models. 9/10 - Excellent

        Adding content:
        Adding songs, podcasts, audiobooks, and other things such as games or photos to this iPod and playing them back on your iPod is fine. No playback issues of occurred with glitching, freezing, etc. 9/10 - Excellent

        Works amazingly and kudos to Apple for being awesome to people who still have these great things. 9/10 - Excellent

        *** EXTRA FEATURES ***
        Games:
        Apple also included three games into this iPod including Solitaire (or Klondike), Brick (Game where you have a paddel and blocks to break with a ball), and Parachute (a tower defense game where you control a turret fighting off helicopters).

        Plus, there's this interesting oddball called Music Quiz. It takes all the music in your iPod and challenges you to correctly guess the song before the time runs out. It doesn't keep track of your score over time, but it's still fun to try an guess it very fast (especially if it picks a random hard to recognize spot).

        If you've got extra time, these neat little games could take up some time (maybe on the subway or train, etc.). 8.5/10 - Great/Excellent

        Other:
        Included are also contacts, multiple clocks, a stopwatch, and a couple other features, which can come in hand at times. 7/10 - Neat

        The extras certainly add the quality of the device. 7.75 - Good

        ### THE BAD ###
        One thing that was very disappointing, was in 2009 there was a weird thing where all the memory was instantly wiped one day. All the music and podcasts were gone. Weird, right? This hasn't happened since, and the source is unknown, but the iPod continues to work at a high quality. - 0/10 - So bad it doesn't deserve a rating.

        Also, many people will mention that this iPod has very low memory levels (2GB, but more like 1.7GB), which it does, so you may only need to keep you favorites on it. You should be able to fit roughly 500 songs, give or take.

        *** SUMMARY ***
        The Good:
        - Design and interface is user friendly and easy for someone to pick up and use.
        - (Non-heavy) Abuse will work find with this iPod. You should be fine if you drop it accidently. (Unless you dropped it into a volcano!)
        - Extra features can keep your interest in passing time
        - Price right now is great and cheap (for such a quality device)

        The Bad:
        - One instance of weird memory wiping.
        - Very small memory

        Overall score:
        8.5/10 - Great/Excellent

        The only thing keeping it away from a 9/10 or a 9.5/10 is that weird memory wipe. I've talked with people who have the same iPod, and have not experienced it so it may be only a small percentage of iPods. What do I recommend? BUY IT!

        ??? WHY WOULD I STILL BUY IT ???
        Great question!
        - A great reason to buy it is maybe you'd like a second, cheap iPod for work outs, and you don't want to use your iPod Touch.
        - A great reason to buy it is for a kid or someone else who wants an mp3 playing device, buy you still don't want it be a piece of junk.
        - A great reason to buy it is that you'd like to get your first iPod and don't want to shell out a large amount of money.
        - A great reason to buy it is you don't want complications that will make it hard operate or you don't want lots of space for it (don't want more than 500+ songs).
        - A great reason to buy it is it's just a great product and you respect quality!

        Be sure to pick it up for whatever reason. I hope you enjoyed this very in depth review; happy listening!

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        07.05.2011 16:05
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        Buy it if looking for something cheap and non-gadgety

        I got my iPod Nano First Generation in 2005 at Christmas after desperately wanting one for a while. I had originally wanted a iPod mini because although these were newer on the market, there had been reports of them snapping or breaking and I wanted an MP3 that would last me a while. So when I unwrapped this I had my reservations.

        I had not needed to be so worried because mine was brilliant! At 2GB, it had enough space for 500 songs - and as my Dad told me, you won't through over 500 songs within it's battery life. If one feels the need for more music, using iTunes to manage what songs could go on your iPod meant that you were not limited to just having the same 500 songs on there.The volume goes up pretty loud too! Though it does depend on the earphones you have. But with the original earphones, you can have music pretty loud.

        The great thing about this iPod over the mini was that you had a full colour screen which meant it had additional features. You could upload photos on it (although this would mean you would have less space on the device for music) and it had games too. My personal favourite was Solitare although there were others called Brick, Parachute and Music Quiz (a game to guess music from your own playlists).

        One review said that one of the negatives about this MP3 is that it scratches easily. Under my mothers advice, I left the sticky back plastic on my iPod so that got scratched instead of the iPod. Like most mobile devices with an LCD screen, I know this was bound to scratch without protection.

        The only negative I can think of is that the battery deteriorates after a while. Though, this is to be expected with any portable device over time.

        If I were to recommend to iPod to anyone currently, it would be to someone that is not fussed on gadgets, has a relatively small playlist and someone that wants something to last :)

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        11.08.2010 01:49
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        Perfect for those with smaller music collections.

        I have had this iPod for over four years and it is still functioning almost as well as when I bought it. The only noticeable decline is in the battery life - I find it needs recharging much more often than it used to. The headphones are not quite as durable - I have been through three pairs, but these are relatively inexpensive. Overall, it is a very reliable product.
        A major advantage of this iPod is that it is very compact. However, because of this, it is very delicate and I read a few reports of screens breaking easily. This meant I had to buy a special case for it, an added expense, but I have had no problems with breakage (despite dropping it hundreds of times!).
        The iPod is easy to use, with the standard iPod wheel and click menu. There is a switch on the top that allows you to 'lock' the iPod, so pressing buttons by accident will have no effect. It has a reasonable volume range, from just about audible for background music to audible over a busy main road. It is never uncomfortably loud.
        For me, the 2GB size of the iPod is the major drawback, as this is only around 500 songs. This is not enough for all my favourite songs, so I would recommend it to those who have a small music collection as it is one of the cheaper iPods (available for around £40) and is still a quality item. I have since bought a bigger iPod for regular use, however I still use the Nano when I'm doing exercise; I would recommend the Nano above the iPod shuffle for exercise purposes as you can fit more songs on and create playlists for different types of exercise. It easily fits in a pocket so won't weigh you down. The sound quality is not reduced whilst exercising.
        This iPod does have a small amount of space for photos, however this is relatively pointless as the screen is quite small. However it is useful as a backup for precious photos. There are also other features including games, a calendar and a clock.
        An excellent little product from the iPod range, but check that its capacity will suit your musical needs!

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        04.12.2009 17:17
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        There is nothing much to complain about it.

        My dad bought me this when I was in grade 8, and now I'm in first year of university, it still works well, can you believe it. I admit that it was the most expensive iPod, my dad paid $US200 for this 2GB iPod. I didn't like the mp3s without screen so I was really happy to get this. At that time, in my class, I was the only one who owned an iPod (I used to live in a small country in Asia). I'd owned it for 5 years, I saw many people changing many different mp3s and iPods, yet I was still loyal to mine.

        I think the first generation's design was simply the best. It was simple, yet, modern and easy to use. And at the time it was out, it was a bit of a breakthrough because if its size and its technology. The screen was clear and the songs, photos, etc was easily & quickly synced to it through iTunes, unlike other mp3s which take ages to do so. The of the quality sound was quite impressive and I love the white headphones, although they were a bit bigger than the current ones.

        It came in a small black carton box, although now it comes in a plastic box and more handy, I simply like the old one better cause the plastic one is easily got scratch & broken.

        2GB is not much to contain music, photos... cause mp3 files are quite heavy, it would contain about 400-500 songs alone

        The only thing I didn't about this iPod is that the back of it was made out of metal so it was easily scratched. But you always can get a case for it, which was rare in my country at that time.

        I now gave that to my little sister who owned a 2G iPod before but it was broken, and I bought the 4G. However, I still love the first generation the most. It seems to me that the first generation was built to last. Many of my friends owned this for ages, unlike other generations.

        It would be nice if Apple included the adapter with the iPod, but no iPods got it anyway.
        It's now available at good price. Go for it if you want to buy an mp3 on a budget.
        If comparing to other current iPods or mp3s, it wouldn't be 5 stars but to me, it was the first mp3 I've ever owned and it served me well for a long time, so 5 stars!!!

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        21.11.2009 20:04
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        Its ok to play around with, but not for real useage

        Worst iPod, and also the first iPod I have had. Keep in mind that I had it when it first came out, and it was too expensive for what it was lol.
        What makes it so good?
        The size - it really was small compared to anything else that was on the market at that time, you could easily fit it anywhere in your pockets, without it showing a strange bulge..
        The design - it was really really eye-catching (I had the white one), supershiny, cute and adorable, people turned heads when I used it on a bus, train or standing in a queue.
        The ability to play MP3s was kinda just an extra hehe. It played MP3s and it did it well, too bad the included earphones were really, really bad, supertinny and they broke after 2 weeks.
        What makes it so bad?
        The design - it scratched like crazy! I could swear taht every single time when I touched it, it got 5 more scratches on it, just for kicks lol. And the screen... way too small, it has the ability to store and show photos, but whats the point, if you cant really see what on them lol.
        BUT the worst thing about that iPod was the AMAZINGLY short battery life, it was just crazy! after fully charging it up, the battery lasted for about 2-3 hours and that was it! That was the reason why I soon left my expensive plaything to rot in the bottom drawer..
        Some things are best left forgotten in time and thats one of them - I bet Apple aint proud of themselves.

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          07.08.2009 16:47

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          A reliable and fairly cheap MP3 player with a good reputation

          I have had my iPod nano for about four years now and it is still in excellent working condition! The 2GB version holds around 500 songs, which isn't really enough for me but it's very easy to delete songs and then re-add them from the library when you want them back.
          There are a few games on there if you get bored, but they aren't the most exciting! There is also space to save your photos, but I don't use this feature as I keep them online or on my camera.
          The earphones that are provided lasted around a year, but be prepared to pay at least £20 for a good pair of Apple ones because many of the cheaper versions do not last.
          iTunes is simple to operate, and although I don't buy my music from there, it is quite cheap. I think it's around 79p for a single, and maybe £8 or so for an album, obviously depending on how many there are.
          I personally don't see much point in spending more money on upgrading my iPod as it still works really well and does the job that is is required to do. I foyu are looking for a good MP3 player, the iPod nano is a good purchase, especially now as you can buy them for less than £50.

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          04.06.2009 20:59
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          A budget buy, but be prepared for scratched screens.

          The original iPod nano was a bit of a breakthrough for a couple of reasons. It was the smallest iPod ever made, at least the smallest with a screen and click wheel.
          The screen was actually surprisingly clear, allowing syncing of phones from your iTunes library with incredible ease you could just about make out details on them, it wasn't much but it was at least as good as most mobile phone screens at the time, and it really didn't take much space up on the flash memory, as 2gb isn't really a lot for just audio let alone photos too.

          The audio quality of the player was quite impressive too, it sounds good through a set of decent headphones, though as normal, avoid Apple's self supplied headphones as they are frankly cheap and cheerful (and fall out of my ears!). The syncing process is simplicity itself, few boxes to tick in iTunes and it does it all from there through the included USB cable.

          The only real two complaints are ones that anyone who's owned one of these will sympathise with. The first being the lack of a mains adapter, a minor thing but definitely a niggle, this can be worked around with a separate purchase.

          The second is the screen is made out of something with the same scratch resistance as a ball of putty and a brick of butter. It attracted scratches by looking at it, in later runs Apple included a slip case as a way of protecting the screen but really, it did very little. Thankfully this fault is something that was corrected with the next hardware revising, but sadly for owners of this particular model, it was too little, too late.

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          06.01.2009 20:22
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          Good mp3 player, still the coolest one however some drawbacks

          Despite many attempts on its life, including washing machines and chlorine water, my nano survived for over 3 years working reliably from day one till it eventually gave up the ghost, the water eventually overcoming it.

          What first struck me about the nano was how intuitive it is to use, the scrolling dial and menu system work excellently. The screen is very clear and large enough to see, especially looking quite cool with different album covers.

          The first annoyance with the nano was the lack of mains charger- only the USB cable is included so you either need to buy a plug or only charge it up from a computer. Seems like a money printing exercise to me!

          Next is the need for Itunes- although free alternatives are available online if you search for them, I found the program slow to use and its unflexible having to use the same computer every time to transfer songs onto the ipod.

          Battery life is also a concern, I never expected it to compare with Apple's claims however it deteriorates fairly rapidly, only lasting two hours after having it a year. As its fairly tricky to change the battery, outside the remit of most users this is a pretty big drawback compared to newer versions.

          Despite its drawbacks, as the model can be picked up cheap on ebay compared to the new models it is still a good option.

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          Not one for the people who are really into their Mp3 players/Music in general.

          I have had this iPod for over 2 years, and I can say one thing that most sticks out about this version; reliability. This is probably my one remaining tech item from when I bought it, as I don't take very good care of my techie items and they usually break within the year mark. It has survived drops, scrapes, strains, stresses, bounces (Trampoline!), dragging, and even heavy rain! The only major issue I've had with it was the battery slowly shrinking in time from full charge to no charge. However, this was sorted out by me opening the case and changing the battery (no easy feat, but well worth it in my opinion!).

          Other good points include its capacity. Although many people have a fair few gigabytes of music, I feel this is quite excessive and I only have about 2 and a half. The storage space on the iPod (after formatting) is only 1.8gb though, and it is sometimes a squeeze. However, I just remove some of the songs I don't listen to much and it's all well.

          The screen is pitifully small and it isn't recommendable to have photos on there, because any feature is just shrunken so much on it, it just isn't worth it. It is good to use as a hard drive for transporting pictures and things though.

          The iPod makes up for the small screen by having a nice extended feel. It's not hard to hold (Cough, iPod Nano 3rd Gen, cough) and feels solid in your hands. The clickwheel is far down enough from the screen, so when you're scrolling, your thumbs (or fingers!) don't get in the way. The iPod, obviously, comes with the brilliant music player from apple, and it works perfectly.

          Overall, I think the iPod has some big downsides (Screen size, capacity for users with big libraries of music) but has redeeming features as well (Nice feel, nicely laid out, good quality of sound). I would recommend this to parents giving their children their first iPod, and also to people who like listening to music occasionally, but not a real hard core audiophile.

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          17.08.2008 17:22

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          the first genoration ipod nano

          I had this ipod nano for about 2 years when I did the most shameful thing by stepping on it!
          It was very loyal to me although it did keep skipping but a quick restore worked!

          It is very dull in appearance with black at the front which is shiny and a non shiny click wheel.
          The back has a mirror with the apple symbol and how many GB it has and also the serial number.

          From what I found of having the ipod for a few weeks is that it scratched easily and after two years it was completely scracted everywhere.
          It also had a good bit of volume on it as when I got the second generation nano i noticed that it wasnt as good the one that i previously had.

          With the third generation nano they have basically combined the first and second nano together with the colour and the hard shiny mirror like at the back but it dosnt look too nice.

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          07.08.2007 10:52
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          If you like your music and can afford to pay a bit more then it's well worth it.

          Ok, well not quite. Since the Nano was launched, and probably before as well, there are a number of MP3 players that are smaller than this however they don’t have as much functionality but it depends what you are after. I’ve had my Nano for about 2 years now and am very happy with it.

          The main functionality of the Nano is the music function, I have a 2GB version and so it can hold about 500 songs. The 4GB version holds about 1000 songs and the 8GB version holds up to 2000 songs. Bearing in mind 500 songs is approximately 24 hours worth of music I felt this was a good choice. In order to put songs onto your Ipod you need to use the Itunes software, this is available for free through Apple’s website or you can install it from the enclosed CD. I already had Itunes and so had also already copied my CD’s onto my PC (I have about 7000 tracks). Once you have installed the software you can attach your Ipod to the PC and go through the simple process of getting the 2 things to recognise each other. You can then begin copying tracks onto your Ipod.
          This can be simply done by highlighting songs on Itunes and dragging them into the Ipod folder, or you can copy entire play lists if you have a favourite one set up that you want to put on your Ipod. It does take a little while to copy the files over but no where near as long as putting songs onto your Mobile Phone (as I found out the other day).
          When the music is on your Ipod you can view it by Play list (this is more useful on the bigger storage versions) or by Artist, Song, Album, Genre or Composer. I often go with Song and use the shuffle function to mix it up. However I sometimes copy whole albums onto it if they are new and then I’ll go by Album or Artist.
          Whilst listening to songs you can see information about the song such as name, group and album. Also if you have it you can see the album cover, and if it’s part of a larger selection you can see the track number. Along the bottom of the screen is a bar to show progression through the song, if you press the middle button this allows you to switch to a function that lets you quickly move forward and back through a song using the wheel, pressing it again allows you to rate the track. The screen itself is a good 1.5 inches, this means it doesn’t use up too much battery power and also it dims quite quickly so this also helps maintain power.

          You can also quickly delete songs from your Ipod and replace them with new ones when connected to your PC, or set up a playlist for it to automatically sync with. This basically means when you connect your Ipod to your PC it populates your Ipod with the songs in the ‘sync’ folder.

          The wheel – This is the main control function of the Ipod and is surprisingly easy to get the hang of. There are no obvious buttons as such on the wheel but there are symbols for Play/Pause, Forward, Back and Menu. Each of these actually are buttons and when pressed hard enough will perform that function. To adjust the volume or to speed through a track you use the whole of the wheel and just press lightly in a circle in the direction you want to go. Clockwise is forward/volume up/scroll down menus, anti-clockwise does the opposite. The centre button is the Ok/Select button and does just that. I’ve got the knack of the controls now but it can take a while to get into if you’ve never had an Ipod before.

          Photos – You can also copy Photos onto your Ipod. This is also fairly easy and any ordinary digital photos copy onto it fine through either Itunes or through My Computer. It’s not quite as simple to do but it’s still fairly straightforward once you have copied a couple successfully onto it. You can get a fair few photos onto it, but how many depends on how much music you have on there and also what format and quality the photos are. Luckily Itunes gives you a running total of how much space you have used and therefore how much you have left.

          Extras – There are also standard extras on the Ipod that you would find on the most basic organiser such as a calendar, contact list, Clock, Notes & stopwatch. There are also a few games, these are Breakout, Solitare, Parachute and a music quiz where you guess the odd one out from a list of 4 of your tracks.

          Settings – You can also change many of the settings on the Ipod such as how items are displayed, equalizer settings, the date and time, other sound settings and other settings that vary in usefulness.

          IPOD Cover – I have also bought a protective cover, £9.99 from Play.com. This is very handy for me as I keep mine in my bag often and so it can get battered around. The Ipod fits very snugly in the cover and so doesn’t slip out and get unexpectedly damaged.

          Charging/Playback – It takes about 3 hours to charge it fully and this lasts me about 8 hours play time. I don’t use it constantly so this means that I don’t get the full time that I should out of it. However it is easy to charge up either via your PC, an AC adaptor or a car (cigarette lighter) adaptor (the adaptors will need to be purchased separately but I got them as a package with the Ipod for an extra £15.

          Earphones – These are standard in-ear headphones but are white which means they stand out in a crowd (although less so these days), it also means though that you can be a target for thieves as they know that you have an Ipod of some kind.

          Cost – A 2GB version can be bought from Argos for £100, £90 from PC world website, or numerous other places obviously including E-bay. Some people offer them with tracks on already however this is illegal so be careful to pay through Pay Pal if you are buying one with this “offer”.

          Overall I really like my Nano and find it gives me enough control over the music I listen to and also allows me to quickly change the song if I want something different. I have also recently bought a connecter which allows me to use the Ipod through my car stereo, it’s a clever cassette tape that plugs into your ipod and slots into your tape deck (if you have one). It only costs £1 from a pound shop but is the single best product around for the Ipod.

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            22.02.2007 17:43

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            a perfect alternative to the walkman

            I have had my iPOD for 8 months now. It was a birthday present. I have had few problems with it.

            My main problem was my own stupidity. For ex. at first I kept it where it automatically updated my playlists with what I had on the computer and I lost all of the songs on my computer. It was a good thing I had backups , because for 4 hours, I was reinstalling the songs on my iPOD and on my computer. Then I found out about the setting where you can keep the songs on your iPOD without having them onthe computer!

            My problems that weren't my fault:
            I have trouble getting into I tunes once in a while.
            Itunes is slow to download to my computer.
            Every now and then I get a skip on the iPOD- which should only happen with songs you get off of cds, but has been known to happen with songs I get off of iTUNES.

            They need to have the ability where you can put music into your computer from your iPOD without having to buy the expensive software.

            I haven't had any major problems with my iPOD yet, but according to some reviews I have read, I am lucky.

            copywrite Stephanie A. Smith, 2007

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            29.01.2007 15:48
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            Nice but can get better Mp3's for your money!

            As a fashion statement this is a must, they just look so cool and are so cute!
            I ordered online from apple and it came with a free engraved name, a nice touch!
            When mine arrived I could not believe how lovely it was, shiny and so tiny and light to carry around. However I had read reviews of them scratching badly so immediately covered it in a plastic case, so in some ways, what is the point of it looking so nice or having my name engraved.

            The CD that came with it was simple to use, easy to install and converts your CD's into the format that the ipod uses. It is easy and quick to get music from a CD or a downloaded track onto the ipod.

            The sound quality is excellent, with no jumps if walking/moving etc. The menu is easy to use and navigate around, although the central circular control takes some getting used to, especially when encased in a plastic cover! But once used to it, very easy to use, and again a bit cool and different to other brands!

            The Disadvantages:

            A number of people are apparently being mugged when using ipods as burglars know that the white earphones are mostly ipods!

            The batteries are not always brill! Mine decided to die on me just as I set off on holiday. A full charge would play one song then cut out until fully charged again! This was when the Nano was 3 months old! Apple fixed it free of charge, with no problems, which I thought was very good. Still, not sure I'd risk another one, as many people seem to have battery problems.

            So overall, a cute, tiny, MP3 player, but you can get much more for the same money with different companies, without your battery dying on holiday and worrying about scratches!

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          • Product Details

            Take everything you love about iPod and shrink it - then shrink it again. Now meet iPod nano, the pencil-thin marvel featuring a color display, up to 14 hours of battery life and space for skip-free songs, audiobooks and podcasts.

            When it comes to iPod nano, you need to reconsider your definition of "small." Slip it in your pocket - it weighs less than a handful of change. Or wear it around your neck and forget it's there. Want to take it for a jog? No problem. Your music will never skip.

            Thanks to its 1.5-inch color display, iPod nano makes your music look as good as it sounds. View album art as you play your music. Browse your favorite photos. Or navigate bright, easy-to-read menus.

            Add accessories to your iPod nano and your music will always keep up with you - at home, on the go, even in your car. Get started by exploring Apple's ingenious Lanyard Headphones and iPod nano Armbands.

            iPod nano's Click Wheel puts music under your thumb. Click to fast-forward, rewind, play, pause or access menus. Run your thumb over the touch-sensitive surface to control volume.

            The iPod battery can be charged up to 80 percent capacity in an hour and a half; a full charge takes just 3 hours.

            Technical Data

            Product Description: Apple iPod nano - digital player
            Product Type: Digital player flash based
            Enclosure Colour: White
            Dimensions (WxDxH): 4.1 cm x 0.7 cm x 8.9 cm
            Weight: 42 g
            Playback Digital Standards: WAV, AAC, AIFF, Audible, MP3, Apple Lossless
            Localisation: English / United Kingdom
            Sound Output Mode: Stereo
            iPod Generation: 1G
            Built-in Display: Colour - 176 x 132 - 1.5" - LCD
            Built-in clock: Yes, timer
            Audio Specifications: Digital Player - Response Bandwidth - 20 - 20000 Hz
            Flash Memory: 2 GB
            Headphones: Headphones - binaural - ear-bud - stereo
            Interface Supported: USB
            Battery: Player - rechargeable - Lithium Ion
            Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty
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