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Six Years, and it's Still Going Strong!
Apple iPod nano 2 GB
Member Name: TheMegaMiner
Apple iPod nano 2 GB
Advantages: Great design, durable, very easy-to-use, price is right, has extra features.
Disadvantages: One instance of instant memory wiping. Only 2GB of memory.
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!
*** QUALITY OF PRODUCT ***
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
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 ***
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
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
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)
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
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) ***
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 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 ***
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
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 ***
- 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)
- One instance of weird memory wiping.
- Very small memory
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 ???
- 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!
Summary: A top notch product that is great for a variety of uses.
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