Product Type: Apple MP3 players
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Apple iPod shuffle (4G) 2 GB
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Apple iPod shuffle (4G) 2 GB
Date: 21/06/11, updated on 21/06/11 (41 review reads)
Advantages: Small, Fair capacity, Easy to use, VoiceOver feature, Packaging, Good price
Disadvantages: Too light weight? Apple earphone quality
The latest iPod Shuffle looks great. It comes in several colours including silver, blue, green, orange and pink. Besides the silver version, they all have a white 'wheel' on the front side with most of the controls, which encircles the play/pause button. The outer wheel has volume controls on the top and bottom and song controls to skip and fast forward/rewind songs on the left and right.
The iPod Shuffle is 29mm by 31.6mm with a depth of 8.7mm including the clip, which lies on the back. It weighs just 12.5g - it feels weightless! In a way, this light weight can be slightly annoying as you aren't always aware that the iPod is still in your pocket. Using the clip on the back, I therefore tend to clip it to my clothes or pockets. At the end of the day, losing this iPod wouldn't be as costly as losing a much more profound iPod Touch for example, as the latest iPod Shuffle retails at under £40, and can be bought for around £30 online.
The iPod Shuffle comes in a miniature box. The box is plastic and contains: iPod Shuffle, Apple Earphones, iPod Shuffle USB Charging Cable, Quick Start Guide & Information Leaflets.
The box is very easy to unpack and everything is packaged well into a confined space. The quick start guide is useful and explains simply how to use the iPod Shuffle. Without a screen, I would say this iPod was arguably harder to control as opposed to the iPod Touch for example. This is because you cannot directly visualise what you are doing - you need to press certain buttons various ways to access some features. I have become used to this now however and find it easy to operate the iPod. The lack of a screen could be seen as a drawback, but this is what makes the iPod Shuffle. It is intended to be a small and light weight gadget, ideal for exercise, which can be used on the move to listen to your favourite music.
The Apple Earphones are the official latest ones, which look great but don't really deliver excellent sound quality. I'd recommend purchasing another pair although you can make do with the Apple ones for a while. The earphones fit nicely in your ear but seem to fall out reasonably soon and I do not find them very useful for exercise because of this. The USB Charging Cable is very short but does have some wire within it, making it a little flexible. You can plug it into a main power source such as your laptop or desktop computer to charge the iPod. This iPod charges very quickly, reaching 80% in 2 hours and 100% in 3 hours. It then provides a very good run of music lasting 15 hours or so. I would back up these stats after using the iPod for extended time periods on a plane and journey when I recently went away, and it still lasted longer around the pool for a couple of days too before it needed charging.
The controls are quite easy to use - you simply press the buttons over the symbols and they click in and perform their respective functions. There is a VoiceOver feature with the new iPod Shuffle, which makes it more efficient to use without a screen. By pressing this once, you can hear the track and artist being played. Pressing the button twice consecutively will also tell you the battery status as 'full, 75%, 50%, 25%, low' depending on how much battery is left. This is quite useful to give you an idea of when it may need charging. Holding the VoiceOver button on the upper side of the iPod will read out the playlists synced to the iPod. You can then press the central Play/Pause button on the controls to select that playlist and songs will start playing automatically. You can have your songs play in order of the playlist by having the sliding switch on top of the iPod in the middle. Alternatively, you can shuffle your music by having it to one side. The other side will switch off the iPod so it is not responsive to any buttons being pressed, which will preserve the battery.
It's a great little iPod and pretty easy to use. It looks good and with a little bit of practice, it is very simple to use. I'd recommend it for the gym as there is less reason to look at and select what music you'd like to listen to if you have a few good playlists available to choose. It's small and costs a lot less than other iPods, which will save you money, and not prove to be as catastrophic if you do mis-place your iPod. The iPod looks great and has a very nice finish to it, being available in a small but attractive range of vivid colours.
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Summary: An excellent little iPod, ideal for when you are on the move or at the gym
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