Product Type: Apple MP3 players
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Apple iPod shuffle 2 GB
Apple iPod shuffle (4G) 2 GB
Author Name: daisylee3
Apple iPod shuffle (4G) 2 GB
Advantages: Easy to use, affordale, range of colours
Disadvantages: No major disdvantages
I like to keep in shape and before I fell pregnant with my baby I would run for up to five miles a day when I had the time. I had my little girl in February and although I was struggling to walk around, let alone run for the first month or so, I no longer have any excuses not to exercise daily, albeit not a lot as I still do not feel completely 'recovered' from giving birth. I've recently been taking long walks with the pram and my best behaved dog (I have four and wouldn't even attempt to walk all four of them with a pram in tow, lol.) To make walking around my local area, which is a quiet, dull village in the middle of no where a bit more stimulating and exciting, I have been taking my iPod with me to listen to so that I don't dose off mid-step.
Although I have an iPod touch and an iPhone which are both great for playing music on the go, I find my iPod shuffle very handy as it is less bulky - plus, it's less expensive so whenever I am using it I don't panic that it might drop out of my pocket, or in my half zombie-like state from lack of sleep I might leave it on the park bench - which is unlikely, but i'd rather lose my iPod shuffle than my iPhone or iPod touch, as it is so much less expensive. I bought my iPod shuffle from Tesco in December last year as I had some club card vouchers. I ended up paying just over £20 for it due to the vouchers and their retail price for it is £40, which in my opinion is a reasonable price for an Apple branded mp3 player. Prices do vary depending on where you purchase it from but most shops sell these for around the £40 mark. I actually had a 1GB iPod shuffle before I bought this (which was the same price, but I bought it over a year before I bought the 2GB) but to be honest I have no idea what happened to it! I guess that's the first downside - how small it is.
It measures just 2.9cm high and 3.16cm wide - absolutely tiny compared to an iPhone - however this in my opinion is also an advantage as due to the size of it, it is not only compact but it is also incredibly lightweight at just 12.5 grams, so there's no worries that it'll weigh you down while running etc. The size also makes it much more versatile than an iPod touch, and it can be slotted with ease into pretty much all of my pockets, including the pocket of my tightest skinny jeans which I assure you is tiny but this fits in fine and does not bulk my pockets out at all.
The iPod also has a clip attached to the back which can be clipped to a variety of things; the waistband of trousers, jacket pockets, handbag, purse and so on. I usually clip it onto the belt hoop of my jeans or my bag, anywhere really. I was a little hesitant to use this feature at first, as I was at first concerned that it would fall off while I was walking and that I wouldn't notice, however I assure you the clip is secure and doesn't budge while I am walking. The clip feature is very handy for walking with my pram as I have both hands free, where as with my iPod touch I'd probably have it in my hand as it's too bulky for most of my pockets. The clip feature will also be handy for runners who have their hands full with their drink bottle etc and all in all it's very handy and a good idea.
The iPod shuffle is available in a variety of five colours, most of which are bright and fun. There's a colour to suit every personality and the colours available are blue, grey, pink, green and orange. As far as I know there isn't a black version available - if there was, I would of opted for this as it is a classy and versatile colour, and the bright colours seemed a bit childish and cheap/tacky looking to me. I decided that I wanted a grey one, however upon seeing the iPods 'in the flesh' I decided that the green appealed most to me - I have no idea, I usually hate green things, but a green iPod looked cool and kind of edgy (without sounding cheesy!) Also, I like how bright the colour is as it kind of makes up for the size of the iPod, as the bold colour makes it a lot more easier to spot.
The physical appearance of the iPod isn't particularly special or attractive, it's basic with a sleek kind of edge to it and is basic in design - but not so basic that it looks cheap. The iPod shuffle is a simple square shape. It has no display screen and instead it has a control pad on the front which takes up most of the space. The control pad has four different buttons which you can click. They are labelled with symbols - play/pause is the most noticeable button and it is displayed in the middle with the volume button above it and the forward/back buttons either side. The buttons are incredibly easy to use and although it seems a little fiddly and complicated at first I soon got used to it. I think that due to the basic design the iPod would be simple enough for a child to operate, so if you have a kid who wants an iPod touch but you can't afford one or don't trust your child to look after it properly, this is a great alternative - and the colours will appeal to kids too. The on/off button is easy to access and simple enough to use, and the headphone jack is clearly displayed and all of my headphones and earphones are compatible. The iPod comes with a free pair of Apple earphones however I don't think much to them so gave them to a friend.
The iPod also comes with a USB cable, which is used to charge your iPod. The iPod doesn't have the best battery life (around fifteen hours) so I usually charge it up every 3-4 days and the charging process takes around three hours. Unfortunately the iPod can not be connected to the mains to be charged, unless you buy an adapter, which are around the £15-£20 mark. This is not too much of an issue for me as I have access to a computer, but for those who don't or have limited access to a computer it'll be a very large downside. The usb lead is also used to transfer music on to your iPod from your laptop/computer. To put music onto your iPod you will need to install iTunes, which is free of charge and an easy process. The instruction manual which comes with the iPod explains using iTunes and all of the other information that you need. The sound quality that the iPod produces is great and equally as good as my iPhone and iPod touch, and although there is a volume limit it can go high enough to give that energising feel of pounding music which is great for anyone who runs.
This iPod can hold approximately 500 songs which is more than enough for me. You can also transfer audio books and podcasts onto the iPod, but these take up a considerable amount of storage space. Features wise, there isn't a huge range - no where near as many as the iPod touch has. The iPod shuffle has no apps, no calculator etc. and the only thing it actually does other than play music is the 'voiceover' which is like an extremely basic version of the iPhone app Siri Siri, it speaks 26 different languages and is able to tell you upon request the title or the artist of the song you are listening to and is also able to tell you how much battery you have left. To be honest I do not use this feature often but I am sure some people may find it handy. Overall, I do really recommend the iPod shuffle. It's good quality, durable, versatile and easy to use. It's very affordable and I can not really fault it!
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