Product Type: Apple MP3 players
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Apple iPod shuffle (4G) 2 GB
Member Name: walsha11
Apple iPod shuffle (4G) 2 GB
Advantages: cost, functional, design, colours, easy to use
Disadvantages: headphones, limited functions and features
Ok so, once again I am writing a technology review which, because I'm a massive techophobe, will be the average persons guide to an electrical product.
I recently decided that I really need to start taking exercise a littler bit more seriously. I was a member of a gym last year and went fairly regularly until I started two new jobs and had absolutely zero time to go. The picture isn't all that different this year, except that I quit the gym because I was paying and not using it and now I have 4 jobs rather than 2. But I know I'm not nearly as fit as I could be and I make endless excuses about why I just can't go running today. One of these reasons, sad though it is to admit it, is that I don't have an iPod to run with. If you have the same physical stamina that I do, literally none, you need something to distract yourself from the intense pain and music does this for me. I decided to bite the bullet and buy an iPod so I'd have no more excuses.
I had a look at what was on the market and decide the iPod shuffle suited my needs best. I already have an iPhone (see my review) which has an iPod on it, but I hate to run with it because it's an expensive item and if it breaks I'll have no phone. So I decided the shuffle would suits my needs, as I'd only be using it for roughly 20-30 minutes a day, just while I exercise. It is also the iPod on the market, at only £38, and I thought it would do the job perfectly. So, here are my thoughts on the various features.
- Music -
It is really easy to load music onto the iPod shuffle by using your computer and itunes. I'm sure you don't need a lesson in this but basically for my needs I created a playlist of songs I wanted to listen to while exercising and then just loaded this playlist manually onto the iPod. It means I can change songs as and when I like, add things easily and avoid slow songs which aren't great to exercise to. You basically have three features for playing music on this iPod and this is all done by two handy buttons as you don't have a screen like the others. You slide the off button across one notch to get the songs to play in order and then across one more notch for shuffle (which is what I use). There is also a button you can hold down to hear the playlists and select them accordingly via this. Although I won't be using this feature at the moment as there is only one playlist it might be helpful for holiday as I can take my shuffle instead of my iPhone and just load an alternative playlist.
- Sound -
The sound quality is really good, as with all apple products I've ever used. It is clear and doesn't sound at all tinny. There is a good range of volume too so you can crank it up once you really start to feel the burn.
- Headphones -
You get standard apple headphones with this which personally I wouldn't use to exercise with. I tend to find they fall out of my ears at the best of time, let alone when I am trying to exercise. I have invested in some philips over the ear headphones which work perfectly. That said, you can't exactly expect apple to supply anything other than their standard headphones, and it is always useful to have a spare pair.
- Charging -
You get a diddy little wire to plug into your shuffle and then your computer, it is literally no longer than about 7cm and super cute. One end goes into the headphone port on the shuffle and the other end is a USB which goes into your computer, or plug adaptor if you own one. The shuffle doesn't have the usual slot for a standard apple charger so be aware of this if you forget the wire specifically designed for the shuffle!
- Design -
I think the design of this is literally so adorable. It is basically a square iPod no bigger than an international postage stamp. I love the look of it, a coloured body with white buttons and accessories. it has a very clean and simple look I automatically associate with apple. It also have a really sturdy and useful clip on the back of it which means you can attach it to your clothes. This is perfect for running and makes my life a million times easier.
- Colours -
You can get this iPod shuffle in a variety of colours: silver, blue, pink, green and orange. I like that there are a decent variety of colours to choose from and that they are all quite bright, fun shades. I chose the blue iPod because I thought it was the nicest colour, though the orange was pretty tempting too.
- Cost -
I bought mine from John Lewis and it cost me £38 which seems like a really reasonable price for a fully functional iPod. The next step up is +£100 and I just couldn't justify that kind of cost. For me the shuffle is great. Although the things you can do on it are slightly limited, as is the storage at 2GB, I think for simple use and for exercise you really can't go wrong. I love the idea that it makes it accessible to younger people as well. When I was 17 I bought my first iPod and it cost me £90, I had to save up 3 or 4 months of my allowance for this. The iPod shuffle would have been perfect for me back then and at half the price you can't go wrong.
Overall, a great little iPod at a fraction of the cost.
Summary: A great iPod for simple use or exercising.
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