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Apple iPod Nano 4GB

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 ...

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Review of "Apple iPod Nano 4GB"

published 06/07/2006 | oranges430
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Pro gorgeous and superslim design
Cons Unspectacular battery life; though durable, device scratches easily; pricey in terms of gigabytes per pound
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"Apple ipod nano, to buy or not to buy?"

The Ipod nano is beautiful. It is definitely the most aesthetically pleasing mp3 player on the market at the moment. But its beauty is extremely fragile and can be blemished all too easily. Take my advice, when buying the nano make sure you pick up a protective silicone case for it as well. The smooth shiny surface that first beams at you when you open the box can be replaced by a rather ragged looking scratched facade after a few weeks of normal usage. This is especially noticable on the black model.

About the player itself: the user interface is exceptionally easy to navigate. The click wheel is set at a perfect sensitivity and makes song selection effortlessly easy. The screen is also a marvel to behold, the LCD screen allows album art to be displayed in full colour. iTunes allows for the easy transfer of songs to the device and is also able to convert wma type files to the AAC format which the player recognises. The player is breathtakingly small, I usually store it in the breast pocket of my shirt while commuting to work; its weight is negligible. Sound quality is also good although i would agree with other reviewers and recommend investing in a better pair of ear-phones than the standard ones provided.

But the iPod nano does have one significant flaw. I chose to deduct 1 star from the product due to its poor battery life, depending on the users access to USB ports they may choose to dock more. I have easy access to USB ports all day so charging is never a major inconvenience but i find the frequency with which i have to plug it into my PC to be quite annoying. Dont expect to get the 14hrs life advertised. That is a wildly optimistic estimate, most likely achieved with no backilght and a low volume. In my normal usage (2secs backlight timer, decent volume, album art on) i get maybe 6hrs from the device. I find this quite inadequate, seeing as i got 18 from my previous creative mp3 (albeit it was twice the size!). And of course the battery is not user changable so you will have to pay Apple 65.95$ for the luxury of having your battery replaced.

Despite this flaw I still find the iPod nano a wonderful piece of technology, its size is simply amazing. To have a library of 850 songs in my front shirt pocket is a sign of how far the technology has evolved from the relatively recent days of the walkman and discman. I'm very happy with the purchase (truth be told, I'm quite smug taking it out in the middle of a crowded Tokyo subway where movement is extremely limited!). I'm just not looking forward to inevitably paying that 65dollars to have the battery changed...but it'll be worth it!

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  • ambrosurvey published 11/09/2006
    very good review, thanks!
  • bosck published 06/07/2006
    Good review. thanks for the useful imfo. i think i will go for a bit more of a robust player tho, as i'd give myself 3 hours max. to have messed up the sleek look of the black nano!!!
  • lindsayjayne published 06/07/2006
    I've got an ipod shuffle at the minute, but am hoping to get a nano. Some great information there thanks. x
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Product Information : Apple iPod Nano 4GB

Manufacturer's product description

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.

General

Supported Digital Audio Standards: WAV, AAC, AIFF, Audible, MP3, Apple Lossless

Sound Output Mode: Stereo

Flash Memory: 4096

Localisation: English / United Kingdom, United Kingdom, Norway

Product Type: MP3 player, Digital player

iPod Generation: 1G

Depth: 0.7 cm

Height: 8.9 cm

Digital Player Type: Flash based

Digital Player Functions: Photo playback

Width: 4.1 cm

Weight: 42 g

Enclosure Colour: White, Black

MPN: MA005FB/A, MA005B/A, MA005H/A, MA107FB/A, MA107B/A, MA005LL/A, MA107H/A, MA107LL/A, MA005/A, MA005FD/A, MA107/A

Interface Supported: USB

Supported Digital Photo Standards: BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, PSD (Mac only), TIFF

Product Details

Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty

Audio Specifications: Digital Player - Response Bandwidth - 20 - 20000 Hz

Localisation: English / United Kingdom, United Kingdom, Norway

Playback Digital Standards: WAV, AAC, AIFF, Audible, MP3, Apple Lossless

Product Type: Digital player flash based

Product Description: Apple iPod nano - digital player

Sound Output Mode: Stereo

Enclosure Colour: White, Black

Dimensions (WxDxH): 4.1 cm x 0.7 cm x 8.9 cm

Weight: 42 g

iPod Generation: 1G

Battery: Player - rechargeable - Lithium Ion

Headphones: Headphones - binaural - ear-bud - stereo

Flash Memory: 4 GB

Built-in clock: Yes, timer

Built-in Display: Colour - 176 x 132 - 1.5" - LCD

Interface Supported: USB

Audio System

Features: Date display, upgradeable firmware, USB 2.0 compatibility

Sound Output Mode: Stereo

Audio Specifications: Digital Player - Response Bandwidth - 20 - 20000 Hz

Built-in clock: Yes, timer

Timer: Sleep, wake

Equaliser: Yes

Flash Memory: 4 GB

Digital Photo Playback: Yes

Battery

Battery Enclosure Type: Integrated

Run Time (Up To): 14 hour(s)

Recharge Time: 3 hour(s)

Battery Life Details: Digital playback - up to 14 hour(s) ¦ Slideshows with music - up to 4 hour(s)

Battery: yes, Player - rechargeable - Lithium Ion

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support: 1 year warranty

Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - 1 year ¦ Technical support - phone consulting - 90 days

System Requirements

OS Required: Microsoft Windows 2000 SP4 or later, Apple MacOS X 10.3.4 or later, Microsoft Windows XP SP2 or later

Miscellaneous

Included Accessories: USB cable, docking station adapter

Cables Included: USB cable

Software: Apple iTunes for Mac, Apple iTunes for Windows

Connections

Connector Type: Docking station ¦ Headphones ( mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm )

Headphones

Headphones Type: Headphones - binaural - ear-bud

Connectivity Technology: Wired

Sound Output Mode: Stereo

Impedance: 32 Ohm

Frequency Response: 20 - 20000 Hz

Digital Player (Recorder)

Features: Variable bit-rate compatible

External Hard Drive Function: Yes

Supported Bit Rate: 16 - 320Kbps

Playback Modes: Repeat all, random play / shuffle, one track repeat

ID3 Tags Support: Yes

Equaliser

Equaliser Factory Preset Qty: 20

Built-in Display

Built-in Display: LCD - colour

Display Illumination: Yes

Display Illumination Colour: White, blue

Resolution: 176 x 132

Diagonal Size: 1.5"

Display Menu Language: Danish, Hungarian, Czech, Chinese (traditional), Chinese (simplified), English, German, French, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Polish, Finnish, Swedish, Russian, Spanish, Dutch, Greek, Turkish, Japanese, Korean

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