Apple iPod Nano 8GB Second Generation

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Apple iPod Nano 8GB Second Generation

iPod nano is smaller than iPod mini and has a color screen and a Click Wheel but has flash memory instead of a hard drive. Song and photo syncing only...

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Review of "Apple iPod Nano 8GB Second Generation"

published 02/01/2007 | Looby5
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Pro Cute, holds heaps of songs
Cons Scared to loose or break it!
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"It's the Apple of my eye!"

Before Christmas when I wrote my list to Santa, I asked him for one of those cute new Ipod shuffle things, the really tiny silver ones. Well Santa got it wrong and I'm happy to say I ended up with a rather smashing 8Gb Black Nano instead.

I had never been particularly interested in owning an Ipod. I've had various other MP3 players over the years and after the novelty has worn off I've never really bothered with them again, in fact I've used the last one I had more as a memory stick that anything else. The reason I fancied having the Shuffle was purely and simply because it was cute and I suppose combined with the fact I'm spending a lot of time hanging around airports at the moment I thought I might get a bit more use out of it. So I was slightly disappointed when I first pulled the Nano out of my stocking.

When I unwrapped it I was quite impressed with the case it came in, it's like a little plastic coffin with a see through lid. It looked really smart. The trademark white headphones, instructions and the USB connector where hidden underneath so all you can see is the Ipod itself. There was no software included so I downloaded Itunes (the Apple music software for buying and playing music) off the web as instructed and set about copying all my CD's to the library.

I must say at this point I was a bit weary of Itunes, I've heard a few horror stories about people loosing their libraries and not being able to get stuff off it but, look I took the plunge and so far so good but I don't like the way it hijacks all your MP3's and makes them Apple files.

The user interface on both the Ipod and on Itunes is really easy to use which I guess is why it's been so popular. I particularly like the way I can set up play lists in Itunes, you just transfer your favourites to one file, like a kind of compilation album only you can do it for as many songs as you like. Another favourite feature is the shuffle feature. I've currently got 250 songs in there, or roughly a days worth of music, and each time I set of on a journey I shuffle the order so I get a new selection each time.

The sound quality is excellent although when I'm in the car (I also got an in car kit from good old Santa) I do notice the varying quality of my MP3's which is a bit annoying but no reflection on the Ipod, as with most things garbage in = garbage out.

There are other features on the device, some pretty ordinary games, Brick, Music Quiz, Parachute and Solitaire. There is also a contacts section and a pictures section, neither of which I have used as yet. The colour screen is 1.5cm so the pictures will probably come out ok, I'm sure I'll put some on there at some stage, just because I can!

I had a friend come over with his Ipod on Christmas day and we spent some time being Ipod nerds together. He has a nifty little programme called Ipod access which I think you have to pay for but it allows you to copy the contents of someone else's device. Usually, and I guess this would be classed as a disadvantage, when you plug your ipod into someone else's Itunes It threatens to wipe out their library and replace it with yours. Not a good look!

The total capacity on the 8Gb Nano is around 2000 songs they tell me, which is plenty by most peoples standard. Battery life is quoted as 24 hours but I haven't had any battery issues yet. I'm charging it each time my computer is on which keeps topping it up.

There are some disadvantages to the Nano. Firstly it's expensive compared to non Apple MP3's. It costs about 150GBP or $380 Australia dollars to us down under. For that there are many other larger capacity devices around some of which also look quite tasty. Secondly, although it is undoubtedly quite a sexy looking contraption I keep feeling like I'm going to break it. I hate using a handbag, much preferring to put things in my pocket. The couple of times I've put this in my pocket I've felt like I might snap it, this could be totally mad but I honestly think it feels quite delicate. The first thing I did when the shops opened last week was to go and but a little silicone cover for it as I was scared of scratching or marking it. I also had one vary hairy moment when I thought I'd lost it. I had half an hour of frantic searching/retracing steps/planning to replace it before the loss was discovered. It was under the sofa.

The fact that it's small and cute is why we all buy these things so it seems a little bit silly to whinge about the fact that it's prone to getting lost but hey, it's my review and I can whinge if I want to.

The Verdict

I'd have to say that I can whole heartedly recommend the 8Gb Nano. It looks good, sounds good, is easy to use and you can buy more accessories for it than you could shake a stick at. I already have a car kit which is fab, a docking station, which sounds a bit average and of course my cute little silicone cover. I was out shopping yesterday and saw a sock for it, I kid you not, an Ipod Nano sock, which I thought was fantastic, I had to be dragged away.

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  • NIRVANA7XXXSTACY published 23/12/2007
  • sdam99 published 21/05/2007
    great review. will you write your thoughts on some of my reviews please? i have a shuffle. its fantastic!!
  • cooldude28 published 23/04/2007
    Will rate alot of your reviews. Would you give me your thoughts on a few of my reviews please? Thanks, and good review!! ;) Dan
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Product Information : Apple iPod Nano 8GB Second Generation

Manufacturer's product description

iPod nano is smaller than iPod mini and has a color screen and a Click Wheel but has flash memory instead of a hard drive. Song and photo syncing only occurs over USB 2 (not FireWire). iPod nano comes in white and black. The capacity of the iPod nano is engraved on the back of the case (1 GB, 2 GB, or 4 GB).

Product Details

Audio System / Type: MP3 Player

Flash Memory / Installed Size: 8192

Digital Storage Media: Flash memory - integrated

Built-In Radio: No

Manufacturer: Apple

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

iPod Generation: 2G

Sound Output Mode: Stereo

Playback Digital Standards: WAV, AAC, AIFF, Audible, MP3, Apple Lossless BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, PSD (Mac only), TIFF

Product Type: Digital player flash based

Product Description: Apple iPod nano - digital player

Built-in clock: Yes, timer, alarm

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

Enclosure Colour: Black

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

Weight: 40 g

Flash Memory: 8 GB

Headphones: Headphones - binaural - ear-bud - stereo

Battery: Player - rechargeable - Lithium Ion

Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty

Interface Supported: USB

Localisation: Swedish / Sweden

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 10.3.9 or later, Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2 or later, Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition SP2 or later

Software Requirements: iTunes 7


Battery: Player - rechargeable - Lithium Ion

Battery Enclosure Type: Integrated

Run Time (Up To): 24 hour(s)

Recharge Time: 3 hour(s)

Battery Life Details: Digital playback - up to 24 hour(s) ¦ Slideshows with music - up to 5 hour(s)


Included Accessories: USB cable, docking station adapter

Cables Included: USB cable


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


Headphones Type: Headphones - binaural - ear-bud

Connectivity Technology: Wired

Sound Output Mode: Stereo

Impedance: 32 Ohm

Frequency Response: 20 - 20000 Hz

Digital Player (Recorder)

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

Supported Bit Rate: 16 - 320Kbps

Features: Variable bit-rate compatible

External Hard Drive Function: Yes

ID3 Tags Support: Yes


Equaliser Factory Preset Qty: 20

Built-in Display

Built-in Display: LCD - colour

Display Illumination: Yes

Display Illumination Colour: Blue-white

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

Audio System

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

Digital Photo Playback: Yes

Sound Output Mode: Stereo

Built-in clock: Yes, timer, alarm

Equaliser: Yes

Flash Memory: 8 GB

Timer: Stopwatch, sleep, wake

Features: Volume limiter, date display, calendar, upgradeable firmware, built-in games, USB 2.0 compatibility


Product Type: Digital player

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

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

iPod Generation: 2G

MPN: MA497ZP/A, MA497, MA497S/A, MA497LL/A, MA497ZT/A

Digital Player Type: Flash based

Weight: 40 g

Enclosure Colour: Black

Enclosure Material: Anodised aluminium

Digital Player Functions: Photo playback

Width: 4.1 cm

Depth: 0.7 cm

Height: 8.9 cm

Interface Supported: USB

Localisation: Swedish / Sweden


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