So, believe it or not I’ve never owned an iPod, you’d think being into technology as much as I am I’d have at least one, but nope, not until now. Since I’ve had the iPod, I’ve had quite a bit of time to play with it, and well, I’m not that impressed with it really, not sure I understand all of the hype around it, and why it’s so wildly popular. Mp3 players have been around for a long time, but now it seems ‘iPod’ has become a generic term for mp3 player, you mention mp3 players and people think of iPods instantly, it’s like there was never anything before the iPod…  I own two mp3 players that I don’t even use anymore, instead I use my ATT Tilt which can do everything the iPod or my mp3 players can do and much more…

Today I’ve got the 4th Generation  Apple iPod nano, the 8gb version, in the limited edition color Product Red. The iPod has taken over the mp3 player market leaving many companies struggling to compete with it, it was basically an instant success with the launch of the first version, and since then it has all been uphill for Apple and the iPod line of products. The new nano offers a large LCD viewing area, an accelerometer for games and navigation, along with of course being very portable and well made.

So first up I’ve got the unboxing and a brief tour video for you showing the basic features etc:


Apple iPod Nano 8gb Product Red Color

Size and weight
Height: 3.6 inches (90.7 mm)
Width: 1.5 inches (38.7 mm)
Depth: 0.24 inch (6.2 mm)
Weight: 1.3 ounces (36.8 grams)

* 2-inch (diagonal) liquid crystal display with blue-white LED backlight
* 320-by-240-pixel resolution at 204 pixels per inch

* 8GB or 16GB flash drive2
* Holds up to 2,000 or 4,000 songs in 128-Kbps AAC format3
* Holds up to 7,000 or 14,000 iPod-viewable photos4
* Holds up to 8 hours or 16 hours of video5
* Stores data via USB flash drive

Battery and power
* Built-in rechargeable lithium ion battery
* Playback time
   -Music playback time: Up to 24 hours when fully charged
   -Video playback time: Up to 4 hours when fully charged

Ok, so the interface works, but it’s picky about how it works, it doesn’t always do what you want it to do, like the accelerometer part, it doesn’t always seem to work for me. The click wheel as well just seems a bit over sensitive to me, it’s easy to just zip right by things you’re trying to get to. Maybe it’s me because I’m not accustomed to it, and I need to use it more, but that’s just my initial impressions.

The accelerometer is cool overall though, the included game Maze utilizes it and you can get other games as well.

The large screen is nice for viewing pictures and album covers of course, and movies are ok, just don’t watch anything with subtitles in it unless you’ve got a magnifying glass handy. The quality is great actually, screen is bright and the colors are vivid and clear. One complaint could be that it’s glass, and well it’s prone to break easily, you’ve pretty much got to get a case with screen protector for it.

Another small complaint is that this new generation isn’t exactly compatible with the accessories out there, it works with most, but won’t charge on almost all of them. I don’t quite understand why Apple would mess with the design like this considering there are so many accessories out there for the iPod.

Sound quality is ok through the included earbuds, but I personally do not like them at all, they’re uncomfortable to me for any period of time, I prefer the type that go in the ear with the soft silicone buds. The actual sound through them is acceptable, but there are better options out there if you like good quality sound, I tried them out for a day and tossed them back in the box in favor of another, more comfortable, better sounding pair.

Of course with the iPod comes iTunes as well and it works well to sync up everything and to transfer your music to the iPod. I do like the fact that most albums are $10 though iTunes, and I haven’t really got into the other features just yet.

All of the options included I guess are useful, not sure though why I would need to carry my contacts in my mp3 player though since I’ve got my phone with me at all times.

On a personal opinionated note, I don’t get what all the fuss is about, it’s my first iPod and sure it’s cool and all, but it’s just an mp3 player, I don’t know…. but honestly I’m not that impressed by the iPod, I guess it’s because I was expecting much more from all of the hype about them everywhere. It’s my first iPod and well I don’t think it’s all that really…

…from an objective point of view, it’s a great device that does a lot of stuff besides play music, and of course it plays music very well also.

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The 4th Generation iPod Nano offers a few more features over the last generation that I think people will appreciate. The interface is great, the screen is bright and vivid and works well for pictures, videos and everything else it does.
The built in accelerometer is a a nice added feature that adds another dimension to using the iPod, and makes it kind of fun to use as well.

Accelerometer is useful and fun
Easy to use
Well made
Lightweight and very portable
Lots of content for it on the iTunes store
Videos and pictures look sharp

Earbuds don’t offer the best sound quality and they aren’t very comfortable
Not exactly compatible with older accessories
Interface is touchy/over sensitive
Glass screen cover – possible to break easily

Overall score-9-10
Design score-9-10
Performance score-9-10