"don't bother"on by gartneraz
Pros compact, accessorizes nicely with iPod Nano
Cons weak, static, interference, dropouts
Summary Weak! Too much static, interference, dropouts, just doesn't deliver a good enough signal. Don't buy this unit, you'll be disappointed. I got mine as a Xmas present, hopefully Best Buy will let me exchange it for something that works better.
"A step backward?"on by duffyb
Pros Design and ease of use
Cons Weak signal
Summary I used this a few days after I bought it at a picnic with a boom box. The sound was weak and I had to crank up the volume making it easy to hear static and hiss. The signal diminished completely when moved 2 or 3 feet from the radio. My son showed up with his iPod mini using the original white cylindrical iTrip (won't work with nanos) and I was amazed at how strong and clear it sounded and it still worked from a distance of 30 feet!
I love the design or 'form factor' of this product but hey, form follows function.
Pros Reasonable FM transmission even in an urban environment at home or in the car; works anywhere; easy to use; looks great with the iPod nano and doesn't add a lot of bulk
Cons Does not include a charger or a pass through for a charger; only comes in silver
Summary I don't know where CNET's reviewer, Jasmine France, tried the iTrip Pocket out, or what her expectations were, but my experience with it so far in a very congested Boston urban area has been very satisfactory. I did actual comparisons between the iTrip Pocket and Extreme Mac's Air Play for the iPod nano. I played them on the same frequencies, 3 so far, both in my home and on the road. The iTrip performed better in every situation.
That said you may ask why an 8 rating and not a 10. Well I felt that based on the guidelines an 'excellent' is a fair score. I'm a fairly critical listener, but if you're an audiophile, you may be bothered by occasional static. I found that the static that did occur with the iTrip was no worse than the occasional static that occurs with many FM stations. This is a problem with all FM transmitters, and is a factor of FCC regulations that limit the strength of the signal allowed as well as the quality of the FM radio that you have. My car is a 2003 Murano with a Bose stereo system.
As for the absence of a charger or a pass through, that's one of the things I like best about the iTrip Pocket. It's completely unemcumbered with lots of extraneous stuff. Yes it draws on the iPod's battery, but with 24 hours of play time, and so many ways to charge the iPod's battery, I feel the lack of a charger or pass through is unimportant. I'll trade simplicity for complexity every time. Just remember to charge your iPod up when you go on a trip, and bring the car charger with you.
The only other mild criticism that I have is that it doesn't come in black to match my nano. I'm sure Griffin has one in the works, but I couldn't wait and I'm glad I didn't. I'm now enjoying my iPod nano everywhere.
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"a real test"on by gbreed06
Pros Size and simple setup
Cons shorten battery life and sound quaility
Summary Really the best test for these devices would be cities like New York, Philadelphia, Boston; where one or maybe two frequencies are available. The bottom line is that if these device work here they would anywhere in the country. My own tests has shown none of the FM Transmitters or receivers can not beat a direct connect (Aux Jack).