Pros Big Widescreen; First 'Rentals' iPod.
Cons Too big; iPod Nano has same features; Click Wheel Very Sensitive
Summary Over all the cons about the Apple 'iPod Classic' (80gb), the Video player is a new for small portable devices, this iPod in particular sold 800,000 in half a year!
It is smart, but I much prefer the iPod 'Video Nano' to this particular iPod.
6/10 - God of Devices
Pros Video, 80GB storage capacity, nothing even comes close to the interface
Cons What cons? No WMA support? Just add rockbox to your firmware... Also, the non-user-replaceable battery...
Summary I got this player along with my new MacBook Pro 15.4" and really like it. Here are my reasons:
1. 80 GB storage and video playback. I know, M$ and Archos have similar storage capacity, but can M$ and Archos actually put the capacity to good use with their own online music stores?
2. The iPod interface. Nobody (not even Creative, Archos and M$) can come close to the 7-year old (and near perfect) interface of the iPod.
My only gripe is the lack of a user-replaceable battery. However, that said, iPod gets LONG battery life (unlike my old Creative Zen SLEEK ) and has decent storage (unlike my Sandisk Sansa e250).
Overall, this iPod is well worth the $249 price tag.
Pros More storage capacity than the previous model for the same price, and battery life ! ! !
Cons Video output now requires a proprietary cable; some older iPod video accessories are not compatible
Summary I've only previously owned a 5th gen 30GB iPod Video. So far I am very, very happy with my new 80GB classic. Installation was a breeze. I already had iTunes set up with all my music, so all I had to do was load up iTunes and plug in the iPod, and automation took care of the rest. The iPod charged up in a few hours. That simple!
The 80GB classic is perfect for what I use it for: listening to my entire music collection from one convienent place. I've been listening to it for many many hours straight, and it's barely even touched the battery. The screen is nice and vibrant for looking at all the cover art, and the backlight auto shuts off to save on batteries when you aren't using it, especially useful when it's just sitting in your pocket or glovebox. The brushed aluminum looks very stylish and gives it a more solid feel. The clickwheel can be a little sluggish at times, but I've never found myself irritated by it.
All in all an excellent purchase. Extremely impressed by the battery life. and the fact that now you can get 80GB of storage for the same price of the 30GB.
What's also neat is that the iPod comes with 3 pre-loaded games.
Pros Very durable, great UI, large screen and capacity, perfect size/weight.
Cons Plastic screen, no fm radio (not much of a loss), crappy earbuds.
Summary This is my ideal mp3 player. The screen is large enough for some podcasts, but not so big videos instantly drain the battery. The body is not so tiny that it is impossible to hold comfortably(*cough cough ipod nano*). The simple metal design is awesome. I have had it thrown across locker rooms and stepped on and hit hard enough to dent the metal casing dozens of times, but it still works perfectly fine. I can't say the same for my Samsung P2 or my sisters ipod nano 4th generation or her itouch or my bro's ipod shuffle. Sure the clickerwheel is a little laggy and the plasic screen is prone to scuffs, but those aren't that big of a deal to me. The only part I absolutely hate about it is that it has no custom EQ. That, paired with apple earbuds, is about enough bad sound quality to make me puke. But I love it all the same.
Pros great product that makes your life so easy. Screen big enough for podcast videos. Reliable and easy to use. The combination with iTunes makes the most of it for me.
GREAT to be able to sync my calendar and address book. Your agenda in your pocket!
Cons cannot connect with my iMac many times. Need to reset all the time! some videos available at iTunes cannot be copied (but at least iTunes tells you in advance).
scroll whell would need some tweeks to be more accurate.
really bad: cannot rate videos.
Summary before this iPod I had a Philips GoGear. That was a big pain downloading podcasts, hours of converting them and many didn't play properly. With iPod I don't need to do anything besides selecting the podcast in iTunes. It's so simple and smooth. It's price is well worth more than that. And iTunes gives you access to amazing conferences and university lectures.
another thing many video players are really bad at: saving the playing position. This is a must have feature which works in the iPod while it didn't really work well in the several Philips players I tried.
sad that I cannot do a bit more with it, like rate videos, see their duration in the list view (to decide which one to watch 1st depending on my time), mark them unread or add them to 'on the go playlist'
really annoying the fact that many times I need to reset the iPod because the iMac doesn't recognize it. The shop assistant didn't help.
some bugs: scroll wheel is not very accurate for short distances, text of events (calendar) is not wrapped so long lines aren't seen (which made the iPod completely dumb sometimes).