Pros Small, lightweight, color screen, battery life, etc
Cons Only one...Scratches
Summary I've just upgraded from the ipod mini (1st gen) to the nano 4GB. I was hoping for a color screen and got that, in a smaller than expected package. Beautiful! Elegant! All the features we're used to plus the color screen. Unlike the mini, though, this unit scratches extremely easily. Be carefule how you clean it, or you could end up scratching it. I highly recommend putting a screen protector on it. I just ordered some skins to protect it, and now I'm waiting for the armband. I decided to go with skins instead of the tubes because I could use the arm band with the skins on, therefore maintain the nano well protected. If you use teh tunes, I think you would have to take the nano out of the tube in order to use the armband. As long as you are aware of the possibility of scratching it, then you can take the proper precaustions. Aside from that, my only complain is the lack of accessories. However, that will get "cured" with time. Overall, highly recommended.
Pros Size, Sound Quality(especially with good headphones), Screen Quality, Compatible with other IPod Accessories.
Cons Headphone Jack Placement, Battery Life compared to other flash players, Proprietary Battery
Summary First of all, this thing is absolutely beautiful. Aesthetically, Apple is on it's own level. The size of this is truely amazing. Great for putting in a shirt pocket, arm band, neck band. I almost want headphones with a shorter cable as storing the headphones is in terms of size significant compared to this unit.
The sound quality is great. It doesn't have EQ functions as nice as some others, but frankly its not needed. With the included earbud unit the sound is good enough, spend a few bucks and get a good set and it's incredible.
The screen quality is great. Really clear and big enough to not have to squint. The navigation control is great as it is on all other IPods.
The integration wiht Itunes is awesome. I had a WMA player and used it with MediaPlayer 10 and there is absolutely no comparison.
Down side. The placement of the headphone jack, while good for the lanyard headset that Apple sells, is aweful for all else. If you put this on a stand to charge, you won't be able to plug in the headset. Of course, one of things that kept me away from IPods is the proprietary battery. My WMA player used a AA battery. It lasted 42 hours as well which is much more than the 14-20 that is expected here. With the AA's, I bought two NIMH rechargeables and never had a problem. I hope that the battery in this thing is better than what they had in the first mini's. Also an FM tuner would be nice at this price, but not necessary. You can put 2 days worth of music on here, it's like you have a radio station.
Overall, I love this thing. I think the price is fair. Because of the relatively short battery life, I couldn't justify paying for the 4GB model. This thing doesn't have enough juice to play 2GB. I was waiting for Apple to come out with a good flash player before switching to IPod/Itunes. I am glad I waited, this is almost perfect.
Pros Small size, color display
Cons no firewire, no backlight adjustment, too scratch prone
Summary I gave up my older 15GB iPod after getting this one. Kind of wish I had kept it as a backup. My nano is on its second trip to Apple for repair. The first was due to an intermittent issue while selecting songs via the click wheel. Mine would sometimes shut completely off and start over. Apple could not duplicate the problem, although they did manage to add more scratches to the front.
I wish they had not removed the firewire capability on their new iPods. I've found it to always be more reliable than USB 2.
It would have also been nice to have a backlight adjustment for nightime viewing. The screen puts out enough light that I can read a book.
Pros 2-4 gb capacity, beautiful color screen, click wheel, tiny, looks great, no moving parts
Cons scratches very easily, poor battery life, small formatted capacity, mediocre sound quality with terrible bass.
Summary The good:
This is the nicest flash-based player I've seen, but not the best I've used. It looks and feels incredible in your hand (extremely lightweight, small, and the build quality is pretty good) The color screen is beautiful, and the quality of photos is exceptional despite the small size. The click wheel is still my favorite method of control among all of the mp3 players I've owned. The best part about this player is that it's flash based, and therefore has no moving parts. This means no skipping of songs and no broken hard drives.
As mentioned by almost everyone, this thing scratches very easily so a case is absolutely necessary if you wish to be able to read the screen. Even after being extremely careful with it, my Nano still has a number of scratches on the body. Trying to wipe off fingerprints with my shirt caused scratches on the screen =(.
This player is rated at 14hrs battery life, which alone is very very low for a flash based player with a lithium ion battery. However, if you even turn the backlight on a few times per hour you drain the battery quickly. I average 3-5 hours on a full charge, which is, in my opinion, unacceptable.
I know 'actual formatted capacity may vary,' but my 2gb Nano has just under 1.8gb space on it. That's 10 percent difference, which equates to almost 50 songs.
Lastly, and most importantly, is that this unit (like most iPods) has mediocre sound quality with terrible bass. If you are satisfied with the headphones the unit comes with, then the sound quality of it will suffice. If, however, you have a high end pair of headphones or earphones you will most likely be disappointed with the sound quality of this unit. If sound quality is important to you, as it is to me, Cowon makes products with terrific sound quality.
The iPod Nano is an achievement in size and capacity, but falls short in the important categories of battery life and sound quality.
Pros 2 GB, Sleek design, Small
Cons Expensive, No FM or Recording, No WMA Support, Just an MP3 Player
Summary I love the iPod, and I really want one, but it's just too expensive! Besides, it has no FM Tuner, No voice recording, no WMA... You can get an mp3 player that's just as good with all of those features and more for the less money. I guess people just get sucked into the ipod craze!