"Poor audio quality"on by jcinzano
Pros Design, screen, size
Cons No bass, EQ = distortion , price
Summary I've had a 3G iPod for two years and have been looking forward to the new Nano as a possible replacement.
Though the size, color screen, ease of use and metal shell are all improvements on my old 3G, the audio quality leaves a lot to be desired.
That the CNET editor would dub this -- and the first gen -- as having "excellent" sound is surprising. The previous Nano was widely reviewed as having inferior sound to the Shuffle and the 5G iPod (the Nano used a fourth gen codec) and -- as the CNET review does get right -- this version is no different.
If you're not picky about audio quality, this will be fine for you. But if you like bass -- I mean, *at all* -- or a "full" sound, then this is a poor choice.
While mids and highs are fairly detailed, the overall sound is fairly thin. Bass is nearly nonexistent. This is true both with supplied earbuds and my higher-end phones.
You can try punching it up a bit with the EQ. But if you choose "bass boost" or "hip hop," you'll have low end distortion at all but the lowest volumn levels. Even the "Rock" setting (one of the best), has a tiny bit of distortion. Vocal boosting EQ setting such as "piano" or "vocal" result in the singer sounding like he's front and center -- singing through a tin can.
Pros Thinner, lighter, brighter, no finger prints, stronger
Cons 1G Nano accessories may not work with 2G Nano
Summary This is a great iPod. I just recieved it last night and it works great with the new iTunes.
However, my wife has a 1G Nano and we have many accessories for it that I assumed would work on the 2G Nano (Apple does not mention this at all when purchasing the new Nano). The 2G iPod will not fit in the following accessories we have: the iPod Nano dock (I noticed a new dock for 2G Nano's on Apple's site yesterday), the Belkin Tunebase FM, and it does not fit as well in our cases.
The dock connector port on the 2G nano has been moved about an eighth of an inch to the left thus making it difficult to insert in to some 1G accessories.
For both the dock and FM transmitter, I had to take a chisel to them in order to make more space on the right side inner wall to fit the new nano.
I have also used FM transmitters than incorporate the dock connector and the headphone jack and I can assume that these will not work either due to the new spacing of the dock connector and the headphone jack.
Other than the fit issues, it's a great upgrade. I look forward to more accessories made just for the 2G nano.
Pros Improved music search, no FM radio, no recording, no fuss
Cons No voice recognition for fast music search, who wants my old Nano?
Summary It's nice to see Apple can keep their focus right and not get mislead by reviews that are feature focused.
The improvements are exactly addressing the important issues. We buy a music player to play music and don't want to spend time on navigation.
iTunes 7 seems to also address the important issues including better user interface and integration.
All those other "toy players" with longer feature lists simply can't impress me. I must admit I was concerned that Apple would start to flood their products with all those gimmick features but they didn't.
This is a product for anybody who wants to buy a music player to play music
Pros Great functionality, design and sound
Cons lacks fm tuner and video
Summary I have had the Nano for 8 months now and its an excellent player. Its thin, sleek and colourful. The only thing i would like to see is video, fm tuner and a bigger screen for the price of the nano.
Pros Simplicity (with iTunes), looks, size, feeling
Cons No FM-tuner. Why?
Summary I just entered the iPod world after several non-apple MP3-players and I must say I am very pleased for the cross over. Everything is easier, more beatiful and it has a very high WAF (wife acceptency factor). What I still don´t get is why they don´t include a FM-tuner in the ipod itself, why force us to bye a seperate unit?