Pros Aluminum Case (meaning less-prone to scratching), Very small to fit in a pocket, improved iPod interface w/ search function, battery life does seem long.
Cons Didn't notice the screen to be any brighter as Apple says, doesn't play any of the new iTunes games, still has no FM radio (requires the extra remote), headphone jack on bottom, 8gb only in black.
Summary Apple has done a spendid job in taking the old iPod mini's aluminum case and putting it on the nano instead. I would really say that this new nano is more like a shrunken ipod mini, except with a bottom headphone jack (which I personally don't like). I got my nano today and I've already played about 4 hours of music with the battery gauge now at I'd say 80%. So the battery should be impressive, probably not the 24 hrs that Apple says but still decent. The interface now allows you the search for your music instantaneously, just like you can in iTunes. However, I wish Apple had put a built-in FM tuner instead of making us buy the little remote. I also was disappointed to see the 8gb come only in black; I really wanted a blue nano, but I also don't want 4gb. The black does still look pretty cool, I will admit that. Overall, I think this is the best non-video iPod to date. Apple definitely should be able to sell thousands of this model (I would say even more if there was a better color selection). And believe me, I've used many different iPods through the years.
Pros SIZE, Sound Quality, itunes interface, Bright display, great battery life
Cons Not as many song options as I'd like.
Summary I did a lot of research, and tried to get away from all the ipod junkies. I bought the creative zen because I use media player a lot. After a week, I knew I needed a switch. My friend bought the San Disk 8gb, I was considering that as well.
I picked up the nano, 8gb, what a great player! I'm a really picky tech guy as well, if I don't like it, it goes back to the store.
After attempting to find a better song interface, I came back to Itunes. The most popular downloads make it very simple to find the songs you are looking for. I really don't agree with the AAC encoding, I think a consumer should be able to download just an MP3 format instead of going through the hoops of transferring through so many hoops.
Back to the player. It's sleek, great sound, better than zen and san disk. It's worth the money. If you are wavering, my vote is the ipod nanoUpdated
By the way, I did a test run with my friend's san disk and the ipod. Ipod was significantly clearer, even though the san disk display is quite cool. If you are going for sound quality, nano.
Pros Incredibly Small, crisp screen, metal casing, 8GB, batter life
Cons Lacks a customized EQ, headphone jack on bottom
Summary Big round of applause for the rapid shipmet, Apple!
To be quite honest, this nano is nearly perfect. The metal casing is what sold me, and in black, it's gorgeously simple. The 8GB of memory is quite satisfying, being the maximum avaiable on the market. Bringing those two things together would make for a great product, but Apple went even further by enhancing the battery life (although I haven't been able to test yet), enhancing the screen, and slimming the size to near nothing.
This product is as close to perefection as it will ever be, before requiring a major overhaul to move that dang speaker jack!Updated
The new click wheel is odly textured. Through use, it may smooth out, but it certainly feels different. I've been using a mini before now, so take my opinion for what it's worth.Updated
The included ear buds, as expected, are pretty junky. Buy a better pair if you haven't already.
And the click wheel is somewhat textured, much like the aluminum casing. Unexpected, but not annoying.
"A Slight Flaw"on by D.PressDawson
Pros Scratch-Proof, Excellent Sound Quality, Nano Size
Cons Loose Screen
Summary Two days after I heard about the 2nd Generation iPod Nano I bought one. In three days I recieved it and after four hours owning it found a slight flaw in its design. First of all, I am a very picky person, I have exchanged many an LCD monitor for one dead or stuck pixel, I exchanged my DS Lite for a stuck pixel and now I have found a flaw with this 2nd Generation Nano. The screen covering the LCD display seems to not fit tightly enough because some small particles of dust have been trapped under the screen, sandwiched between the LCD and the screen. The worst part is the dust is about the size of a pixel so it can be seem when glancing at the screen and is a constant pesterance. This could be an isolated incident, but it is quite annoying. The product is otherwise flawless and an excellent buy for $249.99.Updated
Recently I had gotten completely sick of staring at that dust. It has accumulated for about nine months in there and the screen had become almost completely covered with the stuff. I took it in to the Apple store after making an appointment with the Genius Bar and they were more than helpful in exchanging it for a exact same one. The only issue I had is that they were sold out at the time and I had to wait three days for more to come in. I also purchased a case for the iPod so more dust cannot get in, or at least not as easily. I highly recommend the Core Case iPod Nano for 2nd Generation. It is really tough, made of the same anodized aluminum! It also has a plug on the bottom to keep dust from getting in as well as a plastic screen on the top so that the screen will not get scratched. It has top ratings from all the web review sites including iLounge.com and even Apple.com's customer reviews. I hope this problem does not return but at least I know that they will exchange it if it does.
Pros sound (if the player works)
Cons chrasing, iTunes, standard earphones
Summary i bought this when i needed a new mp3 player, i decided to go for an iPod. When i got home i first needed to install lots of spam from Apple and after that i was trying to get songs on the machine, but iTunes refused and wanted me to buy some tracks. The quality of the standard earphone is quite terrible but with my own earphones it sound pretty good (that is for the few tracks which were already on the machine). I uninstalled iTunes and other spam and brought the iPod back to the store. When i got home i saw there was still some iTunes cr*p on my computer, it can even uninstall properly!