Pros 1. Nice visual design.
2. Nice screen.
3. Few fun gadgets.
Cons 1. Itunes ball and chain.
2. No bitrate conversion support.
3. Only par sound quality (come on! give it some muscle!)
4. Too delicate! I'm afraid to use it except when I'm sitting down.
5. Did I already say Itunes Ball and Chain?
Summary I've been happily using my Sansa Clip 8GB for about a year now with absolutely no complaints. I received my 5th Gen Ipod Nano as a gift and was exstatic (I LOVE consumer electronics). Here I now have this silver treasure that looks so Star Wars I could cry. Small and light and, dare I say it, beautiful! I plug this shiny new baby in and see the colorful screen light up and I start to drool. Then the magic ends.
First, I come to realize that although Rhapsody and Ipod say I can use Rhapsody to transfer mp3s that I own, I can't. Only I tunes. Itunes is okay but I like Rhapsody or WMP because I can transcode my MP3s from 320 kps on HDD down to 128kps on my device and save some memory space. So if you like that kind of control, you're screwed.
The headphones that it comes with are nice to give to you're 5 or 6 year old to use with their Leap Frog. My Sony Ear Buds helped the sound quality but nothing compared to my Clip. Don't get me wrong, it sounds okay, I've certainly heard worse but for the tech that is supposedly put into these things, I'd expect more.
Gadgets! Gadgets! Gadgets! This little tool will play games, radio, voice and memo record, take video (don't expect much), has a pedometer, stop watch and a handful of other handy dandies. None of which enhance my music experience. They're all quite novel and fun but grow old quickly (like, on the same day).
One thing I do like that my Clip is not capable of is shake to shuffle. Start your library up and give the Nano a shake. I dare ya! Shaking it will randomly select you a new song. Of course, If I were jogging (who am I kidding, I have to increase my activity to be sedentary) that would be a problem. Every footfall starts a new song.
Summing it up? It's just okay for me (to quote a famous Idol judge). Mine was free, and that sure helped but I'll probably keep right on using my trusty little Clip. It has been washed, beaten, dropped and even slept on a time or two and still works as well as it did when I bought it (for $45. NOT $150). I'll probably Ebay the Nano.
Pros - This iPod has a very practical user interface(same as any other ipod)
-Its slick, has a nice design and is pretty flashy.
-It has a camera
-It has a speaker option
-It has a microphone
-It has a relativley large display
Cons -This iPod :
-has very poor sound quality
-has limited storage capacity
-is very overpriced and overrated
-has multiple functions on the same buttons
-has a very badly placed mic and camera
-is very fragile
-is often shipped with technical defects
Summary Overall sucks ; Most pros are outweighed by a con. Lets start with the positive : It has a nice design,large display and a good user interface that allows good music organisation and relative quick track selection.
Now the bad stuff :
The camera sucks, didnt expect and I didnt buy it for that either luckily enough.
The mic isnt too good either.Recording quality isnt great but I guess its a nice feat.
The camera and mic are in the worst place possible, the lens is bound to get smudged and taking photos or recording will require you to hold the ipod in an akward position.
Now the real stuff, for an mp3 player I'm hugely dissapointed, whats up with the sound quality?? Its just bad.Thats both on speaker and on earphones.
The limited storage capacity doesnt allow for a big music library so beware if you want large capacities go to the competitors, they have better sound quality too in general.
This product is very overpriced for what it is, I'd rather have a decent working iPod then a pice of **** packed full of features that cant even store decent amounts of music or play your music with proper sound quality.Unfortunatley me and apple dont have the same opinion on the matter so were stuck with the piece of ****(iPod).
The iPod has multiple function functions on the same buttons, this can be pretty confusing when youre trying ot get it to do something and it simply goes whacky on you and does something random.
No power switch is a pain in the ass, the iPod can and will turn itself on when you dont want it to.
It is also extremly fragile, a minor shock could disrupt it from working properly(this happened to a freind of mine, no personal experience involved here).So handle it with extreme caution.
It has a speaker option that freaks out once in a while and plays your music both on speaker and on your plugged in earphones.
The line-in for the headphones is boud to have problems,I experienced this myself, I've just been shipped this piece of crap and the line-in ***** up all the time.The position of the headphone jack will activate the speaker,pause your music,lower the sound or stop playing sound in your earphones. -> Line-in problems are frequent with iPods, it seems mine has a technical defect and I hope apple will replace it, but its not a one off thing, line-in problems have happened to more then one of my freinds with iPod Nano(doesnt matter the generation, it seems there must be a design flaw).
I excercise regularly and I DO NOT RECCOMEND THIS TO ANYONE WHO WILL USE IT TO EXCERCISE.
Why? -> Because of the line-in problems that will eventually arise, it is the most fragile part of the iPod and badly designed, it cannot withstand pressure.Movement if you are jogging,dancing whatever you use it for, will put pressure on the line-in.This will not only **** you off during your workout as the music is randomly paused or set on speaker mode but it will also damage your iPod's line-in and that can be costly to repair.If you have no warranty its ok you can replace the line in yourself, there are plenty of guides on how to do so.
Well there we have it.I do not recommend this product, I recommend the cheaper and better quality competition products, HOWEVER if you want a gadget filled with crappy features you'll never use but look cool such as bad sound, a bad camera, a mediocre mic, a photoviewer a calerder etc..., then go for this :).
Pros camera, battery life, storage, durability,
Cons plastic around the dock connector came off
Summary I have had this ipod for about three years now and it has been good for the most part, i had to get my first one replaced after a few months because the click wheel fell off but other then that i have not had issues with it. I have dropped it and gotten it wet several times and it still works and looks like new.
Pros Perfect music keeping device!
Cons No cons! Perhaps more space would be nice for some people but this is good for me!
Summary This thing is really really cool! I gave one to my friend on st. pattys day since its green and his bday is actually on st. pattys day it was perfect! Anyhow I use the same one in black and love it. It just plain and simple rocks the socks if you need an mp3 player. I found mine for 99$ at priceforsure.com and ever since I have got it my life is better. How? music is on tap whenever i need it. Lots of music! enough done!
Pros Always there when I need it. Just the right size, with the right functions. No sixth generation for me!
Cons Short battery life.
Summary It is about the size and weight of a credit card - easy to carry, yet so functional. The two things I won't leave home without (my credit card and my ipod nano).