"So far I'm liking it"on by rxl001
Pros * small and compact, very easy to navigate, plenty loud
Cons * easy to get finger print smudges all over the unit
Summary I just bought this at the Apple store in San Francisco on 9/10. After reading many reviews, in which they said basically the same thing, I opted to buy the 8gb red Nano.
I know going in that the new Nano does not have a FM radio, voice recorder, or video output so it's hard to complain that the Nano sucks because it doesn't have it. Unlike the other brands, Creative Zen, IRiver, etc., sure they have those extras but they don't have the size or the ease of navigation that the Nano has. I bought this because I wanted a good, small, light, and easy to use MP3 player that can hold a bunch load of songs. I also have many photos loaded. I haven't any videos yet. I do wish it had the video output then it would be awesome
Since I only had this for one day, I haven't had a lot of time using it so once I use it more, I'll do an update to my comments.
Right now, using Shure 4EC as my headphones, the Nano is plenty loud and clear. I have to keep the volume to about 1/5 or else it will be too loud. Bass is fine and heavy but I'm sure if you use cheap headphones, you may not experience the bass. As CNET and others said, you need a good quality headphones to fully enjoy the capability of the audio output.
Sure, CNET and others said that the audio quality is average but how many of us are truly able to distinguish the lower and higher frequencies and can tell the difference. I can't and with the sounds being so clear with my E4C, the audio is great for me.
The pictures are so sharp and crisp and I can't wait to try the video and see how that is. I do wish the Nano repel fingerprints as both the body unit and screen easily pick them up. I also worry about scratching the screen but I normally keep the Nano in my pocket or in a carrying case. I also wish that the hold button is larger. It's so small on the bottom of the unit. I also wish there was a remote control where I can increase/decrease the volume, skip songs etc and not have to take the unit out of my pocket, release the hold, and then make the adjustment.
For the brief time I have this, I like it better than the IRiver. The IRiver does have the FM radio as well as voice recording, and the ability to record songs that played on the FM radio. However, in the 4 years that I had it, I never really used those features so not having them in the Nano is not big deal. I'm sure if the Nano does have it, it will definitely be larger and heavier than it is now, and I'm sure many people would complain that the Nano would be too big. LOL. I guess you can't please everyone. There will never be a perfect MP3 player that has everything everyone wants.
Like I said, I will do an update once I use this more and will see if my opinion changes.
"The best nano yet"on by mjalam2
Pros video, small form factor,
Cons needs more space, and better battery life
Summary Can't expect more from a third generation model. Great size, Great resolution, I use it on my commute to work which is about an hour by train, bus, and ferry. It lasts a bit longer than what they say it will, I got about 2.5 hours of video, and about 9 hours of music play, and still had more than a 1/4 of its juice still in the battery.
Coverflow is a bit slow, but other than that there are no problems.
"Apple looses focus!"on by djrobsd
Pros IPOD interface
Cons Worst shaped nano ever!
Summary Apple is loosing focus with what consumers want in this perticular model. First of all, why would I pay $199 for 8 gigs when I can get 60 for $249? Oh wait, I need a smaller size right? Well, that USED to be the case, but the new nano is too wide, and difficult to hold in your hand. They are loosing focus on the IPOD, it is an AUDIO player, and does not need to be a video. Save the video for the new iphone looking ipod, and leave the classic ipods alone! I've tried watching videos on this, and I just get a headache, plus how many videos can you really hold on a 4 gig player?
Pros Excellent, bright, high-resolution screen.
Cons Awkward appearance, small clickwheel.
Summary What can I say? I love Apple. They're a great company with great ideas. After my beloved green second-gen nano suffered a tragic death (it was murdered by my evil washing machine), it was hard for me to get used to its replacement. However, with its bright screen and tasty video playback, I learned to accept Greeny's death, and began my relationship with Fatty. Let's just hope it lasts longer than my relationship with Greeny...
Pros So small, light and cool, with many extras beside being an mp3 player
Cons Tiny size makes me fear losing it. Scroll wheel ultra-sensitive to touch.
Summary My first Apple product and I'm thinking this may be the start of a trend. Apple is simply a master of delivering products that make for a happy consumer, starting with its packaging, down to the ease-of-use factor and so very little directions to read. With this in mind, I'm now thinking iMac and Macbook Pro when it comes to my next computer purchases.
I had reservations about iTunes software not getting along with Windows, particularly Vista on my notebook, but iTunes has worked flawlessly on both my XP desktop and Vista notebook. In fact, iTunes is now my music player of choice. Simply great.
It's difficult to go wrong buying a product from Apple, as long as you keep in mind you pay extra for their quality products. That being said, you will simply love the iPod Nano.