Pros Great price point, good design, great battery life. Control operations are straightfoward and simple.
Cons There aren't any for the price.
Summary Not sure where the editors were thinking when they reviewed this little beauty. It's the low end price point in the iPod line, great for the gym, running, biking, hiking, etc. If 8 to 10 hours of battery life is not enough out of a unit this size then someone has unreasonable expectations. Control functions are straightforward and easy to use. It's not a $300 unit it's $79 holds about 1,000 songs and is great for on the go, active lifestyles that they can use with minimal weight and interference.
Pros Small, Compact and 4GB for $80 Good deal.
Cons All the control are on the earphone. I spent over $100 for a bose earphone not long ago and now I can't use it.
Summary Its a great that the shuffle is really tiny, but can't use 3rd party headphones really got me disappointed.
Pros Apple brand and small size
Cons Will last you 10 minutes into your workout and then quit. Hint of sweat causes a malfunction - all controls stop working, sound is turned up all the way up or all the way down
Summary Worst product ever produced by Apple. Will break if used at the gym or near moisture. Stay away.
Pros Small ipod.
Cons Major Step Back -Can't Use It In Car or Boat.Bad Design
Summary Major Step Back -Can't Use It In Car or Boat.Bad Design. I asked Best Buy salesperson if I was correct, that it was unusable in my car and boats as the controls are on the earbud wire. Best Buys said I was correct. The old design had the controls on the unit and I am still using it in my car and on my boats.
Pros This has got to be the easiest and best shuffle yet. Working out, working in the yard, etc. is the perfect place for this. Now when someone wants to talk to you, no more fumbling to find the wheel to pause.
Cons Clip should open from opposite end to keep cord out of way.
Summary Don't knock it till you try it. Voice recognition is fantastic and amazingly clear. Cannot think of anything else other than the position of the clip that I would want to change.
I think this is a very good iPod for $79. Apple got it right.
I have had iPods since the beginning from Classic, Nanos & Shuffles, and next to the current Nano this little gem is my favorite.