Written on: 30/09/2005 by Coop87 (8 reviews written)
Excellent Nano, with superb sound, and the picture/colour quality is excellent. Quick and simple to charge, and it looks really really cool :D
Haven't come across any as of yet (touch wood). But would say if you are buying one and come across a 4GB one, go and buy that one! More value for money!
I decided to go for the smaller iPod Nano only because the 4GB is sold out everywhere that I knew of, unless I wanted to wait up to 2 weeks for one.
The iPod cost me £139 from Argos, and it came in the smallest box I would have thought it would have come in. I was really happy to have finally got one.
On first use, I found it really hard to get to grips with. The buttons would either scroll down too many times or up too many times, therefore missing the menu option I wanted. But now only after having it a day, I have got the hang of it.
In the box you receive head phones along with little black ear pieces to cover the ear phones if you wish, along with the necessary equipment to connect to you computer. It also came with the CD, and a quick 'how to use' manual, which I found very useful. I wanted to just go straight ahead and start playing with my iPod, but the little manual is so short and helpful that you just need to take an extra 5 minutes to read it, then woooaaaalaaaa, your an expert in it. Well kind of.
This was the first time I had ever used an iPod, and I have never had the older style ones, so I am unable to compare it to previous models. But I can say it is amazing. Thinking that there are iPod's out there with just black colour is shocking! It's like thinking of buying a old non-colour phone. Okay you can still get them, but they just seem so dull..
I have not had much chance to view all the features on the Nano, but I quickly had a play on the games which are cool. It also comes with other features such as the clock, calendar, and contacts etc... All of which I found are easy to locate.
Well, when I got home, I put the CD into my computer and did all the necessary clicks here and there. Then it told me to place the iPod into the USB port. I found out I didn't have a USB 2 port, and I had only got a 1.1. So this was very annoying because the booklet does say that the 1.1 are not recommended for use with iPods. So this wasn't a good start. Only to find few minutes later my iPod had frozen, a little lock key had appeared, and I was unable to do anything. But all I had to do was hold the menu and the center key for about 6 seconds, and all was back to normal.
I continued to use the 1.1 port and go ahead to see what would happen, and now 264 songs later it's still fine. It took a little longer perhaps than it would have done with a USB 2, but it was still very quick in transferring my songs to the iPod. I was actually surprised at just how quick the transferring was.
Music to iPod:
Having always used Windows Media Player, I was a bit wary of the new application I had to use with the iPod. At first some songs that I had already transferred onto my PC from CD's had to be converted onto the iTunes player, which I was a little confused about, but it only took about 2 minutes for each album, then all I had to do was acquire any songs I wanted to put onto the Nano, and place them in the library and connect the PC with the iPod. Next step was the iPod and the computer transferring the music. I transferred about 120 songs at one stage, taking no longer than 5 minutes, probably not even that really.
Now on your iPod you can browse the songs by album, artist song, and even the genre, and in iTunes I made a new category up called 'Emo', and placed the relevant bands there. It's so easy to do.
I haven't worked out how to get the album artwork to display up on my Nano yet, but I think that could be more to do with the fact that I don't fully know how to use the iTunes. I was more amazed with the speed of the transferring and wanting to listen to my music on my new Nano than looking at pictures.
I had read in the papers just two days or so before purchasing my Nano, that people were experiencing problems with them; such as the screens breaking. I am a little wary of this, because I do no want this to happen to mine. But I just don't put it in my trouser pockets, and if I do, I just make sure to not sit down or anything. But iPod are bringing out little 'socks' for the Nano, so I will hopefully be purchasing one of those soon to protect it.
Overall it's a great, amazing iPod to have, and I would fully recommend you to buy one. However, I do think the 4GB one is better for money because you are getting double the memory for only about £40 more, but it depends on how long you are willing to wait to get an Nano. However, I have not run out of memory yet, so no complaints.
Not sure on the length of the battery life, primarily because I haven't owned the Nano very long, but I have heard that it lasts a very long time. Also whilst transferring music from your PC to your iPod, it's charging anyway, which is really handy.