My hubby bought me an iPod for our anniversary last year and I was so happy! I never thought about getting one for myself, but now that I have one, I can't imagine what I'd do without it!
Size- The iPod is small enough that I can take it just about anywhere without it being a bulky burden. I just stick it in my small purse, coat pocket, or jean pocket and head out. I put mine in a hard, fitted case with a clip on it so that I can clip it on my shorts while I exercise. This makes it a bit bulkier, but still small enough that it can fit in a pocket.
Options- You can get the iPod in different colors and storage capacity amounts, but you will pay a higher price. Mine is the basic silver color and holds 80GB of data.
The iPod has so many options for storing and playing songs, I have not even tried them all yet! You can organize songs into different playlists and then access them by playlist, artist, album, and many other options.
You can also choose from many different EQ options. From Rock to classical, spoken word to bass boost, and so many more...I can always find a setting that makes my music pop!
And it's easy to navigate through the menus. Light pressure from your thumb all is it takes to the dial. I did find out that you can't use the touch dial with gloves on though.
The iPod has a hold switch at the top that comes in handy. Once I get my playlist and volume set I always switch the hold on. That way even if something bumps it the sound won't go nuts or accidentally change the song I'm listening to.
Storage- Even my basic iPod model hold more music and photos than I have ever tried to put on it. 80GB is well more than enough for me. Now, I don't put my whole library on it or anything. I just load a good variety of songs that I might be in the mood for. I change them out quite frequently. I have some photos stored on it, but I really never look at them. It does store them with good quality though.
Sound- Even though the iPod is small, it does put out some good, clean sound. When using earbuds the songs sound great. I have noticed when I play them through my truck speakers some songs don't sound as good as when I play them straight from a CD. But I have only heard that difference with a few songs.
Battery life- The battery life is fairly good. I can charge it fully, play it a little everyday and not need to charge it again for about a week. I charge it with my computer and it takes about an hour to charge from dead to full. I never let it go that long anymore though.
Freezing- After only about a week my iPod completely froze up on me. I couldn't even turn it off. I took it back to Best Buy and they guy said it's common in iPods to do that. All you have to do is hold the center and bottom part of the dial at the same time until it reboots. This does not erase your info, just reboots it. I got a different one just in case and this one has done it to me once also.
Charging- The iPod comes with a USB charger only. This makes it a bit inconvenient to charge, especially if your computer is off. You can buy an outlet charger separately.
Earbuds- Like any earbuds included with electronics, the earbuds that come with the iPod are very uncomfortable. They are hard and difficult to get them to stay in your ear. I ended up buying a pair of over the ear buds instead.