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I Pod Nano 1st Generation Thinking Small?

Reviewing: Apple I Pod Nano 2 Gb 1st Generation  |  Rating:
akamai By akamai on
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The original iPod Nano is going cheap. Yes, very cheap, now that the newer generations are taking the stand at cheaper prices compared to back then, where you had to pay $200 for A NANO. Absolutely horrible. People can't control the economy, so there's nothing much left to say upon the huge price drop.

The iPod nano 1st gen sports great portability, but that is really all there is to say about it. One, it is about 1.6x3.5 inches long, and 7mm thick. Thus, it fits flushly into your pocket. The storage capacity isn't much to write home about, capping at 4GB, which is just enough to fit a good decent few albums for the casual listener. Depending on the user, it may or may not be enough. Aside from music, there is an option of viewing pictures and using a slideshow for it, and there are little apps such as a stopwatch, clock, and a few games, but those are very less noteworthy.

The audio quality is great, it plays well depending on the audio bitrate of the files. The audio playback formats could use some work though. The usage is pretty manageable, and the GUI is very simplistic so that people can easily understand where to go. Getting files onto the actual player, however, requires iTunes, and using iTunes is what one could say... very cumbersome. Getting iTunes to simply just stop trying to sync with the iPod is a bit annoying to configure. The iPod doesn't allow for drag-and-drop transferring, so using iTunes is the only way out.

The earbuds have major issues. One, the protective foam supplied can fall off very easily and are very hard to relocate afterwards. Two, it is discomfortable to wear them for more than an hour. Three, the bud fits a little too flushly in the ear, which can be dangerous if someone sets the volume too loudly.

The nano has about 14 hours of audio playback, and this is a bare minimum. The length decreases after long usage, and the battery can not be replaced, which means you have to repurchase the product and put the music back on EVERY TIME IT DEPLETES.

There are many better alternatives, ones that are longer lasting, and ones that are easier to manage. As for this one, toss it off as soon as it dies and replace it.