For the holidays last year, my little stocking stuffer was the itty-bitty little silver iPod Shuffle. Equipped with 1GB of flash RAM, my little iPod came in a thin, clear plastic case with a packet of instructions, a couple of Apple stickers, USB 2.0 dock and cable, headphones and foam pads (packed separately) for the earbuds.
The headphones are rough on the ears without the pads, and even though it’s nice of them to include them, they don’t do a whole lot for it. This is the only thing I take issue with at the moment. I’ve already lost one of the pads, because they don’t fit securely around the earbuds like you would hope. So, I use an old set of headphones I have laying around instead.
The iPod itself is 1.07"x 1.62" x 0.41”, including the convenient clip, weighing in at 0.55 ounces. With no screen and a simple ring of controls built into the front, it is the epitome of minimalist. The on/off switch is a small control on the side, with an indicator so you know when you’ve got it running.
The dock is pretty neat. It resembles the typical iPod dock, but rather than resting the bottom of this iPod in it, you plug it into the earphone jack on its side. The dock is just as tiny as the shuffle itself, and comes with a rubber-coated bottom to keep your tiny device from slipping. You just plug the USB cord connected to your dock into your computer, and it will charge away. It’s simple and discreet, and it won’t take long to fully charge.
Overall, I adore my Shuffle. It’s perfect for snowboarding, running, or just walking around the mall. Aside from my issues with the headphones, I would recommend this little guy to anyone.