Apple iPod Nano 4th Gen 8gb Product Red Color

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So, believe it or not I’ve never owned an iPod, you’d think being into technology as much as I am I’d have at least one, but nope, not until now. Since I’ve had the iPod, I’ve had quite a bit of time to play with it, and well, I’m not that impressed with it really, not sure I understand all of the hype around it, and why it’s so wildly popular. Mp3 players have been around for a long time, but now it seems ‘iPod’ has become a generic term for mp3 player, you mention mp3 players and people think of iPods instantly, it’s like there was never anything before the iPod…  I own two mp3 players that I don’t even use anymore, instead I use my ATT Tilt which can do everything the iPod or my mp3 players can do and much more…

Today I’ve got the 4th Generation  Apple iPod nano, the 8gb version, in the limited edition color Product Red. The iPod has taken over the mp3 player market leaving many companies struggling to compete with it, it was basically an instant success with the launch of the first version, and since then it has all been uphill for Apple and the iPod line of products. The new nano offers a large LCD viewing area, an accelerometer for games and navigation, along with of course being very portable and well made.

So first up I’ve got the unboxing and a brief tour video for you showing the basic features etc:

Specifications:

Apple iPod Nano 8gb Product Red Color

Size and weight
Height: 3.6 inches (90.7 mm)
Width: 1.5 inches (38.7 mm)
Depth: 0.24 inch (6.2 mm)
Weight: 1.3 ounces (36.8 grams)

Display
* 2-inch (diagonal) liquid crystal display with blue-white LED backlight
* 320-by-240-pixel resolution at 204 pixels per inch

Capacity
* 8GB or 16GB flash drive2
* Holds up to 2,000 or 4,000 songs in 128-Kbps AAC format3
* Holds up to 7,000 or 14,000 iPod-viewable photos4
* Holds up to 8 hours or 16 hours of video5
* Stores data via USB flash drive

Battery and power
* Built-in rechargeable lithium ion battery
* Playback time
   -Music playback time: Up to 24 hours when fully charged
   -Video playback time: Up to 4 hours when fully charged

Ok, so the interface works, but it’s picky about how it works, it doesn’t always do what you want it to do, like the accelerometer part, it doesn’t always seem to work for me. The click wheel as well just seems a bit over sensitive to me, it’s easy to just zip right by things you’re trying to get to. Maybe it’s me because I’m not accustomed to it, and I need to use it more, but that’s just my initial impressions.

The accelerometer is cool overall though, the included game Maze utilizes it and you can get other games as well.

The large screen is nice for viewing pictures and album covers of course, and movies are ok, just don’t watch anything with subtitles in it unless you’ve got a magnifying glass handy. The quality is great actually, screen is bright and the colors are vivid and clear. One complaint could be that it’s glass, and well it’s prone to break easily, you’ve pretty much got to get a case with screen protector for it.

Another small complaint is that this new generation isn’t exactly compatible with the accessories out there, it works with most, but won’t charge on almost all of them. I don’t quite understand why Apple would mess with the design like this considering there are so many accessories out there for the iPod.

Sound quality is ok through the included earbuds, but I personally do not like them at all, they’re uncomfortable to me for any period of time, I prefer the type that go in the ear with the soft silicone buds. The actual sound through them is acceptable, but there are better options out there if you like good quality sound, I tried them out for a day and tossed them back in the box in favor of another, more comfortable, better sounding pair.

Of course with the iPod comes iTunes as well and it works well to sync up everything and to transfer your music to the iPod. I do like the fact that most albums are $10 though iTunes, and I haven’t really got into the other features just yet.

All of the options included I guess are useful, not sure though why I would need to carry my contacts in my mp3 player though since I’ve got my phone with me at all times.

On a personal opinionated note, I don’t get what all the fuss is about, it’s my first iPod and sure it’s cool and all, but it’s just an mp3 player, I don’t know…. but honestly I’m not that impressed by the iPod, I guess it’s because I was expecting much more from all of the hype about them everywhere. It’s my first iPod and well I don’t think it’s all that really…

…from an objective point of view, it’s a great device that does a lot of stuff besides play music, and of course it plays music very well also.


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Conclusion:
The 4th Generation iPod Nano offers a few more features over the last generation that I think people will appreciate. The interface is great, the screen is bright and vivid and works well for pictures, videos and everything else it does.
The built in accelerometer is a a nice added feature that adds another dimension to using the iPod, and makes it kind of fun to use as well.

Pros:
Accelerometer is useful and fun
Easy to use
Well made
Lightweight and very portable
Lots of content for it on the iTunes store
Videos and pictures look sharp

Cons:
Earbuds don’t offer the best sound quality and they aren’t very comfortable
Not exactly compatible with older accessories
Interface is touchy/over sensitive
Glass screen cover – possible to break easily

Grades:  
Overall score-9-10
Design score-9-10
Performance score-9-10
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  • Ruby

    Hello,
    I’m meant to be getting one of those new iPod Nanos for Christmas, and I was pretty impressed with your review. It appears quite accurate. My seventeen year old sister owns an iPod Classic and after seeing an iPod for real, I was interested in owning one myself. It’s true, there is a big hype over them. I love the blue and green, and the red looks really great, I’m upset that it’s only a special edition and not available to me. :(
    Oh well, I’m really excited about getting one and I hope you can grow to like your iPod!!
    :)
    Bye.

  • ian

    Ipods are really good.You will like it:D. I am planning to buy the same thing when i have enough dough.

    Trust me you are going to like it.

    I have had ipod nano 4gb 3rd gen.It was cool too

    bye

  • The Revd. Canon oonagh Ryan-King

    i am one of those with lots of apple gear for the computer; i’m a long-time apple person; never had a PC, never want one. we had to replace my ancient laptop the other day and we ended up with a PRO. i’m not particularly fond of the thing, which is weird, because every other apple i’ve had was adored and loved and cared for…. but this one is just NOT intuitive, at least for me. the first mac: never had a computer, hadn’t a clue; but i started clicking buttons and icons etc and soon learned the ins and outs. still miss clarisworks.

    the service at the apple store in our town sucks. no one knows an apple from a noni!

    we have a shuffle, but are getting a productRED nano.

    yes, there IS hype, but i’m willing to bet you’ll soon find it indispensable and you’ll have some emotion towards the thing. that’s my mac/apple experience until now. i love the shuffle for jogging, exercising, etc because it’s so tiny and all i need is music for getting my heart rate up in the gym and on the jogging trails and pilate-ing; the pink noise is great for yoga

    when i was in seminary i used an ipod from our beloved apple geek and i used it for immediate gratification back-up. i loved it so much but we’ve not been able to afford anything else but the shuffle until now…

    i am looking forward to learning all the great stuff i can do with the red darling.

    we’ve looked at iphones FOREVER and honestly, i just do not know if they are worth the price, considering the seemingly weekly newer and jazzier phones. an iphone would be an investment, one i’m not sure we EVER want to make. sad that an apple product that IS so beautiful and functional doesn’t make me swoon

    enjoy
    oonagh+

  • Biddappa.BD

    HI

    i like the color of the I Pod but i think that the headset should be very comfortable the headset which is given with the I Pod is not so comfortable because our ear pain after some time of using .so please provide resolution

    Regards
    Biddappa

  • MichaelB

    I’m suprised that nobody seems very upset by the fact that this 4th generation nano will not charge on most of the accessories out there. I was going to buy one for my wife, but I want to get a dock for my receiver that will also charge. What was Apple thinking by making that stupid change? I find it frusterating that they would try to make so many existing products obsolete for no good reason.

  • MarioG

    I’m one of those folks who for a long time adored the Apple iPod without any regrets. This “relationship” however has come to a crossroads! For my birthday, my wife gifted me a brand new 4th Gen Nano, red product and I instantly fell in love with it. Upon further use I have a few complaints though. The biggest complaint that I have is that my Apple Hi-Fi no longer charges the Nano…..wait a minute….I paid some good money for the Hi-Fi and now it won’t charge my Nano! What the hell happened here, did Apple just think I was going to go and buy another boombox to hook up to this new Nano? Are they on crack? It’s way too late for me to take the Nano back to the store, but you know what…if I could go back in time, I would and not buy the Nano….what a joke! Can’t believe Apple would pull a stunt like that on their loyal fan base. Lesson learned, no more Apple for me.

  • ScottM

    This whole charging issue on existing docks is the final straw for me with Apple. (I purchased a new Nano for my daughter and it will not charge on her speaker-dock)

    I will not support a company who has this kind of total disregard for their customers to make a change like this. Also, I hear Apple fanboys talk about how environmentally conscience the company is. I guess obsoleting millions of perfectly good accessories is OK if it’s Apple doing it. Most other companies would be roasted over something like this.

  • AS

    I just returned my Red product 8G Nano today after having it for 2 days. It wouldn’t charge on the Bose Sound Dock and it wouldn’t play at all in my Mopar Car Integration kit in my Jeep. I own a previous model Nano and have NEVER had any problems. I recieved the new 4th Gen Nano as a Christmas gift from my husband and was originally delighted that I got an upgrade with a bigger screen, more space for songs and photos, etc….but I’m disgusted that Apple would come out with a new product that is not compatible with so many accessories. I’m not going to buy another Bose Sound Dock for $400, or have another car integration kit installed by Jeep for $350, just to accomodate my new $169 Nano. That’s BS. What was Apple thinking? Apple, you don’t launch an upgraded product at an inconveniece to the consumer!!!! One step forward and two back. That’s just down-right sneaky.
    So, I’ll gladly go back to using my old Nano with no thoughts of considering buying any of your new products regardless of the so-called advances in technology. I got my money back and you can keep your sneaky product. I’m determined to voice my experience to all those who are considering an upgrade.

    And a final thought…I was incredibly loyal to you before this and that relationship has now ended.

  • JT

    I bought the Nano 4gb as a gift to my parents for Christmas. My mom likes my Bose Sound Dock and wanted to purchase one. When I docked the Nano to my Bose it played fine but I noticed that a screen on the Nano popped up saying that it cannot charge. I was totally bummed out. I still have my 2nd gen ipod which still works great nad best of all is always charging on my Sound Dock. I don’t think what Apple did was cool. I’m even thinking of returning the Nano and getting a refund for something else.

  • Mad

    Once again Apple has screwed its loyal customers… I bought Ipod Nanos for all my fam for Christmas and Now I find out that NONE of our Apple speaker (Hi FI) systems will charge it.. Way to go apple .!!!! Screw your loyal customers more an youll go the way of all those other GOING OUT OF BUSSINESS companys… Im returning ALL of the ones i bought due to total morons who designed the 4th Gen….

  • Brian

    I agree with the above comments complete disgrace to change the product design !
    Will NOT buy Apple again ! No WaY

  • Ex-fan

    We can only speculate on the reason Apple would do change a standard that has been working well for years, and here’s my guess: to make more money by selling more chargers.

    I agree with an earlier post – this is an environmentally disastrous move. All those older chargers going in the trash? If only we could leave them on Apple’s doorstep instead.

    Maybe if we become vocal enough, the despots at Apple will come around and stop this type of behavior.

    So here is another post to heap up onto the pile, Apple: I’m returning the 4G Nano. You pay the restocking costs, and lose the profit from that sale, and from any other sale to me until you fix the present issue as well as change you egregious behavior in the future.

  • Anonymous

    i BROUGHT THE 4TH GEN. GREEN AND I NOTICE THAT AFTER USINGG IT FOR ABOUT 30-45 MIN. THAT THE BATTERY DIED AND HAD TO B CHARGED. THE BATTERY POWER IS NOT ALL THAT GREAT.EVERY TIME THAT HAPPNS I HAVE TO DO THAT . WHATS UP WIT DAT?

  • jawahar

    i will use it upto 18 hours nonstop.the charge upto 20hrs.

  • Rosy

    ok i have to say that this ipod is kind of cool mostly because it comes it different colors.i do have one of these but i am not really happy with it ok first of all the battery lasts a little bit .the battery power is not good so don’t buy one unless you want to be charging it all the time.and second of all the volume is only average and third of all the screen is not that big and the shake is so annoying.take this from someone who actually has this ipod.now i have an ipod nano the 3rd generation because i was not happy with the other one.so i am just saying that this isn’t worth the money and if your going to buy an ipod then buy the ipod nano 3rd generation it is wayyy better.the screen is perfect for watching videos.the volume could go way high.it is better and more comfortable to put in your pocket.it is better selling than this one.sure it only comes in like 5 colors but who cares you could just buy a cover for it or something.i do think this ipod is great but just not worth buying because people mostly use ipods for when they are in the car on a long trip and this ipod only has a little battery and the ipod 3rd generation has more battery life.i just think these ipods are a waste of money mostly because of the battery life.if your going to buy one then buy a charger that you can use in the car for it.sorry if i ruined anybody’s eximent but this is my opinion.

  • Melissa

    I can’t find a dock/iHome that is compatible with my iPod 4th generation 8GB. HELP!

  • XBridget x BenzeneX

    OMG I love your music list, very sick!
    I received my ipod last year as a gift and I love it. I agree about the ear buds, I went out a bought a better pair.

    Love this review.

  • inac

    i bot a i pod shuffle, well the head set one of the speakers start in fire when i was listening music, a iam teling you it was not funny. i have pics.

  • Howaidadalia

    woow i Like this my iPod nano redColor its very nice ,, yeah! walah
    are you getting something for my Special and they end will take 0ur sunglasses .. yes
    and Thankyou guess.

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