Never buy this product or you will regret it
The earbud headphones did not work and neither did the usb charger that came in the box. The user interface on the player is absolutely unintuitive and a nightmare. I could go on and on but I don't see the point. In my opinion, every other mp3 player in the same range would probably trump this one. So learn from my mistake and avoid this product altogether.
Terrific media player and portable computing device
Functionally, the new iPod touch models are identical to the second-generation models we reviewed last year, especially when updated to version 3.1 of the iPhone OS. What we said then still goes: the iPod touch is a terrific media player and portable computing device that doesn't require any of the commitments or ongoing costs of the iPhone. The new high-end models add the blazing speed of the iPhone 3GS, making them even better for games.
All Apple could really have done to make the 3rd generation iPod touch significantly better was to add a camera or something else impossible like the ability to make your dinner. There's a temptation to slate the device for not being different enough but, at the end of the day, it's a decision that needs to stand on its own. The question is should you buy it and the answer is whole-heatedly - yes.
A stray thought of comparing the iPod touch with all other media players out there had crossed my mind, but then I realized the futility of it. There is no doubt that the iPod touch, as an overall device, is far beyond the reach of any of its rivals and there is nothing in the market that could compare with it right now.
Faster app loading times - particularly games
With the new third-gen iPod touch, Apple have opened the same gap that's between the iPhone 3G 8GB and the newer iPhone 3GS in their touchscreen PMP line. For Apple it makes sense: the older products allow them to hit the price sweet-spots required to squash the competition, while the flagship models then step in to satisfy those who demand the bleeding-edge or high-capacity storage.
Lots of new features
The candybar design and colours will undoubtedly sway many teetering on the edge of to Nano or not to Nano, and the addition of an FM radio and pedometer will go down well with those looking for a lightweight device to take jogging or to cart around as their primary media player. We doubt the video camera alone will entice that many people to upgrade, but with a range of useful features the fifth generation is the sleekest and most enticing version yet. For the price it will be hard to beat.
Popular iPod now more capable thanks to video and radio
The 4G iPod nano was an incremental update to the 3G nano that preceded it-new form, new colors, better storage, Genius playlist support, Spoken Menus, and an accelerometer. A fine, but hardly earthshaking, update. The 5G iPod nano is different. A video camera, built-in microphone, and buffered FM radio make this iPod nano a far more functional, flexible, and entertaining iPod than its predecessor. It won't replace your full-sized camcorder (or even last year's pocket camcorder).
Luxurious, compact looks
So, the new nano does everything it did before, and does it a little bit better. When you also consider the other new additions, like a pedometer, voice recording, and a great sounding FM radio with live pause, as well as old qualities like great usability and software (iTunes 9.0 is the best yet), it's easy to see what makes the Nano so lovable.
Excellent little machine
To judge the 5th generation iPod nano as an MP3 player alone would be easy enough. It's still an excellent little machine. It's strong, beautifully crafted and just a real pleasure to own. The sound quality is as good as we've come to expect from the iPod family and the screen, although too much to watch an entire film on, is fantastic given its size.
Fifth-generation refresh will likely keep the nano neatly ahead of its competition.
Yes, there's no zoom or still-photography, and no the quality isn't great, but it's another string to the iPod nano's bow and given it would be hard to identify one are of the music experience Apple could address without treading on the toes of the rest of their range neatly differentiates the nano 5G from its predecessor. Not a PMP you buy for its video capabilities, no, but the fifth-generation refresh will likely keep the nano neatly ahead of its competition.
The main selling point of this nano, apart from the music playback, is the video recording
We have no hesitation in recommending the latest iPod nano, especially with prices starting at £115. If we were in the habit of giving out half-star ratings, we'd award the nano with a 4.5 out of 5. However, we don't, so we're going to drop it down to a 4. The main selling point of this nano, apart from the music playback, is the video recording and until Apple fixes the lens real estate (and chucks in still-photo taking), we just can't award it perfect marks.
Incredible 3.3-inch OLED display
Almost two years to the day after Apple reimagined the personal media player as a mobile computer with the iPod Touch, Microsoft has outed its own take on the pocket entertainment machine: the Zune HD. Like the Touch before it, the Zune HD uses a high-resolution touch screen to add a new degree of ease and color to mobile listening, and to serve as a portable theater for video.
Svelte, attractive design
As a music and video player, the Zune HD is compelling. Based on its interface and welcome features like HD Radio, the Zune HD is nearly as good as the iPod touch. At $289 for the 32GB model ($219 for 16GB), Microsoft is looking to challenge Apple on price as well. On the other hand, the iPod touch's Web browser is better than the Zune HD's, and its app selection is vastly superior.
As a music player this is a pretty compelling offer. The player is small, well priced, and sexy enough to impress. The music, HD Radio, video and image playback on that OLED screen is very cool, and the Zune Pass if that's what you want, is great. However that's where it stops. The Internet browser is pretty worthless for anything other than checking the odd web page and the app's offering at the moment is heavily unrepresentative of what it could be.
The PMP market is a nasty place to be, and we're surprised and pleased that Microsoft hasn't given up yet. Apple obviously owns the market every bit as much as Microsoft owns the computer OS market and it's no easy task to change that dynamic. The Zune HD is a wonderful piece of hardware and we can only marvel that something this powerful in terms of video and audio playback performance could be this small and light. It's got the looks and build quality to win folks over.
it a solid and sturdy feel
But what did he see in the clear stream below? His own image; no longer a dark, gray bird, ugly and disagreeable to look at, but a graceful and beautiful swan. —The Ugly Duckling The bottom line is that the Zune HD is just as good as everyone wanted it to be, and way better than some people would have liked it to be.
Decent sound quality
Sony's NWZ-W202 MP3 player uses a combination of the novel Zappin shuffle technology and a unique form factor to set it apart from the crowd. While this approach may gain some fans, it also alienates those who want to use different earphones or who want more control over their music.
Screen is absolutely fantastic
As a video player and web surfing tablet, the Archos 5 is the cream of the crop. The screen is absolutely fantastic, and large enough to really enjoy a movie and read web pages without constant zooming. Yet the player is small (albeit heavy) and slim. There's plenty of storage, ranging from 60- 250 gigs to hold a large video and music library.
Despite a frustrating browser, the Sony X-Series has gorgeous OLED display and excellent multimedia playback. Despite a frustrating browser, the Sony X-Series has gorgeous OLED display and excellent multimedia playback. The iPod Touch remains the class of the field, with beautiful design, useful apps, a touch screen, and built-in Wi-Fi. The amazing Zen X-Fi has great sound, features, headphones, and storage options--and for a nice price, too.
The fourth-generation iPod Nano is more attractive and colorful than its predecessor and includes Apple's new Genius playlist tool, a tilt sensor, and accessibility features for the visually impaired..
The bottom line: The fourth-generation iPod Nano is easy on the eyes and the wallet, and you can't beat its hardware and user interface design. Just be sure to give iTunes 8 a spin before committing.
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