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September 8, 2005

iPod nano Impressions

I just got back from the Chandler Apple Store, a spanky new 2 gigabyte iPod nano in tow. I figured I'd make the leap and replace my aging 15 gigger; it's several generations old now and doesn't fit particularly well into my pockets.

My initial impressions are positive overall, but a bit critical of connectivity.

Size-wise, the nano is amazing. It's probably about half as wide again as an iPod shuffle, yet manages to fit a screen nearly the size of a full iPod (1.5 inches on the nano, 2 inches on the iPod (nee iPod photo)). It's a little bit longer than the long side of a credit card. Very thin; fits in a pocket with ease.

The color screen is gorgeous and the backlight pumps it out like nobody's business.

The Clickwheel, despite being scaled down to probably an inch in diameter, is completely usable. Owners of Clickwheel iPods won't notice anything different; if you (like me) are coming from one of those horrible touch-sensitive iPods, the Clickwheel is a dream.

Pocket factor: Brilliant! It slips unobtrusively into a pocket, you'll easily forget it's there, and you're not sitting with pressure on the headphone jack as was (and still is) the case with full-sized iPods.

All positive so far.

Where my complaints come in are as a Mac user with a 2002 system. I haven't added in a USB 2.0 card, and if I was using anything other than a Power Mac, that wouldn't even be an option. USB 1.1 does provide enough juice to sync and charge, but it's ungodly slow for filling the iPod (since it caps out at, what, 12-ish MB/s?).

Apple was nice enough to make a screen that pops up on the iPod and tells you FireWire can't be used to sync, but why not? I want to use my FireWire cable, dammit!

Also mildly disappointing is the lack of a remote control connection, meaning both you can't use a remote control and you can't use any existing model of Griffin iTrip. Not a huge deal-breaker for me (I've honestly stopped using my iTrip since one of the local radio stations headed back in the right direction), but it would be nice to at least have the option.

Keenest feature by far: The headphone jack is on the bottom of the nano. While this sounds odd at first, it's great for two reasons.

1. Like the iPod shuffle, the nano can be worn on a lanyard. With the iPod upside down, you can read the screen right-side-up simply by looking down.

2. The big one for me: Reach into pocket, remove iPod. Your thumb is already where it needs to be and the iPod is already right side up.

Posted by Colin at September 8, 2005 8:13 PM

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Comments

I so desire an iPod. If you plan on selling your old one, keep me in mind! :)

Posted by: Trinity [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 8, 2005 11:27 PM

I haven't decided what to do with the old one yet, but I'll definitely give you a first shot if I decide to sell it! :)

Posted by: Colin [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 9, 2005 1:42 PM

Woo hoo! :)

Posted by: Trinity [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 10, 2005 2:53 AM

ive just ordered my 4gig black ipod nano.
so i should have it verry soon

i cant wait they have to be the best mp3 player in the world.

Posted by: nano at October 9, 2005 1:54 PM

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