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September 9, 2005

nano-sized Cables

Two minor annoyances with the iPod nano: the headphone cord and the USB dock cable cord.

Both are shorter than what shipped with my third-generation iPod, making it less convenient to sync (my 15 gig sat on my desk to sync; the nano barely makes it to the shelf below) and limiting which pockets you can put the iPod in.

Beyond that, it's a well-designed little piece of gadgetry. The fact that it's based on flash memory instead of a hard drive has two major benefits: you don't have to worry about anything that might harm the hard drive, and the nano doesn't get warm since there are no moving parts.

Well, make that three minor annoyances: the third-gen models also came with, for lack of a better term, two buttplugs. They kept lint and dirt and scraping objects out of the gaping dock connector orifice when you were tooling around with your iPod. The nano doesn't come with any, and the buttplug from my full-sized iPod doesn't fit. On the other hand, I haven't seen anyone with an iPod newer than mine that does have a buttplug, so maybe Apple stopped including them across the entire line.

(I can imagine the disappointed Google visitors already...)

Posted by Colin at September 9, 2005 11:04 AM

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