Most of my friends had iPods. I didn’t. I didn’t want to haul around the mp3 playing brick. I was holding out for something smaller. I was excited when the iPod Mini came out, but still wasn’t too impressed. Around the 1st of September I read a press release explaining that Apple would be making a big announcement on the 7th. It would definitely have something to do with the iPod family. I was excited because I knew it might be what I was waiting for.
After I arrived at work on the 7th I checked various sites around the Internet. Many seemed to think Apple would be announcing an iPod phone and a smaller iPod. Finally the word got out and Apple had the iPod nano on their site. Immediately after I saw the specs and photos I knew I was ordering one. Less than 2 hours later I did. Using the Education discount (By the way, anyone can get the Education discount because they don’t do any checking on you.) through the Apple store I put in my order for a 4 GB black iPod nano with free engraving. Line one would get Nick Momrik and line two ‘MtDewVirus’. After tax the total came to just over $242 (with free shipping). Not bad for an item listed at $249.
The next day I received an email from Apple telling me my iPod nano was being shipped. Holy shit! They said it would take a few days longer because of the engraving. I jumped on FedEx and found out it was shipping from China. I guessed it would take a few extra days. I had waited years for an iPod, so I could wait a few more days. When I checked the tracking again on Monday, my package was out for delivery. Damn, FedEx is good! I went home for lunch to hopefully pick it up, but all I found was a note from the delivery man. I’d have to pick it up at the FedEx location after 6 that night. A few more hours wouldn’t hurt…
Finally I got my hands on the package and I couldn’t believe how teeny-tiny the box was. It’s like an inch thick CD jewel case. After I whipped out the nano I couldn’t believe my eyes. Apple really did their work on this one. The nano is just as long as my middle finger (see photo at right) and the thickness is smaller than the photos lead you to believe. The iPod nano is a very losable device. Can you tell I love it?
OK…how about some real reviewing now?
This part of the post might actually be pretty short. There are too many reviews out there, so I’m not sure what I can say that hasn’t been said already. This is my first iPod, so I don’t have anything to compare it to. I’ve only messed around with an iPod for a couple of minutes before getting my own.
The best part of the iPod nano (except the size) is the color screen. It is crisp, the colors are bright, and text is easy to read. The scroll wheel and buttons are easy to use. The menu system is organized well with everything just a few click-scroll combos away. The new clock feature is cool, but I’m not sure it’s needed. The stop watch is very sweet. If you use the lap feature on stop watches, you’ll love this. When you are finished timing, you can scroll through each lap and see all of the different times. The iPod nano is a great little device; the real deal. You’ll get your money’s worth if you decide to buy one for yourself or as a gift.
Just about the only thing I’ve seen others bitch about is the same gripe I have. The headphone jack is on the bottom. What the fuck was Apple thinking? The only logical reason I can think of is that they didn’t have a choice. In order to pack everything into such a small space, I’m guessing that this was the only place they could end up with the jack.
To sum it up…if you’ve been holding to buy an iPod, this is your time. I’m more than happy with mine.