MP3 PLAYERS

Published Date
09 - May - 2007
| Last Updated
09 - May - 2007
 
MP3 PLAYERS
Flash-Based MP3 Players

iPod nano 8GB

Specifications
8 GB; second-generation, size: L x W x D = 3.5 x 1.6 x 0.3 inches; music formats supported: AAC, MP3, WAV, AIFF, Audible, Apple Lossless; Li-ion battery life: 16 hours

Our Verdict
The only second-generation nano available in pure, sinful black, the 8 GB iPod Nano now gets a scratch-resistant aluminium body while retaining that slim, sexy-as-hell look we've come to appreciate Apple's players for. It has a much brighter display (the same 1.5 inch) as its predecessor: up to 40 per cent brighter. The new iPod is available in sizes of 2, 4, and 8 GB, and also gives up the curvy edges for a sharper look.



What remains unchanged is the excellent music quality. The thumbnail preview feature for viewing photos is neat. The only sore note with the 8 GB iPod Nano is the lack of video playback support, which some of the competitors provide. We're forgiving its inadequacies, though, for its great music performance and those hot looks!

Runner-Up: SanDisk Sansa e260

Hard Drive Based MP3 Players

iPod 80 GB

Specifications
80 GB; fifth-generation, size: L x W x D = 4.1 x 2.4 x 0.3 inches; audio standards supported: MP3, AAC, WAV, AIFF, Apple Lossless; Li-ion battery life: 20 hours under normal music playback

Our Verdict
Looks-wise, there are very subtle differences between the earlier iPods and this one. What has improved immensely is battery life during video playback. Apple's also provided a much brighter screen, and provided a couple of desirable features such as gapless playback (between song tracks) and an instant search function.



Music playback, any portable player's bread and butter, are absolutely delicious on the iPod. The bundled ear-buds could have been better, but they're comfortable thanks to silicone rims. It's a pity the body's still a scratch magnet, but once you plug it in, you'll forgive these little shortcomings.

Runner-Up: iPod 30 GB



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