Conclusion: For those who don’t need the features of the clip-on nano 6G, this is a solid, inexpensive, easy to use iPod. The design is reasonably solid, but not outstanding. _______ * My beloved silver shuffle 2G nano went through the laundry and died. It was in a jeans pocket. One has to be careful with these little guys.
Pros: Inexpensive, small, easy to clip on clothing (with caveat), VoiceOver, playlists, great online 43 page PDF manual.
Cons: The ergonomics of the clip are ruined by the smaller design, hearing the battery level was tricky for this reviewer, battery level light could have been placed better, won’t fit in some 2G cases, 3-way power button inferior to 2G design.
Excerpt: The Good Return of the click wheel Longer battery life VoiceOver, Genius Playlists Solid construction Tiny The Bad Difficult to use clip without pressing buttons Only 2GB of storage Limited features for the price Design As Apple approaches a decade of iPod sales, starting off with the Classic and progressing to the Touch, the company has taken a gamble with major redesigns of its entry- and mid-level offerings.
Pros: Return of the click wheel, Longer battery life, VoiceOver, Genius Playlists, Solid construction, Tiny
Cons: Difficult to use clip without pressing buttons, Only 2GB of storage, Limited features for the price
Playlist iPod shuffle (fourth generation, late 2010)
7 September 2010
Conclusion: The controls on the device are fairly simple: a circular set of buttons allows you to move forward and backward between tracks (right and left), and increase and decrease the volume (top and bottom). Clicking the center button toggles between playback and pause. On the top edge of the device, there’s the same three-position power switch as in the 3G model (off, play in order, and shuffle) and a new VoiceOver button.
Pros: On-device controls, VoiceOver navigation, Long battery life
Cons: Awkward to clip on clothing, No way to lock out controls from inadvertent bumps
Summary: The iPod Shuffle's buttons are back, and the lightest, smallest MP3 player on the planet is now better than ever.
Cons: The 2GB capacity can't hold much; there's no headphone remote nor radio; the track controls tend to get pinched when clipping the iPod to your clothes; and the chances of you accidentally running it through the washing machine are quite high.
Summary: If you’re after a companion to keep you company whilst you’re going on your jog but don’t want to spend £129 for a 6th Generation iPod Nano then this is the one for you. However, if you’re after a music player that is small but stores more than 2GB the iPod Nano would be a better purchase
New polished and vibrant look,
Apple's fourth-generation iPod Shuffle sees the return of physical playback controls
Good Gear Guide.au
22 December 2010
Summary: Apple's fourth-generation iPod Shuffle is a sleek and easy-to-use device, largely thanks to the return of the controls offered by the first- and second-generation Shuffles. The VoiceOver feature is also a big winner.
Excerpt: Many thought that Apple scored an own goal with the third-generation iPod Shuffle. Stripping it of controls made for a dinkier device, but forced owners to either stick with the supplied headphones (with an in-line remote) or pay extra for an remote adaptor. Not that Apple would admit getting it wrong, but the fact that the Shuffle bears a striking resemblance to the 2nd generation model, complete with built-in controls, is as close to an admission as we're likely to...
Pros: Great looks, easier to use than the last version, improved sound quality
Cons: Only 2GB of memory means you’ll have to really compress your tunes