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.
Summary: The fourth generation of the Apple iPod Shuffle redefines ultra compact MP3 players. Even without a display screen, VoiceOver gives you all the information you need about the song playing, the battery life available and the details of your playlists. We were pleased with the small clip located on the back of the device that keeps the player in place, and the bright colors added zest to the device. The Apple iPod Shuffle is a device that is hard to beat.
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
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
30 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.
Summary: Is Apple’s ‘war on buttons’ finally over? After confounding millions with its buttonlesss mouse and trackpad, it seems Apple’s purge finally went too far last year. The buttonless iPod Shuffle of 2009 was small enough to inhale and could only be controlled by a series of cryptic squeezes on its specially designed earphone cable – hardly a recipe for mass-market adoption. Unsurprisingly, it flopped.
Apple 2GB iPod shuffle (fourth generation, late 2010) review
7 September 2010
Excerpt: I’m on the record somewhere as saying that my favourite iPod of all time is the second-generation (2G) iPod shuffle . There was just something about that little guy, with its clip-on body and its circle of easy-to-navigate control buttons, that I found irresistible. I still have a battered old silver one that I take on trips and use when I’m mowing the lawn.
On-device controls, VoiceOver navigation, long battery life.
Awkward to clip on clothing, no way to lock out controls from inadvertent bumps.