Excerpt: This is smaller than the original shuffle, making it more compact and durable. Also, liked the new material on the ear bud cords, as it appears to have a more rubbery flexible feel. Only wished the ear-buds came with the foam to protect our ears from the hard plastic. Can get sore if you're jogging and/or brisk walking.
Summary: It is hard to go wrong with an iPod. As basic entry level electronics go, it is pretty simple. I've never been a fan of how impossible it is to find a particular song on one of these, but for my 8 year old daughter, it is just fine.