The Most Functional, Stylish iPod of Them All
Everyone is making a big deal over the newest generations of music players. Does it have a color display? Does it have video playback? Will it do my homework for me? Can it tell me the meaning of life? But only a few years back, what we cared about when shopping for a music player was the way in which it delivered MUSIC.
The iPods 1G and 2G seemed almost like a training exercise for the creation of the 3G. It just feels like this one got almost everything right.
To start with, this was the "ultraslim" iPod... it was much thinner than iPods past, which resembled chrome and white bricks. Beyond that, the control scheme was the best Apple had ever come up with: tactile touchbuttons that were so sensitive that you could barely brush your finger near them and they would probably pick it up. This felt--and feels--much more futuristic and stylish than the newer "clickwheel" that Apple is building into their iPods now. To me and a lot of other people, moving from touch-sensitive controls to a clicking interface seemed like a great big step backwards.
The display on this device does not play video. It is not in color. It is not in high-resolution. But still, it works well. Not only that, but it works often times better than the navigation on the newer iPods which have so much going on at once that they have to chug along slowly, thinking hard about every little thing. You can rapidly tap the select button on the 3G and get wherever that takes you by the time you lift your thumb back up. Trying that on one of the new video iPods is likely to just lock the whole thing up. Another high point in comparison is that not only is the plastic on the 3G more scratch-resistant than on the new iPods, it is not in color so if it does get scratched, you won't get rainbow stripes across the face that make it impossible to read what's on the screen.
The only drawback to this iPod... the one and only drawback in my mind, something worthy of dropping it from a 5/5 to a 4/5, is the battery life. Apple iPods are notorious for their battery life, and this one is no different. The factory battery will get about 8 hours at best, right out of the box. This is okay for the subway ride to work or for jogging, but if you plan to take it on a plane trip overseas, this will become a big problem. Available from different companies though, are replacement batteries that can raise that number up to 12 hours with a bit of home-installation (or, for a fee, some will let you mail them your iPod and will install it for you).
If you don't mind the battery issue, or plan to do something about it like I did (12 hours of greatness, baby!) then this is the best iPod around. It only goes up to 40GB (the new ones go up to 60) but that's still a great number of songs.
So, in summation:
Buy. This. iPod.Read full review