New iPod touch, iPod nano & iPod shuffle

September 6, 2010 by  
Filed under Reviews

I’ve already had my say about Apple’s latest iPods, but here is the ‘Just the Bad Points’ breakdown of potential dealbreakers…

JtBP is about showing you what is wrong, contentious, or downright bubble headed about products. The reasons you might not want to spend your hard earned cash on them. So before you commit to reading lengthy reviews here’s what you should be wary of with Apple’s new iPods:

iPod touch (4th Generation)

  • Cut down 0.7 megapixel camera (960 x 720 pixels) – pale imitation of 5MP camera on iPhone 4
  • 8GB, 32GB & 64GB capacities are unchanged from last year’s models
  • Omission of 16GB sweet spot a deliberate attempt not to detract from 16GB iPod nano
  • Usual flaws of limited codec support, no storage expansion and 3G data remain – and will likely never be addressed

iPod nano (5th Generation)

  • Not the mini iPod touch we had all hoped for
  • Cut down iOS means no apps, no mobile iTunes store
  • Video recording and playback removed completely
  • Screen shrunk from 2.2 inches to 1.54 inches
  • Price for 16GB nano comes within touching distance of an 8GB iPod touch
  • What we hoped the shuffle would be, not the nano.

iPod shuffle (4th Generation)

  • Backwards step from Apple returning to 2006 design
  • Still no screen
  • Twice the price of superior MP3 player with screen, the SanDisk Sansa Clip+
  • Battery life still unremarkable: 15 hours audio playback
  • Capacity same since February 2008, at just 2GB

Are Apple’s New iPods A Deliberate Botch Job?

September 4, 2010 by  
Filed under Features & Editorials

Opening paragraphs reprinted with permission by TrustedReviews. If you wish to read my full feature you’ll find it here.


Are Apple’s New iPods A Deliberate Botch Job?

On Tuesday Steve Jobs announced the next generation of iPods, a new shuffle, nano and iPod touch. Widespread predictions were largely spot on and brought the usual reaction of excitement fused with modest frustration and a general agreement that Apple’s infamous marketing hyperbole remains as strong as ever, despite the iPhone 4 antenna climb down. Since Tuesday, however, I’ve been hit with a nagging sense of irritation which you may or may not share: is everything Apple announced that day a botch job?

Certainly I don’t expect everyone to agree with this viewpoint and it would be a boring world if you all did. In fact our very own Andy Vandervell describes them as “pretty tantalising” and Hugo will mount a spirited defence of iTunes’ Ping on Monday so I’ve a fight on my hands. Then again, let’s see if you can follow my logic because Apple frequently receives a great deal of adulation and this time I’m not entirely convinced it’s deserved…

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