Apple iPod nano 3rd Generation 8GB Portable Media Player

Audio Player, Video Player, Photo Viewer - 2" Color LCD - Black - MPN: MB261LLA
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It's the small iPod with one very big idea: video. The world's most popular music player now lets you enjoy movies, TV shows, and more on a two-inch display that's 65 percent brighter than before. Browse through your music collection by flipping through album art. Select an album to turn it over and see the track list. With an anodized aluminum and polished stainless steel enclosure and a choice of five colors, iPod nano is dressed to impress.
Quick Glance
Total Included Memory 8 GB
System Connectivity 1 x Mini-phone Headphone, 1 x Docking Station
System Compatibility PC, Mac
Storage Media Supported Flash Portable Media Player
General Features Audio Player, Video Player, Photo Viewer
normalized-Weight 1.74
Expert Reviews
Apple iPod Nano Third Gen 8GB
2 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Jul 16, 2008

Apple IPod Nano Third Gen 8GB receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS score of 1.51 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #127 hard drive MP3 player of all time. The overall rating represents an intelligent balance of features, value as a function of price to features, and a summary of reviews from a variety of sources. The TopTen REVIEWS' formula gives a picture of important consumer features, market value, and a product's acceptance and track record as it relates to similar products.

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Apple iPod Nano 3G 4GB / 8GB
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Oct 30, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 85 expert reviews for Apple iPod Nano 3G 4GB / 8GB and the average expert rating is 84 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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ReviewGist for Apple IPOD NANO 3RD GEN. 8 GB (MAC/PC - MB253LL/A) MP3 Player
3 Star Review  reviewgist.com - Jan 1, 2010

Audio is Excellent according to 16 MP3 Player experts. -- "very good sound quality"-macworld.com -- "The sound quality on our test tracks was very good, with no audible system noise."-laptopmag.com -- "excellent battery life"-macworld.com Read more to find expert opinions on more features like Interface, Battery, Image, etc.

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Apple iPod Nano 3rd Gen | 8GB - black
3 Star Review  productwiki.com - Sep 11, 2009

According to Apple the iPod Nano is the most successful portable music player in history. Up until now the device lacked many of the features found in its bigger sibling. The new generation of iPod Nanos remain smaller, thinner but now include video playback and photo viewing features. To accommodate the new display intensive features the form factor of the Nano is substantially different. Known on the street as the "phatpod" the new Nano is wider and stubbier with dimensions coming in at a boxy 2.75 inches high and 2.06 inches wide. The thickness is reduced to a depth of 0.26 inches, or 6.5mm. The Nanos screen at 320x240 is the same resolution as the fifth generation iPod Video and the iPod Classic. At a screen size of 2.0" Apple states that the Nanos pixel density is the highest in the world. All iPod compatible videos and photos are viewable on ... PROS: (1) Ridiculously thin (2) Feels just right in your hand. (3) Now plays video with a high quality screen (4) Good capacity and features for the price (5) good gui ... CONS: (1) Battery still not user replaceable. (2) The backside is very easily scratched. (3) More expensive than competitors with similar features (4) the position of the hold switch is more cumbersome at the bottom

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User Reviews
Ipod
5 Star Review   By member 4804041489 - Nov 23, 2008   

Strengths: Everything

Weakness: The back of it scratches easily.

I have never had an ipod or ipod nano, but a lot of my friends have it and they let me use it sometimes. All the times that I have used one it seemed so cool.For Christmas, I have begged my mom for one , she says she will get me an ipod nano black.

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One of the best iPods so far
5 Star Review   By member etcpswartz - Feb 28, 2008   

Strengths: Very lightweight. Screen is small, but not too small.

Weakness: The back scraches easily so get a case for it.

I had a 2nd Generation Nano that I lost, so I got this to replace it. I have had it for about two months and have loved it. It is very compact and the screen is the right size to watch a personal movie. I would highly recomend it to runners because it is very lightweight and you can get a arm-band so you can listen to it while you run.

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Good, small ipod
4 Star Review   By member blackcapten - Jan 31, 2008   

Strengths: Battery life improvements, decent navigation, quick response, good sound quality

Weakness: Pricey, does not come with wall charger, no belt clip

The small form factor of this ipod is both good and bad. I'm a tall guy, so it's sometimes awkward using the scroll wheel. I could find no major problems yet with the basic operation of this 3rd gen Nano, although I've had issues with my older ipod (mainly battery and crashing issues) so I'm hoping this one holds up. Battery life on this thing is much better than my older ipod. Audio and video quality are acceptable for me on an ipod this size. I did not like the lack of a belt clip, although I never owned a Nano so perhaps they never had belt clips. I think the Ipod mini had them, and I guess you can buy a hard case with a clip if you want one. I wish ipods still came with a wall a/c adapter charger. My old ipod came with it and they are a great help so you don't have to charge your ipod with your PC. These things are expensive as well when you buy the Apple brand a/c adapter separately.

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Ipod nano 8gb black
5 Star Review   By member afdoyle - Jan 28, 2008   

Strengths: crisp clear lcd, nice matte front, battery life,price

Weakness: back prone to smudges and scratches, crappy earbuds

This is a great unit for anyone who wants an affordable player that works well. It hold up to 2,000 songs based on 4 minutes per song or up to 8 hours of video.

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Apple iPod Nano 3rd Generation 8GB Black
5 Star Review   By member IbarraYJ - Jan 22, 2008   

Strengths: Looks better then the previous Nano and has a bigger screen.

Weakness: The menu is somewhat hard to get use to.

This 3rd generation iPod Nano is small and sleek. It has the same solid feel as previous iPods but refined into a sleeker smaller design. The 8GB of space is pretty great too! The only quark I have with the iPod Nano is that the font is very small and could be a little bigger, easier to read. A nice added feature if you get the iPod from Apple is you can have them engrave whatever you want on the backside of your iPod, a nice personal touch. And I also recommend getting the Apple Care extended warranty.

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IPOD 3RD GENERATION 8GB MP3 PLAYER
4 Star Review   By member jgarrettoh - Jan 20, 2008   

Strengths: It is small and compact with a good battery life. Videos are clear!

Weakness: The case marks easily!

This is my first ipod! I like how compact it is and how I can take it with me wherever I go. I love the video feature and how clear the picture is. It is a great product for the price. I would purchase it again.

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As is!
5 Star Review   By member rahmati - Jan 11, 2008   

Strengths: Very small and thin, nice interface, video

Weakness: DRM infested - defectivebydesign.org

This has all the functionality of the hard disk iPods (5'th gen, classic) but VERY thin and small. Similar to all iPods though, unfortunately, it is DRM infested - defectivebydesign.org

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Super Slim iPod nano w/great User Interface (UI)
5 Star Review   By member joysmahal - Dec 30, 2007   

Strengths: Slim, UI, battery life, can play photos & videos

Weakness: Back is shiny chrome (scratches easily), small scrollwheel

This is my 2nd iPod. My first iPod was a 4gb 1st generation iPod mini in 2004. I only have about 6gb worth of music - so the nano was a great choice for me. I also go to the gym 3-4 times a week and I always bring my nano along. The battery life is very good (claimed to be around 23 hours). I did also transfer some photos and videos on the new iPod nano and they do look pretty nice. In the tech specs, the Nano has the highest PPI out of the new iPods (including the touch and iPhone), this makes the photos and videos look nice & crispy on the screen. Although, the screen is a little too small to watch videos and now I don't really bother with the trouble of converting stuff to videos. I mainly use this to listen to music while I'm at the gym and in my car. Great iPod and I'd recommend it to all that is looking for something small/slim with this range of storage capacity (4gb - 8gb).

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Great Ipod engraving sucked
4 Star Review   By Great Ipod engraving sucked on OnSale.com - Dec 28, 2007   

Strengths: audio video

Weakness: Free engraving from onsale.com

I love the Ipod and everything works perfectly, the only problem is the engraving that is free faded off in three days of opening the package.

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Great update to a great product
4 Star Review   By member tsum - Dec 22, 2007   

Strengths: Huge screen, increased memory capacity, new navigation system, small size, video playback

Weakness: Metal back

This is a nice update of the iPod nano line overall. The screen, navigation, and memory upgrades are the most noteworthy. However, it is too bad that Apple went back to the metal back style that is a fingerprint magnet. This is the only downgrade from the previous generation. Otherwise, a quality Apple product that will keep you happy.

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Product Details
Description
It's the small iPod with one very big idea: video. The world's most popular music player now lets you enjoy movies, TV shows, and more on a two-inch display that's 65 percent brighter than before. Browse through your music collection by flipping through album art. Select an album to turn it over and see the track list. With an anodized aluminum and polished stainless steel enclosure and a choice of five colors, iPod nano is dressed to impress.
Quick Glance
Total Included Memory 8 GB
System Connectivity 1 x Mini-phone Headphone, 1 x Docking Station
System Compatibility PC, Mac
Storage Media Supported Flash Portable Media Player
General Features Audio Player, Video Player, Photo Viewer
normalized-Weight 1.74
Summary
Product Title Apple iPod nano 3rd Generation 8GB Portable Media Player
Manufacturer Apple
Lowest Price $116.62 from Bonanza
Power Score 3.9 | 29 Reviews
Video Quality
Video Playback: Yes
Video Format: MPEG-4, QuickTime MOV
Display Type: Color LCD
Diagonal Screen Size: 2 in
Audio Quality
Audio Codecs Supported: MP3, AAC, WAV, Audible, Apple Lossless, AIFF
Battery
Battery Life (Audio): 1 Day
Battery Life (Video): 1 Day
Dimensions
Height: 2.75 in
Weight: 1.74 oz
Width: 2.06 in
Depth: 0.26 in
Warranty
Warranty Information: 1 Year
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Additional Specifications
Product Line: iPod nano
Product Functions: Photo Viewer
Playback Features: Repeat One, Shuffle Play Mode
Dimensions: 2.75" Height x 2.06" Width x 0.26" Depth
Additional Features: Photo Viewer
Brand Name: Apple
Audio Output Connectors: Audio - Headphone Out (1/8" Mini)
Battery Rechargeable: Yes
Batteries Included: Yes
Included Components: Headphones, USB Cable
Maximum Number of Songs: 2000
Maximum Video Playback Duration: 8 Hour
Power Source: Lithium Ion Battery
Battery Built-in: Yes
Frequency Band: Features:H.264 video, up to 1.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per secondMPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per secondHolds up to 7,000 iPod-viewable photosHeadphone:Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000HzEarphonesImpedence: 32 ohmsLanguages:Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese, and TurkishAdditional language support for display of song, album, and artist information:Bulgarian, Croatian, Romanian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, and Ukrainian
Average Playback Time: 24 hour(s)
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Expert Reviews
Apple iPod Nano Third Gen 8GB
2 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Jul 16, 2008

Apple IPod Nano Third Gen 8GB receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS score of 1.51 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #127 hard drive MP3 player of all time. The overall rating represents an intelligent balance of features, value as a function of price to features, and a summary of reviews from a variety of sources. The TopTen REVIEWS' formula gives a picture of important consumer features, market value, and a product's acceptance and track record as it relates to similar products.

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Apple iPod Nano 3G 4GB / 8GB
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Oct 30, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 85 expert reviews for Apple iPod Nano 3G 4GB / 8GB and the average expert rating is 84 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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ReviewGist for Apple IPOD NANO 3RD GEN. 8 GB (MAC/PC - MB253LL/A) MP3 Player
3 Star Review  reviewgist.com - Jan 1, 2010

Audio is Excellent according to 16 MP3 Player experts. -- "very good sound quality"-macworld.com -- "The sound quality on our test tracks was very good, with no audible system noise."-laptopmag.com -- "excellent battery life"-macworld.com Read more to find expert opinions on more features like Interface, Battery, Image, etc.

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Apple iPod Nano 3rd Gen | 8GB - black
3 Star Review  productwiki.com - Sep 11, 2009

According to Apple the iPod Nano is the most successful portable music player in history. Up until now the device lacked many of the features found in its bigger sibling. The new generation of iPod Nanos remain smaller, thinner but now include video playback and photo viewing features. To accommodate the new display intensive features the form factor of the Nano is substantially different. Known on the street as the "phatpod" the new Nano is wider and stubbier with dimensions coming in at a boxy 2.75 inches high and 2.06 inches wide. The thickness is reduced to a depth of 0.26 inches, or 6.5mm. The Nanos screen at 320x240 is the same resolution as the fifth generation iPod Video and the iPod Classic. At a screen size of 2.0" Apple states that the Nanos pixel density is the highest in the world. All iPod compatible videos and photos are viewable on ... PROS: (1) Ridiculously thin (2) Feels just right in your hand. (3) Now plays video with a high quality screen (4) Good capacity and features for the price (5) good gui ... CONS: (1) Battery still not user replaceable. (2) The backside is very easily scratched. (3) More expensive than competitors with similar features (4) the position of the hold switch is more cumbersome at the bottom

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User Reviews
Ipod
5 Star Review   By member 4804041489 - Nov 23, 2008   

Strengths: Everything

Weakness: The back of it scratches easily.

I have never had an ipod or ipod nano, but a lot of my friends have it and they let me use it sometimes. All the times that I have used one it seemed so cool.For Christmas, I have begged my mom for one , she says she will get me an ipod nano black.

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One of the best iPods so far
5 Star Review   By member etcpswartz - Feb 28, 2008   

Strengths: Very lightweight. Screen is small, but not too small.

Weakness: The back scraches easily so get a case for it.

I had a 2nd Generation Nano that I lost, so I got this to replace it. I have had it for about two months and have loved it. It is very compact and the screen is the right size to watch a personal movie. I would highly recomend it to runners because it is very lightweight and you can get a arm-band so you can listen to it while you run.

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Good, small ipod
4 Star Review   By member blackcapten - Jan 31, 2008   

Strengths: Battery life improvements, decent navigation, quick response, good sound quality

Weakness: Pricey, does not come with wall charger, no belt clip

The small form factor of this ipod is both good and bad. I'm a tall guy, so it's sometimes awkward using the scroll wheel. I could find no major problems yet with the basic operation of this 3rd gen Nano, although I've had issues with my older ipod (mainly battery and crashing issues) so I'm hoping this one holds up. Battery life on this thing is much better than my older ipod. Audio and video quality are acceptable for me on an ipod this size. I did not like the lack of a belt clip, although I never owned a Nano so perhaps they never had belt clips. I think the Ipod mini had them, and I guess you can buy a hard case with a clip if you want one. I wish ipods still came with a wall a/c adapter charger. My old ipod came with it and they are a great help so you don't have to charge your ipod with your PC. These things are expensive as well when you buy the Apple brand a/c adapter separately.

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Ipod nano 8gb black
5 Star Review   By member afdoyle - Jan 28, 2008   

Strengths: crisp clear lcd, nice matte front, battery life,price

Weakness: back prone to smudges and scratches, crappy earbuds

This is a great unit for anyone who wants an affordable player that works well. It hold up to 2,000 songs based on 4 minutes per song or up to 8 hours of video.

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Apple iPod Nano 3rd Generation 8GB Black
5 Star Review   By member IbarraYJ - Jan 22, 2008   

Strengths: Looks better then the previous Nano and has a bigger screen.

Weakness: The menu is somewhat hard to get use to.

This 3rd generation iPod Nano is small and sleek. It has the same solid feel as previous iPods but refined into a sleeker smaller design. The 8GB of space is pretty great too! The only quark I have with the iPod Nano is that the font is very small and could be a little bigger, easier to read. A nice added feature if you get the iPod from Apple is you can have them engrave whatever you want on the backside of your iPod, a nice personal touch. And I also recommend getting the Apple Care extended warranty.

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IPOD 3RD GENERATION 8GB MP3 PLAYER
4 Star Review   By member jgarrettoh - Jan 20, 2008   

Strengths: It is small and compact with a good battery life. Videos are clear!

Weakness: The case marks easily!

This is my first ipod! I like how compact it is and how I can take it with me wherever I go. I love the video feature and how clear the picture is. It is a great product for the price. I would purchase it again.

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As is!
5 Star Review   By member rahmati - Jan 11, 2008   

Strengths: Very small and thin, nice interface, video

Weakness: DRM infested - defectivebydesign.org

This has all the functionality of the hard disk iPods (5'th gen, classic) but VERY thin and small. Similar to all iPods though, unfortunately, it is DRM infested - defectivebydesign.org

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Super Slim iPod nano w/great User Interface (UI)
5 Star Review   By member joysmahal - Dec 30, 2007   

Strengths: Slim, UI, battery life, can play photos & videos

Weakness: Back is shiny chrome (scratches easily), small scrollwheel

This is my 2nd iPod. My first iPod was a 4gb 1st generation iPod mini in 2004. I only have about 6gb worth of music - so the nano was a great choice for me. I also go to the gym 3-4 times a week and I always bring my nano along. The battery life is very good (claimed to be around 23 hours). I did also transfer some photos and videos on the new iPod nano and they do look pretty nice. In the tech specs, the Nano has the highest PPI out of the new iPods (including the touch and iPhone), this makes the photos and videos look nice & crispy on the screen. Although, the screen is a little too small to watch videos and now I don't really bother with the trouble of converting stuff to videos. I mainly use this to listen to music while I'm at the gym and in my car. Great iPod and I'd recommend it to all that is looking for something small/slim with this range of storage capacity (4gb - 8gb).

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Great Ipod engraving sucked
4 Star Review   By Great Ipod engraving sucked on OnSale.com - Dec 28, 2007   

Strengths: audio video

Weakness: Free engraving from onsale.com

I love the Ipod and everything works perfectly, the only problem is the engraving that is free faded off in three days of opening the package.

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Great update to a great product
4 Star Review   By member tsum - Dec 22, 2007   

Strengths: Huge screen, increased memory capacity, new navigation system, small size, video playback

Weakness: Metal back

This is a nice update of the iPod nano line overall. The screen, navigation, and memory upgrades are the most noteworthy. However, it is too bad that Apple went back to the metal back style that is a fingerprint magnet. This is the only downgrade from the previous generation. Otherwise, a quality Apple product that will keep you happy.

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Just about the cutest gadget I've ever owned!
5 Star Review   By member symbiont007 - Dec 21, 2007   

Strengths: The size of this ipod is just amazing and yet, very robust and sturdy. I guess thats because it's made out of aluminum. Oh, I can't say enuff about its visual display either.

Weakness: Ironic that it's weakness is its size. I feel like I can lose it whenever it's out of my hands. It can easily be stolen or swallowed up by a flaw in the time-space continueum.

I love this lil gadget as it has kept me company with lil complains or excuses. Apple has a nack for making really high quality products and this is no exception to their awesome craft. Call me what you will but Apple and their products have been good to me and I will continue to do business with them. This nano will help flame Apple's continued success.

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iPod Nano 8GB (third generation)
5 Star Review     

Strengths: Very small and slim/easy to hold, brighter than ever, good downloading, music and videos sound great

Weakness: You can get stains on the back easy, but buy a case and it will be fine

This is a great product, and the best iPod so far. I would get the paackage that comes with a charger and a case and stuff. The only bad thing is that you will need to get a case. However, this is a great product, with great quality. You will love the sound and pictures with the video and music. Great for a gift. (For you or your family and friends)

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Once again, Apple comes out with another excellent product!
5 Star Review   By member gurleli - Dec 12, 2007   

Strengths: great big beautiful screen, movie playback

Once again, Apple comes out with another excellent product! Here are some pros and cons about the nano. Pros: - Has a great big beautiful screen (2 inches) - Battery life is excellent! I got my nano about 3 weeks ago and it still hasn't died on me. - Sleek, smooth design - charge time is very quick (about 3 hours for full charge) - Interface is eye candy - sound quality is pretty decent with the provided ear buds (I would recommend getting a better pair of headphones though) - Movie play back and picture browsing is crystal clear

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My First iPod Nano
4 Star Review   By member blue1979 - Dec 12, 2007   

Strengths: sleek and small. Easy to tuck-away in your pocket.

Weakness: For the price I would have expected a little more from this tiny mp3 player.

I would like to see a more variety in colors for all of the iPods. I don't like that you can only get certain colors with certain storage capacities. I opted to get this one because of the color but if they had it in the 4GB (which you can only get in silver) I would have purchased the 4GB.

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Black IPod Video Nano
5 Star Review   By member ALINCHIK - Dec 4, 2007   

Strengths: Excellent video, small, compact, great hearing, easy manageable. Everyone should have one.

Weakness: Non whatsoever.

I bought this Ipod Video Nano and I am thrilled with it.. The quality and the size really matters to me. I using it everyday and I know it will last me for a long time. I recommend this product to people of all ages.

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Apple Ipod Nano 8gb, 3rd generation
5 Star Review     

Strengths: Compact design while still keeping screen size. Battery life before recharging.

Weakness: None noted at this time.

This is the second nano ipod I have purchased in the last twelve months and like this one even for because of the video playback and the ease of downloads for the Itune store.

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Apple Ipod Nano 8gb, 3rd generation
5 Star Review   By member mstraf - Dec 3, 2007   

Strengths: Compact design while still keeping screen size. Battery life before recharging.

Weakness: None noted at this time.

This is the second nano ipod I have purchased in the last twelve months and like this one even for because of the video playback and the ease of downloads for the Itune store.

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iPod nano 3rd Generation 8GB MP3 Player
5 Star Review   By member the5wongs - Nov 27, 2007   

Strengths: Compact, ease of use, screen size, price

Weakness: iTunes download, headphones, reflective metal back

I highly recommend getting this. I purchased this for my husband for Christmas as the price was irresistible. I immediately opened it and found it to be very compact to hold in the hand. He will be using it while jogging and found other mp3 players difficult to scroll through and see in the sunlight. Since it had the reflective metal backing I went ahead and purchased a silicone case and the shield to protect it. They look great together. The headphones are not great. My son used them and the headphones he got from his Creative mp3 are of much better quality. You definitely have to spend extra $$ for better headphones. The Apple ipod Nano can't be beat!

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sweet and simple
5 Star Review   By member pzachang - Nov 26, 2007   

Strengths: small, great sound quality, great design

Weakness: chrome back side scratches easily

i purchased this as my second ipod. my original ipod was the 20gb ipod 2nd generation. this is obviously a great improvement, it is much smaller and the screen is surprisingly clear. another big plus is the battery life which makes it a great device to use on the go.

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Best iPod yet!
5 Star Review   By member dkfsum - Nov 22, 2007   

Strengths: Tiny size, huge screen, great new software, just feels great

Weakness: Reflective metal back

Wow...Apple manages to keep improving their products again and again. This is certainly the best iPod they have made yet. The 3rd gen nano is just a beautiful music player on the outside and the software inside is now great to match as well. The screen is really improved over that last iteration, as is the overall size and shape. The only drawback is the reintroduction of the reflective metal back which is a fingerprint and dust magnet. However, just buy a case for a few dollars and things will look great!

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Apple continues to outdo itself
5 Star Review   By member SleepyReviewer - Nov 8, 2007   

Strengths: Small, plays video, a great revision!

A great, small device--works as advertised. Plays videos flawlessly. Syncs with iTunes as with the previous iPods that apple makes. Easy to run with, very portable, fits easily in your pocket. Battery life (14 hrs) as advertised when playing music. Enough battery for playing a couple videos on a cross country flight in the US. A great iteration. If only the price was $50 less!

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Spending $ 200 !!! Should be more than just an mp3 payler
4 Star Review   By member reemree - Oct 22, 2007   

Strengths: Very much portable !! Stylist and cute !!! Great battery life if listen to music only

Weakness: Scratches very easily, Complicate to transfer videos and Must use ITunes to sync with computer

It is very good for listening music but not so good for video as LCD is a little small to watch video for long periods of time. I was excited at first to see video but I couldn't play any of the video files that I have on my computer , as it doesn't play unless you spend time to convert it. very comfortable to hold and portable. Overall it is very nice, but a little bit highly priced.

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The first iPod worth owning
4 Star Review   By member rilokiley - Oct 21, 2007   

Strengths: Small, thin, light, plays fluid video, the best user interface around, superb battery life, finally cost comparable to competitors of similar memory size, matte finish on front

Weakness: Glossy finish on back prone to smudging and scratches, video requires conversion time before being playable on device, can be a little too small to watch lengthy videos, size and shape...

I've never owned an iPod before because none of the flash memory based iPods were capable of playing video. Additionally, they were more expensive compared to competitors of similar sizes. Now, the cost is about the same, this new Nano can play video, and everything is about right. The battery life literally lasts 24 hours on a single charge, and it still boasts the touch-sensitive click wheel that makes it ideal for long podcasts or audiobooks which is my primary use for the iPod. However, video doesn't play on the Nano unless you take time to convert it. The device's shiny back also picks up finger prints like crazy. The stout, thin shape also isn't as comfortable to hold as the iPod Classic or the old iPod Nano, but it does make it more pocketable. Highly recommended. I'd give it five stars if it weren't for the stupid glossy back.

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Good for mp3s, useless for video
2 Star Review   By member aa111 - Oct 19, 2007   

Strengths: Sleek design, good navigation for mp3 files

Weakness: Can't play any popular video formats. Must use ITunes to sync with computer.

I'd give player 4 stars for it's audio abilities and 0 for video, that's how I came up with average score of 2. The reason I gave 0 for video is because I couldn't play any of the video files I could find on my computer. Not the mpeg2 files I ripped from DVD, not the Avi files I downloaded from Internet, not Windows WMV files, not even Apple's own MOV format as recorded by my digital camera... Even when I used 3rd party software to convert videos to supposedly recognizable format, I still couldn't load them to Ipod. The curious thing is that MOV files, at least I was able to load in Itunes... but then it failed to sync them with Ipod anyway. The verdict: Forget video, it's a good, but overpriced mp3 player.

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Small package packs a punch
4 Star Review   By member supaspecial - Oct 7, 2007   

Strengths: Small form factor, 8 GBs of space, matte finish, video capability

Weakness: LCD is a little small to watch video for long periods of time, not much new software

This is the third iPod nano I've owned, and it's by far the best one. Just when you think they can't make it any smaller, they surprise you with this new slim form factor. I can barely feel it when it's in my pocket. The screen is bright and clear, though a bit too small to view videos comfortably for more than 30 minutes. The controls are intuitive, indicative of all the recent Apple products. There aren't too many new features (cover flow), but the new form factor makes this iPod a must-have.

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