Ipod Nano 6th Gen Review

6 07 2012

 

The receipt of this Ipod was a bit of a surprise to me, I’ve had Ipods since the first Nano, and many Apple products since including the Iphone, Ipad and Ipod Touch.

Being a hoarder I dont through many of these older products away, so when Apple recalled the original 1st Gen Nano due to a potential issue, I sent it back and swiftly received a new 6th Gen 8GB Nano.

               1st Gen                                    2nd Gen                           3rd Gen

                4th Gen                                5th Gen                       6th Gen

 

The Nano has changed drastically over its life, From small and curved, to distinct straight lines, to boxy to losing its distinguishing scroll wheel alltogether!

The current 6th Generation Nano is closely related in design to previous Ipod Shuffles, its a similar size and is the first of the entire family to be drastically changed in terms of design. This, as mentioned doesn’t have a scroll wheel. This originally, was what most people recognised as being an Ipod, but with the growing popularity of touchscreens in nearly all of modern technology, and the massive improvements that have been made in regards to the hardware the decision was taken to include this and to scrap the slightly dated scroll wheel.

Again, the Ipod is slightly more expensive than some of its competitors, a well known trait of many Apple products, but it does have a very high quality of finishing and will last the test of time in comparison with some its rivals.

The Nano also includes a clip on the back of it, this is something that has never been seen before on a Nano but with this device being increasingly popular with joggers and runners, this makes perfect sense as it can be clipped on to any article of clothing without the need for additional accessories, cases or straps. Another feature we can see that is aimed at this market is the inclusion of Nike + compatibility, a feature that can be used to track a runners speed, distance etc over a set period.

The device only has 3 buttons, power, volume up and volume down. These are used for the obvious with the touchscreen taking over and doing the rest of the work, the icon or song that is to be used is touched, with a swift swipe to the left acting as a back button.

The inclusion of a radio function is also one that the original Nano didnt have, and has added to the popularity of the device.

The new Nano is a great device if being used as a jogging companion or as an addition to an Iphone, but in my opinion the best option to go for would be the Ipod Touch. The Touch has far more features and is effectively an Iphone lacking the ability to text or phone, and makes a far more sensible purchase in my eyes with the price difference being relatively small for the massive amount of features you gain with it.

 





House of Marley, Positive Vibrations Rasta Headphones, Who needs Beats?

30 06 2012

As little as a couple of years ago, most people used the headphones that came with their MP3 player or Ipod and replaced these as cheap as possible on a near enough monthly basis due to wear and tear.
Today we find ourselves engulfed in a market where headphones bring in astronomical levels of revenue and having the latest and greatest headphones is far more important!

When I first stretched to £50 for a set i couldnt believe the amount of money i was spending, but now with Beats and other such brands, we find that most options are above the £100 mark and can range up to £500 or more.

Dr Dre’s Beats, Ludacris Soul range and 50 Cents SMS Audio are to name but a few of the most recent high end headphone designs that are functional as well as a fashion accessory to many. But if your not willing to spend hundreds of pounds to enjoy your music ? What should you do ?

The House of Marley, another headphone brand based on the principles of questionably the biggest musician of the above 3 can act as a reasonably priced replacement. Whilst the House of Marley does also have headphones in the same price range, some of their cheaper ranges are remarkable in terms of quality and style.

I picked up these headphones for £50, and for that price the sound quality is excellent and is far more impressive similarly priced products. The aluminium and cord used in the manufacture dont only add to the design and durability but also increase the performance of these headphones in their own wayThe House of Marley, as you may have guessed from their name bearer, are also very keen on the environment. This means that all of the packaging for the products are recylced and the manufacture of their products have as little an impact to the environment as possible. A very admirable stance, especially in todays economy as this isn’t always the best way to maximise profits.

If you would rather save a few bucks and stray away from the crowd, Definately check out the House of Marley, these headphones dont let down in style or performance!








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