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4.0 out of 5 stars
Great gadget for the gym, 10 Nov. 2010
I've owned only a couple of ipods - the classic 30gb and an Iphone 3gs. I have become a bit of a fan, but I can also see the downsides to the products.
After joining the gym on a health spurt, I tried using my iphone on a treadmill, using various armbands. This is just useless - not only do you look bad, but it's not exactly lightweight - and doing any weight machines afterwards is pointless. You never forget it's there with something like that - complete opposite to the shuffle.
So I picked up this - instead of a Nano. I like the look of the Nano, but for functionality, it's a pointless gym tool - you simply do not need a screen when jogging, and you need something with buttons - which is where the shuffle is perfect. It's small, completely functional, and plugs in nicely to the apple ecosystem that you will already be a part of if you use itunes and have other apple products. Simply set up some playlists to sync with this device, and you can go.
You have a three way slider at the top - off, play in order, or shuffle. Shuffle works within a playlist or with all songs.
You have a small silver voiceover button - works a treat - hold down the button, and it will say each playlist name in order, then hit play to select that one. Don't really use it much to tell me what song is playing, but it does that too.
Then you have the standard buttons on the front - play/pause, foward, rewind, volume up and down. Intuituive, and can control evrything while its in your pocket, without looking at it - try doing that with a nano!
Looks good - i have the orange, and it goes well with some orange sennheiser neckband headphones (PMX 80). It's lightweight - clip it to your shorts, or pop it in your pocket.
Great sound quality - although some of that does come down too the headphones, i noticed that it could pick up some instrumental stuff better that the iphone could.
Battery life - fantastic - don't have numbers, but barely needs a charge for the gym work that it does. Also you feel its fairly rugged.
Overall - I would recommend it. There are other MP3 players out there - Sansa et al, but this works well for what it does. I made the right choice when going for this.