: Number of User Reviews: 10
Reviewed by: PMrjn83 from MI on Apr 4, 2005
Experience: 3 Weeks
Strengths: Nice color screen and weight. Good sound output. Accessories that come with are very nice as well.
Weaknesses: Easily scratched
Summary: Definitely get this ipod over a new 30 gb. This ipod comes with $110 worth of accessories including a carrying case. You need a carrying case to at least protect your ipod right when you open it from the box. The ipod delivers very good sound output along with equalizer settings.
Reviewed by: apu428 from CA on Apr 18, 2005
Experience: 8 Days
Weaknesses: Sound is not as clear or distinct. needs impovement
Summary: Its not too heavy as some people say. The screen, functionality is very user friendly. iTunes is not that great. Not very intuitive.
Its great though if you are traveling and purchase the iPod Camera Connector. Transfer speeds aren't the best, but you can view the pictures imediately after upload which is probably why the transfer speed is slow, quick conversions of each pic to display thumbnail views.
I would definitely recommend people to purchase this item if you want a pure mp3 player and photo viewing.
Reviewed by: alanlgaines from MI on May 4, 2005
Strengths: Large capacity, nice color screen, easy to use, good sound, light weight
Summary: I love this Ipod! I've put well over 200 cds worth of music on it (192 bitrate) and still have over 23GB of space left over. All the extras you get with the 40GB Ipod are well worth the slightly higher price you pay over the 30GB model. I've also picked up an audio cable at Radio Shack for $6.99 to hook it to my stereo system and it sounds great. There's no need to to get the more expensive cable Apple sells. I would also recommend you get a hard case for it just for a little extra protection. It's well built and seems able to take any abuse I've given it so far but I like having the hard case for the peace of mind, after all what's a few more dollars to protect your investment. I haven't tried using the photo option yet. The screen isn't any bigger than most digital camera screens so I would guess the picture quality would be about the same. It's nice though to have the option of hooking it to a tv with the provided av cables to get a bigger picture that everyone can see at the same time.
Reviewed by: clubmed from CA on Mar 12, 2005
Experience: 2 Weeks
Strengths: multi-use, portability, ease of use, interface w/PC
Weaknesses: non apparent yet
Summary: This was a gift to my husband who spends each day moving around his studio while painting....the I-pod has made an incredible difference in his life!! Now he can listen to opera (ugh) as he works, while I can enjoy the relative
quiet I need to work alongside him. The photo feature has
been terrific as an added bonus of a portable portfolio of his completed paintings. We had hesitated purchasing this product after reading of the problems with PCs, but he had no problems at all and highly recommends it.
Reviewed by: yongshinyu on Apr 26, 2005
Experience: 1 Day
Strengths: Big Hard Drive, comes with carrying case and cradle. Nice color makes it more fun to use!
Weaknesses: No FM Tuner, a little large and heavy although usable and smaller than any cd player. Costs $350 for me, but still a lot for a mp3 player. Carrying case is only good for carrying.
Summary: Overall I liked the ipod design, and I wished that I had one for the longest time because almost everyone on campus had one! Its a great product but don't know if its worth anyone's $350.
Reviewed by: slokshc from CA on Dec 29, 2004
Experience: 2 Weeks
Strengths: ease of use, simplicity, storage capacity
Weaknesses: I use a PC, and the first time I installed the dock with the software, it stayed in "do not disconnect" mode and the computer had to be restarted. It works fine now.
Summary: The 40GB IPod is a great product for three reasons: Storage Capacity (big plus for its size), simplistic controls (large buttons, click wheel, solid feel) and ease of use (including I-Tunes and downloading of music). The design of the product is very good.
Reviewed by: erinb from CA on Jan 3, 2005
Experience: 6 Days
Strengths: I tunes worked superbly
Weaknesses: Windows XP and this unit uncompatible
Summary: (Edited January 03rd by erinb) Opened this unit on Christmas and installed the Itunes and Ipod unit. After uploading a bunch of music to my computer hardrive, the torment began.
Supposedly the plug and play nature of this unit was supposed to directly transfer music to Ipod...NOT THE CASE!!! I struggled all day on the 26th to finally get the unit loaded and though the problem was resolved...NOPE!! The unit refused to be recognized by the USB XP combo. After 4 more hours of screwing aounf via the " Award winning websits support area" and re-formating, updating ( Where all files are erased) and reloading I was back where I started. I attempted to go online and activate the
i-support program, and that would not even work.
I eventually found a well hidden 1-800 number and spent 2 hours on hold, listening to muzak, and whwn I finally got a human, she proceeded to read me the info right off the web pages...when I informed her that we had already done ALL that a number of times, she dissapeared, only to be replaced by more muzak...After 20 minutes I hung up and redialed...Only to get put on hold again, and when a human finally did come on, they told me I was in the wrong department and would transfer me so I could " Wait in line again"
I told said apple employee not to bother and that I waould return the $500 unit, the 2 year ( $59.00) service plan and not bother the m anymore with my trivial needs.
I guess spending $600.00 ( with tax) on an ipod photo grants them a unique position to belittle Windows users? Is it they just dont care?
PS... I'm dumping my shares of apple while they are still over priced...
Reviewed by: TsunamiZ from OR on Feb 20, 2005
Experience: 2 Months
Strengths: Large capacity storage, nice color LCD display, simple intuitive design, great sound quality.
Weaknesses: Expensive. Slightly larger than non-color iPods. Exterior can be easily scratched, so you may want to buy additional protective sleeves/skins for it.
Summary: Like all iPods, this is one of the best MP3 players on the market. It's compact and easy to use. Color LCD is a nice feature to store images and photos, so you can browse them when you use your iPod. I wished the exterior was more scratch resistant.
Reviewed by: Lovemp3 from TN on Dec 22, 2004
Experience: 7 Days
Strengths: Good sound, small and easy to access information
Weaknesses: POOR PC Support. Will not function also to hold contact information if have a PC and and older Palm.
Summary: DO NOT BUY if a PC user. NO support after one "courtesy" help unless you get the additional $60 extended warranty. Warranty only 90 days and one call. NO help for problems in poor help documentation or online. I struggled for 3 solid days with it to get various aspects to work, i.e. accessing CD ROM drive, finding out how to access the ipod from my PC, etc. You might consider another. I am looking at the iRiver H320. AT least it has a one year warranty and an 800# without apparant restrictions.
Reviewed by: minkid817 from CA on Jan 15, 2005
Experience: 1 Weeks
Strengths: Huge amount of space for pictures and music. Great nice design, easy to setup, quick instructions. Very very long battery life. Easy to upload more music and photos. Great software.
Summary: I love this iPod. It is a little bigger than the mini's but it's still small and compact. You basically have an unlimited amount of space for music and photos. Up to 10000 songs and 25000 photos. The battery can last up to 15 hours. Nice colorful display.