If you read my previous post, you know that I’m pretty impressed with the iPod nano. Yet, I’ve read comments by others citing various nits about Apple’s diminutive music player. I thought I’d pull those gripes together here and list them in the top ten format (starting with #1 instead of #10 because I don’t know how to use the ol tag in reverse).
- I no longer have a place to store my change in my jeans. This is troublesome. I used to keep my nickels and dimes in that little pocket on the right side. But now that area has been “Steved.” Yes, the nano fits perfectly there. And my change… well, I’m using the back pocket these days. Who cares if I sit on a bunch of pennies.
- The nano doesn’t come with a charger. Yup, no charger. When I don’t have it plugged into my PowerBook, I’m using the USB port on the AirPort Express to charge the nano. I also like the Griffin PowerJolt in the car. Some people have commented you can use any USB charger. But I’d be a little cautious. I hate the smell of smoking circuits.
- Ack, USB only! I want FireWire too. I know… we like FireWire because it’s the hometown favorite, and because we don’t have USB 2 on our older computers. But you can use the nano with USB 1.1. Not as fast. Not as cool. But definitely serviceable.
- White earbuds with a black nano. I feel so mismatched. But the black nano is usually in my pocket… Besides, black earbuds are so, well, Sony.
- I can’t register my nano. As of 9-12-05 at 10pm, neither can I.
- It’s too small! Well it is called the nano. And even though its small, it’s tough. Check out this great review over at ars technica. They even ran over it with a car. (Do you think Steve cringed even though he was miles away?)
- The camera connector doesn’t work with the nano. Ah, well, actually this is my carp. And even though the nano holds less than 4 GBs, I’d love to be able to back up my 1 GB card in a pinch. Can we fix this with a firmware update?
- The screen is too small for photos. A 1.5″ screen isn’t that much smaller than what we used to have on digital cameras. Granted, it’s not so hot for displaying distant landscapes, but not too bad for tightly cropped portraits. Personally, I like having the photo option on this device. But what I like even more is the beautiful color LCD.
- I don’t know what to do with the dock adaptor that came with it. Neither do I. But apparently Apple does. Hang on to it for now. You’ll probably need it some day.
- Why is the earbud jack on the bottom? Look at it this way, when you hang it around your neck with the lanyard headphones, you have a much cleaner look that if the jack was on top. In other words, I don’t really know why it’s there either.
I promise, this will be my last nano post for a while. That is, unless I figure out how to register it, upload pictures directly, find a use for the dock adaptor, or solve the fashion dilemma created by the white earbuds…