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iPod nano, first generation (1G) 2GB

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At a Glance
  • Apple iPod nano, first generation (1G) 2GB

A clear color screen, responsive and manageable controls, photo viewing, fast syncing, and impossibly thin. In my view the iPod nano is a nearly perfect fit for the middle of the iPod lineup, sounding great and mixing the best features of the shuffle, mini, and color iPod. While some may be disappointed by the lack of FireWire sync and consider the price of admission high given what you can have for $50 more than the 4GB model, your decision to purchase this slick little iPod may simply boil down to this: What are you willing to cough up for cool?

--Christopher Breen

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At a Glance
  • Pros

    • No skipping thanks to flash memory
    • Responsive controls
    • Support for photo viewing
    • Clear and bright screen
    • Syncs quickly


    • No support for viewing pictures on an attached television
    • No syncing via FireWire
    • Can't boot a Mac from it
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