Apple’s video-playing iPod is here at last. And we were the lucky recipients of the first review sample to land in the UK. We’ve been fiddling with it constantly for two days, listening to music, squinting at its diidy video and generally boring eveyone senseless. Here’s what we reckon.
The first thing that you notice when you take the new video-playing iPod out of is box is that it seems significantly wider than its predecessor. But it’s actually a trick of the eye - the larger screen and smaller clickwheel alter the proportions, but this new 60GB ’Pod is actually smaller than the old 30GB version. And new 30GB is almost Nano-thin.
There’s no real change in the iPod’s audio performance – it delivers a lively, clear sound that’s not as bass-heavy as some rivals. Apple has significantly improved the quality of its supplied headphones, but we’d still advise upgrading to get the most out of iPod.
Our ears have been ruined by years of happy hardcore raves, so we’ll hand over to Clare Newsome, editor of What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision, for a professional verdict on the sound quality: “It's not just hype that sells iPods - they're about the best-sounding players you can buy, too. The latest model sounds as smooth as ever, especially if you take advantage of that extra capacity to rip your tunes as larger, Lossless files.”
Thanks Clare. Now give us our iPod back…