As many of you already know Mrs. Clause and myself have had this â€˜thingâ€™ for some time now. Because of my closeness with her she visited me a bit early this year and gave me my ridiculously awesome gift for being such a good boy this year; my new 80GB Video IPod (Black). Yes sir, 80 GB â€“ 20GB larger than my laptopâ€™s hard-drive. I have been loading tunes and videos for three days now and am only half way full.
There are some nice updates and upgrades to the new IPod that are worth a mention. This is not an all encompassing review, just a general critique by yours truly.
First off the bat is the new brighter and larger screen. There is a considerable upgrade to the screen quality on this one. First thing that one will notice when playing video on this thing the quality and crispness of the display. Though I am sure that long movies on this thing are less than ideal, you really can not beat a portable 80GB device that will allow such quick, easy and portable playback of not only video but music as well; and all easily stored inside you pants pocket.
The size is a bit decreased from my 4th Gen 20GB model that I am moving up from (and before you message me, I gave that one on to Mrs. Clause to replace her 4GB Mini). I would say there is a 10-15% decrease in thickness . Considering, this is an 80GB vs my previous 20GB, the fact there is any decrease in size is remarkable â€“ this hard-drive cannot be much larger than the size of a nano. The advancements in solid state storage as of late (last 2-3 yrs) has been exponential; something that really shows in Appleâ€™s iPod.
Once inside the iPodâ€™s interface most people will noticed the added extras: for one there is a handy alarm clock to activate your iPod at a certain time and a certain song! Next there is obviously a digital clock as well as a stopwatch feature. Apple has also added a calendar tho admittedly I have played little with this function and do not know the extent of its function. Another cool added feature that I hope to soon explore more deeply is the added support for additional games (available for sale; yes, through the dreaded iTunes) such as Bejeweled, Tetris, Golf, Pac-Man, and a handful of others. I look forward to the near future in the way of what offerings will be made from the DEV, hack and crack, open-source communities; I am sure they will be plentiful as this pod adds quite a bit of punch in memory and processor in comparison to its predecessors.
Lets seeâ€¦ what else? Oh yea, the packageâ€¦ Per usual, Apple knows the ins and outs of presentation. This iPod, like ALL others, comes in a packaging get-up that is seemingly as trendy as the player itselfâ€¦ a marvelous, filthy, indulgent trendyâ€¦. The package included with my particular iPod included earphones, soft protective sheath, usb cable, instructions, and 2 apple stickers. What was missing was the installation CD (who cares? Min requirement on box is broadband which should have you covered) and, hereâ€™s the kicker, the wall plug adapter. Yup, no power adapter â€“ so no â€˜puter no charge (unless you drop 10-15 bones for the plug). All in all the packaging deal is nice. Nicest of all is the seeming improvement of the ear-bud quality. The gray parts of the headphones are rubberized, leading to a tighter, more isolated fit in the ear which of course leads to decreased environmental noise getting in (as well as a tight pack punch to more rapidly deafen you I am sure). All and all, A+!
I will end the shameless praise here and simply sum it up with: â€œI love this little bastard more than a mother could love her bastard child.â€ I look forward to many hours of eye and ear abuse at the aid of this deviceâ€¦ thank you oh so much Mrs. Clause!
*Notice: before you notify my wife of my infidelity, Mrs. Clause has your addressâ€¦ be warned beotchesâ€¦ oh yea, and obviously, Mrs. Clause = Mrs. Kristy Ezellâ€¦. No autographs please.