Bought myself over the weekend a black ipod classic, 80gb model, as that will be plenty sufficient capacity wise. This thing is about the same size, width and height wise as my Curve but is even thinner. I was surprised at how heavy it is, it feels really solid too. Already, I have loaded on 500 pics, 400 songs and 5 movies, synced my contacts and I have only used about 5% of the capacity so that should mean I will never fill it unless I try really really hard and go out of my way to do so, which is unlikely. I’ve even been able to use the "hi-res" settings in Handbrake to convert dvd’s to ensure better quality as there is so much space. On another note, I downloaded and installed the latest Handbrake update and it now seems to be incredibly slow at ripping dvd’s…has anybody else noticed this?
I gotta say that syncing with my home imac is a dream. I just plugged it in via the usb connector and it appeared as a drive in iTunes. Click on the ipod listing in the left hand pane and it brings up the menu in full screen with the tabbed options at the top. From then on in it’s just a question of ticking which playlists, pictures and films you want to sync across. It’s so easy and I was surprised at how quick it managed to sync everything across….it’s way faster than dropping files directly onto a sd card or via Missing Sync. I’m sure I’ve made the right decision here to go for a standalone music and movie player….things have been so simple to set up so far and the music quality on the ipod is better than on any previous smartphone.
I’ve enclosed a pic to show you the relative size of the ipod with my Curve and treo 750v, it’s most noticeable obviously thickness wise and the 750v looks a trifle lardy in comparison.
Having the ipod has made the whole process of listening to podcasts much much easier too. These can be downloaded directly within iTunes itself and then the "podcast" tab option takes care of the rest. Having so much free space on the ipod means I can download loads more too. You can also sync it directly with iCal if you use that to manage day to day events, I don’t but I’m sure plenty do.
In the "extras" section on the ipod there are other useful features such as "alarms" and a Notes facility whereby you can copy txt files over by placing them in the Notes folder in disk mode. It also comes with some games and stopwatch. The interface itself is very nice, simple but clean and it has that palm simplicity about it. If this is the same sort of interface that is on the iphone then it makes me want one a little bit more, especially if they can add on the extra functionality features and apps in the same vein. It’s a feelgood factor device, it looks and feel quite special in the hand and the menu system is nicely designed.