Ok, first off, I have read through the thread, but am so tired that I can't remember what anyone else has said on this topic. (Am also too tired to read through it all again...)Originally Posted by Diabolico x64
Anyway, I do not own an I-Pod, neither does anyone I know, but my boyfriend works in a store that sells them and this is his "professional" opinion of them:
Short summary (valid for both I-Pod and I-Pod mini, the main difference between them is that the Mini is smaller and has a smaller memory)
+ Great sound
+ Well-designed, easy-to-use
+ Fun and good (but expensive) accessories
+ Fairly cheap
- Low battery time
- The battery cannot be replaced by user
- Total "life expectancy" of the battery (~1-2 years)
(- No radio, no microphone)
Problems: Only on the rarest of occasions do people come in to the store with faulty I-Pods. In fact, out of all the I-Pods they have sold (in that store) only 2 have been returned (one just wouldn't start and the other had faulty earplugs, which were replaced in short order). In this context it might be worth mentioning that I-Pods don't stay on the shelf for long, meaning they sell quite well...
I hope this may have been helpful to you in some way, Diab.