4GB Nano or 6GB Mini?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by GroundLoop, Oct 25, 2005.

  1. GroundLoop macrumors 68000

    GroundLoop

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    I recently sold my 4GB iPod Mini and an looking to replace it with something newer. I have only ever used my iPod at the gym (w/ armband) and this will continue to be its primary purpose. So here are my questions:

    1. Is the iPod Nano armband from Apple as flimsy as it looks?
    2. Does the armband actually fit people with bigger arms?
    3. For those of you who have either of these, how long does the battery truthfully last?

    I don't care if the Nano scratches easily, it is purely a music player for me.

    Thanks for the input.

    Hickman
     
  2. QCassidy352 macrumors G3

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    the second generation mini's battery lasts seemingly forever. I took a 7-8 hour train trip and still had over 50% battery at the end of it.

    Waiting for the nano to be more solidly built and have equal battery life to my mini before I upgrade to one.
     
  3. DarkNetworks macrumors 68000

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    1st Q: YEs, i've seen it...
    2nd Q: i don't think it'll fit...no idea baout it...
    3rd: i dunno but according to my friend, her old ipod mini has better battery life than her new nano..
     
  4. GroundLoop thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I am actually leaning more towards the 6GB mini because of the documented battery life. Also, it does feel more solid to me than the Nano. But I have only played with the Nano for a few minutes in the store.

    Any Nano owners have anything to say?

    Hickman
     
  5. Bear macrumors G3

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    If that's all you use it for, why bother upgrading? A "new" mini (while they're still available) has no new features other than a change in battery life.
     
  6. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

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    but if he's running and gym-ing with it, wouldn't flash based nano be better?
     
  7. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    (1) Yes
    (2) NO!!!
    (3) Never had it run out... I just use it for commutes, flights, treadmill time, so I couldn't tell you. Sorry!
     
  8. GroundLoop thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I have never had my previous mini skip on me. So the fact that the Nano is flash-based isn't a big deal to me.

    Hickman
     
  9. devilot Moderator emeritus

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    I love my armband. I think it is rather well-constructed. :/ The nano fits snugly and I think the armband stays in place, well too.

    As for fitting bigger arms; how much bigger?? I've seen some larger people use it w/out issue but surely there are people w/ arms out there who won't be able to fit it anyway. :p

    And I haven't used my nano to the point of using up all the battery life...
     
  10. GroundLoop thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Will it fit a 17" arm? I definitely do not want to get an armband and be forced to wear it around my forearm.

    Hickman
     
  11. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    No. It won't fit a 17" arm. I mean, it'll STRETCH to fit, but it'll blow out the glue around the clear plastic insert.

    It's meant for smaller arms.
     
  12. GroundLoop thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Does anybody know if the Nano Armband from Speck will be any more accommodating?

    Link:
    http://www.speckproducts.com/nano-armband.html

    Hickman
     
  13. devilot Moderator emeritus

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    I hope you're happy. I just got off my lazy butt, found a tape measure, and measured the armband... all for you. :p

    No, the armband seems to comfortably fit around a 15" circumference arm.
    Why don't you just email them? They're still on 'pre-order' so chances are that very few members have got a hold of it to tell you.
     
  14. GroundLoop thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thanks! I didn't want to ruin your relaxation time, but I do appreciate it. I have emailed them and gotten no response. I wasn't sure if anyone had read a pre-release review of the product on some site out there.

    I guess I will have to wait and see on that front.

    Thanks again,
    Hickman
     
  15. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Maybe I'm using the wrong tape measure ;) but I have a 17" arm, and the armband is very tight and the sides blew out (the glue holding the insert). So I would strongly recommend another solution.
     
  16. puckhead193 macrumors G3

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    Dam you people have big arms, i guess going to the gym does pay off...
    I saw the arm band at my apple store, i'm going their later so i'll check it out....(yumm, quiznos, and new ipod (to look)
     
  17. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Well, that or lots of fast food... ;) but I'm starting back in the gym after a long absence. :eek:
     
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    Will it fit a 17" arm? I definitely do not want to get an armband and be forced to wear it around my forearm.

    Surely the real question is will it fit around my #$@%
     
  19. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    No, it won't stay on something that small.
     
  20. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

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    Me-oww, jsw!
    Feeling catty, are we??
     
  21. GroundLoop thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thank you all for your input. I have decided to go with the 6GB iPod Mini. Prolly the better choice for me due to the frail nature of the Nano and the lack of accessories.

    Thanks,
    Hickman
     
  22. QCassidy352 macrumors G3

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    just curious why you never considered the shuffle? I have both a shuffle and a mini, and I use the shuffle exclusively when running and working out. It's pretty much perfect for that because it's not like I usually want to pick particular songs, and the capacity is more than enough for even the longest run/workout.
     

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