Best iPod design?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by Cloudgazer, Jul 15, 2005.

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    Cloudgazer

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    I think the best looking iPods are the first generation ones.
    The wheel and buttons looked like a white speaker.
    I didn't like it at all when they moved the buttons to the row (2G)

    Ans while the new click wheel works like a dream, it just doens't look as good.

    Is it just me that feels this way?
     
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    Chundles

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    The 3G had the buttons in a row, the 2G was the same design as the first iPod but it had a touch wheel instead of a scroll wheel.

    I like the simplicity of the 4G design but I really don't like the gray click wheel. The all-white design of the 3G looks great as does the red light up buttons, if the click wheel was either a much lighter grey or even just a matte finish white with light up buttons it'd be awesome.

    Hey, can anyone make a quick mock-up of something like this? I wanna see if it does actually look good.
     
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    Sharewaredemon

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    I agree, I like the all white of the 3G design.

    I doubt you could make the buttons light up on the click wheel though.
     
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    wwooden

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    So many people are confused about the iPod generation thing and which is which. I had a friend who thought the 3rd gen (lighted buttons) was the first type of iPod. He was shocked when I pulled out my 2nd gen. When I got the original back in December of (2001?), I loved the moveable wheel. But it was horrible for running unless the hold button was on. One thing I do love about the first two gens was that I could really use them through shirts and paints. Even the latest aren't as good at doing this as the originals.
     
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    Chundles

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    I know.....still be pretty cool though, ooh! have the buttons on the click wheel of the iPod mini light up the same colour as the case! That'd be sweet.
     
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    I used to like the boxy design of the first ipods, and I didn't like the clickwheel on my mini 1g that much, but i think apple did much better witht he iPod 4G. my personal favorite.
     
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    I loved the design and looks of my 3rd Gen 20gig, till it got stolen last weekend, now i wish it had the exploding ink cartridges, spikes, flamethrowers and LoJack on it. I'm proudly just being bitter though.
     
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    aricher

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    Loved the movable wheel of my 1st Gen and have always wished that Apple would create a DJ ready iPod for virtual scratching - never happen though. Other than that I love the 3G iPod over the click wheel.
     
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    3G.
    It was the lights on the buttons... and the 'all touch' operation, dam i miss mine.
     
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    I actually like the 1G setup the best, as I dont' really like the touch wheel, as you can't operate it with gloves on. But, of all the current iPods, I enjoy the mini the best, from a design standpoint. Small and sleek, though it's less rugged than the big guys.

    MP
     
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    Phat_Pat

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    The shuffle is amazing.

    Although i really like th look of the 3rd gen.
     
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    First of all, I think the best design is not only by looks but by convienence. And the first generation was the worst due to the actual wheel physically moving. The second generation and fourth generation are almost the same. However, the integrated buttons of the fourth generation are clearly easier than the second gen's buttons being on the OUTSIDE of the wheel, whereas the fourth gen is IN the wheel. So, the 1st and 2nd gen are out.

    The fourth generation is more compact, which is pretty cool, but I personally like the third generation the best. The fourth is better for like cases, etc. but its annoying to have to hold down the wheel to click a button. The third generation iPod is touch sensitive so you don't have to press anything. Plus, it has the best layout design of all iPods. Obviously, left is BACK and right is FORWARD, but the way menu and play are placed make it really easy to navigate. Plus, having the wheel all by itself is amazing. And it brought the dock/connector. But the best part is the red backlight of the buttons.

    By looks, however, the fourth gen looses because its pretty ugly. And the 1st and 2nd gen loose because the buttons stick out. The third gen is hot and the best iPod ever. Plus, the buttons turn RED. Thats sick, dude.
     
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    ham_man

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    In terms of looks, the 3rd gen hands down. That thing looks damn sexy in a dock.

    In terms of functionality, the 4th gen. All of the buttons right there is really convinient for the user...
     
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    Haha, the best to me is... I told a friend he needed to get a certain version of an accessory, because he had a 4G iPod, and he e-mailed me back to tell me, no, his was actually a 20G iPod! :eek: ;) :D Ahhh, I should've seen that one coming. But he should know me well enough to ask what I meant, and know that I know his iPod held more than 4GB..... :rolleyes:

    I'm excited to see so many votes for the 3rd gen. I feel the same way. I really love mine. I would like a larger drive and a color screen, but I really love the touch sensitive keys on mine... I like that the front surface is essentially sealed. And I think it looks good. :)
     
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    Sharewaredemon

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    Amen.

    I really wish I had a 30 GB 3G iPod, cause right now it would fit all my music with a bit of room to spare.

    Oh well.

    Here's to hoping the 5G is the nicest yet!
     
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    Sharewaredemon

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    I few questions.

    the 30GB 3G iPod wasn't any thicker than the 15GB or the 20GB was it?

    How much is the drive formatted?

    I have 20 GB of music now so I'd be close to full with this one.

    I live in Canada. Can I order it?
    Any idea if there will be duty?

    Oh yeah and thanks!
    I'm bookmarking that site.
     
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    zap2

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    i did like the 3g design untill i uesd it, it was to slow to work, 4.5g color screen and you get ur stuff doen quicker
     
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    mkrishnan

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    TEG

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    You mean the 6G. We already have a 5G, it is called the iPod with Color Screen.

    I love the 3G, the 4G is just different, and a bit ugly.

    TEG
     
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    puckhead193

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    I like the 3rd generation. When in the dark having the buttons and screen light up, it looks awsome. The 4th generation is very useable but the gray click wheel just throws off the design IMO.
     
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    mkrishnan

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    At some point, an Apple exec stated that they consider all the color screen iPods to be part of the fourth generation....this is from iPodlounge:

     
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    Xeem

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    I have to vote Mini; I love the contrast of the white click wheel with the aluminum. One negative aspect of the mini: the sharp aluminum bottom on my mini cut through my headphone wire while it was in my pocket!
     
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