ipod mini vs. nano

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by iEric, Sep 25, 2005.

  1. iEric macrumors 6502a

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    My best friend has decided to get an iPod (at last!). However, he's in a stump.

    Should he get the newest nano OR a 6gb ipod mini?

    He loves the latest stuff; however, he could use more than 4gb of storage. Doesn't really need a color screen as he would not put pictures in it but he would love black.

    What do you guys suggest??
     
  2. Duff-Man macrumors 68030

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    Duff-Man says....it's a tough call and really up to him to decide. A deciding factor may be price - check the local Compusmart there (or online) - they are (or were - I think it goes until the end of sept. but I could be wrong...) as they had a rebate on Mini's - $40 off on a 6GB one, bringing the price down to about $20 less than the Nano....oh yeah!
     
  3. maya macrumors 68040

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    I would go with the iPod Mini, as it has the better price, more storage, FW, and a better look.

    The iPod Nano scratches easily, it's got only the flash, size, and colour screen going for it.
     
  4. Chundles macrumors G4

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    nano. Yeah it's smaller but that means he gets to use it more often. :D The mini is no longer produced so he's buying a product that is already outdated. If the past is anything to consider the mini will probably be like my 3G when the 4G's came out - we got one firmware update for a few new features and that's it. The nano is brand-spanking new and will be the current form for a fair while now so it's going to get s lot more support from Apple than a mini.

    mini accessories are likely to be phased out albeit gradually (there's millions of them out there), the nano has a much faster interface and whilst you don't think you need the colour screen, gee they look good.

    And the nano just looks cool.
     
  5. brepublican macrumors 6502a

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    iPod Mini 6GB Silver is sex. Too bad they dont have it on the Education store anymore... :(

    They have them in the refurb store now, but with my edu discount, I wouldnt get a refurb unless my life depended on it. :cool:
     
  6. zap2 macrumors 604

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    Nano it SO COOL!!!!

    but the Mini was a good iPod

    up to him but don't get the Nano just becuz its new get it becuz he would like the look and color screen and flash drive
     
  7. AP_piano295 macrumors 65816

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    exactly what I would say ipod mini is sex... hell no the nano and the original ipod and the shuffle are sexy not the minis they fall under the funky catergory.
     
  8. KittenKrusher macrumors regular

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    If he wants the 6GB then I say tell him to get the mini.
     
  9. maya macrumors 68040

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    The iPod Mini, is the only product in the iPod line that does not have a plastic faceplate. It breaks the norm. ;) :)

    If they could have made the Nano with the Mini style except thinner, that would have looked sweet. :D
     
  10. iAFC macrumors member

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    In my opinion the mini is the most beautiful iPod ever created. But the nano is so small and modern... I would pick up the nano.
     
  11. reberto macrumors 65816

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    If he likes a black iPod. Tell him to get a used black ipod mini from colorware.
     
  12. ZoomZoomZoom macrumors 6502a

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    6GB mini for a year, then sell it and pick up a 6GB nano next year or so. I think that the nano is the better deal, in terms of how much you pay for the color screen and awesome size, but not having enough space to have your songs on isn't worth it (at least to me) to compensate for the little nano 'extras.' Necessities first. Too bad there's not 6GB nano out. C'est la vie.
     
  13. iEric thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ah, he likes all of your opinions. Now he has one more question...

    What do you think about a guy walking down the street with a pink ipod mini?
     
  14. skubish macrumors 68030

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    nano all the way. The is already obsolete so why by it?
    The nano flash memory is solid compared to the mini. One good drop of the mini and the HD is toast.
     
  15. WillMak macrumors 6502a

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    I have a pink ipod mini. If he likes attention then he should get one. women like to comment on it a lot.
     
  16. Lacero macrumors 604

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    As much as I like the mini, the nano is better. 4 GB or 6GB, it really doesn't make a big difference. Considering the nano is half the size of the mini, it's almost a no-brainer, plus you get a color screen, flash memory, photo capability, lyrics, stopwatch, and world clocks.

    As long as you protect the screen with some sort of film, you'll be alright.
     
  17. AP_piano295 macrumors 65816

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    one gay
    two not gay but confident ;)

    honestly i dont care pink is for real men but a normal ipod is still way sexyer than any of the minis
     
  18. doucy2 macrumors 65816

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    get a 6gb mini and since he wants black put that sticky skin portector stuff one it
    that way he get the storage and color he wants
     
  19. iEric thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    What is this sticky skin protector that you speak of? And don't tell me it's radtech or a case...
     
  20. iEric thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well he doesn't really LIKE attention, but he just thinks it's different for a guy to carry one. I mean, silver is so BLAH. And the blue is also a bit girlie and green is not his color. I don't know.

    Yea i think he's gonna get a black nano. But it's so expensive...299 in cad. 279 with his student discount and tax...ewww
     
  21. AP_piano295 macrumors 65816

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    gotta hate them taxes
     
  22. ZoomZoomZoom macrumors 6502a

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    Maybe he can start something, sort of like the pink polo shirt thing... Actually, he can sport both at the same time. :D
     
  23. DarkNetworks macrumors 68000

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    Not to say anything but its so "duh"...get the nano...who wants something old...i mean old model...not that the nano is not as good as the mini..however, don't bother the storage whatsoever difference and paying extra all that stuff...
     
  24. maya macrumors 68040

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    I love when people say that something old is obsolete and the future is with what was just released. Take this notion into account, the iPod Mini is:

    Tried
    Tested and,
    True.

    The Nano is new and has problems as the iPod Mini did when it was released.

    Colour screen looks nice, however you are only looking at the screen to change the track and putting it back into your pocket.

    The Nano also scratches easily, and with a scratched up screen who cares if its colour when its unreadable. You might as well get a Shuffle then. ;)

    Also the Nano has only 2-4Gigs of storage, and is not FireWire capable.

    Lets add up the positives of the Mini:

    1. FireWire Capable.
    2. Much more scratch resistant than the Nano.
    3. Can boot from it.
    4. Works with hundreds of 3rd party add-ons.

    As far as I can see it, Apple is sly in not opening the iPod OS, since once that is done no one will care what new features they add, sine most can be done via 3rd party anyhow and for free without the need to upgrade.

    Marketing ploy = Monopoly

    I would love to program a keyboard into the iPod and use the touch-wheel to input short data messaged (even though it might take some time). :p :)
     
  25. DarkNetworks macrumors 68000

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    Even with all those that you stated up there, just look at the amount of people getting a nano...
    FireWire Capable-who cares, i mean USB works fine for me...probally some care but this has been discussed somewhere...
    Much more scratch resistant than the Nano.-iPods scratches...who cares about the extra resistance...not that the mini won't scratch at all...
    Can boot from it.I've no idea about this one so i won't comment...
    Works with hundreds of 3rd party add-ons.Yeah thats the only advantage that i'll see as the one that mini have...plus iPod nano works with MOST of the 3rd party ones...not all but most of them...you may not agree with most but probally u might say SOme but it doesn't really matter...
    at the end of the day, everyone wants a nano more than the mini...even the people with mini's want the nano...
     

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