Having just read the initial review on ilounge.com of the new iPod, I'm dissapointed to learn the battery will only last for 2 hrs when watching video. I guess I'll stick with my PSP for video, which gives me between 3-4 hours and a better screen.
It's pretty good considering that on my roommates 12" powerbook he was just able to watch a two hour dvd. Right as the credits were rolling the battery died. I suppose they could have made it longer on the iPod but people would have complained it was too thick! Apple isn't a miracle worker, they have to go with the technology available to them at the time. I would love to see it last longer but it really isn't possible in the current form factor with the current battery technology. Just think, the original iPod back in 2001 had a battery life of 8 hours with backlighting off and only playing music and it was HUGE buy current iPod standards. Now you can play music for 20 hours!Onizuka said:It's the same with laptops. You play video it's gonna waste the battery faster than playing music. That's just the way computers and their batteries work right now. The more intensive the tasks are for the processor, the more energy it has to consume to keep doing those tasks.
I think people's expectations of this device are what's horrible. The iPod plays video. Jesus. You just can't make people happy. I dare you to find a player out there that does what the iPod does with more battery life. Go on. Go ahead. You won't, and you can't, because the iPod is the dominant player.
Amen. Preach it, Reverend.Onizuka said:Exactly Burt. The iPod is not designed to solely play video. IF it were it would have a bigger screen.
This is a small media-center now in the palm of your hand.
If you have to bitch about the 2 hours (as we've all stated about the technilogical factor behind batteries/processors, etc.), don't buy one. Better yet, go buy a Dell DJ or whatever the hell it's called. And while your at it, sell your Mac and get a crappy PC. See how far you get with those pieces of crap, then come crawling back and say "OMG, I finally realize just how innovative this product is and how stupid I was."