Upon getting a new job I decided to treat myself to a new MP3 player as my old one (2nd Generation iPod - 20GB) was getting a bit old and, well, really I wanted to treat myself. So I looked around at the various makes on the market and after a fair bit of research settled for Apple. (Sony - Capacity no where near big enough. Creative - Nice but pricey, 60GB version of this iPod is £220. Archos - Lovely, lots of space, nice design, fantastic reviews, too expensive)
So, having chosen Apple I had a look at the range and decided it would be between the Classic and the Touch as the Nano doesn't have a big enough capacity (I didn't want smaller than my previous player!).
I finally chose the Classic because of the capacity, 80GB, it's loads. Seriously, loads. And the Touch, nice as it is, has features that I wouldn't use (Wi-Fi, Internet) and it's expensive by comparison. And a lot of your money's going toward that touch screen which I'd prefer not to have anyway.
So decision made. Ordered from Play on Wednesday, turned up 11.30am Friday. Fantastic service. Charged it up, sync'd it up with my PC (no problems), add all of my photos, every album I have and a few TV shows just to test the quality. Right, the review.
Sound - 5*. The sound quality of this machine is very good. Crisp clear sound and all instruments come out well defined. I was a little worried having read an earlier review on this site, stating that the volume level wasn't high enough. I had found this a problem on my old iPod as the volume was ever so slightly too quiet. I can report that (when using decent headphones atleast) I didn't need to worry. Turn it up to full volume and you're likely to turn it down pretty quickly as it's too loud.
Video / Picture Quality - 6*. I know you can only give 5 stars but I can't empathise enough just how good the picture quality is. The resolution and definition is outstanding. Photo look vibrant and pin sharp and actually look better than they do on my Sony TFT! Video quality is also excellent and I can see myself watching many a movie on it.
Capacity - 4.5*. If the 160GB Classic didn't exsist this one would get 5 stars as it's more than enough for most people. I've put on all of the albums on my PC (About 250), all of my photos (About 5000) and about 2.5 hours of video and theres still about 45GB of space left. I think I'm going to be pretty hard pushed to fill it and don't feel I'll have the same space problems I had with my 20G iPod.
Design - 5*. Apple really know how to design beautiful products. No other manufacturer comes close. You know you've got a well designed product when you're impressed with the box comes in and the little box they've made for the instructions! (Just me?) They've changed the finish, the front is more matte than before which I can only assume means it'll look better for longer. The backs still the same scratch attracting finish as before but it's nothing a case won't solve.
Software - 4*. A lot of people I know complain about iTunes and won't buy an iPod because of it! Personally I don't see what their problem is. I've been using it for years now and it doesn't exactly what I want software to do. It works. It's soul function is to copy files from my computer to my iPod and it does that. Everytime I ask it to. Maybe it should have been given 5 stars but it does take a while to copy large amount of information but thats really USB's fault not iTunes. It has crashed a couple of times but thats understandable when it's copying over 10,000 files.
In summary, if you're looking for a large capacity MP3/MP4 player you can can't go wrong with this little beauty.