Apple’s iPod mini “is easier to use than the standard model I reviewed last fall. This one moves between categories, playlists and songs smoothly and easily; compared with the standard iPod’s oversensitive controls that made things happen before I did, the mini’s wheel waits until I click before it acts, enabling better control of the menus and playlists,” Linda Knapp writes for The Seattle Times.
Knapp writes, “Now, the battery. An iPod rechargeable battery is supposed to run about eight hours between charges, but I’ve generally clocked closer to six hours on the iPod standard and mini. I’d be really happy with a battery that would last at least 12 hours. Apple’s support service is generally exceptional, but there’s been some criticism of its lack of iPod support when the rechargeable battery dies after the one-year warranty period. A newer policy now enables iPod owners to buy a $59 extended-service plan that covers the second year, or pay $99 for a new battery after the warranty expires. That still seems a bit steep for a battery.”
“The most important element of a portable music player, of course, is the quality of sound that comes from it. In fact, most portable players that I’ve tried have excellent sound quality. The standard iPod and the mini produce as good, or better, sound than any other I’ve used,” Knapp writes. “Overall, I think the iPod mini is a significant improvement over the standard iPod