“Some owners of Apple Computer’s new ‘impossibly small’ iPod Nano are starting to wonder if the device is also impossibly delicate,” Michelle Meyers reports for CNET News. “The most widespread complaint about the otherwise highly praised device seems to be that the color display screen gets scratched extremely easily.”
Meyers reports, “Nano owner Brian Cason posted one of 250-some threads in response to a recent post on Apple’s discussion board about screen scratching. ‘I don’t really care if the case on my Nano gets scratched but my screen has scratched up so badly that all the images are starting to become distorted,’ Cason wrote, echoing the sentiment of many others in the discussion. ‘I have only carried it in my small pocket in my shorts and nothing is in there to scratch it. I still can’t figure how the screen looks like it has been rubbed with sandpaper when the entire time it has been safe in my pocket (with absolutely no items).'”
Full article here.
While there might be a problem with a batch (or all) of iPod nano screens, a few cynical questions pop immediately into doubting minds:
• Didn’t they already try this with batteries and also fail miserably to dent iPod’s market dominance?
• How much of an idiot do you have to be to try to keep an iPod nano unprotected in your jeans change pocket and expect it not to rub/scratch on denim? Just because Steve Jobs used that pocket to highlight the nano’s size doesn’t absolve you from lacking basic common sense. Get a case for your nano or a pack of those 99-cent plastic screen protectors, at least. Take care of your stuff. By the way, all of our jeans’ change pockets are too shallow to accept and cover the entire iPod nano. We suspect Jobs’ jeans change pocket was altered for the nano’s unveiling.
• Would Apple really fail to take basic product design testing steps that every major company takes in order to make sure the screen design wouldn’t fail as is being alleged by a handful of users? Would Apple fail to do this on such an important product?
• Who would benefit if the public could be convinced that iPod nano units have defective screens?
• Is this all they’ve got left with which to “compete” with Apple?
Again, Apple certainly isn’t perfect (just much closer to it than most other computer and electronics makers). There might very well be a problem with a batch (or all) of iPod nano screens. Or there might not.
Site reports iPod nano screen failures – September 23, 2005
Apple iPod nano takes a beating and keeps on beating – September 12, 2005