Comprehensive review of Apple’s iPod 5G with Video

“We could write four different reviews of Apple Computer’s fifth-generation iPod (30GB/$299, 60GB/$399) – one from an audiophile’s perspective, one from a photographer’s perspective, one from a movie lover’s perspective, or one from a mainstream consumer’s perspective – but no single one of those reviews would do full justice to the company’s latest handheld creation. Like every iPod that has come before, this “iPod with video” is a surprisingly enthralling digital music player, somehow physically smaller than you’d imagined, better feeling in your hand, and just plain cooler than the sum of its features,” Jeremy Horwitz writes for iLounge.

Horwitz writes, “In our comprehensive review, we look at each of the new iPod’s features in turn, so that you can make the best decision about whether it’s right for your needs.”

Horowitz’s comprehensive review includes:
• What Is the Fifth-Generation iPod?
• Box Design and Contents
• What Software Comes With the iPod? And What’s Missing?
• The New iPod: What’s Outside
• The New iPod: What’s Inside
• Interface and Menus: Audio
• Interface and Menus: Photos
• New Interface Features: Video
• New Interface Features: Extras
• Familiar Features, Revisited and Expanded
• Battery Performance and Transfer Speeds
• Audio Quality
• Value
• Compatibility of Existing Accessories
• Compared With Other Devices

Full review here.

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17 Comments

  1. this is a fantastic review. iLounge are really establishing themselves as a great resource.

    I am very curious about whether we will be able to make full use of the stereo input on the 5G iPod. Hopefully full line-in options can be figured out. Even if Apple disables this, one could hack an accessory to do this so long as full quality stereo recording is technically possible.

    Second, i wonder how new iPod remote controls (not the dock remotes) will work since the old Apple ones combined both the controls and the headphone jack into one cable. The new ones will have to plug into the bottom while the headphones plug into the top port. It is, to say the least, a very un-Apple solution to have two cables running out of the iPod.

    /forgive the inelegance of my prose as i am ill

  2. I don’t see any brunette either? What gives MDN. Playing favourites or what!

    With regards to the story, whilst the article was very good I was surprised by the slow and unreliable response of the website. Maybe the MDN link is causing too many hits!

    MW “choice” as in the 5G iPod will be my choice to replace my 3G pod next April (unless they come out with something better by then!)

  3. I don’t see why people say the video ipod is going to flop. Even if you don’t want to watch video, they’re still offering an ipod with more disk space that is slightly smaller than the older ones, and for the same price.

  4. Good review, but they dwell on the video aspects of it far too much. As Steve Jobs said at the event, the video is a bonus. People are not going to buy the new iPod primarily for video, music is still the main reason most customers will continue to buy iPods. Somebody needs to tell iLounge that.

  5. Got a chance to play with one of the new 30GB iPods today at the SoHo Apple Store.

    Video or not, they’re beautiful! The case is very much like the iMac case and extremely thin! A stunning piece of design. I played a bit of one of the Pixar videos, which looked pretty good. i can imagine going blind watching for more than a few minutes.

    I can’t imagine buying one for video or the photo capabilities, but the fact that they’re there is a huge bonus!

  6. Wow. That is a highly insightful and innovative review. Increasingly, I find more and more of the best journalism and critical analyses coming from small private sites and blogs. This piece doesn’t just seek whatever scraps they can find to support an over-opinionated, absolutist point of view, like the so many of the people who have regular, overpaid editorial jobs in yesterday’s mainstream media, but rather recognizes complexities in both the product and the people who are apt to use it. Very impressive, and a breath of fresh air.

    I do so hope the mainstream consuming public will soon expect a comparable quality and amount of innovation from the media as they do the tech industry (in which Apple unquestionably leads the way). These people have had it way too easy for way too long.

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