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    Apple iPod Mini MP3 Player Review
    Author: Daniel Topler
    Date Posted: February 25th, 2003
    SLRating: SLRating: 9/10
    Bottom Line: If you liked Apples iPod but would like something smaller then maybe you need an iPod Mini, its the size of a credit card, sleek, has a top-notch design and one of the best user interfaces around. Memory size is limited and can be a tad expensive to upgrade. We put the iPod Mini under the microscope, find out what we found in our official review.......

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    Functionality

    The iPod is not only powerful; it’s also quite easy to use. Turning it on will bring you to the main menu. Keep in mind that the iPod Mini uses the exact same software as the third-generation iPod, and is almost exactly alike to the iPod 1st/2nd generation.

    The main menu consists of five options: Playlists, Browse, Extras, Clock, Settings, and Backlight. There are also various submenus under these menus:

  • Playlists
    • Whatever you make…
  • Browse
    • Artists
    • Albums
    • Songs
    • Genres
    • Composers
  • Extras
    • Clock
    • Contacts
    • Calendar
    • Notes
    • Games (Brick, Music Quiz, Parachute, Solitaire)
  • Settings
    • About
    • Main Menu
    • Shuffle
    • Repeat
    • Backlight Timer
    • EQ
    • Sound Check
    • Contrast
    • Clicker (sound)
    • Date & Time
    • Contacts
    • Language
    • Legal
    • Reset
  • Backlight

    As you can see from above, not only can the iPod be used as a MP3 player and a hard drive, but it can be also used as a basic PDA. The calendar, notes, and contacts features make it a simple, yet effective system to keep track of your schedule, yet have one unit to do it all, as well as listen to music and hold important files. Both the calendar and contacts sync with Microsoft Outlook and you can view any text file by simply dragging it to the iPod in the Finder or Windows Explorer. Unfortunately, you cannot add or change anything on the unit once the information is on it, you can only change it on your computer.

    The games are nice, but remember, this is not a Gameboy! Brick is nice, but it can be a little difficult to move around with the touch wheel, I found it much easier on the scroll wheel that was on the 1st and 2nd generation iPods. Parachute is also nice, and reminds me of Subhunt on the Palm platform. Basically, you shoot down helicopters. It’s quite fun, actually. My personal favorite was Music Quiz. The game would play a few seconds of one of your songs, and then you’d have to choose the name of the song from four choices in a short amount of time. Very cool, Apple! Solitaire was confusing, to say the least. I had a hard time playing it on such a small screen with the “controls” on the iPod Mini, but it is possible, if you really want to play. Nevertheless, the games were a nice addition to the iPod Mini.

    Never fear, the iPod Mini has the exact same audio quality as the previous iPods, which means only one thing: excellent audio.



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    1. Introduction
    2. Design
    3. Using the iPod Mini
    4. Functionality
    5. In the Box
    6. Battery Life
    7. Conclusions

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