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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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    In the Box and Accessories

    In the iPod Mini box, you’ll find quite a few things:

  • iPod Mini
  • Belt Clip
  • Earphones
  • Firewire Cable
  • USB 2.0 Cable
  • AC Adapter
  • iTunes Software (Windows and Mac) CD

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    What stands out is the USB 2.0 cable. In order to use USB 2.0 with previous iPods, it was necessary to buy a $19 cable. This is no longer the case. The iPod Mini comes with everything you need to connect it with either Firewire or USB 2.0.

    Also new is the belt clip, which is a cute little thing that lets you easily hold your Mini using a clip on your belt. While it is something a true geek would use, I can see it being quite useful for a good run or a fitness “session.”

    The earphones were Apple standard, by far not the best, but pretty nice for freebies. I would be careful using these, though. Thieves now know that the white headphones are iPod headphones, and can make you a easy target for their latest “attack.”

    The AC adapter is nice, and looks like the previous iPods AC Adapter, a small white square that connects to your Firewire cable, which then connects to the iPod. Remember, the iPod Mini can charge while connected to your computer as well.

    The dock is not included with the iPod Mini, but it is a $39 accessory, which I picked up at my latest visit to the Apple store. I can’t say that it is really worth $39, but it is nice. It’s a simple cradle that lets you slip your iPod on it, instead of plugging it in. It also has a nice line out jack to easily let the sound from your iPod go to a stereo or speaker system. If you have the money, go for it, but it is by all means not a necessity.

    Virtually all accessories for the iPod work with the iPod Mini, with the exception of the Voice Recorder and Media Reader. These, by all means, will not work. This is a disappointment for some, especially because of the lack of support for the Voice Recorder, which has become quite popular since its release.

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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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