Reviewed by AMVR (Currently owns)
For a device which has no screen, no speaker, and no identifiable visual UI, the 4th generation iPod Shuffle is at times nothing more than a relic from yester-year. With its fellow brethren who have all moved on to a touch based system, the humble Shuffle lives on with its multitude of buttons and regenerative design, a real step back to the 2nd generation shuffle. Now don't get me wrong, its still a very usable and functional device (can't begin to tell you the little tank this device is), however for a device that only plays music, for the price of $50.00, it does seem a little steep.
the iPod Shuffle has a multitude of physical controls that consist of:
5-point front facing button ring (nearly identical to the 1st and 2nd generation)
1 button for Voice-Over
1 slider with three modes (off- "play in order" -shuffle)
Including the controls that are on the device itself, all Apple iDevices come bundled with headphones that have a built in remote on the right earbud-wire, that include a play/pause/home button, volume rocker, and a mic (even though this particular product cant utilize it)
DESIGN + UI + USAGE
The design is very reminiscent of the second generation Shuffle, with a much more square shape, and like most Apple products, it is very beautiful. Once again a clip is included for fitness enthusiast, and a new scratch-resistant coating is a welcomed addition.
In order to make up for its lack of visual UI, the 4th gen shuffle carries over the voice-over feature from its predesscor with some mild improvements and new languages.
Battery life on this device is advertised as 12 hours and for the most part it holds up to it,
BUY or SKIP?
In all this product, as whole is a fusion of two generations of Shuffle (3rd+2nd), combining the best of all previous features and what seems to be the most that can be done to utilize the main concept of this product. The choice of purchasing this product boils down to the purpose. For the average consumer this product seems like a pointless investment ( given the vast presence of smartphone devices that can also play music), but for fitness enthusiasts, the small size and easy to use functions make this product a breeze to use while working out or running.
- Design 7
- Software 5
- Performance 7
- Battery life 7