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My First Apple Product

Rant

January 28, 2006 10:42 PM PST

For Christmas I got my wife an Ipod Nano 4g. Anyone who knows me understands the significance of this. I am not exactly an Apple fan, and this purchase was difficult for me. But I got through it and managed to get one in time for Christmas. My first impressions where pretty positive, despite the fact that it got pretty scratched up in the 5 minutes it took me to get it from the packaging and into a protective sheath. (Seriously what is up with that)? My wife took right to it and loves it. I should say she ‘loved’ it. It died today, 1 month and 3 days since first use. She was using it on and off all day. She turned it off for 15 minutes and then it wouldn’t come back on. It doesn't respond to reset or charging, It’s dead Jim.

Ask me some time what I think of Apple.


Comments (7)
Paul, January 29, 2006 06:32 PM:

That sucks, but at least it'll still be under warrantee (90 days, right?).

I've been running my 40GB iPod daily for 1.5 years now (dropped twice, covered in coffee once) and it's still going fine. It's actually annoying, since I want a reason to get the video version.

J, January 29, 2006 06:45 PM:

Yeah, that is too bad. I finally saw a Nano just yesterday and those things are ridiculously small. I can see why sales of the gumstick shuffle went down. Really, it's only 90 days warranty? I would expect at least a year. I'm interested to see if they get you a replacement quickly. Stop by the Apple store and see if they'll do it on sight.

Paul, January 29, 2006 07:17 PM:

Looks like 180 days.

Wheelson, January 29, 2006 10:36 PM:

Apple, iRiver, Sony, it's all the same stuff when you get down to the actual nuts and bolts. All these things are very small, very expensive and rather disposable. My guideline is, if it fits in my pocket and it has an LCD on it, if it lasts a year I'll be amazed.

In 1998 when I got my first PDA I bought a titanium case for it so I could protect it. I put the little plastic film on the screen and all that too. Now the PDA is a fossil. I probably only used it for a couple of years. Looking back it was silly to spend the money and effort trying to protect something and make it last for 5+ years when it became a fossil due to becoming obsolete in about a year.

I started thinking about portable electronic gadgets that have had the longest lifespan, both operational and applicable. I honestly can't think of any that are more than a few years old other than my watch.

FredB, January 30, 2006 12:43 PM:

There's an undocumented method for resetting iPods. You sit on it and pulse your butt cheeks. The tricky part is getting the frequency right; apparently faster than most people are comfortable with.

FredB, January 30, 2006 12:47 PM:

I'm either going to be banned from posting here or going to hell, whichever occurs first.

John, January 31, 2006 07:24 AM:

Ipod Resurrection:

After submitting the service request to Apple I put the Ipod in a drawer. The next step was to wait for the return packaging to arrive in the mail. For some reason I took it out last night and tried to boot it up again (for the 100th time). This time however the little apple logo popped up for a few seconds, gave me a low battery indication and then faded off. I ran it over to the computer and docked it, and it came right up and connected to Itunes like normal. After a full charge cycle it appears to be working fine.

Theory:
After some logical deduction, I believe the following happened: I think that the Ipod locked up hard, but was still on. It had a blank screen with no back light or sound, so it looked completely off / dead. It was so locked up that it wouldn’t respond to the normal reset sequence (it may have responded to Fred’s secret method however). The battery was fully charged at the time of lockup. It took a day for the battery to drain completely and thus ‘reset’ the Ipod.






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