By Richard Menta 9/13/06
Quite a few people online are disappointed in this latest version of the full-sized iPod, mostly because it was a modest refresh of the existing player rather than a full-blown evolution of the latest in portable media. No widescreen, not touchscreen, no WiFi - and those were predictions we gave reasonably good odds to appear last week. Oh well, as they say. Favorites fade and longshots come in.
That said, Iwould like to point out that last year Apple introduced the iPod nano in September and the iPod video in October. A widescreen can still be very much in the cards shortly before halloween. It's possible Steve justs wants to sell a few nanos and standard-screen iPods first so they don't get lost in the ...errr...shuffle.
The new iPod generation
Like the nano, the new iPod is encased in aluminum (odds = even money) and offers a top end capacity of 80GB (we gave 8:1 odds for an over 100GB unit). It's 30% thinner than the previos incarnation and has a display that Apple claims is 60% brighter. The new display is a 2.5-inch (diagonal) QVGA transflective LCD. Battery life has been increased to 20 hours of audio time. 6.5 hours if all you do is watch videos with it. Of course Apple has added feature films to iTunes for $12.99 for new releases and $9.99 for older fare. Apple has also increased the resolution of those downloaded flicks to 640 x 480. Feature films come in widescreen, suggesting we may indeed hear more in late October. New earbuds come with the mix.
The iPod comes in at 4.1" x 2.4" x 0.43" and weighs a little over 4 ounces. The 80GB version is a tenth of an inch thicker and weighs in at 5.5 oz. Cost is $249 for the 30GB and $349 for the 80B
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The 8GB Sansa e280 is available on Amazon