Review: The 80GB Apple iPod with Video

by Vinaya HS on November 12, 2006

in Technology

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Photographing the iPod proved to be one big PITA (pain in the ass, for the acronym agnostic). Searching for the perfect ambiance, I kept delaying this much promised post. Finally, unable to find that perfect ambiance, I simply placed the iPod on the wooden table in my room and clicked these pictures. Here’s the result.

5th generation iPod 80GB with video

Makes you want to buy one eh? I’ve found the iPod to be very portable. It easily fits in your pant pocket – the pouch included – without looking like an eyesore. I recommend that you don’t peel off the protective screen cover. The controls take a bit of getting used to, but once you get the hang of it, works like a charm. I haven’t been able to accurately measure the battery life, but I have never had a problem so far running the iPod for long hours. The audio quality is excellent and you can adjust the same with plenty of built in equalizer settings.

5th generation iPod 80GB with video

Yummy! You don’t need a mirror anymore! The iPod’s got one gorgeous back.

5th generation iPod 80GB with video

Video quality is quite decent. Before buying the iPod, I had my reservations about watching video on such a small screen. Now, I am hooked. It’s so convenient! It’s akin to having a mobile movie theatre with you. The 80GB does come in handy here. I suggest that you don’t scrimp in favor of the 30GB one. The additional 50GB is worth more than the price difference.

5th generation iPod 80GB with video

You can add FM capability to the iPod (see above) by shelling out Rs. 3600 for the FM receiver/remote (see below). It’s a decent enough receiver and you get an additional set of pluggable earphones (although I prefer using my Altec Lansing headphones over the supplied earphones which are no doubt of excellent quality). But be warned, you need to tune stations manually and that’s a royal PITA. The remote, however, is very handy and nifty.

5th generation iPod 80GB with video

5th generation iPod 80GB with video

The supplied earphones and the USB cable for connecting to your desktop/laptop.

5th generation iPod 80GB with video

The Targus hardcover costing Rs. 1560 for protecting your iPod. There’s no choice but to buy one. The iPod does come with a soft cover that’s of no use in rough conditions.

So, how much does the whole iPod setup cost in India?

5th generation 80GB iPod – Rs. 21000
FM receiver/remote – Rs. 3600
Targus hardcover – Rs. 1560

Rs. 26,260 in total. But worth every rupee.

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Raj November 13, 2006 at 11:30 AM

You’ll be happy to know that based on our gtalk session, I decided to buy an ipod 80 gb too.

I’m getting it from Singapore thru a friend cos its much cheaper there.

But I’ll have to wait for a month :(

Anonymous November 14, 2006 at 7:47 PM

Hi Vinaya,
It looks great…
Good investment…
Keep the blogs flowing.

Notary November 17, 2006 at 3:45 PM

But don u think its a bit over priced in INDIA? 26,000 bucks is a bit too much i think! i mean no integrated FM, no WiFi…… yet terribly expensive! esp when you conisder the fact that ZUNE, LAtest sensation offering FM, Wi-Fi n even a bigger screen all at the same price….. n yeah! u cant even complain abt Zune
‘s sound quality and not to mention looks! :P

Axel November 18, 2006 at 2:36 AM

What do I have to do, to make an audiobook file appear on the audiobook folder on my iPod?
I didn't get it how does it work.
Is there a special extension for audiobooks, because I've tried to convert to ACC (tutorial on this forum) but it didn't work.
Please, help me.

Arun Prasad July 8, 2007 at 8:25 PM

I got the 80 gb ipod at Palika Bazar, New Delhi for Rs 14,500 plus the AV cable to connect to TV for Rs 150, Travel & Car charger for Rs 400. Prices have crashed ( the 30 gb was available for 10,500 )


RD August 27, 2007 at 11:03 AM

Dear Arun Prasad,

Would appreciate details of the store where you purchased the 80 GB video Ipod and also would like to know if it is functioning well and is an original piece.


Sachin india September 1, 2008 at 11:31 AM

I ordered the same apple Ipod 80 GB from
I got it on 11500/-


Anonymous January 6, 2009 at 10:05 PM

I paid 12000 for 80 GB ipod, surprised to see the price has not come down

Anonymous January 6, 2009 at 10:06 PM

I paid 12000 for 80 GB ipod a year ago , surprised to see the price has not come down yet.Am planning to sell it, wondering how much should i quote.


rakesh June 13, 2009 at 11:53 PM

jeetu sahi bol raha tha

Anonymous May 20, 2011 at 9:54 AM


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