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5 KLIP­SCH IM­AGE S4I

Pow­er­move, $149.95, pow­er­move.com.au

★★★★ THESE ear­buds don’t take up more room than stan­dard iPod ear­buds and do not look par­tic­u­larly rugged or tech­no­log­i­cally su­pe­rior. That they can de­liver songs with amaz­ing bass and sweet melodies there­fore comes as a sur­prise. Klip­sch Im­age S4i ear­buds are de­signed for iPhone use, as the re­mote on its cord can con­trol vol­ume and in­com­ing calls, but it also con­trols songs on reg­u­lar iPods.

6 iPOD NANO

Ap­ple, $199, ap­ple.com.au

★★★★

ONCE dubbed the Fat­boy Nano, this iPod has been on a diet. The fourth gen­er­a­tion Nano now looks more like the Shuf­fle: small, square, brightly coloured and cute as a tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced but­ton. A 1.5-inch touch­screen re­places all but three of its but­tons: only two vol­ume but­tons and a sleep but­ton re­main. This tiny 8GB iPod shines and of­fers ex­tras such as Ge­nius playlists, FM, games and a pe­dome­ter.

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