It's hard to believe (and a little embarrassing to admit), but at this point, I've gone through six iPods. The very first one, a 20 GB, a 60 GB that died on me, a short lived iPod mini which was quickly returned (due to the mini lacking a album line on the "now playing" screen), a 60 GB color, and now a 2G 8GB black iPod Nano; And so far, this is easily my favorite iPod yet:
It has an awesome form factor, the battery life is amazing, it holds as much music as I actually need (for awhile I was obsessed with being able to fit all of my music onto the device, but I've long since blown past that being a possibility and have learned to make do), and I basically have no complaints that would actally stop me from recommending the device.
A couple of comments:
While I was excited about the included "search" feature when I read about it, in practice I have never used it. On the other hand, I find the displaying of the current letter you're viewing when you're scrolling to be super useful (even with only 8 gigs) and I don't know how I lived without it before.
Not about the iPod in particular and I'll skip on the details, but the new iTunes interfaces fix a number of my long-standing issues with some of the configuration interfaces, even if a few of the annoying behaviors when plugging in an iPod remain.
And the battery life is simply amazing. I only charged it twice during my entire three weeks in India -- and one of those was right before I left for the plane trip.
However, there are two features that they've broke since previous versions of the iPod that I would like to see fixed:
1. It's no longer possible to turn on/off the backlight by holding down the menu button. I don't like the backlight on all the time, and I want to easily turn it on when I need it.
2. It's no longer possible to add anything *except* an individual song to the on-the-go-playlist. Not being able to add an album or an artist pretty much completely neuters the on-the-go functionality for my purposes.
But you know, bugs happen. I'm sure they'll be fixed.