iPod Adventures in the Middle East: Part I
Well after about a week my ‘Big Boy’ 30GB iPod has arrived. I have wanted an iPod ever since I heard of the plans to make it. Now with a decent job locked down I made the move and secured the best purchase of my life. I am currently working in Amman Jordan as a contractor for the U.S. Army getting ready to move into Iraq. I am also an avid visitor of the iLounge website and when I was approached with the offer of doing an article about iPod in both Jordan and Iraq, I jumped at the chance.
‘T-Slice’ posing with his new iPod 30GB. There are two A1 Abrams tanks
and a Bradley fighting vehicle in the background to the left.
I have just returned to Jordan from a week in the states after buying my new iPod. The work site is in the middle of nowhere. I look to my left and I see sand, I look to my right and I see sand, I look back… you get the idea. So I thought I would let everyone know how the iPod handles in 130+ degree weather and how the local population thinks of my little monster that holds over 7000 songs.
My first test was the heat. It was approaching 11:00 am and the heat was reaching 110 degrees. I was working outside and listening to my ‘Armor’ encased iPod. Two hours and about fifty songs later the heat had rose to nearly 128 degrees, and “The Notorious P.O.D.” (The name I gave my iPod) never skipped a beat.
Within the hour the temperature topped out at 132 degrees and my iPod just kept going. I took it out of the case and it felt very warm to the touch. I touched the touchwheel and the iPod responded instantly without any hesitation. The menu screens changed flawlessly and scrolled like butter. The heat had no impact on this little monster whatsoever. So then I dunked it in a bucket of water… just joking, I’m not crazy.
Standing in the middle of nowhere, Jordan.
One problem I encountered was the blowing sand in our area. Remember I am in the middle of the desert. The sand gets into everything. Now, the sand here is not like the sand in your sand box or like at the beach. It is more like talcum powder, very fine grains. The top of the Armor case for the iPod has two access areas for the remote plug and the hold switch. These access ‘holes’ did allow sand to get into the case. The sand never entered the iPod, but it did cause very light scratching on the casing. This was taken care of with a little polish.
Overall the weather here did not have a great impact on the performance of my iPod, thank goodness, it’s the only thing that keeps me going in the middle of nowhere.
Next I will bring you public reaction to the iPod from Amman, the capital of Jordan. Stay Tuned!
Posing with iPod, two U.S. made F104 Starfighters, and a refueling truck.
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