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Bad for Audible,Podcasts,& itunes U Lectures,
This review is from: Apple iPod nano 16GB Slate (7th Generation) NEWEST MODEL (Electronics)
I upgraded from a 2G nano to the 7G because it had 4X the memory & looked nice. I listen almost entirely to books, lectures, and Podcasts. Here are the reasons I think the old 2G Nano is better for these tasks (I've used the new one for 3 weeks and have just disconnected it and gone back to using the old one.).
1) Battery life: I bought a 30 pin to Lightning connector, but the new nano won't charge
in the car or at a wall socket. This will improve when new accessories come out, but for
now, the battery is always running low. This never happens with my old 2G Nano. Also, the
battery charging indicator (to these old eyes) looks identical to the battery full
2) Where am I in a Book/Lecture/Podcast: The 2g has a blue line that shows divisions and book
length. The new one has a list of chapters (you can/must scroll down) that gives the
number minutes for each... no visual indication of length. You can drill down two screens
and see a grey slider (see below) that shows the location in the present chapter.
3) Silly Sliders: The 2G has an actual wheel, an actual center button, & four actual buttons
around the wheel. It's very easy (for me) to move backward & forward (faster and slower
rotations)in a book/lecture, change the volume, move up and down menus. The 7G replaces
all of this with virtual sliders & actual swipes (there are buttons for menu, volume,
and start/stop - but there are also the SSS's). The sliders are beautifully designed to
look like sliders, but poorly designed to perform the function of forward/back & volume
control (I have thick, clumsy fingers, but even with a stylus I can't do this
4) Touch Screen: You can't turn it off, so the sliders & swipes function in your pocket with
unfortunate results. Perhaps I'm missing the hidden screen off switch...Google it. Then
there's the cold. I get in the car with cold hands, and a cold ipod screen (with a low
battery - see #1) and the screen doesn't work or work reliably.
I recommend that anyone considering upgrading from an older nano and who mostly listens to books and lectures to try a friend's 7G before buying. I've gone back to the old one and couldn't be happier (minus $150 + $40 for ipod & connector). Note that my 2G still works just fine. I praise Apple or, at least, praise the 2G design managers for this.
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Initial post: Nov 7, 2012 6:29:15 PM PST
brett unger says:
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 8, 2012 11:30:01 AM PST
I don't know why you say this; it is clear the reviewer understands perfectly how to use his unit. Actually I found this to be a very helpful review, since I am considering purchasing a new Nano for the gym and want to play music, audiobooks and podcasts on it. I can relate to the complaint about the virtual slider, since I have one on my old iPod Touch and it is VERY imprecise.
Posted on Nov 10, 2012 12:54:52 PM PST
G. A. Dawson says:
Also really appreciate the review. I was about to trade in my 6th gen but sounds like I would have been very disappointed.
Posted on Nov 25, 2012 5:16:36 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 6, 2012 6:13:06 PM PST
A customer says:
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2012 11:25:12 AM PST
I am another person who likes the 2nd gen controller. Perhaps it's age, but I find touch screens are becoming increasingly difficult to use and exert fine control. I like to sleep with my ipod under the pillow. So have avoided buying a touch-screen to prevent problems. I wish apple would offer new models with the old rotor control
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2012 2:46:22 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 26, 2012 2:46:40 PM PST
A customer says:
This is an upgrade for me, because I have an 8GB 4th gen. and it couldn't even hold half of my music library. I honestly don't know why everyone hates this new iPod, because it works great and the radio reception is very clear, and the syncing is faster and also when you start a song and you click another one it starts instantly, unlike the 4th gen...
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2012 4:55:12 PM PST
I also really liked the 2nd gen Nano. What I would miss if I upgraded is the ability to use it without looking. I checked the manual for the 7th gen Nano and I saw that you can skip to the next song by pressing a button on the side (play/pause I think) twice, or skip to the previous song by pressing it three times. I guess that gets the job done but since I often use my Nano while driving, I really just want dedicated buttons so I can easily skip through songs until I find one I want to hear.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2012 7:16:12 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 12, 2012 7:20:18 PM PST
Too Cold in Madison says:
He's comparing a non-touch screen controller to a touch screen. The "virtual slider" is the same one from the 6G Nano, Touch, etc. That said, the old controller is better for audiobooks than the touch screens controls of the last few generations, IMO. However, I've gotten used to touchscreen, so I can deal with it even though I prefer the old way even for music. I still use a Classic when I travel for the large capacity and the clickwheel.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2012 7:18:38 PM PST
Too Cold in Madison says:
And I wish I'd won Powerball a couple of weeks ago. The chances that Apple will reintroduce the clickwheel are exactly zero. Sadly, the market has moved on/
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2012 7:43:32 PM PST
True but there's no reason not to compare the current model against a previous one.