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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect companion to iPhone or iPod touch, great for workouts, September 2, 2010
This review is from: Apple iPod nano 8 GB Graphite (6th Generation) (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Electronics)
While this iPod nano actually loses a couple of features (no more video recording or video playback), its smaller size and built-in belt clip make it the perfect iPod for workouts, walking, running, etc. No more armbands!

I have long argued that the iPhone and the iPod touch do not make the iPod nano relevant, due to the appeal of the nano's lighter weight and smaller size, and this new model reinforces this. However, I do think the iPod shuffle is now irrelevant, except for the most cost-conscious shoppers.

The price seems a bit steep, and I had hoped the price would be a bit lower for this new nano. I expect the nano prices to drop in the future, likely about the same time that the iPod shuffle is phased out.

I also have a 1st generation iPod nano that I frequently used, since my iPhone is too bulky for many exercise activities. My son has the prior generation (5th) iPod nano, and he has been very happy with it (except for needing an armband for exercise).

Since the iPhone and iPod touch are so popular now, the touch interface on the new iPod nano is very quick and easy to learn. There is still a slight learning curve, but you should be able to master it within a few hours.
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Initial post: Sep 2, 2010 4:43:33 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 2, 2010 4:44:10 PM PDT
The perfect iPod for running, walking, etc, would be the iPod SHUFFLE which costs 1/3 the price and does almost all the same things.

It also has PHYSICAL BUTTONS that you can use without needing to look at the screen and that won't get messed up by sweaty fingers like a touch screen.

Posted on Sep 3, 2010 9:47:45 AM PDT
Ed J. Hayes says:
Do you exercise often with a music player?

Touch screens are a royal pain in the rear to use when running. Try it. Maybe the casual fitness person can stop what they are doing, look at the screen, unlock it, give it their 100% attention and then be able to skip a track. For the rest of us real people who exercise, a touch screen is a deal breaker.

If you have to use an Apple product for working out and running, get the shuffle. If you don't need Apple, get a SanDisk Sansa Clip+. The Sansa has more memory and a screen for the same price. I use iPods, but I have the Sansa as my gym/running player.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 3, 2010 2:03:22 PM PDT
Duke says:
+1 totally agree.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2010 8:30:54 AM PDT
Robert Moss says:
Actually, you should be using the controls on the headphones while running. And this is the perfect running companion if you use the Nike+ system. I don't use the touchscreen on my iPhone when running with it to do GPS, and a smaller nano without the camera and video playback is perfect for running.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2010 8:35:55 AM PDT
Ed J. Hayes says:
Then you have to use Apple headphones which are crap, or spend extra money and buy a headphone adapter with controls...a lose-lose choice.
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