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4.0 out of 5 stars Touch Interface to Nano, No More Video, September 2, 2010
This review is from: Apple iPod nano 16 GB Graphite (6th Generation) discontinued Model (In Plain White Box) (Electronics)
The iPod Nano update on September 1, 2010 is arguably the most dramatic since the iPod Nano moniker was introduced by Apple five years ago.

More than an update, this is a new product that simply retains the iPod Nano name. It gains a significant feature, but loses several others.

The big deal is the touch interface on the newest iPod Nano. iPod Nano users will now be "touching," their music as iPod Touch and iPhone users have before them. The click wheel is gone. To find your music, you select a category from the Nano's menu such as "Playlists," or "Artists," and select from there. Less convenient or more convenient than a click wheel? Honestly, about equal. The screen is indeed small, but not unusable.

FM Radio has been retained as well as the Fitness aspects with the ability to use Nike + or simply the built in pedometer. However, the form factor will be a major benefit for those working out with the Nano. The previous Nano required an armband to keep it on you while working out, jogging, or the like. Not always comfortable, an additional expense, etc. However, with this new small, square form factor that need is gone. Now, we can simply "clip," the Nano onto us, with the built in clip, and run to our listening content. A bigger deal than you might think.

The downside? Features have been removed from Nano. The screen is much smaller than the previous generation. Therefore, playback of video content from iTunes is gone. Nano no longer plays video, which was a feature added three years ago. Secondly, last year, Nano added a small video camera to record low quality video, which could be played back on the Nano's screen or synced with iTunes and viewed on your computer. That feature is gone too. The device is too small now for a camera or to watch video. This new generation iPod Nano has many exciting new features, but buyers must be aware that it is no longer a video player. It is something new. Those wishing to play video on an iPod must choose an iPod Touch.

My opinion on this change? Honestly, did I ever watch video on the iPod Nano's screen? No. For me, while they kept trying to make the screen larger, it was simply too small to enjoy more than a once a year video. Likewise, the camera was simply not high enough quality to keep yourself entertained by using on a regular basis. It became a feature unused by many.

The iPod Nano has changed and gone back to being an exceptional music player. There is nothing here you do not need to enjoy music. However, the display and touch interface brings the 21st century "touch," that Apple has made so popular to a more affordable device. The touch function will be limited here to simply selecting songs or bringing up the clock, but nevertheless, touch has made its way to the Nano.

I'm most thankful that the Nano has indeed retained the DOCK CONNECTOR. The dock connector is key to use with iPod accessories such as docks, speaker docks, and built in car iPod connectors. The nano is so diminutive that if you plug it into the factory iPod kit of an automobile, the cable's dock connector will look nearly bigger than the Nano itself. Not a negative, just amusing. Nevertheless, the dock connector is there, and you will be able to use the device in such applications, and that was a significant decision by Apple. Users want and need the dock connector. It is there on this iPod Nano, but still missing from the Shuffle due to its even more diminutive size.

This 16 GB version is the largest size Apple offers in the Nano. It offers no additional functionality over the 8GB, but features twice the storage. Choose the one best for you. 16 GB is great if you have a large music collection. We should all remember though that with Nano no longer doing Video or Storing Pictures, the storage is exclusively for music. This makes 8 GB and 16 GB more appropriate size offerings as music takes up much less storage than video.

Overall, Apple has removed video (both playback and recording) from this iPod Nano. However, it's an equalling good music player. Navigation of music is now completed via touch, which works effectively despite the small screen. It's really hard to believe so much can fit into such a small device and I believe everyone will be a bit shocked when they open up the Nano the first time and see it's size yet primary function as an effective music player retained. The newest Nano brings a nearly Shuffle like size, but yet retains the functionality (touch, clip, dock connector) that serious music lovers and those who use the Nano while working out, demand.
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Initial post: Sep 2, 2010 11:01:25 AM PDT
[Deleted by the author on Sep 2, 2010 3:16:24 PM PDT]

Posted on Sep 2, 2010 12:04:30 PM PDT
Michael says:
How can you review a product you've never seen, touched, or used?

Posted on Sep 2, 2010 2:51:06 PM PDT
i agree - why are you reviewing a product that hasn't even been released yet? i don't think every single gadget needs to have a camera and be able to show video. i have my phone for that. or my actual camera. i've been wanting something the size of the shuffle but with the capability of a larger nano. i'm thrilled with this update.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 2, 2010 3:18:39 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 2, 2010 3:22:40 PM PDT
Why is Rusty's Revenge adding to the review of a product that hasn't been released yet? How can you like features of a product which isn't for sale? Shouldn't you wait until you own one to make a comment?

Sorry, but I couldn't resist saying that! Ha, ha, ha!!!

But seriously, isn't $180 an awful lot to ask for a little box which does nothing but play music? The competition's products are half the price Apple charges.

Microsoft: The evil empire
Apple: Trying hard to become the next evil empire

Posted on Sep 2, 2010 3:21:05 PM PDT
Reviewing a product that you don't have in hand, have never seen in hand, and have never used. That doesn't add to your credibility, no matter how "Top 1000 Reviewer" you may be.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 2, 2010 3:29:37 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 2, 2010 3:36:19 PM PDT
Wow, sure gotta agree with that. But perhaps Stephen "Books911" is really Steve Jobs' sock puppet.

Would that make his review legitimate, since he's acutally used the product? Or would it make him the target of a government investigation? Being a CEO sock puppet is illegal, you naughty boy!

P.S. I was just kidding about the Steven Jobs sock puppet, but have you read this reviewer's latest Apple reviews? Like he's reviewed everything Apple has, even though he's never bought any of them.

Dear Stephen "Books911":
Your disguise is blown!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 2, 2010 7:04:04 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 2, 2010 7:04:58 PM PDT
Mr&MrsV says:
@ Just Some Guy: There is a reason why people are willing to pay more for Apple products. No one is forcing them to do so (over and over, and standing in long lines at that!). You may not understand or agree with the choices others are making, but in the end the customer is always right. To me, that means Apple is creating the right products people at the right price. When was the last time you saw people camp out days before to buy a newly released Sony, Samsung or Microsoft product? The $s don't lie my friend. P.S: I'm a long time Mac hater who has happily crossed over to the dark side.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 2, 2010 7:20:42 PM PDT
[Deleted by the author on Sep 2, 2010 8:06:56 PM PDT]

Posted on Sep 2, 2010 8:04:06 PM PDT
The new nano does have a photo app very similar to the iPod Touch or iPhone, so the review isn't even correct.

Apple in this incarnation of iPods is clearly trying to push people up.

an iPod Shuffle 4GB? No more, only 2GB. Buy the new Nano, at 8GB or 16GB.
iPod Nano with video? No more, but the iPod Touch (which oddly enough has an 8GB, 32GB and 64GB models only, again to push people to 32GB where 16GB would be enough.

Strategy which may or may not work (Apple sometimes misses, but usually doesn't).

As an iPod Shuffle 4GB owner (got it at a raffle) I am very content with what I have but I like what I see so far with the new Nano as an upgrade. It is 4g heavier than my Shuffle, has 2.4X the battery life and much more functionality.

People might have been happier if the new Nano were the new Shuffle and there was actually a new Nano that was somewhere around a 1/2-2/3 size of the iPod Touch with real iOS and minus some features. Just a thought.

At the end of the day, if people don't buy the new stuff Apple will take notice :-)


Posted on Sep 2, 2010 11:38:42 PM PDT
blondy2061h says:
The reviewer is a member of Vine Voice, a program that let's select users get access to a product to review it before it's available to the general public.
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