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2.0 out of 5 stars Good Ideas, Poor Execution, September 22, 2008
This review is from: Apple iPod nano 8 GB Black (4th Generation) (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Electronics)
With introductions like the accelerometer, genius, redesigned interface, and an even smaller package, who couldn't love Apple's new Ipod nano? While these sound like great additions, they really don't result in a better ipod. While the new interface, genius, and size, don't hurt, the accelerometer really ruins the whole package. The accelerometer might work well in the iphone and ipod touch, in the nano it is just really annoying. It is way to sensitive and causes problems with simple things like volume. The accelerometer often changes the now playing screen to the cover flow which keeps the volume from being changed without the ipod being pulled out and flipped. The shake to shuffle also causes problems, it is to sensitive as well and will activate when it is not intended to. At least the shake to shuffle can be turned off, I just wish the the accelerometer as a whole could be turned off. If it had that capacity this review could have easily turned from a 2 to a 5.
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Showing 1-8 of 8 posts in this discussion
Initial post: Sep 23, 2008 1:34:06 PM PDT
Buzz Smith says:
Never thought of that. When the cases with belt clips come out, you will have to have it vertical, not horizontal, otherwise you could never change the volume.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 4, 2008 8:24:30 AM PST
Eric says:
You could get headphones with a vol. control.

Posted on Nov 12, 2008 1:26:36 PM PST
Just today (November 12), Apple released a software update for the new Nano that allows the user to turn off cover flow (but not the accelerometer). Just plug in your nano to your computer and sync with iTunes. It'll give you the option to download and install the update with just a click or two of your mouse.

This should address some of the concerns this reviewer has legitimately raised.

Posted on Nov 26, 2008 6:24:17 AM PST
Dhruvo says:
you can turn off accelerometer. check the setup option.

Posted on Dec 19, 2008 10:37:05 PM PST
I can agree with this customer review. I have owned my 8 gb nano for about 2 months and already the battery life is cut by about 1/3 or so. The accelerometer and shuffle feature should have never been implemented into this device. People who buy nanos want simplicity and not complexity. Yeah, I suppose I could just turn it off those features off, but I'd rather not have to. The click wheel is terrible, not nearly as good as my 3rd gen 20gb ipod. I like itunes, and I kinda don't like it. It can be annoying at times. With my old mp3 player I could literally drag and drop albums over to the device. I wish I could do that with the nano.

OMG, my comment was far too long, lol

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 26, 2009 12:19:04 PM PST
There is a program called Floola that you can download and install directly onto your iPod that allows drag-and-drop. It's pretty cool. I learned about it here:

http://lifehacker.com/software/ipod/hack-attack-add-music-and-movies-to-your-ipod-from-any-computer-without-itunes-237986.php

I just started using this yesterday, but so far I'm pretty happy with it.

In reply to an earlier post on May 15, 2009 8:56:43 PM PDT
Tango Mike says:
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Posted on Aug 22, 2009 10:28:32 AM PDT
You can turn off coverflow from the Settings menu. But you're right, the touch wheel is too sensitive.
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