Reviews and Problems with Apple iPod Nano / 2nd Generation
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Apple iPod Nano 16GB Review
22 September 2008
Conclusion: Overall, we’re pretty satisfied with the new nano, even though it’s nowhere near as sexy as the newly revamped iPod touch . And on a small, dedicated audio player that’s focused on slim design and pocketability, we don’t feel too slighted that the nano lacks wireless features like the Zune, especially given the excellent integration between the hardware and iTunes software.
Pros: Thin design; very good AV quality; useful new features
Cons: Lacks wireless features; no custom EQ; mediocre battery life
Summary: The second-generation Apple iPod Nano is like the successful offspring of an iPod Mini and a first-generation iPod Nano. It's small, stylish, user-friendly, and competitively priced--a great player all around and suitable for a variety of users.
Pros: The second-generation Apple iPod Nano takes on a new scratch-resistant aluminum body, which is available in a variety of bright and shiny colors; it's still superslender but more durable, thanks to a seamless construction. It supports photos (with thumbnail grid) and album art and has great sound quality.
Cons: The iPod Nano still doesn't play video, not that you'd want to watch it on the small screen, and there's no built-in FM tuner or recording capability; not all color options are available for all memory sizes.
Conclusion: This is the finest flash player out there in terms of look and feel. Other players have the iPod beat in terms of features, but I like the iPod's lossless compression and Audible support, as well as the cool new search feature.
Pros: Sturdy metal casing. Very slim. Bright screen. Supports Audible and lossless compression. Very good sound quality. Cool new search feature. Excellent software integration. Gapless playback. Long battery life.
Cons: No integrated FM tuner, voice recorder, or video playback. Nonremovable battery.
Excerpt: Take everything you love about iPod and shrink it. Now shrink it again. The pencil-thin iPod nano packs the entire iPod experience into an impossibly small design. So small, it will take your music places you never dreamed of.
Conclusion: The newly “remastered” iPod nano is yet another awesome product from Apple. The new design is a refreshing change from the scratch-prone and fingerprint-attracting construction of the original iPod nano. In a way, the second generation iPod nano is a retro throwback to the shape, design and color-availability of the beloved iPod mini. Combining the durability of anodized aluminum and the jaw-dropping tininess of the nano, the second gen nano is a total hit.
Pros: Much improved design;24 hour battery;
Cons: 2GB available only in silver; 8GB only available in black
Conclusion: Well, what can we say? Apple has done it again, and has surpassed all of our expectations. The nano is a very attractive little player that has features you would expect from a much larger and more expensive unit. There is a color display, plenty of storage space, and of course it’s incredibly easy to use. Flash RAM is certainly the wave of the future, offering longevity to products while making the overall physical dimensions smaller.
Pros: Attractive design; small size; color screen; exceptional sound
Excerpt: Nobody likes a smart-alec, but I really am tempted to say – “I told you so”. The last version of the iPod nano launched back in 2010 was absolutely tiny, and consisted of little more than a 1.5-inch touch-sensitive screen with a belt-clip on the back. Unfortunately, the tiny touch controls didn’t really suit adult fingers, and the screen was so small that Apple didn’t even bother to include an option for playing video.
elegant, slimline design, larger screen with video playback, Bluetooth wireless
expensive, low-res screen, Lightning connector incompatible with existing docks