Reviews and Problems with Apple iPod Nano / 6th Generation 2010
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The New iPod nano is a Gem. Really
The Mac Observer
9 October 2013
Conclusion: It’s amazing how far we’ve come from the early, clunky iPods with a hard disk and manual controls. This iPad nano is not only a gem, but a full-fledged 21st century, wearable, technological accessory … and necessity. The 5G nano just didn’t go there, but that’s okay. I suspect Apple will sell a lot of these new nanos because of its phenomenal focus, technical appeal and amazing beauty. We’re talking fashion statement here with music jewelry. I love it.
Pros: Beautifully designed and beautiful to wear. Focus on music and photos. Lots of other nice features, not hard to find, but tucked just slightly out of sight: FM radio, clock, stopwatch, alarm, VoiceOver, pedometer, Nike Sport interface, voice memos.
Conclusion: Apple puts the iPod nano back on track with its latest version, which sports a sweet new design, a larger touch screen, video playback capabilities, and more.
Pros: Very thin and light, yet sturdy. Larger, more responsive touch screen than before. Bundled EarPods are much improved. Finally supports wireless stereo Bluetooth streaming. Includes a pedometer and Fitness app. Stellar battery life.
Cons: Still no video recording. No in-line playback controls. Not natively compatible with existing accessories, thanks to the new Lightning Connector.
Excerpt: With its latest model, Apple has finally fixed the iPod nano. The 5th- and 6th-generations were a radical rethink that didn't work all that well. The 7th-generation nano fixes this problem with another full-scale redesign that includes a larger, sharper touch screen. It's also feather light, yet sturdy feeling, has an improved interface, and comes with better-sounding Apple EarPods.
Conclusion: When weighing this year's additions to the nano against what has been subtracted, I am a little surprised that Apple has decided to maintain the same price points at both the 8GB and 16GB capacities. Some of the conspicuous absentees, notably any video capability, suggest that perhaps a price reduction should have been in order.
Pros: Completely redesigned with Multi-Touch LCD and integrated clip, Incredibly lightweight, compact and versatile...
Cons: ...for a music-only player: Gone are many of last year's key features, Small touch screen can be a challenge to manipulate with big fingers
Apple iPod Nano ï¿½ Tinier, touch support, but not so touching
23 November 2010
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Excerpt: Grey is the new black, and Apple’s refreshed iPod Nano is… the new iPod Shuffle. OK, maybe that’s oversimplifying a bit, but there’s no denying the overwhelming resemblance of the new Nano to its much cheaper sibling, the Shuffle. A dramatic revamp of the iPod Nano leaves it without video playback, a larger screen and becomes pretty much an iPod Shuffle with a touch screen, and more storage. Has Apple watered down its own Kool-Aid too much this time around?
Pros: Almost impossibly tiny, Ultra-intuitive touch interface, FM radio, photo browsing and pedometer, Sleek, solid design, Long battery life
Apple iPod nano (6th Generation with Touch Screen)
2 October 2010
Conclusion: Apple's first misstep in the iPod nano line-up, the sixth-generation model trades its predecessor's click wheel for touch-screen controls and an ultracompact form factor with a much smaller display. There's no more video capture and playback capability, but it retains the same price.
Pros: Lightweight, wearable design. Rotatable, multi-touch screen. Integrated FM radio and Nike+ fitness features.
Cons: Screen is smaller than 5th-gen iPod nano's. Video camera and video-playback capability have been removed. Tiny size makes it easy to misplace or lose. Lousy earbuds. Cover Flow is no longer supported.
Conclusion: The latest iteration of the Apple iPod nano does little to improve on the previous generation player, but a price drop makes it a better deal.
Pros: Lightweight, clip-on design. Larger icons make it easier to navigate menu. Simple, intuitive user interface. Screen can be adjusted to face in four directions. Several clock faces so you can wear the player as a watch. Strong battery life.
Cons: Small screen. No video recording or playback. Lousy earbuds, no integrated controls. Watch bands are not included.
Excerpt: Since 2005, the iPod Nano has been the mid range portable audio player for Apple. It’s always been targeted at consumers looking for more control and versatility over the Shuffle, but with increased portability over the iPod Touch. Over the last five years, its classic design has included a full color screen and a click wheel to navigate through songs.
Summary: The sixth generation of the iPod Nano is the smallest yet, but it comes at the expense of valuable features and practical controls.
Pros: The iPod Nano costs less than before, is easier to navigate, and includes more Nike Plus fitness tracking capabilities. It's also still the best clip-on music player money can buy.
Cons: Many features have disappeared over the years, including video playback, camcorder, microphone, speaker, games, calendar, contacts, notes, and alarm clock. The touch-screen interface is overkill, requiring more attention than the time-tested click wheel design without delivering many practical benefits.