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Bought this around 3 months ago purely as a smaller, more portable back up to my iPod Touch. Now, 3 months later - I have no clue where my iPod Touch is. The iPod Nano 6G is a great music device, and being a frequent jogger, I can fully utilise its pedometer and general fitness app. Also, its light weight ensures easy portabilty be it in a pocket, hand or using the molded on clip, which works very well may I add, to clip it onto your trousers (pants for you Yanks) or to attach it to the sleeve band for jogging. In terms of sound quality, with a decent pair of 'phones, it's fantastic, more or less the same as any other iPod, make or model. I'm a clumsy son of a gun, so I bought a case for my Nano upon purchase and despite its toughness to remove, it's served its purpose fine and I have no problems. If I had to nit pick for a problem, it'd have to be either the disability to name playlists created on the Nano (I'm an OCD freak) or the lack of a back/home button which for my achy fingers, means a lot of swiping to return a page.
I never had the money for a full sized iPod, and in 2010, my trusty old iPod nano (4th gen) finally bit the dust, so I wanted a replacement ASAP. Apple had just released the 6th gen, and I was keen to get my hands on it.
First off, it's small; in fact it's only marginally bigger than the screenless iPod shuffle. It's a no nonsense, back to basics music player.
It lost the video functionality of the 4th and 5th gen models, but you wouldn't want to watch video on a 1 square inch screen anyway. Also gone are the games; it really is just a music player. It does have FM radio though, which is nice. Word of warning though, it'll only work with headphones plugged in, as the signal is detected using one of the wires in the headphone cable. It's also not the best receiver, so radio quality can be poor at times.
The operating system is a pared back, cut down version of iOS, and it works as flawlessly as it's bigger brother. However with the screen being a touch screen, and very small, it can be a bit fiddly now and again.
This thing was primarily designed to play music, and it does that wonderfully, as you'd expect from Apple. Like most, I immediately discarded the bundled Apple headphones and got some Sennheiser MX680i sports headphones with mic and remote, as I mainly use this thing for hitting the gym. In my pre-iPhone days, it was also my main music player, but now it's relegated to gym work as I mostly use the iPhone, but in the gym that would be impractical. Anyway, having the headphones with a mic and remote is very useful, as it means you aren't fishing into your pocket whenever you fancy changing the song and are running or cycling. The mic is less useful here than it would be in an iPhone, but the nano can detect that your headphones have a mic, and a hidden Voice Memo app appears, allowing you to record quick memos for playback later.
The headphones do improve the sound quality to some extent, but something you've copied from a YouTube video isn't going to be fantastic, so for ultimate sound quality, use lossless audio encoding, and probably a headphone amplifier.
I mentioned that I use this in the gym, and will go into more detail. It's a fabulous gym buddy, just the right size so it doesn't feel awkward or get in the way during exercise, and has a Nike+ app built in. For full functionality, you'll need a Nike+ receiver to stick into the dock connector, and a transmitter that fits into your shoe. However, it does have a built in pedometer which can be set for walking or running. In my local gym, the machines are equipped with dock connectors and support the Nike+ app, both here and on iPhone, and you can record exercise details on the iPod, then when you plug it in later for syncing, you can log onto the Nike+ wesbite and track workouts. It's pretty good.
16GB may sound like a lot, but it quickly gets filled up, but with the nano it's the only option available, so if you need more space, save up a bit more for an iPod touch. Battery life is pretty good, I tend to get about 10 workouts between charges.
All in all, while it lacks the features of the old nano, and it's bigger brother, as a simple music player, you can't really get much better, or at least you couldn't until the replacement, 7th gen nano was launched, which I will be getting my hands on shortly.
I bought this to replace my sony mp3 player that broke I was sceptical as at that point I didn't know much about apple /iTunes and wasn't sure if it was what I really wanted.
Very pleasantly surprised .. it is small and compact and has a clip on the back like the shuffle so it can be attached nearly anywhere.. mine is normally clipped on my jeans most of the time and I love it.
It is powerful and holds around 4000 songs which I haven't filled yet.
love the screen and the genius mix features and the ability to have your own playlists.. I have different ones for different moods so I know I have something to listen to at all points in time that will make me feel how I want to.
the sound quality is as you would expect from apple.. excellent.. i love my ipod and if it broke i would look to replace it with the same product.. as i think the features are ideal, as to me all i want is an excellent music player that meets my needs and this does completely and iTunes makes it very easy to load music effortlessly
I have always used my beloved iPhone as my main digital music player. In fact I use it for everything. That was however, until it became completely full. I didn't even have room for one more song! That was when I made the decision to buy a separate iPod, as 8GB of the 16GB on my phone was music. I had a look around and I finally decided on the iPod Nano.
The iPod Nano is tiny! And I mean tiny. It is about the size of four first class stamps in a square and the thickness of an iPhone 4. The front is completely taken up by a touch screen, and the back is a clip. The touch screen is really responsive and that can sometimes be a bit annoying. It is a really good idea and most of the time works really well, but if you are trying to change a song or go through the menus while moving, it can be a bit difficult as it is very easy to press the wrong thing. Most of the time I end up stopping what I am doing, changing the song and then carrying on. I think the problems is a combination of the screen being fairly small and it being so sensitive. The clip on the back is really useful. You can clip it to anything, the strap of a bag, your pocket, your tie, anything! And it will stay there, it will not fall off.
There is the standard connector on the bottom with a headphone socket, into which any set of headphones will fit and a lock button and volume buttons on the top. This is really good as it makes changing to volume really easy.
The software is really easy to use with the touch screen. On the home screen there is a battery life indicator and the time at the top and several menu buttons in the middle of the screen. To move between the menus you just swipe your finger and the slide along. On my iPod they are; Now Playing, Music, Radio, Clock and Settings. You can change which menus are displayed on the home screen somewhere in the settings. To choose anyone of the menus you just touch it. Simples! To go backwards to the previous menu you swipe across the screen from left to right. At first this took a bit of getting used to. I kept looking for a button to return to the home screen, but once you get used to it, it really works and is designed really well.
When you bring up the music menu you have several options. They are; Genius Mixes, Playlists, Artists, Albums, Songs, Genres, Composers, Compilations, Audiobooks, Podcasts and iTunes U. This makes is very easy to find that one song you want to listen to out of the 2000 songs you own! If you get a long list of artists or songs for example you can jump to a letter by moving your finger up and down on the right hand side, making it even easier. When the song is playing the screen is completely filled with the album cover.
The clock feature is very cool. When you open the clock menu the screen is basically turned into a watch. You can even by straps to clip it onto and actually use it as a watch, although I have never seen anyone do this! There are several designs to choose from including Kermit the frog and Mickey Mouse!
You can store and display your photos. I have never used this but I would think the screen is too small to actually see any detail.
There is a FM radio. All you need for this to work is a set of headphones as this act as the ariel - any headphones will work. You can tune your favourite stations in and it will save them for you.
It also has fitness features. I again have never used any of these so cannot really comment but they include a pedometer and a running app which lets you choose your workout music and measures how long and far you run.
What I think
I love my iPod touch. Its light, very small and very easy to use. The only downside is the screen maybe a bit too small which makes it very easy to choose to wrong option, other than that its perfect! If you want to add apps and watch videos then definitely go for the iPod touch, but if its just music you're after then go for this one.
The ipod nano 6th generation is the best ipod yet. Unlike the other nano's this ipod has no frills. It just plays music and has a small touch screen. And like the shuffle it is small and it clips anywhere so it is really good for the gym or just doing the housework. This is the latest of the nanos to be released. When I first saw it I wasn't that impressed but having used it for the past year, its been useful. I like the way they have made it small and compact. Its practical.
The battery life is really good on it, mainly because its not got any extras. It is what it is and the reason for the price is because its a touch screen. Which is the latest technology, but to be honest you couldn't make it smaller any other way.
The nano comes in different colours, I have the green one. You can get it in a 8gb or 16gb. From previous experience of owning a fourth generation nano, I found that the 8gb was not enough for me. You could keep changing the music on the ipod to get around that I suppose. Its easy to use once you get used to it, maybe a little confusing at first.
Update: Maybe its not so good for exercise, I was on the cross trainer and got my headphones caught, which caused it to come unclipped and smash against the cross trainer. So now the screen is smashed. Going to stick to the ipod shuffle I think!
I have the 16gb Ipod Nano in Pink and I just love it.
It really is nano. When I compare this to the smaller ipods of yesteryear it really brings home how far we have come in technology! 16gb is a fair amount of music, and easily enough to store all that I have. If I were to have 16gb in CD form it would take up a huge amount of space, but the nano is smaller in height than my little finger!
It is really easy to use. I am no whizz kid when it comes to technology, but the nano is so easy to use and uncomplicated that you just pick it up instantly. You can also listen to the radio on it, which I love, and it picks up signal really easily.
I have dropped the nano several times (clutz that I am) and I have to say there is not a scratch or scuff on it, and its performance has not been affected at all.
Surprisingly, my biggest complaint is actually the size. While its dinky stature is impressive, it isn't so useful when walking down the street. The touch screen is so small that even my miniature hands have trouble using it unless I stop and focus, so I dread to think how anyone with medium-large hands would cope. Also, if you want to fast foward or rewind within a song, the bar for doing this is SO small that it is nigh-on impossible.
Apart from that my only other minor quibble is that I seem to have to recharge it often, but that might just be because I use it so much (around 2 hours per day)
Overall I think the ipod nano is great value for money, well made and super cute. However, I'd avoid if you have big hands, or are a little clumsy, because it really is NANO!!
About 8 years ago me and my husband moved in together and realised collectively we had around 700 CD's between us. We decided to flog the lot and with the money we made we were able to but an iPod Touch (which at the time I think were around £350!), a docking station and still have plenty of change left over. 8 years on and just before Christmas, said iPod departed us to iPod heaven and we needed to replace it. Obviously since we first bought our iPod the Apple market has totally changed and my husband has an iPhone and has all of his favourite music on there. I on the other hand only like a small selection of songs on my iPod at any one time (about 200), I'm weird I know, and so after a bit of research I figured I didn't need to splash out on a Touch but could get away with a Nano as it would also do me for when I'm out and about. The compact size of the Nano was definitely for me and I opted for the 16GB one. I'm not quite sure why I bought the 16GB one as an 8GB is also available and this would have suited my needs perfectly but I listened to the husband and probably shouldn't have! The 16GB has the capacity to store around 4000 songs as opposed to the 2000 on the 8GB (so it's totally wasted on me!).
Price and Set Up: I paid £130 in December 2011 although I have just had a quick look and they do seem to have come down in price slightly and you can pick a 16GB one up on Amazon for £117. The set up at the beginning is relatively easy and once it is synced through iTunes and you have registered your iPod, you can upload your songs on to it and away you go. We found this process straight forward in comparison to when we got the iPod Touch as there was a fault with it and it wouldn't sync and so it had to go back. It may have been one of those things or it may have been that the technology has improved vastly even in a relatively short number of years.
Touch Screen: My daughter has one of the old style iPod Nano's (possibly the 4th or 5th generation) and the most noticeable difference is of course the touch screen. This is the reason for the vast price increase as we only paid around £35 for her Nano but the difference is definitely worth it. The touch screen is very responsive and you simply touch and slide to navigate through the variety of menus and screens. To make it easier to scroll through your play list (if you have 100s of songs on it you don't want to have to manually touch and slide through each individual song), there is a menu on the right hand side which is alphabetised to allow you to search this way. This is a massive help for me if I want a particular song and in comparison to some people I hardly have any songs on it. It would be extremely tiresome to search for songs without this option. The screen is easy to view despite its small size and everything on it appears with perfect clarity. A high contrast option is available which lets you change the display to white on black, which I really like for a different look. You can also change the LCD display to adjust the brightness of the screen which makes it easier to see the screen even in low light. An auto brightness feature changes the brightness automatically as it senses a change in light to give optimal viewing at all times.
Controls: Buttons are so out of vogue now of course and the only buttons on the Nano is to hold (the hold effectively works as an on / off for the device ) or for volume. When a song is playing you will see the artwork for the song and the artist and song name however unlike the larger iPod's you won't see how long is left on the track. This isn't something that bothers me as the device is so tiny, it can only be expected that a small amount of information can be displayed. Anything else on the screen would clutter it and make it too fussy. However if you desperately need to know the length of the song you can press for more information on the screen and it will display songs by the artist and the length of each song.
Nano Clock: My absolute favourite part of the Nano is the clock. A clock face takes up the whole screen and is so good that Apple have released a selection of watch straps to hold the Nano. I couldn't help myself and had to take advantage of this nice little feature and so I picked myself up a lovely pink/purple colour watch strap for around £35, although there are various styles and colours available (for a variety of price ranges!). There are 18 different clock face designs to choose and my favourite is a cute little Minnie Mouse face, although you can opt for a more traditional analogue face. Different colour clock faces are also available to choose from so you can match to the colour of the Nano.
Live Radio: The option to listen to the radio on the Nano is a nice little feature and the Nano also shows the artist and song you are listening to. Very clever! You can also set favourite stations up. An option to pause live radio with Live Pause is perfect for anyone who doesn't want to miss a minute of their favourite radio programme and you simply tap to pause and then tap again to continue. You can also rewind back by 15 minutes or fast forward to catch up to live radio.
Features for the blind or visually impaired: The Voice Over feature includes a gesture based screen reader to select songs without viewing the screen. A synthesized voice will speak the menus, songs and artists (and it has the ability to do so in 29 languages). The user will then use the touch screen to tap and select to choose the tracks they would like to listen to. If used in conjunction with iTunes 10, the visually impaired can also use the screen reader to browse iTunes and access Podcasts, Music, Audio books, Films and TV Programmes without sighted assistance. There is also a mono audio option which can route audio into one ear bud if your hearing is limited in one ear.
Battery and Power: The in built lithium-ion battery is rechargeable and is quickly charged in around 90 minutes to give you 80% charge. A full charge will take around 3 hours and will give you around 24 hours of music play back before it will need charging again. You can charge it through your PC with the USB cable which is included in the box; can be charged via a docking station with the docking station adapter included in the box; or you can charge with a mains power adapter which plugs in to the USB but these are sold separately. It is worth while investing in one of these mains adaptors though for when you are away from home and will not have your laptop or PC around.
Nano on the go: The portable Nano is perfect for using when running/ jogging or working out. You can clip the device onto your clothes and control music by sliding the touch screen. You can also rotate the screen so it is essentially upside down and you can see it without having to unclip it and look. The built in accelerometer allows you to track your run as it tracks your steps and distance and can be plugged into a Nike and iPod compatible cardio machine at the gym. The data can then be uploaded to the Nike+ website to create goals and check your progress. You can also use it independent of the gym and see how many steps you have taken and how many calories you have burnt. I find this really handy and it does go some way to motivate me more especially if I set myself and reach targets.
Shake to Shuffle: I love this feature! By simply shaking the device, the Nano will shuffle the song to a different selection. Although I don't always want the Nano to choose a song for me with a random selection, I love doing it anyway although you do look slightly mad to anyone who doesn't know that the Nano does this!
Size and weight:
Height: 37.5 mm (1.48 inches)
Width: 40.9 mm (1.61 inches)
Depth: 8.78 mm (0.35 inches) including clip
Weight: 21.1 grams (0.74 ounces) - Tiny!
Comes in a variety of colours including graphite, pink, blue and green.
All in all I cannot fault the Nano one bit. Although Apple seem to constantly release new generations of their devices, with the Nano we can clearly see why as the gadgets and options available for a variety of different users is excellent. Opening up the market to the visually impaired definitely impresses me even if I do not use it and I can only applaud Apple at a fabulous product which is at a fair price for the features it holds. If I get the life span I did from my old iPod then this will cost me less than £16 a year. 5 stars Apple, well done!
I finally caught up with modern music technology about 18 months ago when I purchased the Apple iPod nano (5th generation). This model lasted one month past the one year warranty when it developed a fault with the headphones and speaker which could not be repaired. I was reluctant to purchase another iPod as I was worried it would not last much longer than the one year again but as Christmas was coming I put it on my list to Santa.
Santa did not disappoint and I was given the 6th generation in a lovely blue colour. My husband had kindly put all my music on it for me, however we were both surprised when it did not switch on as he had recently charged it to full. After charging I used it for about an hour but noticed the battery indicator had depleted to half full. The next morning the iPod was completely dead. After a few days of charging cycles and playing the iPod for an hour we took it back to Argos where it had been purchased and exchanged it for another one. This one did in fact charge to full, is retaining the battery life and I now need to charge it about once a week in order to play about 16 hours of music.
I was also worried about the small screen size particularly as I can be a bit accident prone. However it is very easy to navigate between screens, easy to select albums, artists etc and touch response is very good. The sound quality is excellent, the radio easy to tune and the fitness feature is a bonus for power walking. The shuffle function is a good addition if you wish to change tracks. There is also an automatic sleep facility which helps to retain battery life.
Overall I am very pleased with the newer version of the nano despite the battery problem I had with the first purchase of this generation. Perhaps I was unlucky to get one that had been in the shop a long time.
It amazes me when I look back at the iPods which were on the market a few years ago and compare them with the current range. The size of the devices for example has decreased dramatically. Each iPod has there own special target market meaning there really is an iPod designed for everyone.
The iPod Nano 6th Generation looks great and holds 16GB of music and videos, what is more it is only 37.5mm x 40.9mm in size meaning you really can take it everywhere. What I like about the Nano is that unlike the iPod Classic it doesn't contain a hard drive - This means the device is less fragile making it perfect for sports when used with one of the available neoprene sports cases.
When you turn the iPod on you are presented with a miniature menu rather like on the iPhone. Navigation can be achieved by simply swiping your finger across the screen. The screen can also be rotated by putting two fingers on the screen and rotating. One feature which makes this iPod stand out from the others is the FM radio built in using the connected headphones as an antenna. The Nano boasts many other great features but another distinctive feature is the Pedometer which is great for those people that like to keep track of their daily steps. I have even seen cases available for this iPod which act as a watch strap and turn the iPod Nano into a watch - This is personally amazing as it means you could always have your iPod on your wrist.
~ Disadvantages ~
It's hard to believe it but unfortunately technology hasn't quite developed enough. The iPod Nano is only available in 8GB or 16GB. The reason for this is that unlike the larger iPods which use a hard drive, the Nano uses flash memory. Flash memory is a lot more expensive hence the high price tag and it is currently not available in the same sizes as a conventional hard drive. The advantage with flash as previously stated is that it is less fragile as there are no moving parts.
A second disadvantage is that no mains charger is supplied with the iPod meaning that you have to stick to charging the iPod with a computer - Unless you buy one of course.
~ Conclusion ~
This iPod packs a lot of punch for its size and with free engraving at present you really cannot go wrong. Shake to shuffle, edit playlists on the go... this iPod really is great value for money. It's just a question of whether you can sacrifice the size of an iPod Classic for something less fragile.
After my success with the Ipod shuffle I put the new ipod nano 6G on my christmas list last year. As they were available in colours I requested santa to pick me up a pink one.
Santa did infact get me my nano in pink from Amazon uk. It cost £120 could cost less now. You can get the ipod nano in Currys, Dixons, Hmv , Argos and online. The colours available are blue, black, silver, pink, yellow, green and purple.
Ipod nano 6G comes in a clear perspex box with the nano on show so you can see it in the box, inside the box the earphones and some instructions. I hate the instructions from Apple because the booklet is so small, the writing is tiny hard to read and understand also.
You also get the charging usb cable and set of apple ipod earphones.
You should charge the nano for around six hours to start with giving the battery a full charge before the use prolongs the battery life. The ipod nano is small and not far of the size of the Ipod shuffle. The back of the Ipod is pink in colour , contains a clip for fixing the nano onto clothing etc, and the front has the screen, this is a touch screen, and very responsive. The nano screen is roughly 1.5 inches. You can drag and tap different things on the screen , its more like an Ipod touch just mini sized. I like the fact it shows the art work to albums or songs I have on the nano.
To use the apple Ipods for music you have to use Itunes, I do have an Itunes account its accessed via my laptop. I connect my ipod with the usb charging cable and plug it in, instantly my Itunes pop up and start to sync my ipod making sure its always up to date.
Itunes is daunting at first until you get the hang of it.
There are no buttons on the ipod nano screen ,as stated the nano has a touch screen. It took a while for me to get used to scrolling through my Ipod and felt my fingers were a little big as the Ipod screen jumped from one thing to the next however this was me just getting used to the touch screen. You can upload around 4000 songs onto this 16gb nano although I only have 450 on it, don't think ill use the maximum amount of space. You can create playlists on the ipod nano or just have it shuffle the songs.
Ipod nano has many features my favourites are the radio and pedometer I use these the most. I love this little nano, I personally never had a problem with songs jumping , interference or crashing of the screen. I find it easy to use and even now having it for 9 months I still find new things I never knew about on the nano. If you take time to explore the nano and have a play around with it, controlling it becomes easier. When out a walk or jogging I find it useful to clip the nano on inside my jacket, the clip on the back of the nano is very strong and secure the unit onto the clothing well, it does not fall off even when running or jogging. You can buy little extras for the nano, silicone cases an arm band for having the nano attached to your arm for sporty people etc.
I use my nano most when travelling back and forth to work via the train, its a nice way to relax and shut out the noise around me. I charge my nano only once a week and the battery holds for the seven days, that's with me listening to music for two hours everyday.
I recommend the ipod nano 6g.
The latest iPod Nano is certainly of a small size, but it still has a screen and many functions, which makes it such a great choice from the iPod range. Not only does this iPod play your music, but also displays your artwork on a very fine quality little screen, and provides intention for personal fitness with a built in FM radio too. It really is a clever little gadget. It may be small, but it comes at a rather large price with a retail of around £160. However, you can find them for nearer the £130 mark online.
This iPod, like the latest iPod Shuffle comes in a little clear plastic box. The iPod is available in a range of colours including red, blue, orange, green and silver. The colours are very vivid, giving it an attractive look, which contrasts perfectly with the high resolution crystal clear screen. This iPod features a built in clip on the back side, so you can clip it onto your clothes. With all the advances from the iPod Shuffle (the screen etc.), this means you can clip it on during exercise and enjoy your music to the fullest whilst being able to view what's playing and make use of the many features.
The iPod is very easy to use. It has a touch screen, which is of the same quality as the iPod Touch and iPhone but on a much smaller scale. It is extremely responsive and you can tap and drag the screen to select and scroll through options. It's quite user friendly and can be picked up by anyone fairly quickly. There are several 'pages' on the iPod where you can view everything from the radio to your playlists and 'now playing' as well as the built in pedometer and podcasts. On the 'now playing' screen, which you will view when a song is playing, you can see the album artwork as well as all the song information by giving the screen a tap. The iPod has a built in motion-detector as you can give it a shake and it'll automatically select a random song from your library to play if you are bored of what you're listening to.
The pedometer is great, and ideal for runs or exercise. It is able to time you and give you an idea of calories burnt, which makes it all the better for fitness. I mentioned that the display is crystal clear. There is a 'white on black' option, in which you can switch round the background colours of the iPod for all menus and the home screen. I prefer it as the default, but it's still another option to be chosen! The 16GB capacity is more than enough for me and my music. I find it quite amazing that you can get 16GB on this iPod considering it's so small with a built in touch screen too.
The FM radio built into the iPod is excellent and I love making use of it when on the go. You can select a station and even do a live pause, for example if your phone rings. This is extremely useful. You can then fast forward to catch up with the live radio, or even go up to 15 minutes backwards. This iPod comes as others with the official Apple earphones. I'm not very fond of these - they are poor quality and uncomfortable to wear. I'd recommend a good pair of earphones with fair base - you can purchase a good pair online for under £20.
To conclude, this iPod has excellent potential. It's not cheap but you have to appreciate all the features it has squeezed into its 23g weight and 4.1 x 3.8 x 0.9 cm size! It'd make a great gift and is ideal for those who like to keep fit as it can clip onto your clothes and can store a large volume of music with many other useful features too.
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I bought this to replace a very old iPod Nano and couldn't be more happy with it. I wanted the convenience of the iPod shuffle as the clip is brilliant for the gym, but wanted a screen so I'm able to select the songs I want to listen to without flicking through them all - this was the perfect solution.
The touch screen is brilliantly receptive and you can manage your playlists on the device so you don't have to plug into a PC/laptop whenever you want to make changes.
The sound quality is great and like the iPod touch / iPhone you can manage your home screen so you have the icons you use most right there and customise to your liking.
My only warning would be that they don't cope well with water damage - even the slightest drop, so keep ti safe and it will serve you well.
With the 6th generation iPod Nano, Apple has gone back to the drawing board. The result is a radical design overhaul, bringing the form factor of the Nano in line with the iPod Shuffle. The Nano comes in 8GB and 16GB models - however, with the 16GB only £40 more expensive, it represents better value for money.
Design - this is the smallest Nano yet (I have owned the 2G and 4G Nanos). It measures approximately 5cm by 5cm. In many of the adverts, it seems Apple designed this with the intention of having users wear it on their wrist. While I applaud the sentiment (I mainly use my Nano for running, and I loathe armbands), I found the Nano slightly too wide for my wrist (which is a fairly standard female size). In addition, I have yet to find a good wrist band.
Weight - this is the lightest Nano yet, weighing in at just 21g. While travelling, I wore it on my belt loop and actually completely forgot it was there (negating my painstaking iTunes library reorganization). This is almost 2/3rds the weight of previous Nanos.
Input - the Nano now supports multi-touch (as opposed to the previous clickwheel design). There are only three buttons - volume up / down and a sleep / power button. On the plus side, you now don't need to unlock your Nano if you want to change the volume while jogging. On the down side, as you might imagine, touch screens are hardly the most sensitive inputs for a moving hand. Changing playlists on the go is not really that simple (due to the lack of the home button found on the other touch-enabled iDevices) - it involves multiple swipes to go back to the original home screen. In addition, you pretty much have to look at your iPod to change tracks. Not great if you need to keep your eyes on something else.
Features - this made me hum and hah a little. Apple has ditched many of the features of previous Nanos (video camera, contacts, calendars, notes, games). The Nano can now only play music (stored or from the radio) and store photos. All without a change in price. However I bought it because I realised that I really only use my Nano for exercise. For all the other functions, I have my smartphone. This is probably going to be the deciding purchase factor for many people - before buying, consider whether the Nano is going to be your sole music player or an accessory. If it is the former, you should probably go for the iPod Touch.
Sound quality - I am an audiophile and I think the quality is excellent. Certainly better than previous Nanos, with a richer bass and fuller treble. However if you use it with cheap headphones for running, its probably not going to be a noticeable difference.
Main gripe - lack of Bluetooth support. Wireless headphones are becoming more and more common. To not include Bluetooth in this day and age is pretty annoying. Hopefully this will be corrected in the future.
Conclusion - if you are looking for an excellent, portable music player (full stop), this is your best bet. However, if you want an all-round device, there are better choices out there.
I finally entered the world up the IPod a few months ago. After careful consideration, I went for one of the new generation IPod Nano Touch players, and I haven't been dissapointed. A few points worth notinig though to help others make the choice.
The key thing before buying any IPod is to think carefully about what you want your player to do. When will you be using it? Is it primarily a music player you want, or do you want video and any other extras? How much do you want to be able to store on it?
For me, this little IPod was perfect for a few reasons. It has a 6GB memory, which means you can store plenty of songs on here - thousands, which should be enough for most people. I also like the way it sorts the music, by artist, song title, album etc.
The real bonus of the IPod Nano Touch for me though was the "touch" technology - taken from other IPods such as the bigger IPod touch. This means you can use your fingers on the screen to scroll through songs and applications. Another advantage is that you can store pictures on it. The screen may be very small, but I liked the fact that I could upload a few favourite photos, especially of family etc. You can also then use the touch technology to flip and scroll photos, and zoom in and out etc. Not essential, but a nice enough feature to add appeal to the player. It also allows for album art to appear when music is playing, which is also nice.
Other advantages are the size, the clip on the back which allows you to clip it where best suits, without worrying about the angle as you can flip the screen image to suit.
There are other features which may appeal to sum, such as tachometer to measure steps and the ability to link it to a fitness schedule and record times and workout details.
The only downside for me were the headphones, which is usual with IPod equipment - they are basic, fine enough, but I would recommend investing in a better set of headphones to get the maximum out of the player. I also found the sound to be a little quiet without headphones which enable you to crank the volume up a bit more.
All in all, it looks stylish, works very well, has a number of neat features and is highly recommended.