Product Type: Apple MP3 players
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Small but Perfectly Formed
Apple iPod nano (6G) 16 GB
Member Name: DanB7290
Apple iPod nano (6G) 16 GB
Advantages: Perfect for using in the gym, ease of use, long battery life
Disadvantages: Small size means the touchscreen is a little fiddly.
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.
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