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Have they taken the name nano too far?
Apple iPod nano (6G) 8 GB
Member Name: jkr1711
Apple iPod nano (6G) 8 GB
Date: 04/08/11, updated on 04/08/11 (17 review reads)
Advantages: Nice brushed metal finish. Touchscreen
Disadvantages: Too small, screen gets confused, software is bare
The Apple iPod nano (6G) is a Portable Music Player that is extremely compact in size and features a 1.54" capacitive screen. I believe that the iPod is too small and fiddly to operate even with small thumbs, in this review I will be explaining my reasons to believe this.
The iPod itself:
The iPod comes in a very small transparent plastic box. The iPod is made of a brushed metal material that feels very nice in the hand and doesn't slide easily like the iPod touch. There are only 3 buttons: 2 for volume (up and down) and a power/lock button. The screen is a 1.54" glass capacitive much like the rest of Apples touch screen devices.
The iPod comes with a very slimmed down version of iOS that is found in the iPod, iPhones and iPads of today. It is only capable of playing music (who would want to watch videos on this screen anyway!?) and Apple have quite cheekily made it look like it does alot of different things (due to the amount of icons) but they are only shortcuts to different areas of the music player. As said at the start of the paragraph the software is a slimmed down version of iOS and because of this you unfortunately can't get "Apps" like more expensive iDevices.
As mentioned before the screen is extremely small and is totally unusable for even the smallest of thumbs. In my experience it takes at least 3 attempts to even tap on an icon. Most of the time it thinks your changing pages on the home screen and more annoyingly it sometimes thinks you're trying to change the screen orientation (no accelerometer here)!
Possibly the most important feature of a music player is sound quality and once again it seems the iPod Nano doesn't excel as you would hope for a device of this price (£120 when I bought it). It has NO built in speakers and the included headphones live up to their terrible reputation. They often fall out and the volume/quality of sound is below average. They do have the volume controls on the wire as found in the newer iPod shuffles.
One good feature about the iPod nano is its long battery life. In my experience it can last days if not a week on a single charge (listening to about 2-3 hours of music a day)! The connector for the charger is the standard Apple one that has been used for pretty much all iPods, Phones and Pads. (No charger included, just a usb cable) It takes around 3 hours to charge.
Spend £40 more and get the much superior iPod Touch unless you desperately want something this small!
Summary: Spend £40 more and get an iPod touch. Not pleasant to use at all
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