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This great little ipod nano hit the shelves last year, and I ogled at it from the start. Starting from £129, this new ipod is the thinnest ever, only 4.5mm thickThough small, it has a beautiful, sleek design, and the choice of vibrant colours is simply exquisite. I bought it. And it was worth it. Though small, the ipod has a beautiful screen that is just big enough to enjoy movies and tv shows. It can happily store a thousand songs, a few movies and even some photos for you to enjoy.
It's battery lasts for about five or six hours, and is long enough for most things. It takes a few hours to charge, and leaving it overnight is more than enough.
The sound quality is very good, especially with apple's included earphones, Adele has never been clearer.
I must say, one of my favourite things about the nano, is its wonderful design. It is available in black, pink, blue, grey, green, gold/yellow and purple. It is small and light, and it curves at the edges, giving it simply the most amazing effect. It has, unlike like previous generations, a touch screen that makes it a bit more like a mini iphone than your typical ipod, but, It remains as light and portable as ever.
Once again, the ipod nano features bluetooth and raio for you to enjoy on the go. Great for listening to LBC whilst on the bus, as well as for connecting to bluetooth speakers.
To conclude, I would recommend the ipod nano. It is light, portable, and has more than enoguh gigabytes to store everything you could want. It doesn't take long to charge and has a beautiful display. It has radio, and bluetooth, and sets alarms and clocks. However, as usual with Apple (unfortunately) it is quite costly. It makes for a great CHristmas gift whether to someone you know (or to yourself). I love it, I only hope you do/ will too.
I wanted a good mp3 player and the Apple Ipod Nano is all of that.The sound quality is superb. It has a graphic equalizer, JPEG viewing capability and a wide variety of audio and video playback formats, including AIFF, WAV and MOV, apart from the expected MP3 and Apple Lossless formats. 16 gigabytes of memory is more than adequate and there is also a built-in speaker. The Ipod Nano is also slimline in design and light to carry around. I found the ear 'buds' supplied with it were more efficient than earphones and I also found the 'mix' facility very useful. Battery life is also very good.
I have been an avid fan of Apple iPods since 2004, when I got a 20GB classic, 10 years on and I am on my fifth iPod; a very snazzy looking red 16GB nano. My favourite design yet.
Firstly, the 7th gen iPod is perhaps the best design yet and is brought more in line with the overall design of iPhones and iPod Touchs, with a full touchscreen and home button. This is a vast improvement on the 6th gen nano, which was a small square screen with no home button and quite frankly, too easy to lose!
Secondly, as well as 16GB storage space for all your favourite songs (approximately 3000, I currently have 1982 at 11.55GB) there is also an FM radio tuner which picks up most of the major FM stations when the headphones are plugged in.
Headphones. the 7th Gen iPod comes with the new ear bud designs, which personally, I find so much more comfortable than the previous headphone design and the sound is probably the best I have had from an Apple product.
I can't really comment on the additional apps, such as Nike+ as I haven't used them.
Overall, the 7th gen iPod nano is my favourite, from overall design, to sound, to the layout of songs etc and is a lot more durable than my first trusty 20GB classic.
I recently purchased a new iPod Nano in red (shortly before splashing out on an iPhone- not such a clever move!).
There's no escaping the fact that it's a really good-looking gadget; it's small, compact, the red colour is gorgeous - not post box red at all - and the display is traditionally on-brand Apple. Which is a large part of what you're paying for, right? For something so small it's really powerful- even now I have an iPhone I still end up using it for things like the gym where I can slip it in my pocket without even knowing it's there. I particularly like the Nike + feature, where it has a built in accelerometer (like a pedometer but a little more sophisticated), which you can calibrate and then set to measure your steps, pace, distance travelled etc without having to worry about having it "up the right way" like a normal pedometer.
The internal capacity is plenty enough for me (though I don't have too extensive a music collection).
I Purchased this at carphone warehouse on oxford street for £120 last month to replace my third generation Ipod Touch. After three years with the touch I realised that I couldnt play games, I couldnt download apps, I never watch movies and I couldnt even use the wifi. All I wanted was a touch screen music player With the same memory as my old 16gb Ipod Touch, this does the job.
Whereas with the Ipod Touch I constantly guilt-tripped myself for not making the most out of it's fancy functions (apps, wifi etc.) the very fact that you cannot download extra things on this 7th generation nano, is comforting. Saying that, if you're really into your internet browsing, app-usage and game playing then steer clear of the nano.
Further, I'm sure many of you, like me, are waiting for your mobile phone contract to end so you can sign up for an Iphone. With a year to go on my current phone contract this provides a great transition to an Iphone. I won't feel like I've wasted my money on this Ipod when I eventually get an Iphone because this is a music player, pure and simple. In my eyes, buying an Ipod Touch and signing up for an Iphone contract would have been a complete waste of money as they are fairly similar.
So for me, this really works but as with anything it totally depends on what you want from the product. I just like listening to music and for that, the sound quality is great. However, one thing I will say is that if you are used to a decent pair of headphones, then the new earpod headphones that come with the nano are a little disappointing. However, this isn't really a problem as you can always hook up your preferred headphones to the device.
The 7th generation iPod nano is a great piece of kit. It looks simple and elegant, as you would expect. It feels nice in the hand and the touch screen has perfect sensitivity. It comes with the new shape earphones which feel comfortable and produce a quality sound. It also comes with a USB to lightening connector.
The downside is with apples' software. iTunes failed to find a large portion of my music when scanning my computer, meaning I'm missing individual songs, whole albums and artists. It also failed to transfer 90% of the album art with the music (prior to this I have been using the current windows media player to play my music on my pc and laptop). It is also not obvious how to make playlists on your iPod and I think that you have to do this on you're computer which is a bit of a pain when you are out and about.
Perhaps my expectations are a little high, but I expect iPod's to be simple and easy to use, plug in and play. I will no doubt be able to correct these issues thrown up by the software but it will mean a lot of time spent fiddling about trying to find files etc. I would have hoped that apples' software was capable of doing all of this for me and it's an unexpected hiccup which means that my iPod will be a chore for sometime rather than just getting out and enjoying it.
Once I sort out these initial issues I'm expect I would rate the iPod nano a 4-5 star piece equipment as the product itself is pretty fantastic. Just a shame the software isn't up to par with the hardware!
Having had my old iPod Touch 2nd Gen for years and wanting something smaller for more 'portable' music I could take running, I decided to go for the iPod Nano 7th Gen. It really depends what you want from an MP3 player as to whether this is the right one for you. I wasn't bothered about wifi and apps and emails and all that, which is more applicable to the Touch. I just wanted something small, something that I could buy a clip case to attach to my leggings to go running and walking, and would allow me to store plenty of music. This does all that I want it to and, having had it for several months now, I'm very happy with it.
The Nano 7th Gen was released Sept 2012, so it's the most recent model at the moment, until Apple decide to churn out another. This can be bought in various colours, including slate, yellow, silver, pink, purple, green and blue. I opted for the former because slate seems more 'me' and is more neutral. Not that it made a great deal of difference because I ended up getting a cover for it that's rubberised and has a clip on the back for attaching to trousers to go running. This then covers most of the iPod, making the colour redundant. You don't have to have any kind of cover on it of course, and the material doesn't seem like the type that would scratch all too easily, but you can never be too sure.
... It's Got The Looks ...
Weighing in at only 31g, this little thing is lightweight and measures up at 76.5 x 39.6 x 5.4mm - a depth of 5.4mm makes this the thinnest iPod ever made (so far!). It's definitely small and slim, but we all know it's not just the size that counts. Luckily, whilst it's slim and lightweight, it's just big enough to encompass a decent-size screen. The 2.5" (measured diagonally) widescreen multi-touch display is still small, but gives just enough to enable you to select options, see your pictures, or read your track names when zooming through your playlist. This for me was pretty important because I'd avidly avoided smaller iPods, like the shuffle, for lack of a screen. Being able to have access to the important features and see what you're doing and which tracks your selecting is a no brainer to me. It's smooth and slick, and whilst plastic, the outer shell still gives a high quality appearance. The Nano looks quite understated, but I like it's simplicity and more sophisticated look when bought in slate. There's simply one button on the front (which is dimpled inwards slightly, so not exactly a 'button' as we know it) to go to the main menu and make selections, and two small 'buttons' again on the top left hand side to change tracks, navigate up/down, or adjust the volume. Simple and straightforward.
As I've already mentioned, this comes in different colours, so you can have some flexibility in terms of getting it to suit your style and taste.
... What's New Pussycat? ...
The reigning feature that sets the 7th Gen apart seems to be its size, which Apple describe as being like a credit card. I would agree that 5.4mm is pretty thin, and makes holding the product far easier for my strangely small paws. The display is also around twice the size of that on the previous Nano, which to me is a huge benefit because you can more clearly see what you're doing and use the touchscreen without having minute fingers or a stylus.
The earphones that come with this are also different. These white earbuds have been redesigned to be rounder and are supposed to be more ergonomically designed to fit and stay in your ear. I've only tried these once and found them to be ok, but I always prefer my own that I'm used to and can rely on (JVC Gummy in-ears).
The other, quite large, difference is in the adapter. Previous owners of Apple products have probably become used to the 30 pin adapter, and as such, may already have accessories that fit this, such as a speaker dock. Well, none of those can be used with this, unless you splash out on a converter. The 7th Gen (as is the same with the newer iPhones) uses the Lightning adapter, which is far smaller and features as a tiny rectangular slot at the bottom of the iPod. The headphone jack is to the bottom left and remains the same. It's just the ability to connect your iPod to a laptop, docking station, speakers etc, that changes. This is a bit of a nuisance in my opinion and just gives Apple another way of scrounging money from loyal Apple users. More on that later.
... The Main Features ...
This boasts plenty of features that you'd expect from the iPod, though I haven't used them all. I bought this primarily for the music aspect, and then found the built-in fitness app to be a little bonus. So, to quickly summarize :
* Bluetooth 4.0 - this means you can wirelessly connect to headphones, car audio or speakers. I haven't actually used this yet as I have no Bluetooth enabled accessories, but it's definitely tempting to get rid of some wires!
* Widescreen video (standard definition).
* Multi-touch widescreen display - for instance, when viewing pictures you can pinch and zoom, as you would on a smartphone.
* Genius Playlist.
* 16GB of storage space for your media.
* In-built Nike+ - if you have the accessories for this then you can do far more than what I use it for, recording all sorts of data and uploading it, sharing it, etc. I use this to play a 'running' playlist and tell me how far I've been running / how long I've been going etc. It has voice playback so rather than stopping and having to read the screen, a woman politely tells you your stats.
* Accessibility features - I've not used this, but those with disabilities may find some features very helpful in giving them easier access to audiobooks and music media.
... The Screen ...
The screen has a 240 x 432-pixel resolution at 202 pixels p/inch. The colours and images are crystal clear, bold and sharp. Whilst the screen is still pretty small, it is able to fit 6 icons on the opening screen to take you to different applications. I've found the touchscreen sensitivity to be spot on, meaning I don't have to jab my fingers on the screen 10 times for it to do something, nor does it go crazy at the lightest touch. I have quite small hands so I find using it to be comfortable, though I will admit that selecting smaller options or tracks may be a tad more fiddly if you have larger fingers or aren't particularly gentle on the touchscreen.
... Usability ...
As with other Apple products I've used or tried before, the usability of this is fab. It's generally simple and easy to get to grips with, being quite self-explanatory. Getting around is very straightforward, with the starter screen showing all of the main places you may want to get to (ie. Music, photo, Nike+). To see more apps and options, simply slide across.
Turning this on and off is just a case of holding down the small button on the top right. This is for properly shutting down the iPod. To turn the screen off so you don't touch buttons by accident or to put it to 'sleep', you just press the button once without holding it down. The use of the side buttons for selection and sound adjustment is intuitive, so it's easy to make changes to your tracks or volume whilst on the go. Similarly, changing screens or music using the touchscreen is quick, so I don't have to stop for 5 minutes whilst running to put on a different song or ramp up the volume.
Getting music or other media on to the device is as per other Apple devices, going via iTunes. I'm still not a fan of iTunes but it's been as expected when using this with the Nano, syncing which tracks I want and then going on to the iPod to create playlists. Connecting to my laptop is easy enough with the Lightning to USB cable supplied with the iPod.
... The Music & Media ...
Using the music player is a breeze and again, very intuitive. You can use the touchscreen for quickly starting, stopping, pausing and changing tracks. It enables searching for music in different ways, such as by artist or album. Playlists can also be made up easily by creating a new one and simply going through your music and selecting which tracks you want. Playback is smooth and the sound quality is great, even with my lower-end of the budget JVC Gummy in-ears. Once a song is selected to play, you can see the cover artwork, and you have the option of going back a few screens and looking around at other music or media without the music stopping.
The Nano also features 'Genius Mixes' so you can go to sync your tracks, then tap 'Genius Mixes' and it will pick out tracks to play that you haven't heard in a while. Not something I'm fussed about using, bit a nifty little feature for rediscovering some forgotten music.
With 16GB of storage, this teeny tiny piece of tech can store plenty of media. I've been super happy with being able to shove a load of music on to this, where as previously I've been limited to carefully selecting albums on an 8GB Touch. You can choose to put music, video, podcasts and/or photos on here, though I tend to use this predominantly for music. Either way, there's plenty of space for your goodies.
... In The Box ...
The Nano comes with the newly designed white earbuds, your usual starter guide, a Lightning to USB adapter (for connecting to your laptop to charge the device or sync music from iTunes) and the iPod. It's a teeny tiny box, neatly packed and very Apple-esque.
... The problems ...
I've not actually had any technical difficulties, nor do I have any complaints to make about the design or build of the Nano. I've been very happy with it overall. I still don't much like iTunes, but that's another argument! The only thing that bugs me, as I'm sure it bugs many others with newer models of iPods and iPhones, is the Lightning connector. I found I couldn't use my Gear4 speaker dock unless I had an adapter. Having scoured the internet, I saw some for just a couple of quid. Perfect, except these cheap versions and unofficial ones do not allow for the playback of music. If you have a dock that only charges, then they may work and save you some pennies. However, to play back music in a speaker dock (or any speaker system you connect to), you need the official Lightning to 30 pin Adapter. Guess what? That'll set you back £25-30! Cheeky and unnecessary, this seems to be another rouse for Apple to keep it in the family; loyal consumers have to keep buying Apple-only and pay the price for the privilege to use products that they will otherwise be unable to use. The products compatible with Lightning connectivity are still quite limited and pricey, however, so I found that £26 (bought from Amazon) on the small connector was a better buy than throwing away my old speaker dock and forking out £80 for a new one.
... The Verdict ...
For a sleek, slim MP3 player, the Nano 7th Gen is very impressive. I've not had any problems or faults with mine and I've been very happy with the ease of use, looks, features and music playback. For 16GB, it's also reasonably priced. The only pain is the Lightning adapter, but aside from that this is definitely one I'd recommend for media on the go. It gets 4 stars because I don't think that videos are really worthwhile watching on this small screen and I'm irritated by the new Lightning adapter, but other than that, the music element I am very pleased with.
Can be bought for £109.99 (Amazon) in slate. Other colours available.
Selling for £129 on the official Apple website.
Firstly, I am a music-lover. Maybe even a music-addict. Above that, I'm a music producer. It's no wonder I'm very specific about sound requirements. It can be difficult to find the right sound with MP3 players. Regardless of how expensive your headphones are or how superb the sound quality is, some MP3 players are really that bad and no type of headphones could give you a good enough sound.
Luckily, Apple didn't disappoint. It is equipped with a phenomenal equalizer to suit any preference - even my perfectionist taste! Therefore you have complete control over your sound. The portable device boasts limitless audio and video playback options (MP3, AAC, Protected AAC, Audible, Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV, MP4, H.264 and MOV), JPEG image viewer and even a built-in speaker. With its massive 16GB data capacity you won't have to worry about running out of space for years. So far so good and yet there's still much more. It's very simple to navigate through its many features and easy to grasp. I was shocked by how light it was... one might accidentally forget it is in their hand. It is thin and very slick in appearance.
For someone who is willing to spend a lot, this is one hundred per cent for you. It's not even that expensive for the average earner - it's £104.95. I love it as you may have noticed by my appraisal. I can't stop listening to music because of it.
Received an iPod nano for my birthday in may, after owning an original Nano it was amazing to see how far they had come since. I have a 16gb silver Nano.
First thing I noticed was how light the item was. Really felt like nothing was in your pocket which is great if you use the iPod when running or doing exercise as I do. The menu seemed clearly set out and simple to use. I plugged the Nano into the computer and was quickly able to upload my music onto the iPod, as usual with iTunes this was quick and easy. The audio jack in the bottom of the iPod is something I wasn't used to, took me a minute to find. As soon as I started playing the music I loved it, the headphones and iPod were loud enough to use in a noisy place, but didn't lose quality when turned up high. Its safe to say I was very pleased first up.
The radio feature is one that I didn't have on my old iPod but was a welcomed introduction. Great for if the footie is on the radio or you fancy listening to the charts if you are out and about. Another great features is the Nike + fitness. I have a pair of Nike running trainers integrated with Nike + so the app is perfect for logging my exercise activities, I definitely didn't expect the iPod to have that on it! The music features are very detailed with album, artist, playlist, year, songs.... You can organise your music exactly how you like.
The battery life seems great on the iPod which is handy for those longer journeys where a plug in inaccessible.
The screen is responsive and the iPod seems robust enough.
The use of the smaller apple adapter for charging makes a lot of my apple products such as charging docks, speakers etc obsolete which is a shame.
If you enjoy listening to music the iPod Nano is for you, I prefer it to my iPhone just because of the size and weight. I would recommend the iPod Nano to a friend over any mp3 player I have used before.
I received this as a birthday present after breaking my last iPod.
This is a really nice sleek ipod that is very lightweight and could easily be forgotten that its in your pocket.
he ear pods that come with this ipod are amazing and so much better than the old earphones that came with previous ipods.
it has lots of storage and so as a result holds loads of music.. i listen to mine for hours every day and the battery life is great, never had a problem with it running out(unless i forget to charge it) and i love the genius mix facility as i hate listening to one album at a time but often want to listen to certain types of music .
love the nike+ it means that i can keep track of all my fitness activity which is great.
the only bad thing about it is that i liked the belt clip on the 6th gen ipod.. i wish there was one on this .
the other thing to note is that this has the new lightening connection and isn't compatible with all older style ipod chargers
Dimensions 76.5 by 39.6 by 5.4 mm and only 31 grams
Storage 16 GB
High quality re-designed EarPods
FM radio, bluetooth and pedometer
2.5-inch Multi-Touch display
Genius Playlist ability
I literally use my Apple iPod Nano everyday, and I don't think that I could have bought a better music player. I do not like big, bulky music players that need to be clipped to a belt or fit awkwardly in a pocket, so the Apple iPod Nano was the right choice for me. I use it everyday for at least two hours to pass the time on my train ride to work. I have used it during travel to listen to both music and audio books, and I also use it to block out my mother-in-law (haha, but really!) It has an incredibly slim design, a very large screen and it is incredibly user friendly. The only downside to this device is that, because of it's size, it is very easy to forget that it is in your pocket, but that really is a non-issue. I would recommend this to anyone who likes to listen to music on a daily basis, pass time on long car, train or plain rides, or just block out annoying mother-in-laws.
After about ten years of owning an original iPod Nano, and it finally breaking, I've decided that I would come back to the present day and upgrade.
For me there just seems to be too much screen. It kinda scares me thinking that I might break it. The screen doesn't feel like it's very thick, like it did on the older models. Maybe this is because of the fact that it has the touch screen feature and so needs to be able to transfer heat through from your finger?
Other than that, I love my new Nano. The new interface is much easier to use, with the larger rounded buttons for all of the different options. I think it's also great how the operating system comes with Nike Fitness pre-installed so that you can link it up to your trainers (although I'm not sure why you'd want to do that). The new design is also a much better fit to my hand. When I grip it, it just seems to fill the gap, whereas my old nano didn't because it was just too long (god knows why they called them nano back then).
Anyway, to recap, this is a brilliant piece of kit, the screen just feels a bit bendy at times.
Why did I do it? Since my (and it was one of the originals!) old iPod broke a few years ago, I have tried other makes of music player, always tempted by the fact that they were considerably cheaper, and seemed to offer similar music quality. But after all the difficulties involved in transferring music to them, and then finding it on poorly designed menus, I splashed out again for a new iPod Nano.
What a joy it was to have a device that fits so easily into the hand, to have a menu that is both clear and logical and to have it synchronize so effortlessly with my computer. I only wish I had bought one earlier.
It feels like a quality device, which of course you would expect from Apple. The screen has just the right amount of sensitivity/ responsiveness. I will only use it for music, so cannot comment on video playback etc, but I am sure the bluetooth will come in useful. And before I forget the newly designed "ear buds" give a sound quality on par with my very expensive headphones.
1. Dimensions 76.5 by 39.6 by 5.4 mm and only 31 grams
2. Storage 16 GB
3. High quality re-designed EarPods
4. FM radio, bluetooth and pedometer
5. 2.5-inch (diagonal) widescreen Multi-Touch display
6. In-built Nike+
7. Widescreen video
8. Genius Playlist ability
It's strengths are its simplicity of use and quality of music, especially through the new EarBuds.
However, with its new connection, you will no be able to insert it into 3rd party accessories such as
speaker systems. However, you will be able to purchase bluetooth speakers to work with t if you wish.
Until now I had only used my smartphone to store my music, but as may space was running out, I thought it would be a good idea to invest in an MP3 player. As I expected, there was a huge amount of choice, devices specialising in various different things, but I managed to narrow down my selection to the iPod series. What could my eye was the iPod Touch, with its touch functionality, sleek design, and use of iOS, but it is quite expensive, and I don't want anything to simply do what my smartphone does. I also saw the iPod Classic, which has an incredible 160GB to use, but is quite expensive, and I would not need that much space. So I saw the Nano, touch functionality, small, slick, and with enough space for my music.
I customized it online, very quickly and simply, black and graphite, and I bought it. When it arrived, it came in a nice, small, slick package, with the Nano wrapped in a thin protective plastic, a charger and adapter, a few booklets, and Apple's earpods. I had no desire to use the earpods, but I tried them out to test their comfort and sound. For any non-audiophile, I feel they are up to scratch, quite comfortable, and crisp, clear sound, but it has little bass, and that is one of the things I look for in earphones.
I connected the iPod to my computer, installed iTunes, and imported all my music to my library before syncing. It was surprisingly quick, downloading my entire library in around ten minutes. The sound quality was perfect through my own personal earphones.
It fits perfectly in your pocket, it is very small and hard to notice, doesn't get hot, and has a massive battery life. This is a very good MP3 player, but, I do feel that there are cheaper options out there that will give the same quality, or even better. Just remember to not pay for the brand, but for the quality.
Apple ipod Nano 7
I was given one of these for Christmas this year, or last year, I should say. My MP3 player got smashed to bits after I got attacked by four blokes trying to steal my English Cocker Spaniel 'Jessie'. So I basically wanted a replacement; not Jessie, thankfully, a new MP3 player. I'm not one for iPods or iPhones or any super expensive gadget that just does what my laptop does and a lot less. OK so I don't want to take my laptop on a bus or tram but I don't want to be messin about watching videos and browsing the internet while I am travelling either; I mean, just what is the point? I must confess to finding people who are glued to phones and gadgets while they are out or on public transport, really annoying.
Anyway, this 'gadget' is about the size of a cash card and just 5.4mm thick. It is the thinnest iPod on the market, which makes it even easier to carry around and equally as easy to lose. The 2.5-inch Multi-Touch screen is nearly twice as big as the display on the previous iPod Nano, so you can view your photographs and videos on a much better scale. The buttons are easy to use and easy to work out how to use and they let you play, pause, change songs, or adjust the volume. It feels really smooth to the touch and looks good, which also makes it a target for pick-pockets.
There is a genius mode on it which I think is pants. If you're listening to a song you love and you want to hear other songs of the same ilk you can just tap Genius. It is supposed to find other songs on iPod Nano that go great together and then put them into a genius play list. You can also go to iTunes and create a genius mix and transfer it to your Nano. The genius or not so genius lists are ludicrous and are so random and off hat that they are sometimes laughable. So they are really not genius but just randomly chosen tracks.
With it having a sixteen gigabyte memory you can store a hell of a lot of music on it, but again, to me at least, what is the point? People will say but it is great to take on holiday. Why would you want to listen to music on your holiday? OK, in all fairness, it is good to have on the plane if it is a long journey, but if it is a long journey then you usually have on board entertainment anyway and I suppose it is Ok if you want to lie on the beach all day, but you could lie around listening to music at home; get off your backside and enjoy yourself.
The iPod Nano 7th generation machine now has Bluetooth 4.0 built in. You can now use microphones and earphones with Bluetooth capabilities for better sound. It is a good thing to have because it makes it wireless and one thing I hate is wires getting tangled. I can lay a pair of headphones on a table overnight and wake up the next morning to find them as tangled as drunken, blind snake in a pitchfork.
The sound itself is really good and crystal clear. I daresay that this is down to the new and tested earPods but I couldn't comment on what it sounds like with different earphones or speakers. it would probably vary from model and make. You can transfer or upload MP4's and MP3's to your machine and the download speed is quite good although this can vary with internet traffic and the strength of your internet connection.
Should you not be interested in the Bluetooth capability then the iPod comes with new ear-pod earphones that have been specially designed and tested to fit your ears better than ever before. I went along to a university to attend one of the testing sessions. I was sitting waiting at a desk with around two hundred other people and then out of nowhere came this enormous iPod Nano 7th generation phone. It was actually a person dressed in a big rubber suit. Well I say person; it was actually a celebrity that ipod had hired for the day for promotional reasons. I say celebrity but I'd hardly call having appeared in Baywatch, Knight Rider and over a thousand supermarket openings the stuff of legend. He sat down next to me with that slimy grin and it was then I realised I'd rather eat a fistful of wild bees than be sat where I was. The alarm on my girlfriend's iPhone woke me up from my terrible dream and I'm sure it was louder than normal? Maybe it was jealous of me dreaming about the iPod?
The one thing I do like on the machine is the power cord or charger/usb cord. It has a twin end so that you don't spent excruciatingly annoying minutes trying to plug it in at the right end.
I actually found that after about a month I wasn't using it, hardly at all. I can do everything it does and more on my laptop as mentioned earlier and I don't listen to music while out as I think it is both dangerous and ignorant.
I ended up giving it to my girlfriend because she likes to work out as she is trying to lose weight. The iPod Nano 7 is really good when it comes to working out as it has a built in Nike+ support and a pedometer. You don't need to wear any special kit or place any receptor pads on yourself. The Bluetooth capability allows you to link up your heart rate with your headphones or by holding the iPod itself. When you have finished you can go to nikeplus.com to track your daily goals. You can also compare your routine and your efforts with that of your friends and other Nano users. My girlfriend has found it really helpful and gets motivated with her favourite music at hand to work out to.
2.5-inch (diagonal) widescreen Multi-Touch display.
240-by-432-pixel resolution at 202 pixels per inch.
3.01 By 1.56 by 0.21 inches (76.5 by 39.6 by 5.4 mm)--the thinnest iPod ever made.
It only weighs 1.1 ounces (31 grams), so it is light to carry.
Boxed-product Weight: 454 g.
Bluetooth version 4.2.
Easy to use control pad for playing music, audio books and podcasts.
Built-in pedometer, Bluetooth, FM radio with Live Pause.
Includes Apple Ear Pods.
Walk, run (spoken feedback included without the need for the Nike+ iPod Sport Kit)
Widescreen video. Standard definition but larger than past models.
Accessibility features that help people with disabilities enjoy music and audiobooks
Genius Playlist functionality.
It's a good machine if that's your bag but to me it reeks of manufactured commercialism. It does have its good points and can be a helpful aid in workouts and if you like taking music around with you and are oblivious to big metal things that hurt when they hit you; then it should cover all bases.
I personally wouldn't waste my own money on one but that's not to say it isn't a useful gadget. Before anyone labels me a technophobe, I would like to say in my defence that I own two laptops, five different DVD players and three game consoles, along with my standard mobile phone and a few other machines. So I am all for technology but it has to feel relevant to me. It is a good little machine but I don't need one and I don't think it is an essential buy. Compared to other iPods it is probably at the top of the range.
I think the target market are teenagers or people on the move who don't do things like listen to music and watch videos at home, so for them it is a great gadget. I just feel sorry for the parents having to fork out for one and then having their child tell them it was stolen at school a week later. I say buy them a tub of Lego instead as the bank of Mom and Dad don't do expensive, hyped-up accessories, whether or not Brandy, Mandy and Candy have one.
I give the iPod Nano 7 three out of five stars because it is well made and even though it is all about the money it does do what it says on the tin.
Mork would've probably thought it was Shazbot!
Audio Playback / Image Viewer / Video Playback / Audio Formats: MP3, AAC, Protected AAC, Audible, Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV / Picture Format: JPEG / Video Formats: MP4, H.264, MOV / Functions: Battery Level Indicator, Diashow, Display Backlight, Equalizer, ID3-Tag, Built-in Speaker, Volume Limiter, RDS, Keylock, G-Sensor, Radio / Connections: Headphones / Series: Apple iPod nano / Power Supply: Internal battery / Battery Life (Audio): 30 h / Battery Life (Video): 3.5 h / Recharge time: 3h / Dimensions: 76,5 x 39,6 x 5,4 mm / Weight: 31 g