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According to Apple the iPod Nano is the most successful portable music player in history.

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Pros

Ridiculously thin

37 agree

Now plays video with a high quality screen

27 agree

Good capacity and features for the price

27 agree

Feels just right in your hand.

27 agree

Cover flow is awesome

18 agree

good gui

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long battery life

13 agree
  • Only 3 words are allowed.
Cons

Battery still not user replaceable.

26 agree

The backside is very easily scratched.

22 agree

More expensive than competitors with similar features

17 agree

Cover flow is choppy due to less powerful processor

12 agree

The "manual" is a joke

11 agree

Chubby form factor looks lame

10 agree

Some units have a crooked screen (~2mm slant)

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screen freezes

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the position of the hold switch is more cumbersome at the bottom

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  • Only 3 words are allowed.
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According to Apple the iPod Nano is the most successful portable music player in history. Up until now the device lacked many of the features found in its bigger sibling. The new generation of iPod Nanos remain smaller, thinner but now include video playback and photo viewing features. To accommodate the new display intensive features the form factor of the Nano is substantially different. Known on the street as the "phatpod" the new Nano is wider and stubbier with dimensions coming in at a boxy 2.75 inches high and 2.06 inches wide. The thickness is reduced to a depth of 0.26 inches, or 6.5mm.

The Nano's screen at 320x240 is the same resolution as the fifth generation iPod Video and the iPod Classic. At a screen size of 2.0" Apple states that the Nano's pixel density is the highest in the world. All iPod compatible videos and photos are viewable on the Nano and are accessed with the new "Enhanced" user interface. Apple has upgraded the interface to make full use of the extra screen real estate. Now there is more information and graphics displayed when browsing through the music, photo, and video library. The unique Cover Flow navigation system where you "flip" between albums is also a new addition.

Similar to the bigger iPods custom games are supported on the Nano. Three different games are bundled with the device stored in the memory, with more games available for purchase from the iTunes store.

Despite the new form factor the Nano retains the same data connection port making it compatible with all current iPod accessories. Furthermore a new arm band will be released for runners to use with the Nike + iPod Sport Kit.

Apple rates the battery life for the Nano at 24 hours for audio playback, and 5 hours for video.

iPod Nano Versions
  • 4GB version retails for $149 and comes in only one color: silver.
  • 8GB version retails for $199 and comes in five different colors: black, red, silver, blue, and green.
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Bruce Thom
09/11/2009 01:29

Overpriced and overrated - the Sandisk 8gig is head & shoulders above the 3rd gen nano. Does more for less outlay, accepts generic recharger (the iPod needs a dedicated Apple charger) and generic cases. Easier to download CDs from Windows Media Player. A great con job by Apple

Cybernaut
10/01/2008 04:06

I picked mine up through Woot for $ 99 - I just use it for podcasts only.

Bruce Thom
07/02/2008 09:09

Overpriced and overrated - the Sandisk 8gig is head & shoulders above the 3rd gen nano. Does more for less outlay, accepts generic recharger (the iPod needs a dedicated Apple charger) and generic cases. Easier to download CDs from Windows Media Player. A great con job by Apple

Bobparker
06/05/2008 08:51

The video is real clear for how small it is. Looking at Vodcasts gave it an almost 3d effect (the talking body in front of the green screen) with the sharpness. Software/syncing is different from the old 'nano' and shuffle. One of the more intersting points is that each device and desktop-iTunes sort differently (where the capitals go, where digits (1,2,3,...) sort, how it handles throw-away ('the'...) - trying to find pod casts can be a challenge. Overall if you like iTunes, and don't need the whole library in one device - this does the job well after 2 weeks for me as an upgrade to the Shuffle (18 months).

Wolfmaan
05/26/2008 05:27

I currently run Linux Fedora Core, an alternative to your standard Windows operating system. I won an iPod Nano 4gb in a contest.

The iPod's size is very impressive. Very small, and very capable.

The only thing I might recommend for the iPod is the otterbox protective case if you are the rugged Indiana Jones type because you will quickly destroy the unit. http://www.otterbox.com
iPod has a nice, sleek, and relatively easy to use interface, and has excellent sound playback quality, even with stock earbuds.

To make iPod 3rd generation work with Fedora Linux, you have to modify a few internal files in the iPod which took about an hour including learning how to do it and make it work with Linux media players like gtkpod and Amarok.

Hipotecas
01/14/2008 11:34

cheap, bad service, use-unfriendly, expensive, featureless. GET A SANSA VIEW. BUt its still got tons o fake accessories so its AWSOME right?

Krynsky
10/17/2007 02:32

This is the first Ipod I have owned...I was holding out for a small version like this with a nice color screen that played video. This fit the bill and I love it.

Aspade
10/04/2007 04:06

I bought this for my gf and it's great other than the fact that the wheel is a little too small for my fingers. lol

Amanie
09/06/2007 12:11

Ok, so the iPod Nano has gone video. Uh...yeah, I definitely want one!

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