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Apple iPod nano review | Rating & Conclusion

Published on: Sunday, November 30th 2008                   Written by: Martijn Kooijman - Photography by: Mark Peters

Apple iPod nano functions

Apple iPod nano functions

Extra functions on the iPod nano

No matter how thin and small this fourth generation iPod is, the music player features a large number of extras. Alarm, calendar, clock, notes, to mention only a few of these. 'Clocks' as the function is called, enables watching the actual time in a large number of countries, calendar speaks for itself and in addition to the alarm function, the nano also features a stopwatch. And as if this weren't enough, you can also play games on the nano. The famous Solitaire game is available, as well as another one that uses the motion sensor. More games are downloadable upon payment at the iTunes store. This iPod nano lacks a voice recorder and radio. Each and every one of these functions is very nice and it will be a surprise for many users to find all these on such a small device.

Apple iPod nano with USB connection

Apple iPod nano with USB connection

Stand-by time of the iPod nano

Charging the iPod nano is enabled via the included USB cable or through an adapter (sold separately). A fully charged nano should last for 24 hours of music listening and 4 hours of video playing, according to the specifications. These figures are quite correct if you don't do anything else but listen to music or play a video. However, when you search the menu for a while, or when you play some games out of boredom, or view the calendar, the battery-life drops drastically. Charging of the iPod nano is quite fast; it takes 1.5 hours to charge 80% of the battery and approximately 3 hours for a fully charged iPod nano.

 

iPod nano review rating

T he latest iPod nano has all you’d expect of an iPod. Each and every functionality of previous models has been integrated in the nano plus some nice extras such as cover-flow, games etc. The fourth generation Apple iPod nano features a beautiful oblong design that has an immediate perfect hand-fit and a good feel to it. The sound is excellent; it is only at higher volumes that it loses some of its quality. One thing I noticed about the housing is that it is rather scratch-prone. No matter how careful you treat your iPod nano; without a pouch it is bound to collect scratches. The iTunes program works extremely closely with Apple products such as the iPod, making it a piece of cake to synchronize your iPod with your computer. A more than welcoming feature is the 8GB or even 16GB of flash memory that this iPod nano offers. On the whole, the iPod nano is a media player of the highest ranking, proven again by this generation. On to the next generation!

Apple iPod nano review

 

iPod nano USB connection

iPod nano USB connection

Positive [+]

• Beautiful design
• Functional
• Many nice extras
• Extremely flat device
• 8GB or 16GB storage

iPod nano manual

iPod nano manual

Negative [-]

• Scratch-prone
• Loss of sound quality at high volumes

iPod nano navigation ring

iPod nano navigation ring

Review score %

• Test score : 95%
• Excellent !

 
 
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