Apple iPod Nano - 5th Gen Review

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“The new iPod nano is absolutely fantastic. One of the...”

Written on: 19/02/2007 by thunder tiger (7 reviews written)

Good Points
The new Nano has a nice bright and vivid screen and the new shaped earphones are superb. They are extremely comfortable and have superb sound quality with the bass, the old style earphones would normally distort with nearly any track. The new design (I've heard people say it's "like a squashed iPod Mini" which is very true) looks amazing too.

Bad Points
I am quite disappointed with the lack of video playback. you would have though that being the new iPod they might have integrated a video player. I also think it seems a bit too delicate sometimes, I am always worrying about the screen or trying to be careful when sitting down.

General Comments
The new iPod nano is absolutely fantastic. One of the first thing I noticed when I took it out of apples brilliant new packaging was the sleek design. The new rounded style makes it much more comfortable to hold and it doesn't need cleaning every time you use it (like the old style nano which was a fingerprint magnet with its glossy design).

The new scroll wheel is fantastic too, it looks a lot nicer, probably because of the concave style 'select' button. It feels comfortable to press as it is shaped for your thumb to fit nicely into it...

The new earphones are incredible, They are extremely comfortable with the new 'ear friendly' shape and the sound is fantastic. The lows, mids and highs sound perfect. You can listen to a bassy track without the earphones distorting like the old style ones. Even with the EQ set to bass booster or Rock, the quality is still superb. 11/10 for the sound quality.

Pictures look great on the nano, but that smaller screen does make them harder to see, but it is still great for showing pictures to mates, I have heard loads of people really 'knocking' the nano for making pictures hard to see, and the screen isn't big enough etc, but I say, if you really want an iPod for showing photos, the you should buy the iPod Photo or the iPod Video.

The transfer speed with the firewire cable is amazing too, the latest version of iTunes converts and copies extremely fast. I was able to import 4 CDs into iTunes (87 Tracks) and they were converted and onto my nano in about 7 or 8 minutes.

Now one thing that I have found really disappointing with the nano is its battery life. On most of the adverts and even the apple website, They all say the battery life is around 12 hours, but I only get about 6 out of mine (now this is with using it for about 30 seconds every 20 minutes or so just to change a track or skip through a few songs. Apple test their ipod by fully charging it and then leaving the ipod playing and not touching it until the battery dies. The backlight is the main thing that really drains the battery) However, its not all bad as the iPod is fully charged from empty and ready to go in around 3 hours charge time.

Overall, the iPod Nano is an amazing piece of technology, even though it has its faults, the iPod is still the 'Choice' MP3 player for the majority of people because of the iPod's status. If you asked 100 MP3 player owners what MP3 player they had, I would say at least 90% of those people have iPods.

I would recommend the iPod to anyone because there is a different model for everyone (The photo, the video, the mini, the nano etc etc)

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