Apple iPod Nano Review

By Paul Riegler on 1 December 2010
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How small can a touchscreen MP3 player get?  True to its name, the latest Apple iPod Nano is also Apple’s smallest to date, measuring a mere 1.5” square and 0.35” thick.  Available in seven colors (blue, gray, green, orange, pink, red, and silver), it comes with a clip (similar to the iPod Shuffle) and is available in 8 GB and 16 GB versions.

Apple should be applauded for designing such an easy-to-use interface on such a small device as well as for the excellent battery life (24 hours!).   Simply tap or swipe the 1.54” multi-touch display (with 240×240 resolution) and you are up and running.

The new Nano is almost half the size and weight (only 21 g) of the previous-generation device, but it’s lost a bit of functionality while on that diet.  With a primary focus on music, the video camera is gone as are video playback and rental capabilities.  Click-wheel games are gone, as is the click-wheel interface.  There are just three buttons, namely volume up, volume down, and power/sleep.

Notable features include Genius Mixes, the ability to create and edit playlists, a built-in FM tuner with live pause, and Shake to Shuffle, which allows users to shake the device resulting in the playback of a different song in the music library.

For the business traveler who wants his music on the go, the tiny iPod Nano may be the perfect gift.

$149 (8 GB)/$179 (16 GB) at

-Paul Riegler is Technology Editor at Executive Road Warrior.

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