The Apple iPod Nano has entered into its 6th generation and this time it went through a complete makeover in terms of design and features. With the new ultra-compact form factor and the small multi-touch screen, the new iPod Nano is here to entertain you in different style. Let's take a close look at what it has and how good it is as a portable audio player.
Designand Features Apple has shrunk the slim player( 5th generation) into a squarish ultra compact player that measures just 37.5mm x 40.9 x 8.78 (mm) and it weighs just 21.1grams. Comparing to the 5th Generation, it is a completely different player in terms of desing. The clickwheel is gone and a small 1.54-inch TFT mutlitouch screen is dominating the front of the Nano's tiny cubic body. In terms of form factor alone, the iPod Nano falls into Shuffle category but has many impressive features which put it into Flash-based MP3 Player category.
The iPod Nano 6G comes in seven different colors and it has an aluminium body which makes the body strong and tough to withstand constant daily usage. It has a clip-on design like the iPod Shuffle and it attached to shirt sleeve firmly. The top of the player has buttons for power on/wake-up/hold and a volume rocker. These are metallic buttons that offer good tactile and distinctive feel. The bottom of the player sports a 3.5mm jack and an Apple's 30-pin dock-connector port for connecting the bundled Apple's proprietary data cable and any other compatible accesories.
There are 8GB and 16GB versions of the new Nano and reviewed here is the latter. The 1.54-inch TFT touchscreen has a 240 x 240 pixels resolution. But before we jump into all of its features, let's point out what's missing from this new iPod Nano comparing to its predecessor (Nano 5G). The new Nano no longer supports video be it a playback or recording. The camera is missing, so is the built-in speaker. There is no microphone for voice recording, no alarm clock, calendar, contacts and games. Despite all these, the new iPod Nano still offers healthy list of features if you look for an attractive ultra compact audio player. Audio playback support remains the same with MP3, AAC, Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV and Audible Audio. Genius Mixes features is also present. FM radio with Live Pause is inherited from the predecessor and with Live Pause you can pause and rewind up to 15 minutes of any station being aired. It also has a useful favorite feature which will let you bookmark any station you are tuned into.There is also a Photo Viewer that will let you view photos synched from iTunes on the player's touchscreen and further, you can display the photo on the TV from the Nano with the cable though the cable is not included in the package.
The Nano 6G has a built-in accelerometer which enables the player to support functions like Shake to Shuffle or to be used as a Pedometer. The built-in Pedometer application will let you track your activity and help you achieve goals as well. There is So, the new Nano will let you listen to audio, track your activity, tune into FM radio station and view photos. There is no apps support like iOS devices.