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Apple iPod nano review

Mark Peters
CES report
Friday 26th, December 2008
Posted by: Mark Peters

With a mere 6mm of depth, the fourth generation Apple iPod nano is extremely flat with a streamlined, oblong design and dimensions of 90 mm x 38 mm and a weight of 36 grams. Half of the front is covered by the 2 inch liquid crystal monitor featuring a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels. The other half carries the click-wheel, so very familiar for the iPod. This generation iPod nanos is available in several bright colors among which blue, green, yellow, red and purple. You can choose from the 8GB version and the 16GB flash memory version. This capacity suffices for approximately 2000 music songs for the 8GB version and 4000 music songs for the 16GB version. In the box you will find: the iPod nano, headset, USB 2.0 data cable, dock adapter and a 'Quick start' guide.

Apple iPod nano

Apple iPod review
The music quality of the new iPod nano is similar to that of its predecessors. And it is just what you’d expect from an Apple iPod. The included earplugs are simply fine; the music is excellent, bright and gives a full sound, whatever genre you're listening to. The volume of the nano allows for being turned up high, the limit can be set by the user him/herself. However, I found the music quality drops when the volume is turned up to the maximum. Not that this matters, since you will never turn the volume that high. All your favorite songs can be added to the on-the-go playlist, making them available for you to listen to at any time. New is the Genius option that sorts the same genre of music. By selecting the Genius option, you will have fitting music to listen to no matter which mood you are in! The supporting music formats on the Apple iPod nano are the following: AAC, AIFF, Apple Lossless, Audible, MP3, WAV, and Protected AAC.

Apple iPod Video function
This iPod nano boasts an integrated video player. Videos can be uploaded to the iPod via iTunes. The following video formats are supported by the iPod nano: M4V, MP4 and MOV formats. The video reproduction on the nano is beautiful; everything is rendered bright and clear. Personally however, I find the 2 inch monitor a tad too small to view an entire movie on it. It is nice though, to show that the iPod is able to do it and the videos are nice, however, you have to keep the device too close to your face in order to completely follow what is happening in the movie. Transferring files is enabled by QuickTime Pro. With it, you open a movie file, press on export and select the dedicated setting for the iPod. There are also many programs available specialized in converting of movie formats to a format that is supported by the iPod. And transferring files is also possible through iTunes, of course.

Apple iPod nano

Apple iPod nano review score
The 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. Read the full Apple iPod review at LetsGoMobile.

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