CNET iPod nano review: ‘Sets new standards, stretches boundaries of tech, Apple’s done it again’

“Just when you thought Apple’s standard iPod was overly saturating the public consciousness, Steve Jobs and company pull another beauty from the company’s bushel,” James Kim writes for CNET. “The Apple iPod Nano sets new standards for gadget design and stretches the boundaries of technology. It’s the world’s first 4GB flash player, yet it’s also one of the thinnest. Plus, it boasts a bright color screen that takes advantage of the bigger iPod’s photo capabilities. Throw in some ancillary improvements, and you have not only the latest MP3 player phenom but a glance into the future.”

CNET Ratings:
– Design 9
– Features 8
– Performance 8

Kim writes, “Apple’s done it again. By virtue of a sweet design backed by forward-thinking tech (the first 4GB flash player; a photo-friendly color screen), Apple will keep its ball rolling swiftly into the holiday season. The Nano’s capacity will turn off many experienced MP3 fans, but we have a feeling that newbies will flock to the next big thing and help maintain Apple’s 74 percent U.S. market share for all digital audio players.”

Read CNET’s full review of Apple’s iPod nano 4GB here.

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  1. you kidding? i’m betting the percentage will go even higher… for once, the ipod is CHEAPER than its competitors.

    MW = third …. microsoft’s best offering will be a distant 3rd to apples flash and hardrive players

  2. Nice to have the economies of scale on our side for once. The nano is super sexy and I sure would like to have one. I may have to hold off a bit tho, got a new PowerMac and a shuffle recently and have a 30 gig 3G iPod from before that I just replaced the battery on (by myself yet ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”cool smile” style=”border:0;” /> the hardest part was getting it open and back closed of course)

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    Maybe for Christmas tho, just cuz the thing is so damn cool.

  3. I think it says it all that the only chance other manufacturers have of making any relative gains in the hard-drive player market is when apple move a significant portion of their range out of it. Sadly for them (no-one else cares) they probably won’t make any gains.

  4. I’m surprised that no one in the press has caught on to the fact that a lot of Nano owners are complaining about how easily the product scratches.

    Some have even returned their Nano for a Mini due to the over top wear problem even from just handling the unit during normal use.

    I checked the Nano out last week and was immediately turned off by how scratched up the demo units were.

    Bought a new Mini instead since I couldn’t handle owning a $250.00 product that looked like it had been buffed with steel wool a month after I bought it.

  5. The one nitpick I’d have is he when he writes:

    “The iPod Nano has no moving internal parts, so it’s an ideal fitness companion. It’s definitely not as rugged as the LCD-less iPod Shuffle, but thanks to the sturdy steel backside, it can hold its own in terms of durability. However, the device could be bent in half under certain circumstances.”

    The Arstechnica guys ran over the nano with a car. Twice. And though the screen was busted, the nano was still playing tunes.

    Under what “certain circumstances” could the nano be “bent in half?”

    Sure, if you take an anvil and a pair of blacksmith’s pliers to it, you could bend it in half. How often to those “certain circumstances” come up with this author? And how many competing products work fine under these circumstances?

    That line just blows my mind.

  6. James Kim always looks like a fuckstick shill-for-hire when I see his tech reviews..

    But he works for CNET, so I know what puts food on his table…promoting everything and anything pro-MS.. even if it means lying about how great WMA players are…

  7. Too expensive for me. Will cost me $2k to upgrade my PowerBook to a new model capable of syncing proprely with a nano. It may be innovative but by limiting it to USB2 Apple just abandoned a big slice of the market to the competition – not very clever. First big Apple mistake in the game so far.

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