PC Mag Editor’s Pick: Apple’s new iPod nano – ‘‘an excellent product, slim, attractive, easy to use’

“My [2G iPod nano] test unit is an 8GB model (which I ordered online the day it was announced and received the very next morning!), so it has a matte black finish, which picks up tons of fingerprints. Measuring 0.3 by 3.5 by 1.6 inches and weighing 1.4 ounces, the tiny player feels slightly smaller in the hand than the previous nano, partly because of the iPod-like rounded sides. The LCD screen is still the same size and resolution as the old nano (1.5 inches diagonal, 176 by 132 pixels), but Apple says it is 40 percent brighter. I looked at the new model’s screen next to my old 4GB nano, and it does indeed look significantly brighter. The click wheel hasn’t changed except that the center select button is now slightly concave. The hold switch is still on top, and the dock connector and headphones jack are still on the bottom,” Mike Kobrin reports for PC Magazine.

Kobrin reports, “The iPod nano supports AAC, protected AAC, Apple Lossless, MP3, AIFF, WAV, and Audible formats. It also supports JPEG, BMP, TIFF, PNG, and GIF photos, as well as PSD files (Mac only), all of which are optimized in iTunes before they are transferred to the iPod nano.”

Kobrin reports, “The second-gen iPod nano is an excellent product. It is slim, attractive, sturdy, and easy to use, not to mention the excellent integration with iTunes. But more important, the sound quality is very good… it supports lossless compression and gapless playback, and it, according to Apple, has better-than-average battery life. It’s priced the same as the only other 8GB flash player currently on the market, though the Sansa e280 has significantly more features. But at least you can get the FM tuner functionality via the Apple Radio Remote, albeit at an extra cost [US$49].”

Full review here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Island Girl” for the heads up.]

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21 Comments

  1. I wouldn’t mind an FM Tuner, if I lived in the US I wouldn’t care but radio in the UK is actually good. That said, you can get the radio attachment but that uses up the dock connector port. As such you couldn’t, for example, use it alongside the nike running kit.

  2. An iPod with iPod-like features! Whodathunkit?

    I played with the Sansa. Not terrible, but there’s no way I’d buy it. It’s got a thin plastic protruding ring encircling the buttons to act as a scroll wheel. I suppose it’s the best job at working with what’s left in the design/function leftover bin. I’m glad Apple matched price per storage size.

  3. G-Spank wrote: What cracks me up is these people still mention about an FM tuner. Who the f*ck wants an FM tuner? How many FM tuners has Apple sold? I’d bet it’s one of Apple’s least successful products.

    I would buy it. Not for the radio, but for the remote.

    I have a 40GB 3G iPod which came with a remote in the box. I listen on shuffle and if there’s a song I want to skip, I just click the remote. I don’t need to look at it. It’s clipped inside my jacket and I know which buttons do what.

    I bought a nano the day they came out. Didn’t come with a remote and wasn’t available for a couple of months. Within a couple of weeks, my inside jacket pocket was getting ruined because I had to keep getting the nano out to change tracks or adjust the volume. I gave the nano away and still use my original iPod.

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