Apple iPod nano

Apple's smallest, cheapest iPod gets a bigger screen and nifty built-in features

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Pros

  • New watch faces are nice
  • Built-in fitness features work well
  • It's still a great portable music player

Cons

  • Upgrades from last model are minor at best

Bottom Line

Apple has made a (very) minor upgrade to the iPod nano with the addition of some new watch faces in the Clock app, and extra features for the Nike+ fitness app. A cynic would say the new model doesn't offer any advantages for existing iPod owners, but the slightly lower price tag and extra features mean that we continue to think of the iPod nano as an excellent and simple portable music player.

Would you buy this?

It's not as popular as the iPhone 5, and it's not as exciting as the iPod touch, but the new Apple iPod nano deserves its time in the sun: it's the thinnest iPod ever, and has the largest display ever used in this particular pint-sized media player.

The new iPod nano's screen is 2.5 inches in size in a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio. It's multi-touch, which should mean touchscreen commands like swiping and pinching work properly.

It's got a redesigned operating system that isn't quite iOS 6. Like the last nano, it runs a cut-down version that looks familiar, but doesn't have the same functionality as the full-fat version you see on the iPod touch and iPhone. It's changed to a rounded icon layout, and the etching on the home button changes from a round-cornered-square to a circle too.

It's in built-in convenience features that the iPod nano makes its biggest steps forward. It's got integrated Bluetooth for syncing the appropriate wireless headphones, or portable speaker systems and car stereos. The integrated pedometer and Nike+ support means it's a good tool for keeping track of your daily fitness — although you won't be able to wear it like a watch like the old model.

It's got the longest battery life of any nano, despite the big screen and extra features. 30 hours of life is Apple's quoted figure for music playback. The new iPod nano comes in seven colours — cyan, green, yellow, pink, purple, white, and black.

The new iPod nano will cost $219 for the 16GB model and $279 for the 32GB model.

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