Apple iPod Nano
The second-generation Nano delivers top-notch audio, and has a brighter screen than its predecessor.
Like the first iteration of the iPod Nano, the 4GB second-generation Nano is small. It weighs 39.7 grams and measures roughly a quarter-inch thick--thin and light enough to be barely noticeable sitting in your shirt pocket. Its brushed metal case with rounded edges is arguably more stylish than the plastic case of the first-generation model.
Apple's signature scroll wheel has been shrunk to Nano-size proportions, but the wheel's smaller size doesn't impair navigation of the intuitive menus. The new Nano is better for viewing photos and video because it has a brighter screen than the first-generation model. Still, at just 1.5 inches, the screen isn't well suited for extended viewing.
What sets the Nano apart from its competitors is its high audio quality. In our tests, the Nano delivered great overall sound quality, earning a score of Superior. It reached the loudest level before reaching 1 percent distortion, and our test equipment measured a very high signal-to-noise ratio, meaning that the player introduces little hum or hiss into its audio. Also, its frequency response (how well it reproduced tones across an audio spectrum from 20 Hz to 20 kHz) was above the average. Though Apple's earbuds are better than those provided with many competing players, getting the most of the Nano's fidelity will require a better set. (Our tests measure the signal coming out of the headphone jack, not from the earbuds.) See a complete explanation of these tests.
Like other iPods, the Nano lacks some features that are common on competing players, such as a built-in microphone for voice recording, and an FM tuner. To make recordings, you'll need an optional dock or other accessory with a line-in jack because the Nano lacks one.
Because the headphone jack is located on the bottom of the player, you'll likely want to place the Nano upside-down in your pocket to avoid putting strain on the connection or cable. You can charge the player from your PC through the included USB cable. The Nano lasts an estimated 14 hours on a charge.
Of course, with the Nano you're locked into using Apple's iTunes software. Though iTunes is well integrated with the iTunes Music Store, this arrangement means you can't use a music subscription service such as Napster or Rhapsody. Nonetheless, if you consider these missing capabilities extras--as Apple apparently does--this fashionable player will deliver plenty to crow about, including great audio quality and a bright, high-resolution screen.
Join the newsletter!
Amazon Echo Dot with Clock (4th Gen)
WD My Passport™ SSD
LiTMUS LAB Dakota Side Table
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G
Bang and Olufsen Beosound Stage - Dolby Atmos Soundbar
Toys for Boys
Bose SoundLink Revolve Bluetooth Speaker
WD_BLACK™ SN850 NVMe™ SSD
Theragun PRO Percussive Therapy Device
Nakamichi Delta 100 3-Way Hi Fi Speaker System
ASUS ROG, ACRONYM partner for Special Edition Zephyrus G14
Sony Playstation 5
Sony WF-1000XM3 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones
Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean 9000 Toothbrush
Garmin vívofit® jr. 2
MSI Modern 14
Lego Mindstorms Robot Inventor
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit for Nintendo Switch
Fender Fullerton Ukele
Fujiflim Instax Square SQ1
SunnyBunny Snowflakes 20 LED Solar Powered Fairy String
Dickie Toy Remote Control Mega Crane Set
MSI GE66 Dragonshield Limited Edition
Teac 7 inch Swivel Screen Portable DVD Player
Kindle Paperwhite eReader (10th Gen)
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Google Pixel 5 Review: Soft Reboot
- 2 Sonos Arc review: The Main Event
- 3 Samsung Galaxy Z Flip review: Killer form-factor, lethal price-tag
- 4 Oppo A5Xs review: Cutting corners
- 5 Garmin Fenix 5 fitness tracker smartwatch review
Latest News Articles
- Apple TV will serve as hub for remotely controlling HomeKit devices
- Sony Smart B-Trainer headset gives runners vocal advice
- The iPod classic plays its last
- Apple iPod Touch pricing slashed by up to 25 per cent in Australia
- Apple shows off iPod touch, nano updates
PCW Evaluation Team
Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.
This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.
It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.
As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.
The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.
This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.
- Sonos Arc review: The Main Event
- Google Pixel 5 Review: Soft Reboot
- How the Xbox Series X (and xCloud) saved me from buying a gaming PC
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies