Impressed by the iPod Nano

by Volker Weber

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While I was in Munich, I had the opportunity to play with three of the new iPods:

The iPod shuffle is too diminutive for me. I would be missing the display. The iPod classic is not that much different from my 5G ipod, unless you want the new firmware. But I found the iPod nano very impressive. It is incredibly small and thin. It has all the features of the iPod classic, with a much smaller footprint. And since it does not have a disk drive, it is also much more robust.

There was no iPod touch to play with. My friends who have used one tell me that it has a very strong "I want one" factor. I am not so sure, since you can't control it without looking at it. And I very often skip songs or adjust the volume without taking the device out of my pocket. Without having tried the touch, my money is on the iPod nano.

I also was able to play with an iPhone, and yes, it is a really great device. Would I want one? Yes, I would.

Comments

I love my iPod shuffle. For me it's the best iPod to use in the gym. Just clip it on and forget about it. No weight, no arm-bands...just music. It's really perfect for that (when you're on the treadmill, you don't really need or want to look at an LCD display anyway. And if you do...then you're not running fast enough ;-).
I almost *never* use my Video iPod...too big and bulky.

Thomas Gumz, 2007-09-25

My Gen 1 nano is stil going strong, I like it very much. I had a Gen 1 shuffle before that which was great, but sooner or later you need just that bit more storage for podcasts & stuff, plus having the display is great. The new nano has that “little bit more” factor too, now that it supports video. Yes, that’s my favourite from the range!

Ben Poole, 2007-09-25

I too love the look of the new Nano however I won't be getting one as I have other priorities but my wife probably will grab one. I'm still using a Mini and its just fine for our collection of Podcasts.

We sync our Minis using the same PC and it works just fine...but I do wonder if us having different units will cause issues - any ideas?

Colin Williams, 2007-09-26

There will be no issues. iTunes stores iPod preferences for each individual device.

Volker Weber, 2007-09-26

ah talking about the iPhone, received mine today (24th) and I'm waiting for the next firmware update since I need it to be hacked to use my iPhone with french provider Orange

Gonzague Dambricourt, 2007-09-26

@Volker - thanks for that - great news indeed!

I see you're at Oktoberfest - lucky man. Before I die, I wish to visit Germany for that and the Essen Toy Fair.

Colin Williams, 2007-09-26

what amazes me the most with the nano is the quality of the screen , even a movie looks good on it , not that you ever will sit and watch a full movie.

Flemming Riis, 2007-09-26

*sigh* temptation. ;-)

For the purpose of listening to music, I don't really need anything other than the iPod shuffle. The only reason I bought a nano (1st Gen) is because the shuffle doesn't allow podcast and because it was so cool.

Like in the case of the previous posters, my nano still realiably does its work and basically there's no reason why to replace it. Unfortunately, the iPod touch is so cool again and it's screaming for me - especially since I have decided not to buy an iPhone.

Philipp Sury, 2007-09-26

@Philipp - the shuffle doesn't allow podcast?
I listen to podcasts on mine (nearly) every day - I'm learning Spanish from Notes in Spanish downloaded as podcasts from iTunes on it and it works fine.

John Keys, 2007-09-26

Hi,

just got an iPod Nano 3G - 8GB for my wife ;-) and I must admit, that it is by far the best iPod I've been playing with. The usability even got better while using the CoverFlow Feature and the Videos are crystal clear - no wonder on that 204 dpi display. Even looking at digital pics are really a blast on that tiny display.

For me its the best iPod so far...but well, I haven't seen the Touch yet ;-)


Cheers,
Eric

Eric Bredtmann, 2007-10-01

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