I am not big on music, so between my iPod classic and the iPod Nano, I had missed out on all the marvelous technological and design improvements that Apple had been doing to its iPod line.
So when the colourful lightweight (36.4g) iPod Nano was launched in Singapore a few weeks back, I thought I will give it a try. It was time to update myself.
With the new iPod Nano (I had the 16 GB Nano), the first thing I noticed was that I could charge the unit just by plugging it into my laptop. Thats neat, I thought.
At this point, if you are suppressing your urge to burst into a giggle, thinking that hey, what a luddite this reviewer is, my humble request is, go ahead. LOL! But let me tell you, only yesterday I met a top journalist and a clever young writer and filmmaker fumbling with their mobile phone. Problem? They had difficulty exchanging each others contacts.
Once I synched the Nano with the iTunes, it was ready to go. Everything went as expected. Apart from the beautiful design (sleek at 6.2mm thickness, new polished aluminum finish and larger 2.2-inch display with 240-by-376 resolution), the music experience was as uncompromised as ever.
But I was more interested in trying out the Nanos new features. I tried to record a song off my laptop and later I played it back, the recording turned out to be poor. But I was impressed with the built-in video camera.
The outdoor shooting results were stunning. Both images and voice were captured crisply. I feared that shooting with such a small device would be a pain. Thankfully, despite its size, the Nano did not shake much, helping me take steady shots.
Another interesting feature is the FM radio with live pause and FM tagging. I fiddled with the device a bit and tuned into one of the local radio stations.
For fitness freaks, the Nano also doubles up as pedometer. It uses the built-in accelerometer to keep track of your steps and calories burned. It supports the Nike+iPod Sport Kit.
In terms of battery life, the Nano is sturdy: 24 hours for audio playback and five hours for video playback.
The Nano is available in 8GB and 16 GB capacities. The 16Gb model can store up to 4,000 songs or 16 hours of video.
The only thing that hasnt largely changed is the earbuds. I still need something softer, more comfortable.
But for S$228 (US$149 for 8GB model) and S$288 (16GB model), there is not much to complain about the iPod Nano.
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