Yet another impressive apple product
I bought the ipod shuffle because the ipod touch just seemed a little too big and a little too involved to take with me while running. It shames me to even say that... years ago I ran with a walkman cassette player that probably weighed 4 lbs and was about 50x as big... Anyway, for my purposes, the shuffle is perfect. It is tiny, light weight, and has a clip that will actually hold it onto your clothing pretty much anywhere you want to clip it.
The iPod Shuffle's buttons are back, and the lightest, smallest MP3 player on the planet is now better than ever.
The iPod Shuffle's buttons are back, and the lightest, smallest MP3 player on the planet is now better than ever. The iPod Shuffle's buttons are back, and the lightest, smallest MP3 player on the planet is now better than ever.The iPod Shuffle's buttons are back, and the lightest, smallest MP3 player on the planet is now better than ever.
Quality app ecosystem
The 4th Generation iPad is only a minor improvement over its predecessor but still remains the tablet to beat. An upgraded A6X processor, Apple's new Lightning connector and a better front facing camera are the main differences. All in all this is an iterative upgrade that should only interest those who don't already own a 3rd Generation iPad.
Lots of new features
The candybar design and colours will undoubtedly sway many teetering on the edge of to Nano or not to Nano, and the addition of an FM radio and pedometer will go down well with those looking for a lightweight device to take jogging or to cart around as their primary media player. We doubt the video camera alone will entice that many people to upgrade, but with a range of useful features the fifth generation is the sleekest and most enticing version yet. For the price it will be hard to beat.
Popular iPod now more capable thanks to video and radio
The 4G iPod nano was an incremental update to the 3G nano that preceded it-new form, new colors, better storage, Genius playlist support, Spoken Menus, and an accelerometer. A fine, but hardly earthshaking, update. The 5G iPod nano is different. A video camera, built-in microphone, and buffered FM radio make this iPod nano a far more functional, flexible, and entertaining iPod than its predecessor. It won't replace your full-sized camcorder (or even last year's pocket camcorder).
Luxurious, compact looks
So, the new nano does everything it did before, and does it a little bit better. When you also consider the other new additions, like a pedometer, voice recording, and a great sounding FM radio with live pause, as well as old qualities like great usability and software (iTunes 9.0 is the best yet), it's easy to see what makes the Nano so lovable.
Excellent little machine
To judge the 5th generation iPod nano as an MP3 player alone would be easy enough. It's still an excellent little machine. It's strong, beautifully crafted and just a real pleasure to own. The sound quality is as good as we've come to expect from the iPod family and the screen, although too much to watch an entire film on, is fantastic given its size.
Fifth-generation refresh will likely keep the nano neatly ahead of its competition.
Yes, there's no zoom or still-photography, and no the quality isn't great, but it's another string to the iPod nano's bow and given it would be hard to identify one are of the music experience Apple could address without treading on the toes of the rest of their range neatly differentiates the nano 5G from its predecessor. Not a PMP you buy for its video capabilities, no, but the fifth-generation refresh will likely keep the nano neatly ahead of its competition.
The main selling point of this nano, apart from the music playback, is the video recording
We have no hesitation in recommending the latest iPod nano, especially with prices starting at £115. If we were in the habit of giving out half-star ratings, we'd award the nano with a 4.5 out of 5. However, we don't, so we're going to drop it down to a 4. The main selling point of this nano, apart from the music playback, is the video recording and until Apple fixes the lens real estate (and chucks in still-photo taking), we just can't award it perfect marks.
If you're looking for a cheap MP3 player from a well-known brand, the Creative Mosaic EZ300 is an option. It is not one we would recommend though, with few quantifiable improvements over the earlier ZEN Mosaic and a feature list that looks markedly outdated next to competitors offerings.
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