Welcome back iPod Nano
I have felt in the past like the iPod nano was Apple's playground. Always changing and never quite just right. They tried new things like convex curved glass screens, and small touchscreens. They had a recall on the first generations.
The outgoing generation was a real oddball, compared to the 5th generation before it. I felt as if the 6th gen was way too fitness based with it's tiny touchscreen and clip back, that it would not be great for general use.
I think today they finally delivered something to be extremely proud of. Functionality wise, it is not terribly different, but design wise I think it is much better.
This looks usable AND beautiful in my opinion.
What do you think?
Apple is the company that has been known to push the envelope. This design is a half iPod Touch, with no frills. I was really hoping they would pursue the connected watch front. This is the safer bet, but it's the same iOS experience from 2 inches to 9.4inches. This certainly addresses the market of what does a parent buy for their kid who they don't want to have a data plan, but it's lame. That same parent can just give their kid an older iPhone when they buy the iPhone 5. This is just a smaller and cheaper iPod Touch. Yes it has the fitness thing built in, but so does every other iOS product.
How about getting the previous gen's design with bluetooth 4.0 and waterproofing? Selling a $150 watch is easy. This device is child's play, this is too easy. I just don't see much of a difference between this device and a iPod Touch, mainly because this is just smaller, not more durable or portable. Someone with a iPhone will not carry this at the same time unless they wanted to save their iPhone's battery.
After seeing this, maybe Apple didn't want to taint their iPod nano product line with pushing the connected watch category. Hopefully they'll come out with a new product line to address this market that's only limited by the quality of products in it. That's my hope anyway.
You do make very good points. There is very little separating this device from others. I do feel it is more portable. The iPod touch just got a bunch taller with its retina display, and the nano is clearly smaller. The price gap between a nano and the old iPod is now $50, further enticing someone to get a touch.
I don't think you will see a new product line though. A lot of people thought the iPod Classic would get revived or updated at many times in the last few years, yet it never happened.
I think the watch is dead, much to your dismay.
I find the 7th gen to be an absolute waste -- the prior form factor was just right; this one sucks -- they would have been better off adding Bluetooth to the existing square form factor (space considerations for the Bluetooth radio may be dictating the new form factor).
As I tweeted when I first saw these, I think Apple missed the mark and they look fugly to me. The trapped white within a frame coordinated to the screen bg looks cheap, further enhanced by the ROUND icons? bLeCk!
I'm also not crazy about the colors. Something about them strikes me as cheap. I may feel a little different when I physically hold one, but that can't help the look.
As to the overall form factor with the rounded sides, they remind me of a tiny Nokia Lumia, which I dig, so I'm okay with that.
I loved the square form factor of my old mint-green shuffle (now lost!) and a 6th generation Nano from the refurb pile is looking mighty good right about now...
The 6th gen was fitness related which I what I love about it, but it's not my only nano for music and podcasts. For that purpose, the 5th gen remains in daily use.
My only real negative on this new 7th gen nano is the lack of a 32gb model. With video playback back, I think storage is the key to having more videos and music on this.
I'll still buy one, though. The slate color is my preference here.
I have no need for the new 7th gen because it doesn't do anything that my 5th gen + iPhone combination doesn't do.
Oh, and my comment on this 7th gen, I was surprised but in the way that they've made it bigger. Now it's too close to the Touch, I think there's going to be a problem. If I were to pick the a new device to buy, I'm all for the Touch. I get bigger screen, app download, and WIFI. Now people might be on their way to make a new skin for the Touch to be able to make phone calls.
I just wasn't impressed with what they released. They phoned this one in (pun intended). I feel like the features they offer in the Nano are pretty much covered by the ipod touch or shuffle and the device looks dumb - like something for a little kid. The only new feature I like is the bluetooth.
Will I buy it? Probably not. I will probably buy the Nano6 or a "Shuffle". I am tired of running with a brick iphone on my arm and I've been waiting to purchase an mp3 player until I saw what they were going to do. I like the idea of bluetooth, but the fitness headphone options for bluetooth devices are limited. Maybe they will rework the Shuffle and release with the "MiniPad"/"iPadAir"/"iPad Mini"?? Here's hoping. Anyone selling your old Nano6? @RayZorback me. :)
The bluetooth, heart rate monitor, and GPS would be a great add-on. They could have eliminated the clip and increase the size of the battery, then the Nano will still be the same size and have enough battery power to operate these functions for say 10 hours or so.
Does it make sense to wear the shuffle on the wrist during exercise? I mean it has not watch feature like the Nano 6 gen, but it's easier to access the control panel on the wrist than some where clipped under your neck, does it?