September 1st 2010 1:25 pm

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Worth the upgrade if you've owned a nano for a while


Ultimately, if you've had the same iPod nano for a few years, this new device will make you feel like you need a replacement. While there isn't a slew of fresh additions (in fact, there are notable subtractions), this re-think about what the nano is supposed to be feels right. It's still not your cheapest option if you're looking for basic music playback, but something tells us that if you're looking at the nano, you're living in Apple's ecosystem, and that makes this a pretty attractive choice. We ultimately would like to see the capacity grow a bit, and for the prices to drop, but otherwise, the new nano is a smart, fast, capable player that should please a lot of people this holiday season.

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Engadget Sep 7, 2012

We ultimately would like to see the capacities on these guys grow a bit, and those prices drop, but there's no sticker shock here. The new nano is a smart, fast, capable player that should please a lot of people looking for something new this holiday season.

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TechCrunch Sep 7, 2010

The removal of the camera itself will disappoint some people, but it was always a bit odd anyway as it only recorded video and not still images. I think the new size and touch screen in exchange for the video capabilities is a good tradeoff.

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Ars Technica Sep 10, 2010

Kids and teenagers might still appreciate the nano for what it is—a small and relatively cheap device that looks cool and works well with iTunes on the computer. But does the nano have enough features to make it interesting compared to, say, an iPod touch?

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PC Mag Mar 18, 2012

Apple's first misstep in the iPod nano line-up, the sixth-generation model trades its predecessor's click wheel for touch-screen controls and an ultracompact form factor with a much smaller display. There's no more video capture and playback capability, but it retains the same price.

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Pocket-Lint Sep 22, 2010

The new Apple iPod nano is a funky little MP3 player and the touch interface works really well. The problem, of course, is that you now have to either buy yourself an extra set of headphones, or lose the ability to change tracks without fishing the device out of your pocket.

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iLounge Oct 6, 2011

The heart of this product’s a good one—it’s just the rough interface edges and limited feature set that need some additional work.

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TechRadar Sep 16, 2010

As it stands, the new nano performs wonderfully as a device purely for listening to audio, provided you invest in some new headphones, but it feels unnecessarily limited in other areas.

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Gofake1 Gofake1

All in all, the iPod Nano 8 GB is a great PMP, looks great a s a watch, easy to use, great Apple support, and it has great clock faces if you're using it like a watch. I think its good value for the $129 I paid.

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wenzej wenzej

I bought it mostly to listen to audio books and it useless for that because it looses your place if it is not used for 24 hours or less. The screen is really too small for a touch screen. I did like its size and sound I will probably keep it for when I am walking it would be fine for music.

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bbuskey bbuskey

One of the best music players I have used. I have had 2 other iPod Nano (Gen 1 and Gen 3) and this thing just kicks it. If I wore watches, this would be my watch.

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theluche theluche

imho 16GB are enough to take your favorite music with you, anywhere you go. You can wear the iPod as a watch, it is sooo tiny! I didn't rate the Video Quality, because playing videos on this screen size makes no sense at all. also, battery life isn't bad for the size - remember: it's an...

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