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The iPod nano gets a drastic redesign, but the changes here are for the better

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The radical change in design here -- closer to the fourth- and fifth-generation nanos than the last -- won't be universally liked, but the seventh-gen iPod nano is absolutely the best yet. It brings all the functionality of the last nano to the table and adds plenty more in a deliciously slender package. The integrated Nike+ functionality will make the runners happy and, while it still doesn't mark the return of video capture, we welcome the re-acquired video playback. At $149 for 16GB, there are certainly plenty of cheaper options out there, but if you're looking for something tiny, something light, something beautiful and something that plays nice within the Apple ecosystem, stop looking.

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Critic reviews

7.9
16 reviews
  • Sound quality
    8.0
  • Video quality
    6.9
  • Ease of use
    8.1
  • Portability
    8.7
  • Battery life
    8.3
  • Media support
    8.0
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User reviews

8.2
12 reviews
8.0
Engadget Oct 12, 2012

Apple's latest iPod nano marks another re-design for the company's littlest player, but still it brings more to the table than any previous iteration.

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8.0
PC Mag Oct 11, 2012

Apple puts the iPod nano back on track with its latest version, which sports a sweet new design, a larger touch screen, video playback capabilities, and more.

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8.0
Macworld Oct 15, 2012

If you’re looking for a dedicated media player to save your smartphone’s battery for calls and apps, or if you want something smaller and lighter while working out, or if you’ve got a child who just wants a media player, the nano is a solid choice.

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7.0
CNET Oct 10, 2012

The seventh-generation iPod Nano is an incredibly compact portable media player with gym-friendly features, but it's overshadowed by the superior value of Apple's iPod Shuffle and fourth-generation iPod Touch.

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7.0
Ars Technica Oct 18, 2012

If you want a fairly simple media device or a really small, lightweight device, the iPod nano will likely fit your needs. But in today's consumer electronics market—full of smartphones and other mobile, connected devices—$149 seems like too much to spend for what it offers.

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7.0
Gizmodo Oct 18, 2012

If you own a smartphone—or are even thinking of owning one—there's just no reason to carry a dedicated music-playing device anymore. So, yes, this generation's iPod nano is the best. But it's also $150 for a smaller, less good version of something you likely already own.

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9.0
Pocket-Lint Nov 2, 2012

The iPod isn't "cheap" but it's not expensive either. It's a device that you might buy on a whim, or give to a friend for Christmas, but whoever ends up with it, they will end up adoring this capable and brilliant-sounding device.

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8.0
PC World Australia Oct 19, 2012

Apple's constantly-reinvented iPod nano gets a video-friendly screen and Bluetooth in its latest update. It's a user-friendly device as portable media players go, although it's missing a few features we liked on previous incarnations.

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8.0
AppleInsider Oct 13, 2012

For $149, Apple could have included a bit more fun. It is, however, a better overall value and feature mix than previous iPod nanos offered, and will no doubt be popular this holiday season. There's also lots of potential for Apple to update its firmware and address most of its minor flaws.

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8.0
TrustedReviews Oct 22, 2012

The 2012 iPod nano 7th generation doesn't have the chops to make the same impact as a new iPod touch or iPhone 5 ... However, it's so much of a joy to use on a day-to-day basis that we can learn to accept most of its limitations.

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8.0
TechRadar Oct 25, 2012

An improvement on last year's iPod nano, mainly thanks to the inclusion of video playback. We found the general design and shape more pleasing too, and we can live without the clip that the last generation had – the nano is so lightweight that slipping it into a pocket while exercising is easy.

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8.0
IT Pro Portal Oct 11, 2012

All told, if you're looking for a top-notch MP3 player with a great design, plenty of flash storage, and an oversized colour touchscreen – and you have the means – the iPod Nano reigns supreme once again.

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8.0
Expert Reviews Jan 5, 2013

To its credit, the Nano is small and very light, with massive battery life and an iconic design. It's a great MP3 player, despite its weak format support and the necessity of using iTunes.

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9.0
martymankins martymankins

I broke down the other day and bought the new 7th generation iPod nano. Since the Apple event last month, I've been eyeing this new model and after a month delay, it finally became available this last week. Out of the box, I was blown away at how thin and small this nano is. It reminds me of a...

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8.0
Otsek Otsek

I can compare only to iPod nano gen3. Pros: radio and fitness app, quick wired sync Cons: non-user friendly interface. For example to give a rating to a song you need to do lots of clicks/touches comparing to iPod nano 3.

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9.0
scottmca scottmca

I had a 3rd generation nano that had gotten pretty well-used and beaten up over the past few years. I considered other brands - especially as I did not like the little clip-on square 6th generation model. This isn't perfect, but I like it a lot. I'm sure I use it differently than a lot of...

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8.0
CharlesCopley CharlesCopley

(I am writing as a review from the perspective of my parents, who were looking for a dedicated music player with Bluetooth, to connect with a few portable speakers to place in one of their antique cars while touring, and could move from car to car, too.) The one thing that separates the Nano...

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8.0
psudoc64 psudoc64

Great all-purpose music player. I use it mainly at the gym and for yard-work. Light weight and small size means no additional bulk while running. Very durable - I toss it in my gym bag, hang it on the mower and in my pocket - no scratches.

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9.0
synical synical

Sound is not bad even if you only use stock Apple earbuds like me. Video is alright for SD (haven't tried HD because of crappy Internet connection). Really easy to use and reading the little tips and tricks in the digital manual (there's no paper, just a PDF that you can find on the Apple site)....

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