Apple iPod nano

82
Engadget
Score
82

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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iPod nano review (2012)

Summary

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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Pros
  • Incredibly tiny and lightAluminum case feels solid, durable16:9 display and video playbackIntegrated Nike+ functionality
Cons
  • No cameraExpensive
iPod nano review (2012)

If you think Apple is getting a little predictable with its yearly device refreshes, you probably haven't been charting the progress of its iPod nano. While most products in the Apple line receive an update every 12 months or so, few have experienced the kind of annual reinvention of the nano. It's a rare example of the company drastically re-thinking a product with such regularity -- or of simply not really knowing what to make of it.

Depending on how you look at it, this new seventh-generation iPod nano is either the latest, most optimal design of the long-running series, or it's Apple's latest shot in the dark. Even the cynics will have to agree this is a pretty good shot, thinner than ever and packing more functionality than in the past -- including Bluetooth 4.0. It sure doesn't make much of a wristwatch, but is the latest littlest iPod worth the $149 price of admission to its 16GB capacity? Read on to find out.

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Scores

Engadget

82
 

Breakdown

Capacity
8.0
Ease of use
8.1
Battery life
8.4
Video quality
7.0
Media support
8.0
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Specs

iPod

Type
Audio / video player
Media type
Internal storage
Audio codec support
AAC, MP3, WAV
Installable apps
yes
Audio playback time
up to30 hour
Video playback time
up to3.5 hour
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Specs

iPod

Type
Audio / video player
Media type
Internal storage
Audio codec support
AAC, MP3, WAV
Installable apps
yes
Audio playback time
up to30 hour
Video playback time
up to3.5 hour
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86
 

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8.6
 

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