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80 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
80

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

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80 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
80

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

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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80
 

User Reviews

100
OkiScout
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
100
bora8413
The sound quality... something I depend more towards my headphones rather than...read more
70
lotsofcode
I normally don't like apple stuff, but their music players are top-notch. If...read more
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83
Average user Score
 
100
OkiScout
02.12.15
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
 
100
bora8413
12.28.14
The sound quality... something I depend more towards my headphones rather than the device itself. Since it is a device specifically catered towards those who travel or move around a lot while listening to music, the clarity of the sound is something that is easily overlooked. However, this does not mean the actual device delivers horrid quality. It delivers nicely, but since I'm no device critic, it's hard to specify which really makes that sharp and clear sound. My $200 headphones or this $200 Apple MP3 Player.Just the look of this product displays pure comfort and versatility. The ease of use from the touch screen, the large clip near the back that can be attached to clothing as you run, and the small compact square that Apple has settled on; everything about this product is divine and the epitome of handiness. Not to mention how low maintenance this product is with the longer 8H battery life on low brightness display. Holds enough music that I need, and I can still fit about 30% more. There are about 850 songs on my device, and the MP3 Player delivers all my tracks with ease and no hesitation.The boot up and shut down times are slow, as of expected from any Apple device apart from their speedy MacBook Airs, and the simple yet modern design of the MP3 Player is sure to attract many users of different interests and backgrounds of use.Long lasting, very comfortable and compact in packaging, nearly invincible, and definitely something that would catch anyone's attention. Better than any of the previous line ups of Apple's iPod Nanos, and clearly better than the newer 7th Generation of Apple's iPod Nano devices. Honestly, if you're going to get either the 6th or 7th, get the 6th as it's compact and so versatile for every user.Got mine early 2012 and still works smoothly and nicely, now being close to 2015.
 
70
lotsofcode
10.02.14
I normally don't like apple stuff, but their music players are top-notch. If itunes didn't exist, I would be in love. iTunes in THE WORST SOFTWARE I HAVE EVER USED. iPod potential is so limited by iTunes and constantly having to tether to a computer to do anything advanced. UPDATE: I have been using Ubuntu 14.04 to browse and download more music to the player, and it has been a joy!
 
60
AD11AMJ
01.09.14
I had 2 of these, they were both replacements of the first iPod Nano, the first one had a faulty battery and the other worked, when I had it it was good but I never used it, the capacity was good compared to the shuffle but I wasn't interested in seeing the album cover and having a tiny touch screen just for music, it was good but for me the Shuffle was better.
 
90
alan2997
12.06.13
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
100
iZiga
05.22.13
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
 
100
videek
05.22.13
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
 
90
kevinlau
02.20.13
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
80
stan1028
01.22.13
A very portable music player for first timers to own a music device. Best used for running and exercise. Is small and light and it would be almost weighing nothing when doing activities. Comes with a clip that makes portablity even further. A great device for kids as well with them having to listen to music without needing to buy an expensive iPod, like the touch and a shuffle which is just 2GB. Overall, a good portable, lightweight product for kids, first timers for a mp3 player and people who exercise.
 
80
techspecialist
01.15.13
The most important thing to consider before purchasing the 6th generation iPod nano is that it is targeted at people who do not have smartphones. It is not a companion device for a smartphone. It is only meaningful for people without smartphones or those people who have smartphones but are in need of a small music player just for exercising. So, the device itself is a great music player. It's extremely small(nano) and thus portable, yet sports a multi-touch display that is surprisingly usable despite its size. I also love the fact that you can easily change the orientation of the user interface with two fingers. Again, if you are used to using a smartphone, you are going to find the display unusably small. And the built-in clip is really useful. It's not only useful during exercises, but for everyday usage as well. You can just clip it to your pocket and take it out easily to change your song without having to dig into your pocket to take it out. Of course, you get the standard iPod features, such as Genius and Smart Playlist. These are great features that really make the experience better. You also get Podcast app, and Radio app, in which the live radios can even be paused and resumed. The Nike+iPod app is really great as well. The attention to detail in this app is surprising. Once you set a target(distance, time), it reminds you at certain intervals to keep you going. And the pedometer seems fairly accurate and consistent no matter where you put the device. iPod nano, with its extremely small size and built-in clip, is the perfect music player for exercising. However, one big downside of iPod nano is its durability. It is even more prone to scratches than other aluminum-made Apple products. And the display is kinda weak. My display already got a scratch! I suggest you use it carefully or get some case/cover, especially because it's so small. Lastly, you can do something really cool with the 6th generation iPod nano that no iPod or music player can do: Using it as a watch! I bought a watch strap and transformed my iPod into the coolest and most versatile watch ever. Everyone around me said it was cool. (lol) More importantly, one iPod nano and you essentially get a dozen watches because of the different clock faces you can set. They are all professionally rendered. The battery life is good enough to use it as a watch. You can get 2 days or more without using any other feature. I have to tell you one thing, though: it's super awkward to listen to music with the device on your wrist. Overall, iPod nano is a great ultra-portable yet full-featured music player. I am writing this review after 7th generation iPod nano has already become available, so this is the second-best ultra-portable and full-featured music player for those people who don't own a smartphone. However, for people who are looking for a dedicated music player for exercising, there is no better alternative. 6th generation iPod nano is...no doubt a great iPod, like iPods have always been.

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