Pros Size will appeal to those looking for a more fully-featured shuffle. Touch screen will appeal to some. Great battery life for size.
Cons Screen much smaller than before. Fiddly touch interface. Long title, artist and album names are truncated - big issue on such a small screen. Loss of extra features.
Summary This product aims to redefine the nano line into a streamlined portable music player. The size and presence of a clip is clearly pitching this as un upgrade to the iPod Shuffle.
Unfortunately, a few key mistakes severely cripple the device's ability to excel in this category. The size makes one handed operation virtually impossible, unlike with the previous click-wheel models. The small screen means much less will fit on there, and coupled with the necessity to make UI elements larger for use with the touch interface, browsing through a large music collection quickly becomes impractical. Compounded with this is the issue prevalent in all iOS devices - the inability to handle long titles gracefully. With such a small screen, the fact that names that are too long are simply truncated would be a major headache for a large number of users.
It would seem that Apple has taken the viewpoint that usability is now uncool.
Pros Easy to use
Clips on to clothing
Cons Lack of accelerometer
Summary A lot of people have already commented on some of the cons for this product. I think a lot of people expect that everything that has a screen has to have the capability to play video, play games, etc. With the 6th Gen Nano, Apple has essentially made it a iPod Shuffle on steroids. Sure it's a little better bc you can have pictures on it, etc., but the bottom line is, it's designed to be just like a shuffle only with more memory. So if you're looking for a gadget that can do everything like video and all that, then spend the money for an iPod classic or touch. But, if you're looking for something with more memory than a shuffle, but don't need as many features as the other ones, buy the new Nano.
I used mine for working out on a regular basis and I love it.
Pros It's an Apple product, so it'll sell. Touchscreen is nice, and as accurate as one expects an Apple touchscreen to be. Has a clip, and Apple keeps shrinking this thing more and more. Also still plays music.
Cons No video playback, no camcorder, no microphone, no speaker, no games, no calendar, no contacts, no notes, no alarm clock. And no click wheel, the single greatest innovation of the iPod that really got the product off the ground in the first place.
Summary When one updates a product, one usually adds features. Maybe this one could have taken photos, or added WiFi for over-the-air downloads, or added more games, or something like that. Instead, they take away at least ten features from the last iPod Nano that I know many people loved. People bought the iPod Nano because they wanted an mp3 player with nice features, but couldn't afford the iPod Touch. Now none of those features remain.
Apple's low-end device is the iPod Shuffle. Since it was introduced, the Shuffle had no video playback, camcorder, microphone, speaker, games, calendar, contacts, notes, alarm clock, or click wheel, like the iPod Nano did. Heck, it eschewed BUTTONS for a generation, requiring one to use Apple's headphones to interact in any semi-complex way with it. This was why its price point was lower than the Nano's. THAT player, not the iPod Nano, was always meant to be for those who just want simple mp3 playback. Now the Nano no longer has the feature advantages over the Shuffle (at least beyond the touchscreen); I see more similarities with the iPod Shuffle with the new Nano than I do with the old Nanos.
To be honest, the only thing the Nano has over the Shuffle is a touch screen. A tiny touch screen. With no other means of input. That can only display three lines at a time. I don't understand what else Apple could possibly be telling their customers here, except "You'd better open your wallet more for the iPod Touch, because we're in the process of making that product the only one with any useful features beyond music playback". Apple was the LEADER in recognizing that users wanted more features than music playback. Now they're forcing you to pony up an extra $80 for an 8 GB iPod Touch if you want to play a game.
The real kicker is the lack of a click wheel, though. When was the last time you saw a non-Touch iPod that required you to look at the screen? That's what buttons are for. So when you're driving with the thing hooked up to your radio, you don't have to look at the screen to change songs and crash into the car in front of you. So you don't have to slow down when you're running or at the gym. So you can access it quickly from your pocket. We all knew the drill: reach in your pocket, flick off the hold switch, press the forward button, flick the hold switch back on. Now we have to physically bring the Fun Size screen close enough to our faces that our noses accidentally trigger the Multi-Touch. What? And you're calling this the next generation of the iPod Nano, the single best-selling mp3 player in history?
Try again, Apple. If consumers want a simple mp3 player, the shuffle is for them. If they want a feature-packed entertainment hub with practically unlimited features, and have a little more money to spend, they buy the iPod Touch. The Nano was what most consumers wanted: a good balance between price and features. Everything you needed for some good fun, some extra cool stuff thrown in there, at a price point that didn't break the bank. No longer.
This product is unreasonable, overpriced, mean-spirited, and disloyal to customers that use the Apple logo as a status symbol. It has very little going for it, the same mid-range price for low-range features, and is in general a major step backwards from the value that was the last-gen Nano. Shame on Apple for what amounts to flicking off their consumers.
But it DOES play music. And it IS an Apple product. We all know what that means: huge sales.
Pros absolutely nothing
Cons touch screen - you now need to look at the device to do anything
lost features from previous ipod nanos
Summary Same size as shuffle with touch screen, if I wanted something this small I would get the shuffle, if I want a touch screen I would get the ipod touch. This "new and improved" nano is the worst of both worlds and not worth buying.
Pros Touch screen is a good idea for the nano
Cons No video!!! and alot less features. Also harder to navigate from lists of songs.
Summary I think they should have made it the same size as the past 2 nano's but with a screen that takes up the whole front of the device, keeping all the features.