"Apparently you upgrade a device by removing features?"2.0 starson by offthecane
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.