Pros Size, Style. and 4gig Flash
Cons Crummy Battery, The unit is completely exposed to fingerprints and scratches
Summary I got my Nano and I love it, so long as I can admire it from afar. Why is it so difficult to come up with a design that can handle the minimum wear and tear I put my ipods through? The front scratches just from using the click wheel and I have only had the thing a couple of days! The back is covered in fingerprints and scratches from who knows what. I purchased this the day it hit the stores and the demo unit looked like it had been sitting there for a year. COME ON, for a company that can be so innovative and progressive, you would think that they could at least give us something that we can admire without having to buy and ugly case for. And why can Sony develop 50 hr batterys and Apple is lucky to make it past 10??? Otherwise I love the NANO.
Pros Compact, Lightweight, Color Screen, All the Features of an iPod, Comes in Black
Cons No More Pink, Blue, Green, or Silver Colors! No Firewire Support
Summary Apple comes out with something new every few months, so it was natural to expect that they'd eventually overhaul the Mini in some way. Let's start out with looks. Gone are the stylish individual colors that, in my opinion, have made the iPod Mini the most popular of the iPods to date. That was the reason for me buying my green Mini. Now, the Mini has been made to look similar to its bigger brother. You'll find that the Nano has a high gloss finish to it, and the back is now chrome. This can be either a plus or a minus depending on if you're concerned about scratches. Personally, worries about scratches were what made me buy a Mini, with its brushed metal facade. But no more. The Nano comes in either white or black. But let me tell you, go for the black Nano. Not only is it cool and stylish, you'll be sure to stand out in the crowd.
The Nano is also smaller than the Mini- a lot smaller. Indeed, the Nano is only as thick as a pencil, and it is truely dazzeling to hold it in your hand. It’s very light, very compact. The screen is 1.5 inches, which is even smaller than the Mini. I'm not sure why Apple didn't make it a bit larger, especially since there seems to be a lot of empty space between the screen and the click wheel. The Nano's height is a bit shorter than the Mini as well, so overall the size difference is astounding. There is a tiny Hold Button (same shape) on top, and the USB port and headphone jack are located on the bottom. Some people have made issues with the placement of the headphone jack on the bottom, but lets back up a minute. If you think about it, having the headphone jack on the bottom makes a lot more sense than the top. Ergonomically too. Apple will be releasing a lanyard/headphone ensemble that will go with the Nano, meaning you'll be able to wear it around your neck, ala the Shuffle. It’s very cool, and very smart too. It also means that when you have the Nano in your pants pocket listening to it, it'll be right side up (as opposed to up side down) when you take it out, holding it in your hand.
The Nano is flash-based. This means there is no hard drive. No spinning parts that can skip while running, or hiccups between songs. It’s nice stuff. Like the Shuffle, Nano sounds clear and audible, better than the Mini or iPod. The battery is, well, a lithium ion battery. Apple says 14 hours, but expect about 7-10 if you listen on loud, use the click wheel constantly, or look at pictures. That's obvious. And even though the 4 gig Nano is $249 (as opposed to the 6 gig Mini for the same price), we're talking about flash technology. That's a GOOD price people! Also consider that as of today, new flash chip technology was just annouced by Samsung, so expect 6 or 8 Gig'ers by the Holiday Season or soon after. Note also, the Nano is only ********** with USB. This means your Firewire plugs will not do a thing when connected it. A minor inconvenience for now, but I'd expect Apple to remedy this soon, so all you Firewire users can be happy. The interface is the same as the iPod, color screen, games, extras, etc. The clock setting did receive a makeover, which I think is nice. Other than that, the funtionality is all the same.
Highly Recommended. My suggestion: gawk at it for now, buy it/ask for it at Christmas, so Apple has time to refine/adjust/improve any technical issues that all new products are prone to have. A must have 4-6 months from now. Also, the Mini is being retired. You might want to keep yours for nostalgia!
Pros Size, Audio Quality, Color Screen
Cons Quoted battery life
Summary This is a review from someone that has purchased the unit before rating it! This player is Very small and Very functional. Having a 4 gig flash drive is an industry first, once again Apple has done it! It has taken awhile to warm up to Apple but I had to face the facts they are the best in form, audio quality, and user interface. The Ipod shuffle was rated as having the best audio quality out of any current audio player and now it comes with a color screen the click wheel and 4 gigs. Only downside is the quoted battery life but Apple always under rates the life of the battery. Still not perfect but by far the best out!!
Pros Nice try, Steve
Cons Defective finish
Summary After a week of careful/normal use of my black iPod nano, I've scientifically determined the cause of the scratches that now cover its case and screen. Avoiding the following common abrasives will help keep your iPod nano looking "Impossibly New" for weeks and weeks:
1. Cotton fibers. Avoid placing iPod nano inside any pocket or pouch made of cotton or fleece. Also avoid the temptation to place iPod nano face-up on a poker table to show it off. Doing so will cause the wool fibers in the felt to irritate the back of iPod nano so much that the front case and screen will develop "sympathy scratches."
2. Human skin. Avoid touching your iPod nano for any reason. Resist the temptation to feel the existing scratches on iPod nano. Doing so will only cause them to spread in a fractal pattern. This is because a human fingertip is three times more abrasive than a cotton or fleece-lined pocket. Some users have reported success having their fingerprints chemically removed before purchasing iPod nano.
3. Air. Avoid exposing your iPod nano to the dangerously vibrating molecules found in common household air. Also avoid breathing directly on iPod nano at all costs, especially after drinking. These molecules rapidly find their way into the tiny fissures formed by existing scratches and then eat away at the rest of iPod nano's thin resin coating until eventually there will be nothing left of your iPod to return to Apple.
Pros Beautiful, small, sounds great
Cons Horrible battery life if you use the screen at all, died after one week
Summary As soon as I saw the anouncement, I ordered one. This is the Ipod I always wanted. However,many issues. First, although beautiful out of the box, this thing scratches and smudges sooo easily. Oh well, I rationalized that I didn't buy it to look at it, but then I started to really use it. Maybe it gets decent battery life if you turn it on and listen to it for 14 hours straight, but if you turn it off and on, switch between songs, etc (ie use the screen) maybe 6 hours max!. Then it died....sooooo disappointed. All of a sudden, there was a folder with an exclaimation mark and the web address to ipod support.
Unfortunately, my son's 20 GB Ipod has been replaced twice in the last 7 months (and he babies it), so I am really wondering??!! Meanwhile, I have an original 5 GB IPOD that has been flawless except for needig to replace the battery. Go figure My guess is that this beautiful concept product was not ready for prime time.