Pros Great UI, tons of features. Cover Flow is excellent to use. Video is easy and straightforward to use. Amazingly lightweight, especially compared to the competition.
Cons Converse to its lightness, the nano has a rather unsubstantial feel to it. Color (purple) doesn't come close to matching the image on Apple's website, or the TV ads. VERY mediocre sound quality out-of-the-box; is Apple EVER going to improve on this?
Summary We ordered a 16GB 5G unit direct from Apple for one in our household to replace her filled 3G 'stubby' nano; the local Apple Store still hadn't received their initial batch at the time. The intended one chose purple as her color of chose based on the images on Apple's website; was disappointed when the unit arrived. Color was far darker than advertised, though to my eyes was still rich and lush with the new gloss coating (but then I'm easier to please).
Despite the similarly sized click wheel to the 3G nano, the 5G's is easier to operate, I think because of the 5G's long body. Response is fluid and seemless, with no hesitation or jerkiness that the 3G sometimes would exhibit. Menu orientation is standard Apple (e.g., easy-to-use and logical in its presentation). This thing does tons of things, and most exceeding well. That said, the accelerometer seems 'sticky' at times. The hold switch on the top of the unit is rather dainty; with the DLO 5G clear shell on it pays to have small fingers to get access to it.
Video looks good to great on the player, but the display washes out severely in bright ambient light; not a convincing OLED competitor here. The 5G is incredibly lightweight; I compare it against my old 2G nano and I'm really surprised at the difference. That said, I feel that there's also a loss in the 'feel' of the player as a result; there's not feeling of solidity with the 5G, a "substantialness" and confidence in the build-quality that a certain amount of weight brings, despite the aluminum housing that the 5G comes in.
Pack-ins are standard fare these days; less-than-enthusiastic toss-in ear buds, a dock insert, proprietary 30-pin iPod USB cable, all in a clear plastic case that is the same size if not identical as the one my 2G nano came in (when compared side-to-side).
The video camera and mic are neat, though CNET is right: the video quality isn't going to set the world ablaze. That said, it IS a neat feature that I know is going to make someone in our household quite pleased, even if the one on her camera does video recording better. The FM tuner is really nice; FINALLY Apple has addressed this particular oversight and built-in an FM tuner rather than trying quite unconvincingly to burden users with the extra-hassle, extra-cost extension cable tuner. I've had one of those and I rarely ever bothered to pull it out to use on my old iPods, instead reaching for my Zune or X-Fi instead when I wanted radio. The 5G nano's FM section is easily a match to the one on my Zune 8 and 80 units; simply put, it's simple, straightforward and a pleasure to use.
Many of the extra features seem quite nice; I'm sure the Nike+iPod will get a thorough working out (no pun intended), as will the pedometer and perhaps the stopwatch. Games, at least to me, are less-than-convincing...mostly because the click wheel wasn't the best gaming all-around interface from my past experiences on my old 80GB 5.5G iPod. While the calendar and contacts function is nice, I doubt that they'll ever be used since it doubles up on functions already being used on the cellphone. The built-in speaker is rather pathetic-sounding, but I suppose some might find it appealing in a pinch.
But I saved the worst for last: the biggest gripe I have with this latest generation nano is one that I have with almost all iPods in general: middling at best audio sound quality. This iPod doesn't go any way AT ALL at improving the breed, even if the 'random play' shake is oh-so-cute, cross-fading is nice, and the player does have some usable functions, like its ability to show how much storage is available. Compared to the new 16GB Sony Walkman S545 that my wife recently bought, Apple frankly should be put off by the obvious discrepancy in audio quality, particularly keen for a player that my wife a little over $100 for during the Sony Style store's recent Labor Day promotion. Sure the Sony S has its own issues, but for over $75 less most of those can be dealt with and certainly great-sounding audio is not one of those she'll be concerning herself with. As for iTunes 9...well it works on my old XP media machine. So far nothing has broken (fingers crossed), like the early versions of 7 and 8 did. My 2G Touch seems to work fine with it, as does a couple of earlier iPods I've tried (such as the previously mentioned 3G nano, for instance).
I'm sure that there are plenty of other niceties that I've overlooked (like voice recording, for instance); this nano does pack plenty of functions in for the money. But for me, it's ALWAYS been about the music itself; the lackluster audio quality that Apple too often seems so oblivious to is THE one aspect that will for ever make me question my own 'next purchase' for any future PMP/DAP device. As much as I like the functionality of my Touch, I rarely use it for music so it seldom goes anywhere with me. Other brands may have other issues, but where it counts I invariably will go elsewhere.
3 stars, due of the SQ flaws.
Pros The device itself is beautiful and the display is unmatched on this scale. It's really amazing just how big the screen is on such an incredibly thin device. The video works very well for such a small sensor and it is so easy and convenient to use.
Cons None so far except that the new glossy finish does capture fingerprints more than the old, matte finish 4G Nano. But it is not incredibly noticeable.
Summary This is definitely the best iPod I've ever owned. I have an iPhone so I wasn't too sure if I would want another iPod, but after having this little guy and using it to work out I don't think I'll ever use my iPhone while I work out again because this thing is so incredibly small, thin, and light. The addition of an FM radio is also fantastic because I love switching to the radio sometimes, or if you're on a treadmill, bike, etc... at the gym then you can tune this guy to the gym televisions, which is phenomenal. The UI is so smooth and beautiful and the accelerometer is, dare I say it, better and faster than the iPhone's (but it doesn't have all the data to compute that the iPhone does). The video sensor is at a little bit of an awkward place on the back (right where the hand would sit naturally), but that's definitely not a deal breaker. The speaker and the audio playback without headphones are surprisingly good. I played some John Mayer in my bedroom and had to turn it down because it was too loud (but in a relatively quiet environment). This is an amazing little device and I highly recommend it to anyone who is thinking about their first iPod or replacing and old iPod or wanting something a little less cumbersome than the iPhone at the gym.
"ALMOST PERFECT!!"on by elriod
Pros -an outstanding video camera
-plays HD videos
-exact size of 4th gen
-affordable(because of features)
-great sound quality
-24 hour s of music
-has a radio + live play/pause
-GREAT video quality
Cons -camera's in bad place
-small click wheel
-radio reception not too good
-have to use iTunes(as always)
Summary this mp3 player is almost worth it just for the excellent camera, this camera has auto-focus, x-ray(for you sicko's...lol), and lots of other features...
(everything else is in the "pro and con" thing!)
Pros Sleek, high capacity, larger screen, pedometer.
Cons Charging compatibility - limited range of charging options. More below.
Video Camera was only so-so. Audio on the videos was even worse. Camera location?...what the hell were they thinking?
Summary I was excited to open up my new ipod. I got it mainly for the larger capacity to get more of my newly beloved Apple Lossless songs onto a smaller device. This excitement was short lived because I found a few things to hate pretty quickly.
First and foremost, this new Nano is not compatible with the charging function of my 2009 VW's built-in ipod dock. 2009!! It can't be obsolete already. Not only did it not charge, it actually seemed to suck battery life out of the ipod taking what should be a 24-hour play cycle and turning it into 45 minutes. I thought I had a battery problem until I researched it more. I thought, "leave it to Apple to marginalize their own product line from a year ago to force you into all new accessories." Evidently, many charging and syncing products use Firewire as a connection instead of the standard USB. Apple conveniently left the Firewire portion out of the 4th Generation nano (I was replacing a 3rd gen, so I didn't know).
In short, Apple gets a wag of the finger from my car charger and car dock.
Second on my anticipation list was the video camera. I had heard about the questionable location of the actual camera, but I thought "how bad could it really be?" It's bad. It's right where you want to hold the thing. It makes it hard to film something and actually see what you're filming simultaneously which ultimately defeats its cool factor.
Beyond that, it's your standard iPod nano. Sleek, chic, compact, cool, and functional. Graphics were clean and crisp. Organization as simple as ever. The pedometer was a great addition. If I never listened to it in the car, I would have loved it. But given how much time I do spend in my car, I can't overlook the glaring inability to sync and charge at the same time, which is why for me, it's only a 3-star product. If you have a USB based sync in your car, you're probably ok but research it before you buy.
Pros Light weight, cool color, bigger screen
Cons Ipod swiched the earphone hole and dock hole, so now you have to buy new accessories. Bluetooth adaptor no longer works!!bluetooth
Summary Well to start, I bought the (PRODUCT)Red Ipod nano 16gb. Have to promote AIDS awareness. I used to use a motorola bluetooth adaptor with my sony bluetooth headphones. Now the bluetooth does not transmit sound to the headphones, but i can still control the play/pause and track skip.. (does anyone know if there is afix for this?) I am pissed that i cant use the bluetooth, and now have to use WIRED headphones like the rest of you... But besides this, its a great ipod