"Great ipod, but no charging compatibility"3.0 starson by rickallen81
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.