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This is a very thin and good looking device. It works well and the battery life seems to be good. However, it is slippery due to its small size. You will need a clip or case to safely carry it around.
Just to be able to find a brand new 4th generation Nano is amazing. It's clean and smooth and works just perfectly. Really happy with it.
The 4th generation Nano, Available in capacities of 8GB, and 16GB (priced at $149 & $199 respectively) these have a scratch-resistant aluminum body and are now slimmer than ever. The unit has new rounded, contour edges that make it feel thinner than it is and feel right in your hand. The new line-up comes in a whole array of colors to match the rainbow, and to match your personality as well.
The 4th Generation Nano has completely redesigned the Nano over the 3rd generation “Fat”, and it feels like it is different on the sides when you hold it comparatively to the older generations. Stepping back to the 1st and 2nd generation designs, it takes the good of the style of the 2nd gen, along with the advancements in the “Fat” 3rd generation versions, and creates a winning design. This design is a lot thinner than it was, yet retains the 2-inch screen, though it is millimeters thinner. The new screen saves the room for viewing your tracks and playing games, but the genius comes in the flipping of the screen.
The screen with this change, still has a 2-inch viewing area, which makes it very easy to use, browse and watch. When view movies, shows, podcasts with the new Nano, the Nano should be flipped to a “widescreen” view, in which the new accelerometer changes the landscape and viewing of this device. This new Nano still has a long battery life. Apple claims that it will last 36 hours, but I was able to get just over 32 hours of playtime – which is nice… real nice. The video experience was just over 6 hours – as advertised.
Another thing about the accelerometer. The accelerometer also enables 'shake to shuffle', where a flick of the wrist will choose a random song. This feels like it has been done right. It also allows easy use of the coverflow system, which runs much smoother this time around.
The new music search functions (Genius), the brighter screen,, sound quality, smoother ease and use of coverflow, and continued games support give the new iPod added flare. The addition of voice notes won't make a difference to most people, as you'll need to buy some extra headphones with a microphone built in – but it is nice to know that it is there if you do.
The addition of Genius, an automatic playlist generator, is going to be a massive hit with iPod fans. Genius will be massive, because it will - if it works as advertised - unlock the potential of your iPod library and help keep parties jumping or evenings chilled. It will also allow Apple to recommend tracks to you by your listening tastes as well.
As a fan small MP3 players, and of the past Nano line-ups, I love this design. I really do. I think the all aluminum casing is the way to go, and I am happy again that it is all around the unit. Should you replace your old 8GB Nano (3rd Generation) with the new one? If you really want accelerometer video abilities and Genius, I would say yes. Regardless if you upgrade, or decided to wait it out, I highly recommended this device to Apple lovers and new MP3 enthusiasts alike.
-Brighter, crisper viewing screen
-Aluminum scratch-resistant casing all around the body
-Amazing battery-life: 30+ hours plus (6+ with video)!
-Search features, cover flow, album art, Genius
-Accelerometer for video viewing and song shuffling
-Genius song selection
-LOTS of new colors to choose from
-Games via iTunes
-Still no built in FM tuner
-Limited space when it comes to video & games
Features are a four out five since I just want an mp3 player not a video player which the click wheel accidentally selects it then I have to back out and get to my music. Design is a four because it doesn't connect through the ipod connector that well in my car and this is the second plug in cord I have purchased thinking it was the cord. The sound goes in and out sometimes like its not making good connection.
The slightly curved wafer thin Nano 4G has a long slim body for a better grasp. Enjoy the well balanced sound of this iPod Nano that supports playback for MP3, AAC, AIFF, WAV, Audible and Apple Lossless. This Apple MP3 Player comes with all the standard iPod features plus motley of new features. Have fun with the Genius feature of this iPod Nano that creates 25 song playlists instantly based on the characteristics of a single song. Shake your Apple MP3 Player to control its features with the tilt-sensor. Armed with microphone input, the Nano 4G lets you do voice recording too
Okay, I've held off for as long as I can, one of the last hold-outs to get an iPod. I've had two other brands, not to be mentioned here, one of which was a 20 gig model, both were excellent performers, but I've sat idly by watching as all the accessories go "i-crazy". Half the items I see that I'd like for my current MP3 player wouldn't work with it as they were designed for the iPod specifically.
So, finally, thanks to eBay, I've broken down and joined the "i-group". First purchased a Nano for my daughter for Xmas. When I received it I had to test it out (well, it is off eBay), and fell in love with the darned thing right away. The size surprised me, as I ended up taking the whole family "iPodish", and bought two 8gb models and one 16gb model. Wow! They literally fit in a pocket, with room to spare! All that power in such a tiny package.
Now I just have to get used to using iTunes for everything, but I like the way it displays the album art so no big deal. So here's my list of pros and cons for your consideration:
Pros - size (some people are really going to like this small size unit), storage (most people will be okay with an 8gig unit), functionality (the shake to shuffle feature is cool, I find myself using that all the time), display (clear and bright and just the right size for this unit), connectivity (easy to connect, easy to power, easy to charge, easy to use), finish (this thing seems brilliantly made, and the brushed aluminum appearance and new colors are quite striking). Audio output is FABULOUS.
Cons - size (yes, both pro and con - some will find it too small, as in easy to lose), storage (again both a pro and a con, as this is not a fixed hard drive it's got a limit of the amount you can store in it at this size, also when they say 8 and 16 gig they don't warn you that you need to take 1.5 gig off that for system storage), weak equalizer (I like to adjust the sound custom to my own ear, and this unit has several presets for the EQ but no custom settings), Appleliscious (okay, I made that up, but what I mean is it's an Apple product, inherintly more expensive than it's competitors, but Apple does build a good product - also all peripherals are expensive), lastly it's an Apple - meaning you are forced to use Apple created software to work with the unit. You must use iTunes to load it, unlike many of their competitors units which are basically a storage unit that is accessible via USB port.
In conclusion - the pro's way outweigh the con's, and I'm glad I finally joined the Apple gang and am part of the iClub. The audio on this thing is fantastic, with the top end volume an order of magnitude higher than all my other MP3 players (yes, I like it LOUD). Also the quality of that audio is fantastic - I did a side-by-side comparison with one earbud in each ear, one to the iPod the other to it's competitor, playing the same exact song file, and the iPod's audio quality blew it away!
So, I am finally, and with some trepidation, an Apple iPod convert. I've held off for as long as I could, but pressure from my 11 year old daughter pushed me over the edge. Once I saw her iPod, I knew I had to convert the entire family over to Apple products. Next purchase, a MAC???