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iPod Nano 4GB and 8GB Review

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 The Apple iPod Nano sets new standards for gadget design and stretches the boundaries of technology. It's the world's first 4GB flash player, yet it's also one of the thinnest. Plus, it boasts a bright color screen that takes advantage of the bigger iPod's photo capabilities, though be aware that the Nano's screen scratches easily. Throw in some ancillary improvements, and you have not only the latest MP3 player phenom but a glance into the future. The flash-based Nano (the name is curiously similar to the Creative Zen Nano Plus's) comes in classic white or black and three capacities: 1GB, 2GB, and 4GB at $149, $199 and $249, respectively. It also replaces the current popular iPod Mini line.


Size and weight
     Height: 2.75 inches (69.8 mm)
     Width: 2.06 inches (52.3 mm)
     Depth: 0.26 inch (6.5 mm)
     Weight: 1.74 ounces (49.2 grams)

In the box
     iPod nano
     USB 2.0 cable
     Dock adapter
     Quick Start guide

     4GB or 8GB flash drive1
     Holds up to 1,000 or 2,000 songs in 128-Kbps AAC format2
     Holds up to 3,500 or 7,000 iPod-viewable photos3
     Holds up to 4 hours (4GB) or up to 8 hours (8GB) of video4
     Stores data via USB flash drive

     2-inch (diagonal) liquid crystal display with blue-white LED backlight
     320-by-240-pixel resolution at 204 pixels per inch

     Skip-free playback
     Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
     Audio formats supported: AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
     User-configurable maximum volume limit

     H.264 video, up to 1.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Low-Complexity version of the H.264 Baseline Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; H.264 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Baseline Profile up to Level 3.0 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats

     Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
     Impedance: 32 ohms

Mac system requirements
     Mac computer with USB 2.0 port
     Mac OS X v10.4.8 or later
     iTunes 7.4 or later5

Windows system requirements
     PC with USB 2.0 port
     Windows Vista or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 2 or later
     iTunes 7.4 or later5

     Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese, and Turkish
     Additional language support for display of song, album, and artist information: Bulgarian, Croatian, Romanian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, and Ukrainian

Environmental requirements
     Operating temperature: 32° to 95° F (0° to 35° C)
     Nonoperating temperature: -4° to 113° F (-20° to 45° C)
     Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
     Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet (3000 m)

Input and output
     Dock connector
     3.5-mm stereo headphone jack

Power and battery6
     Built-in rechargeable lithium ion battery
     Playback time
           Music playback time: Up to 24 hours when fully charged
           Video playback time: Up to 5 hours when fully charged


   The iPod Nano has a gorgeous, superslim design with a bright, photo-friendly screen. It is easy to operate and works seamlessly with iTunes and the iTunes Music Store, which has the world's largest selection of music. It boasts a nimble processor and system performance with no skipping, thanks to flash memory.

 The iPod Nano suffers from unspectacular battery life, and though the device is durable, it scratches easily; blemishes show up more drastically on the black version. The Nano is pricey in terms of gigabytes per dollar, and its 4GB maximum capacity is not a good fit for many power users. The player skips many sought-after extra features such as FM radio and A/V-out, and it doesn't work with Camera Connector. The USB power adapter ($29) is not included.

Bottom Line
 Thanks to its limited capacity, the gorgeous iPod Nano isn't for everybody, but it sets the standard for MP3 players to come.



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