Apple iPod nano 4GB - Apple iPod nano 4GB

By Jonathan Bray

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

8

But the nano isn't up there with the best in class from the likes of iRiver and Sony. It's in the bass region that the nano falls down. You can hear the entire low end, but there just doesn't seem to be quite enough body to it. The noisier parts of the soundtrack to Gladiator proved just too much for it, lacking the sheer power and drive to create the dramatic effect necessary, while the full-on wall of sound on Sigur Ros' Glosoli confounded it completely. Massive Attack's Teardrop needs a real thump to drive it forward and the nano just didn't come up with the goods. Of course you can fiddle with the EQ to big up the bass, and the nano even has a bass boost feature, but I found both of these approaches unsatisfactory, particularly the latter which tended to produce an almost distorted-sounding, crunchy bottom end.

The other issue with the nano is the power of its output. Though you're unlikely to be using it with anything other than ear-canal phones or earbuds, there are some who will consider connecting something larger. If this is the case, I'd suggest you try and give the nano a run out with your headphones of choice first, because, even at maximum volume, it doesn't go very loud with difficult-to-drive cans. The top-of-the-range Sennheiser PXC 450s illustrate this perfectly, but I could also listen to my in-ear Shure E2Cs at maximum volume for short periods, without giving myself a headache.

Verdict

In comparison to our current flash player of choice – iRiver’s Clix 2 – Apple's latest nano has fallen behind the times a little. It does have a lovely colour screen but it can't play video, its sound quality isn't up there with the best and, though I haven't mentioned it up until now, its music sound file support still only extends to MP3 and AAC, not OGG or (obviously) WMA.

So it's not quite good enough to knock our favourite flash player off the podium, but there are still many good reasons to buy an iPod nano. Its navigation system and software integration is still the best around, it remains the best looking flash player on the market, the battery life is now excellent rather than average and finally, it is very good value at £111.56 for the 4GB player and only about £22 more for the 8GB version.

Overall Score

8

Scores In Detail

  • Value 9
  • Sound Quality 8
  • Features 7

XiaXueYi

December 13, 2008, 9:42 pm

Not sure if anyone around already knows the standards of the iPod's build quality - but here's a fun fact.





I accidentally left my iPod Nano 2G (i.e. the reviewed product) in my jeans when I threw it into the washing machine. All that grinding and while I was a little saddened, having thought I had lost my money (and my iPod) - 3 days later the iPod was good to go again!





It appears that the water that went in dried up, and even though I saw a little piece of blue tape-like thing that snapped off, nothing happened to the Nano's SQ. The only observable physical damage was the top right hand corner, slightly 'pulled out' towards you if you are looking at the screen. A few scratches at the back. And that sometimes the Hold switch doesn't work.





Hope this helps ;)

sujeeth kumar

February 9, 2013, 8:22 am

'ok to disconnect' appears on my screen even after removing it from the computer..the icon is still appears,am not able to move to the menu,wats the solution for this..(apple ipod 4gb silver)

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