Summary

Our Score

8/10

Pros

  • Wonderfully intuitive
  • Decent sound quality
  • Beautiful design

Cons

  • Will be too small for some
  • Lots of scrolling when navigating
  • No additional apps available

Review Price £140.00

Key Features: 8/16GB storage; Nike+ compatible ; Radio; 21.1g weight; Best clip

Manufacturer: Apple

iPod nano 6th Gen (2010)

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The new iPod nano is clearly the more interesting half of Apple's strategy of cutting the old iPod nano in half to create the latest, while relegating the control-fitting section to life as the iPod shuffle. While we weren't completely convinced by the lack of physical controls on the previous iPod shuffle, the refreshed iPod nano is a much more attractive device.


Its primary feature, a 39mm, 240 x 240 pixel touch-sensitive display is about all there is to the iPod nano. In fact, the iPod nano is almost too small; there's hardly enough of it to grasp to make one-handed navigation easy. It's possible with a little getting used to, but not ideal. On the plus side, the anodised aluminium casing does feel pleasant in the hand.

A little odd is the migration of a clip from the iPod shuffle to the iPod nano. It leaves us in two minds as on the one hand it's easy enough to purchase a case to attach an iPod to your body if you want to. But on the other hand, given how easy it is to lose the iPod nano at only 37.5mm x 40.9mm x 8.78mm and 21.1g, it's probably good sense to always have it attached to your person. And of course it makes for easy creation of an iPod nano watch using a sweat band, which is what you really bought one for anyway.
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The user interface is not exactly like that of an iPod, but not exactly iOS either. While the visuals are closer to that of an iPod touch, the navigational hierarchy - with swipes and prods moving left and right through menu layers - is reminiscent of classic iPods. The press-and-hold wibbly wobbly rearrangement of the home screen icons is straight iPhone, though.

In a concession to either common sense, or Apple's ever-vocal user base, there are three physical controls - one power button and two for volume. This makes using the nano with headphones that don't come with an in-line remote possible, so we welcome the addition.
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The iPod nano's low resolution means display space is ever at a premium so long menus can become an exercise in the tedium of scrolling. Similarly getting back to the home screen takes much longer without a dedicated home button. Occasions also arise when menu items are hidden off screen with no way of finding them save through swiping about randomly.


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