The receipt of this Ipod was a bit of a surprise to me, I’ve had Ipods since the first Nano, and many Apple products since including the Iphone, Ipad and Ipod Touch.
Being a hoarder I dont through many of these older products away, so when Apple recalled the original 1st Gen Nano due to a potential issue, I sent it back and swiftly received a new 6th Gen 8GB Nano.
1st Gen 2nd Gen 3rd Gen
4th Gen 5th Gen 6th Gen
The Nano has changed drastically over its life, From small and curved, to distinct straight lines, to boxy to losing its distinguishing scroll wheel alltogether!
The current 6th Generation Nano is closely related in design to previous Ipod Shuffles, its a similar size and is the first of the entire family to be drastically changed in terms of design. This, as mentioned doesn’t have a scroll wheel. This originally, was what most people recognised as being an Ipod, but with the growing popularity of touchscreens in nearly all of modern technology, and the massive improvements that have been made in regards to the hardware the decision was taken to include this and to scrap the slightly dated scroll wheel.
Again, the Ipod is slightly more expensive than some of its competitors, a well known trait of many Apple products, but it does have a very high quality of finishing and will last the test of time in comparison with some its rivals.
The Nano also includes a clip on the back of it, this is something that has never been seen before on a Nano but with this device being increasingly popular with joggers and runners, this makes perfect sense as it can be clipped on to any article of clothing without the need for additional accessories, cases or straps. Another feature we can see that is aimed at this market is the inclusion of Nike + compatibility, a feature that can be used to track a runners speed, distance etc over a set period.
The device only has 3 buttons, power, volume up and volume down. These are used for the obvious with the touchscreen taking over and doing the rest of the work, the icon or song that is to be used is touched, with a swift swipe to the left acting as a back button.
The inclusion of a radio function is also one that the original Nano didnt have, and has added to the popularity of the device.
The new Nano is a great device if being used as a jogging companion or as an addition to an Iphone, but in my opinion the best option to go for would be the Ipod Touch. The Touch has far more features and is effectively an Iphone lacking the ability to text or phone, and makes a far more sensible purchase in my eyes with the price difference being relatively small for the massive amount of features you gain with it.