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Sep 10

Touchscreen iPod Nanos: Worth the trade-off?

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So, I’ve been thinking a bit about these new iPod nanos… you know, the ones with the little touchscreens. The second I saw them, I was blown away.

The new iPod Nano!

The Nano, lookin' fine.

A tiny little touchscreen like that is totally awesome. I’m a fan of the wearable iPod idea, and the ability to rotate the screen to any direction is excellent. So far, the new iPod nano seems to have been received fairly well. That being said, I feel like the new iPod nanos are taking a step back technologically. If you look at the advertising for the last generation, they were really excited about adding a camera to the iPod nano. That has since been removed, along with iPod nano games, the calendar and several other features. My favorite, the radio, still remains, but it’s odd to see this watered-down version of iOS on a device with so much potential.

Multi-touch exists, but in a limited form. It’s pretty much screen-rotation-centric at the moment. Also, without a home button, the navigation takes some getting used to. Regardless, the user interface is solid. You can load your own pictures through iTunes, but there is no pinch to zoom. With such a tiny screen, you can imagine how hard some photos are to see. Even with your own photos loaded, the device currently does not allow user wallpaper to be set. I would assume that they would add this through future updates, but I can’t promise that. Even with all these small problems (I’m nitpicking here, of course) the new iPod nanos do truly look and work great, and the menu response is quick and snappy, exactly what you’d expect from Apple.

I think it’s an all-around solid product. They’ve even added in a pedometer, nike plus support and increased the battery life to 24 hours. However, I still don’t know that it’s for everyone. If your looking for a bigger bang for your buck, the last generation of iPod nanos may be more up your alley. If you enjoy having the hot new devices or want something a bit simpler and don’t mind the lack of a camera, give it a shot! Like I said, the product does what it’s advertised to do and looks great doing it… for very long periods of time.

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