To nano or not to nano?
This week we’ll be taking a look at the iPod nano, a device that makes you want to write articles about the Apple brand. Apple is no longer just synonymous with music and video!
I must say I am truly impressed by the progressive design of the sixth generation nano and the extras packed into this tiny device. The nano has evolved from a tall, sleek design at 3.5 inches high with rounded corners to the sixth generation model which is square and boxy, standing only 1.48” high.
The sixth generation nano is available with eight or 16GB of memory and in seven eye catching colours, but it’s the features that will really draw you in.
For those that always wanted a device with touch features at an affordable price, the nano is a dream come true. The multi-touch feature makes it easy to navigate with a simple scroll and tap feature and also gives you the ability to view application icons one at a time or four per screen. Obviously, when using the latter option, the size of the icons will be significantly smaller.
Some other unique features are the shake and shuffle, which allows you to give the device a shake and it, will randomly select a song for you. Additionally, the automatic screen rotation will reposition screen images as you move the device.
Those interested in personal fitness will be drawn to the Fitness option which is a collaborative effort between Apple and Nike that acts a personal trainer, compiling fitness data and helps us to monitor progress during and after a workout. Look out for cardio machines that are Nike + iPod compatible that will act as a host for your nano and upload results from your workout while you listen to your favourite songs.
Want to catch the five o’clock news when out jogging or picking up groceries on the way home? The nano comes equipped with FM radio capabilities that also include a live pause feature that allows you to stop the current broadcast and resume when ready. It also allows you to fast forward or rewind the broadcast within a 15-minute period.
The new clock faces feature is a unique extension of the brand, allowing the device to act as a watch with a selection of over seventeen different background designs ranging from conservative to fun with images of Disney and Muppet characters. Watch straps must be purchased separately through Apple, but I really like the idea of a portable device capable of so much.
The iPod nano is definitely designed with sports enthusiasts and a more mature audience in mind through the incorporation of the Fitness, Watch and Radio functions.
Stay tuned for supplement four, when we look at the iPod classic.