Tuesday, September 21, 2010

IPod Nano loses its mojo

The 6th generation Nano is the most radically changed iPod ever. Unfortunately and uncharacteristically for Apple's portable media players, many of the changes aren't improvements.

Yes, this is the first Nano with a touch screen and a clip to allow it to be attached to clothing. And it's smaller than its predecessor, measuring just 1.48 in. x 1.61 in. x 0.35 in; that's less than half as tall and slightly thicker, when you include the new clip on the back.

But the screen is Lilliputian as well, measuring about one-inch square versus the 1.8-in. x1.2-in. display of the previous model. Also gone are the fun video camera and the ability to play any videos. And this is the first Nano in two generations not to have an accelerometer, a feature that automatically reorients images when you tilt the screen. Yet despite these significant reductions, the player costs the same as the fifth-generation version: $149 and $179 for the 8- and 16-gigabyte models, respectively.


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