I purchased a 5th gen iPod Nano about three months ago- 88 days ago, actually. Luckily, Target has a 90 day return policy…. :)
I returned my 5th gen iPod Nano to Target and went to the Apple store and purchased a 6th gen iPod Nano. Return at target was $175, new Nano at Apple was $179.
Departing from Apple’s frugality on buttons, the new iPod Nano features three buttons; a power toggle, volume up and volume down. The multi-touch screen can be rotated with a two finger twist. Menus are accessed by clicking the menu item and finger swipes to navigate up/down menu selections. All said, it is fairly intuitive to use.
One fairly interesting feature of the iPod Nano is that the screens are customable- much like on an iPod touch; touch and hold an icon and you can drag it to another screen (or make a new screen). There is no option to delete icons, but that is the way it is for the stock icons on the iPhone/iPod touch. The multiple screens and ability to customize make me think that Apple may have left space for additional apps…
I find it odd that there is a total lack of games on this version of the iPod Nano- where is my solitaire that I could play while waiting for a machine at the gym? (or is that designed to be a future purchased application?)
Missing from the new Nano is the camera and the ability to play back video. That is Ok by me as I will probably get a band and use it as a watch as well… :)
One welcome benefit is that the new iPod Nano supports the Nike+ accessories- including the heart rate sensor. I plugged in my Nike+ dongle that I had used with my former 5th gen iPod Nano and it was still paired to the Nike+ heart rate strap I purchased a few weeks ago (the strap also works with my Polar FT40, so i was planning to use it in any case).
The new Nano is very impressive; it is uber-tiny, very responsive and has very decent sound (bass seems a little over-powered, but I am using mediocre ear buds). It is small and light enough to clip on a shirt sleeve and not require an arm band. It is the perfect device to load up several audio books, a good chunk of my newer podcasts and still have a good chunk of space for music and photos.
It would also be a very cool lapel pin if I could find some way of alternating various QR barcodes while wearing (I guess I could just change some album artwork and create a playlist…)
Below is a quick video I did of the menu items on the 6th gen Nano: