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4G iPod nano review

£114.75 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Apple

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5 User Rating: Our users rate this 5 out of 10

The new iPod nano leaves behind the shorter, wider shape of the third-generation (3G) model to embrace the taller, slimmer profile of the nanos of old - even slimmer, in fact, than those older models.

The new 4G iPod nano leaves behind the shorter, wider shape of the third-generation (3G) model to embrace the taller, slimmer profile of the nanos of old - even slimmer, in fact, than those older models.

When it comes to physical appearances, the fourth-generation iPod nano saw the biggest changes when Apple overhauled its iPod lineup this week.

The new iPod nano leaves behind the shorter, wider shape of the third-generation (3G) model to embrace the taller, slimmer profile of the nanos of old - even slimmer, in fact, than those older models. But along with its new shape, the fourth-generation (4G) iPod nano also incorporates new hardware features and new software.

The two new 4G iPod nano models double the capacity of their predecessors, offering 8GB of flash memory for £109 and 16GB for just £40 more.

Apple has also gone back to the wraparound, anodised-aluminum design of the 2G nano, increased the number of available colours from six to nine - black, silver, pink, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple - and made those colours much more vivid. Each model is available in all nine colours.

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Apple iPod nano 4G 8/16GB Expert Verdict »

90.7x8.7x6.2 mm
36.8g
2in (diagonal) colour LCD with LED backlight, 320 by 240 pixels at 204ppi
8GB or 16GB flash drive
frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
audio formats supported: AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
H.264 video, up to 1.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second
built-in rechargeable lithium ion battery
dock connector
3.5mm stereo headphone jack
  • Build Quality: We give this item 9 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 8 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

Overall, the new 4G iPod nano looks like a solid upgrade in most areas, despite slightly-shorter video-watching battery life (and, to some of us, a step backwards in shape). Perhaps most important - from Apple's perspective, at least - the new design, with it's thinner appearance, vertical screen, and more-vibrant colours, evokes perhaps the strongest "I want one now" response of any non-touchscreen iPod yet. Stay tuned for our official review, which we'll post soon.

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