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Third-generation Apple iPod nano

£99 inc VAT (4GB); £129 inc VAT (8GB)

Manufacturer: Apple

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

The first thing you'll notice about the third-generation Apple iPod nano is its 2in display. How can you not? The display occupies more than half of the device.

The first thing you'll notice about the third-generation Apple iPod nano is its 2in display. How can you not? The display occupies more than half of the device - fitting, considering that one of the big selling points of the nano is it can now play video in addition to music.

The second thing you'll notice is its new shape: the nano's long, thin stick design has been replaced by a wider, stouter design that accommodates both the generous screen and Apple's signature scroll wheel. And it delivers all this in the same impressively thin profile - about a quarter of an inch thick - as the previous nano.

APPLE IPOD CLASSIC: FIRST LOOK

The new nano impressed me more in the flesh than it did on paper. The brushed aluminum design - available in silver (4GB and 8GB), black, (Product) Red, metallic pastel blue and metallic pastel green - actually works quite well in practice. Whereas before I always found the nano unnaturally long for my taste, now I find the nano fits well in the contour of my small hand. This makes operating the player with one hand convenient and comfortable. The player remains super-lightweight at 49g, although it's slightly heavier than the second-generation model.

The nano's 2in screen represents a half-inch gain - and that half-inch makes all the difference. Now, watching video for an extended period of time is tolerable, even though the screen still strikes me as more preferable for quick-hit videos than for full-length movies.

The LED-backlit display is bright and beautiful: photos and videos looked crisp and brilliant in my hands-on experience - no surprise, given the screen's 320x240 resolution, at 204 pixels per inch. As with its bigger cousin, the iPod classic, the nano can handle still images reformatted by iTunes (you can still choose to store full-size images on the device) and 30-fps H.264-encoded video clips (see Apple's Tech Specs for more details).

APPLE IPOD TOUCH: FIRST LOOK

Apple says the screen is 65 percent brighter than on the last nano, and that brightness pays off, for the most part. I found it easy to watch video and view the device in a bright environment. It's so bright, though, that you might want to dial the screen down a bit if you're using it in a dark room or a plane with the lights off.

Apple iPod nano 3G Expert Verdict »

Apple iPod Nano 8GB 3rd Generation Scores 9.0 out of 10 based on 348 reviews
4GB/8GB digital audio player
2in screen
quoted battery life 24 hours (audio), 5 hours (video)
52x7x70mm
49g
  • 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 9 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

What the nano lacks in a few features and flexibility, it makes up for with its stylish flair. With the nano, Apple delivers a highly capable, eye-catching media player, including great audio quality and a bright, high-resolution display for watching video.

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