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Geek Gifts 2007: The Apple iPod nano (video)

<img src="http://b2b.cbsimg.net/gallery/166933-408-424.jpg" align="right" border="0" height="134" hspace="5" vspace="5" width="128" />I have been using the new <a href="http://www.techrepublic.com/contents/2346-22_11-166920.html" target="_blank">iPod Nano from Apple</a>, dubbed by fans as the "fatty," as my primary portable music device for about a week now. In general, I like the Nano's new more square size and the intuitive interface. You can count on Apple to deliver a lot of features in a small package in their multimedia devices and the iPod Nano certainly fits the bill. The battery life is amazing considering how much power is needed to play music and video on a single device.

I have been using the new iPod nano from Apple, dubbed by fans as the "fatty," as my primary portable music device for about a week now. In general, I like the Nano's new, more square size and the intuitive interface. You can count on Apple to deliver a lot of features in a small package in its multimedia devices, and the iPod Nano certainly fits the bill. The battery life is amazing considering how much power is needed to play music and video on a single device.

But there are some things that I wish worked differently. For example, while the interface is intuitive, the mechanism tends to fluctuate between overly sensitive to unresponsive and back again at random. Perhaps one's expertise improves with practice, but it still can be annoying when you are trying to find the right volume for what you are listening to or are watching.

To simplify things, I'll list my pros and cons for you to consider.

What I like:

  • Small, about the right size to fit in the palm of your hand
  • Crisp, clear screen
  • 4GB holds around 1,000 songs (an 8GB version is also available)
  • Great sound
  • Long battery life

What I don't like:

  • Attracts fingerprints like an actor on CSI
  • No clip for a belt or pocket
  • No "fill up the empty space with music" feature
  • The button sensitivity is flaky

The bottom line is that I like the Apple iPod nano, but not enough to trade in my iPod Shuffle. The small size of the video-capable nano is a great piece of technology, but it does not add enough to the device to make it worth the purchase. For someone who travels often or can't do without music videos, the iPod nano may be the best choice, but it is not mine.

Geek Gift score (out of a possible 5)

Fun factor: ****

Geek factor: **

Value: **

Overall: **

Do you have the new iPod nano? What do you think of it? Do you watch movies or television shows on the small screen?

About Mark Kaelin

Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to BreakingModern.com, aNewDomain.net, and TechRepublic.

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