Apple iPod Nano fifth generation

The Good Packed to the gills with new audio-video features such as a video camera, FM radio, voice recording, Genius Mixes, a built-in speaker, and a larger 2.2-inch screen; also gets a pedometer.

The Bad The Nano's camera can't shoot photos or HD-quality video and Apple located its lens in the most awkward location imaginable. Storage capacities remain stuck at 8GB and 16GB.

The Bottom Line No other MP3 player on the planet packs more features, from video to a pedometer, into a smaller package than the overachieving Apple iPod Nano.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 9.0
  • Features 9.0
  • Performance 8.0
8.7 Overall

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Review

Apple iPod Nano fifth generation

The iPod Nano MP3 player continues Apple's legacy of packing a multitude of features into a colorful, impossibly thin design and comes reasonably priced at $149 (8GB) and $179 (16GB). This time around, Apple is branching out of its iPod formula in a small, but not insignificant way by gracing the back of the Nano with its own video camera. If you've ever considered buying an iPod Nano, the fifth-generation model is the best one yet.

Design
In 2008, Apple broke away from the traditionally flat, rectangular iPod design and surprised customers with a curved, wing-shaped iPod Nano. It's safe to assume that Apple is still pleased with that design, since the fifth-generation model is nearly identical to its predecessor, measuring 3.5 inches tall by 1.6 inches wide by 0.25 inch thick at its center.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $179
  • Brand Apple
  • Type digital player / radio
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
  • Color black
  • Capacity 16 GB
  • Diagonal Size 2.2 m
  • Run Time (Up To) 24 hour(s)
  • Weight 1.27 oz
  • Supported Digital Audio Standards AAC, AIFF, Apple Lossless, Audible, MP3, WAV
  • Installed Size 16 GB
  • Type LCD
  • Tuner Bands FM
  • Type 1 year warranty
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