Apple iPod nano 6th gen

The Good Small and light; Built-in clip; FM radio with pause function; Long battery life.

The Bad Confusing menus; High price.

The Bottom Line The Apple iPod nano 6th gen is a great product for rich people who use the gym. For everyone else, the iPod shuffle and iPod touch offer better value for money.

Editors' Rating
6.5 Overall

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Review

Apple iPod nano 6th gen

You have to admire Apple's guts. The company had a product that was one of the best in its class, the iPod nano, and it's just gone and replaced it with something entirely different: the, er, iPod nano.

It's a dumb decision to use the same name for the new version, because it invites all sorts of pointless comparisons between this and the old one. Let's get them out of the way now. No, this one doesn't play video. It doesn't have a camera or a clickwheel or a large screen. There are no games, contacts... you get the idea.

If you get too tied up in this sort of comparison, the sixth-generation iPod nano makes no sense at all, especially when you consider that the 8GB version, at £129, is only £60 cheaper than the infinitely more capable 8GB iPod touch. That's because, rather than trying to appeal to a broad range of users, this time, Apple is going after just one: people who want to listen to music while they exercise, but find the iPod shuffle too simple. Apple should just have called it the 'iPod run' and be done with it.

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