Product spotlight: Apple iPod Nano (third generation)
>> Apple's latest iPod refresh has breathed new life
into the line and started consumers thinking about which
iPod they want to get. Even if they already own one.
I'm Brian Tom for cnet.com, and the Product Spotlight
keeps burning it up. This time it's a boom -- Apple's
third generation iPod Nano. [ Music ]
>> The new redesigned body for the iPod Nano is the
biggest change you'll see, and it's really a love or
hate thing. When people first saw the new Nano they
said, oh, it's so fat, so short, so ugly. What's Apple
doing? Really, if the previous Nano was the Kira
Knightly of iPod, this newest one kind of looks like
Danny DeVito. But once I got a grip of the iPod Nano, I
can tell you that devital o never looked this good or
this thin. I'm feeling the design. So what's the Nano
packing? First thing, video playback on a larger 2-inch
screen. Now, check out the video we have playing here.
It's razor-sharp, and it's the best of any iPod so far.
Sure, it's a small screen, but the quality definitely
makes up for it. The menu and navigation system gets
some added eye candy where you can see your album art
work, photos, and it's a swift touch to freshen things
up a little bit. Now as you can see here each different
menu selection shows a different corresponding image on
the side. Another addition. You know how the Apple's
cover flow which for some reason is like the coolest
thing on earth to them. Now it does look great and you
can look at your collection by album art. But I rarely
use this feature, and I don't think I'm alone. Games.
What about games? Okay, it's not that big of a deal.
But it's still cool to have some preloaded ones like
solitaire. The Nano is great. But you also might be
let down in other areas. The audio quality is still
about average-sounding compared to other products out
there. And don't get me wrong, it's not bad, but it's
not top-notch either. Another thing that might get to
you is the fact that the screen is still plastic. That
makes it more prone to scratching over time, and it
would have been nice to have a glass finish --
[Inaudible] iPhone. Now this Nano also plays video, but
wouldn't it also be nice to play video out through the
headphone jack into your TV like previous iPod? It's
nit-picky, but I just want it. Now the capacity on the
Nano line is 4 gigabytes for $149 and 8 gigabytes for
$199. But if they offered a 16-gigabyte model that
would make it even more compelling to go get one. I'm
Brian Tom for cnet.com, and the new redesign of the iPod
Nano plus its new features at a sub-200 price tag
continue to keep Apple on top of the game.
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