Apple iPod nano 5th Generation (16 GB) Reviews
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Apple iPod nano 5th Generation (16 GB)

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Brilliant engineering, pricey player

Mar 26, 2011
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Pros:Light, tiny, long battery life, crisp screen.

Cons:Pricey, limited mounting clip, headphone plug sticks out unsupported

The Bottom Line: Highly recommended!


It's a LOT of capability in a very small package. The sound quality's excellent, screen is crisp, and touch screen input is very useful, though less intuitive than the clickwheel interface. You have to look at the screen to control the unit, unlike the previous generation nano.

The battery outlasts any amount of play time I've tried between synch/charge connections. Sync speed's excellent via USB2.0.

Besides the price, there are a couple of less-obvious drawbacks. One is that the spring clip on the back barely opens enough to clip onto a belt loop. It's too small to span a wide or thick leather belt. The other is that any straight headphone plug sticks out of the bottom of the iPod far enough to be likely to snap off. Go with a right-angle headphone adapter plug.

I purchased a wristband and right-angle plug adapter, which solves the mounting problem. With the built-in clock display, the iPod doubles as a wristwatch in this configuration, though you have to 'wake up' the unit to get the time to display.

Of course, it only syncs with iTunes - not a problem if you're already using iTunes. The new Genius Mix playlist creator's a big improvement over the prior 'shuffle by genre' playback mode.


Recommend this product? Yes


Amount Paid (US$): 139
Recommended for: Athletes - Lightweight and Portable, Perfect for the Gym


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