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Ready – Steady – Get Fit and Get Groovy With the Apple iPod Nano 16GB

Now that almost everyone and their dog have themselves a trendy new Smartphone which can download movies, stream music, surf the web, play games, oh and make calls (who bothers actually making calls these days?) – is there still a need for an iPod Nano? What could it possibly give you that a Smartphone cannot? Well the new Apple iPod Nano 7th generation shows just what you can do with a slim Nano that benefits from a great Fitness app for all you fitness freaks out there – yes, you know who you are.

Under Starter’s Orders… The iPod Nano Versus the Average Smartphone

Do you really need another music gadget in your life? Well, maybe if it gives the average Smartphone a run for its money… let’s do the usual comparison shall we?

The Nano gets off to a good start with its slim new look and design. It’s just 5.4mm thin and 76.5mm in height, (roughly the size of a credit card) so it fits snugly into your pocket and so far there are no issues with it bending or bursting into flames (take note iPhone 6). It’s easy to use and when you combine Bluetooth with compatible headphones then you’re onto a winner.

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With a depth of just 5.4mm, the Nano (7th Gen) is “the thinnest iPod ever” according to Apple, yet the display is double the size (2.5 inches) of the screen found on the Generation 6 Nano.

Staying in the Lead

That’s not all the 7th generation Nano has to offer however. It comes with a built-in pedometer and Nike+ Fitness so you can track your distance, pace, calories burned, steps taken and time. You get a real-time progress report and you can track your overall levels on the Nike website. Great if you want to annoy everyone on Facebook with your fitness updates.

The intelligent Nike+ Fitness app will pause when you stop and you can program it to play a PowerSong which you activate with a simple tap for a musical boost that should help you overcome the dreaded wall. Or just make you forget the fact that you are leaving a puddle of sweat and tears of pain behind you.

Having this in a lightweight, slim and easy to use Nano will most certainly appeal to all fitness fanatics out there who are fed up of wrestling with wires and having to find somewhere secure and safe to store their Smartphones whilst out jogging; having said that, the 6th generation came with a handy clip which seems to have disappeared with this version.

Bonus Boosts

Video playback makes a welcome return with the 7th generation Nano and the 240 x 432 resolution pixels are more than adequate for watching clips, podcasts or even entire movies. Its multi-touch screen with large icons is great to use and it comes with built-in FM Radio too.

The Lighting Connector (insert image of Usain Bolt in your head) is a new feature and thankfully replaces the rather cumbersome 30-pin Dock connector, however if you already have accessories which relied on the 30-pin dock then you’ll need to buy a not inexpensive adapter.

If you want to personalise your Nano then you do get a range of colours to choose from and the slim, sleek design is a vast improvement on the last iPod Nano.

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After testing over 124 different prototypes on 600 different human guinea pigs, the boffins at Apple redesigned the classic ‘earbud’ and created the ‘EarPod’.

Wait, What’s This? The Nano is Slowing Down!

There are of course, some drawbacks. If it was perfect there wouldn’t be the opportunity to bring out an iPod Nano 8th generation would there?

The radio works with the headphones, so they have to be connected and there are no pre-sets or auto tuning but there is a handy live-pause function.

As you would expect from Apple, the iPod Nano is completely dependent on iTunes which is a shame as you’d have thought that by now, they would have found a way to download content directly onto the Nano itself. As there’s no wifi you can’t stream music either so you have to go through the laborious process of connecting it to your pc and downloading music from iTunes onto the Nano. If you had to do this every time you bought a new album you’d be pretty peeved.

The Finish Line

So who wins? Well that depends on who you want to win. If you want a great little iPod to blast out your favourite playlists and track your progress whilst you work up a sweat then this little gadget is hard to beat. It’s less cumbersome than a Smartphone, easier to use and does benefit from some great features.

However if you merely want to listen to your favourite tracks on the go, then you might not be too taken by it.

We do hope that future Nano generations will be WiFi enabled as that would make a huge difference, but as it is, this little fella is definitely one to watch.

  • At 4cm x 0.5cm x 7.6 cm this baby is about the size of a credit card.
  • It’s light too, at just 32g.
  • With a 2.5 inch display (when used diagonally), your viewing pleasure is almost double that of the generation 6.
  • Watch movies on the go with the Nano’s 240-by-432-pixel resolution (202 pixels per inch).
  • There’s a built-in pedometre and custom fitness app – Nike+.
  • Built-in Bluetooth 4.0, means no more tangled wires – great for workouts.
  • Radio for when you fancy a change from your playlist
  • The Genius playlist acts as your own personal DJ.
  • Available in 7 different colours – silver, purple, citrus, blue, green, slate and pink.
  • And of course, it’s got that same quality Apple build – anodised aluminium, “EarPods” which stand the test against other high-end headphones, improved (lightening fast) 30-pin connector.

[Update: Apple have refreshed the appearance of the iPod Nano 7th Gen. since its release in 2012. There are now 5 colours to choose from – Space Grey, White + Silver, Blue, Gold or Pink. Some stores are calling this the 8th Gen. however they are essentially the same (identical spec wise) just different colours – confusing, huh?].

What’s in the Box…

  • iPod Nano
  • Apple EarPods
  • Lightning to USB Cable

Apple iPod Nano (7th Generation)
The size of a credit card with a built-in pedometre, custom fitness app and classic Apple build quality, this is the perfect portable device for workouts.
Design95%
Usability91%
Battery Life82%
Sound Quality83%
Video Quality86%
87%Overall Score
Reader Rating: (2 Votes)
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