Apple recently rolled out their latest iPod lineup and IMHO the most interesting device announced was the new 5th generation iPod nano. I had no plans to purchase a new Apple product, but couldn't pass up a few of the new key features of the nano, including the pedometer, FM radio, and video camera. The new nano is available in nine different colors and I went with the orange one since I wanted a color that stood out a bit from my other devices. You can check out my image gallery, along with a video walk around the device and a video that includes each of the modes in the video camera.
|Image Gallery:Check out some product photos and a comparison of the iPod nano 5th generation with the 2nd generation iPod and Zune 4GB.|
Inside the box you will find the nano, stereo earphones, USB 2.0 cable, dock adapter, and Quick Start guide. The box is clear plastic and is the minimum size needed to hold the nano and accessories.
There is a hold switch on the top and nothing on the left and right. The iPod port and 3.5mm headset jack are found on the bottom of the nano.
You will find the new video camera on the back (lower left) of the nano. It is placed in a rather odd location so you will have to make sure to keep the fingers from your right hand out of the way when holding in landscape mode to capture video.
In addition to capturing video in normal mode, Apple modeled the iPod nano camera after the Nintendo DSi with several different capture modes. There are 15 additional modes on the nano, including Sepia, Black and White, X-Ray, Film Grain, Thermal, Security Cam, Cyborg, Bulge, Kaleido, Motion Blur, Mirror, Light Tunnel, Dent, Stretch, and Twirl. Check out my video below to see clips from each mode.
The camera placement isn't really that optimal, but I understand there are space constraints on the nano and this may have been the only place left to pack in the video camera. It only takes a bit of practice to work it without blocking the lens and is not that big of a deal.
The FM radio supports RDS so you will see the song and artist on your nano. I have been using Shazam quite a bit to tag music I hear on my car's FM radio and with the new nano you can simply use the click wheel to tag the song. iTunes creates a list of all your tagged songs so you can later preview them and make purchase decisions when you sync to your Mac or PC.
The Nike+ Active site shows you the steps you have taken in relation to real-life objects like mountains, skyscrapers, etc. You can set hourly, daily, weekly, and monthly step goals and track them on the site too. Calories burned are calculated using the integrated pedometer. When you connect your nano with pedometer data on it you will be prompted to sync it to the Nike+ site.
It seems to me that Apple could enable this nano to work with the full Nike+ capability without having to attach the adapter and I am not sure yet if I am need this advanced capability. I need to read more reviews and experiences about the Nike+ kit to make that decision.
It is also nice to have an integrated microphone on the nano so you can quickly record voice notes/reminders while you have your nano with you.
You can enable VoiceOver so that songs are announced when they start playing. Genius is also integrated in the nano to help create optimized playlists for you.
Like I said, I never planned to buy a new iPod prior to the announcements, but am very pleased with the iPod nano 5th generation and plan to spend a lot more time with it out running. I bought an arm band case to use with the nano so I can easily take it with me when I hit the road.