iPod Nano 6th Generation Review: Not A Nano In The Traditional Sense


The latest generation of the iPod Nano has seen a whole host of changes – so many that many die-hard Nano fans are saying this is no longer a Nano in the traditional sense of the word. This new Nano looks sleek – with fantastic color options and a touch screen – and is ultra portable. Perfect for people who want something small, or want to take their MP3 player with them to the gym.

Features Of The iPod Nano

  • 16GB (4,000 songs) and 8GB (2,000 songs) models
  • 24 hour music playback battery life
  • Blue, green, orange, pink, silver and graphite color options
  • 1.54-inch (diagonal) color TFT display
  • 40 x 240-pixel resolution
  • Supports AAC, Protected AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible, Apple Lossless, WAV and AIFF audio formats
  • Pause and rewind for up to 15 minutes of live radio
  • One year limited warranty

iPod Nano 6th Generation Vs. Older Generations

The inevitable question for owners of an older Nano is whether it’s worth upgrading. And, for those new to the Nano, whether to go with the newest generation or not. The latest generation brought in a number of very visual changes – including the fact that Apple decided to forgo the wheel navigation and implement a tiny touch screen instead. While this helps to make the 6th generation Nano look as sleek as possible, it’s not enough – alone – to warrant the cost of upgrading.

In fact, there has even been a downgrade with the latest generation – the lack of a VGA camcorder. If you’re used to making your own videos then that’s one reason why you won’t want to upgrade.

However, if the size really matters to you (and, lets face it, that’s the major draw with the iPod Nano) then you’ll notice a lot of difference with the latest generation. It’ll easily fit into your pocket or clip onto your clothes, and it looks great in a whole range of colors.

Pros Of The iPod Nano

The newest generations of the iPod Nano come with more than enough storage space for people who want a good selection of MP3s on the go. Even the lower 8GB model will let you store 2,000 songs. It may not hold your entire MP3 collection, but it’ll hold more than enough to keep you busy!

The size makes it ideal for people who just want something simple that’s easy to carry around. It’s perfect for sport and now works with the Nike Plus fitness trainer tool for advanced tracking of pace, distance, timing, calories burned and more. Some extra features include the ability to pause and rewind live FM radio.

Cons Of The iPod Nano

The main con of the iPod Nano is the fact that it does get scratched easily, which is almost inevitable given that this is such a portable MP3 player. You may want to spend a little more money and get hold of a case or skin to keep it protected when you’re out and about.

Another con is the cost. Despite how small the device is, its stylish design and extra features mean that it’s still relatively expensive compared to other MP3 players on the market. Some features have also been removed, such as the ability to play and record video.

The touch screen is a plus in terms of how good it looks, though in reality it doesn’t change much when it comes to how easy the Nano is to use. And, if you want to take your Nano to the gym, you may find it disruptive that you have to now touch the screen to select music, rather than using the click wheel. Thankfully there are still physical buttons for the volume and a “shake to shuffle” feature to select a random song.


However you feel about the Nano, it’s still one of the biggest selling MP3 players in the world. Apple have completely changed the design with the latest generation to come up with a Nano that looks cool and is super easy to use. In essence, this isn’t the Nano that we were used to in previous generations; it’s something new altogether.

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