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Review: Fourth-generation iPod nano

At a Glance

Thin music and video player

Price when rated: $149

Pros

  • New voice-recording functionality
  • Spoken Menus and larger menu fonts improve accessibility
  • More features than the iPod classic
  • Genius feature works directly on iPod
  • Improved interface with optional preview panel
  • Better-than-estimated battery life
  • Slightly larger Click Wheel than previous nano
  • Audio-crossfade
  • Most capacious nano yet

Cons

  • Same video-out restrictions as previous model
  • New shape has its drawbacks, including sharp top edges and (especially) corners
  • Odd landscape-mode controls
  • Spoken Menus doesn’t cover all menus and has the same occasional pronunciation issues as computer text-to-speech
  • Doesn’t charge from some older accessories
 Compare

At a Glance

Thin music and video player

Price when rated: $149

Pros

  • New voice-recording functionality
  • Spoken Menus and larger menu fonts improve accessibility
  • More features than the iPod classic
  • Genius feature works directly on iPod
  • Improved interface with optional preview panel
  • Better-than-estimated battery life
  • Slightly larger Click Wheel than previous nano
  • Audio-crossfade
  • Twice the capacity of previous generation at the same price

Cons

  • Same video-out restrictions as previous model
  • New shape has its drawbacks, including sharp top edges and (especially) corners
  • Odd landscape-mode controls
  • Spoken Menus doesn’t cover all menus and has the same occasional pronunciation issues as computer text-to-speech
  • Doesn’t charge from some older accessories
 Compare

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