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iPod nano, fifth-generation (5G) 8GB

At a Glance
  • Apple iPod nano, fifth-generation (5G) 8GB

The 4G iPod nano was an incremental update to the 3G nano that preceded it--new form, new colors, better storage, Genius playlist support, Spoken Menus, and an accelerometer. A fine, but hardly earthshaking, update. The 5G iPod nano is different. A video camera, built-in microphone, and buffered FM radio make this iPod nano a far more functional, flexible, and entertaining iPod than its predecessor. It won't replace your full-sized camcorder (or even last year's pocket camcorder). It's not Tivo for radio nor a field recorder. It's a compelling upgrade to an already solid and affordable media player. If the iPod you own is starting to look a little limited, this is the iPod to ask for this holiday season.

--Christopher Breen

At a Glance
  • Thin music and video player

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