Apple iPod nano Review

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Pros: Slim and sturdy; Very good sound quality; Simple controls and navigation; Seamless software integration

Cons: Lacks FM radio; No video playback

Verdict: The iPod nano is still the king of ultra-slim MP3 players.

Apple's second-generation iPod nano represents the state of the art in MP3 player design, with an ultraslim metal body and the most intuitive interface in the business. It lacks extras like a built-in FM radio, voice recorder, and video support, but its seamless integration with iTunes and sheer simplicity make it a perennial champ. It doesn't hurt that you can add on plenty of features via a sea of optional accessories like the Apple Radio Remote and the Belkin TuneTalk Stereo.

Two of the nano's biggest bonuses are its digital output (via the dock connector) and its support for formats like AAC and Apple Lossless in addition to WAV and MP3, though it doesn't do WMA. The LCD screen is sharp and reasonably bright, but colors aren't as vivid as they could be. We'd like to see Apple include a customizable EQ, but the nano is still the flash MP3 player to beat.
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Laptop Mag & Tom's Hardware
PC Interface USB
Audio Formats AAC
Audio Formats WAV
Audio Formats MP3
Battery Type rechargable
Wi-Fi No
Bluetooth No
IR No
FM Radio No
FM Recording No
Voice Recording No
Memory Type Flash
Memory Capacity 8GB
Size .56 x 1.63 x 3.5 inches
Weight 1.41 ounces
Company Website www.apple.com