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Apple iPod Nano Sixth Generation Review

Overview:

Pros

  • Roughly about half the size of the earlier model.
  • Uses a unique multi touch screen navigation
  • There is a provision for a clip so making it convenient for people on the move.
  • Superior battery life and volume when compared to its earlier versions.
  • The new user interface resembles the OS used in the iPod Touch and iPhone.
  • Compatible with earlier dock accessories.
  • The interface is swift and responsive.

Cons

  • Does not feel like sixth generation of the iPod. Gives you a feeling it is a whole new product.
  • No Video capabilities or Games either.
  • No Speakers.
  • Just one multi-touch gesture.
  • No click wheel and it takes time to get used to the swiping.
  • Expensive.
  • Earphones with mic and playback controls should have been included.

Review:

The iPod Nano is a device that has rivalled the iPod classic in terms of the change it brought bout in the gizmo industry both in terms of legacy and popularity. Its popularity is justified considering its improvements every generation. Ever since it debuted in 2005, it has received high recommendation in its entire previous version from us. The first version was prone to scratches, and apple used aluminium for the second version. The third version had video capabilities and gaming.

There were improvements in the body for the fourth generation and everything else we wanted was in the fifth version. However, this year Apple decided to try for something new and came out with the sixth generation Nano, placing a new device that is a hybrid of the iPod Nano and iPod touch with the size of a iPod shuffle minus all the features we have been used to expect from the Nano. Despite these radical changes and the cost factor, we would not be writing off the Nano. It has a fantastic battery life, a convenient small size, an OS like the one on iPhone rather than the one on the iPod and “multi-touch”.  A super-shuffle or sub-Ipod Nano model, the sixth generation could be a hit in the lower end price segment. That is where the problem lies. We are not coming to terms with the fact that it has come as a successor to device that did twice more the stuff for the same price. Has apple taken it is first ever mis-step? Read on to find out if the Nano’s worth it.

Apple iPod Nano Sixth Generation

Design:

iSquare:

When we saw the 2009 variant of the Nano, we thought it was impossible that Apple could make something smaller than it. But little did we know that in late 2010, Apple proved us wrong.  The sixth generation iPod Nano is only slightly larger than the iPod shuffle with an extra of half an inch to accommodate the 1.25″ touchscreen. The device measures 1.61 inches wide, 1.48 inches long and 0.35 inches thick including the rear clip. While screens are not new on such small devices, the fact that it is an Apple device indicates the high quality and functionality of the device.

Weighing around 21 grams, iPod Nano 6th Gen Player is much lighter than the earlier version. It is SO light that when you clip it to a shirt, you will not notice it hanging there.

Anodized Body and Colour Variants:

This year’s Nano features a polished anodized aluminium body, similar to the fourth generation iPod shuffle. It is not as shiny as the last year’s Nano but yet vaguely similar. The device is available in seven colours down from the nine available with Apple ditching yellow and purple colours. The other colours have also witnessed a shift in the tone including the nearly purple blue, a bronze toned orange and a rosier pink. A rose red version is offered as an option through the Apple stores and a graphite colour model replaces the the black charcoal Nanos with a lighter tone.

iPod Nano 6th Gen Player Colours

The Screen:

While the casing is pretty cool, most people would rather want to know about the screen.  6th Generation Nano has a 240 x 240 resolution with the screen measuring about 1.25 inches and 1.54 inches diagonally. It is the smallest screen ever since the Nano was capable of a having a display. Its resolution is 160 odd ppi higher than the iPhone 3G and the earlier counterparts. With having to squeeze more into a smaller space, you would not expect great viewing angles. But be prepared to be surprised, we had crystal clarity from a fairly sharp off angle. The artwork is pretty decent but the text seems shadowed compared to what we see on the iPhone.
Obviously, Apple must have given thought on how to make a touch screen so good that people would not miss the physical button experience. Apple has managed to create a replica of the iPod touch/iPhone interface with a few home screens, and the ability to hold down any icon and shift its location across home screens. There are little dots right at the bottom of the screen that tell you how many more screens are available. There is not any unlocking screen and you have the option to choose the background from a set of a few built in images. But what was disappointing is the lack of an option to substitute our own photos as a background.

Controls:

When the screen is switched off, the device looks jet black in contrast to the sides which are tinted thoroughly except for the ports and the three gray buttons which are similar to the ones found on the iPhone 4 except they’re smaller and used for volume and Sleep/wake controls. The plus sign on one of the buttons marks the volume up button and a minus is the volume down button. These buttons are included on the device as there are no touchscreen equivalents for these operations.  Same is the case with the Sleep/Wake button, there’s no iPhone like alternative.

Navigation:

For years, people have considered the click wheel the best possible way to navigate and now that is gone. Apple could have included the 3 button remote equipped earphones but chose to include the older standard ear buds. Their inclusion would have made it easier to overlook the lack of physical playback control buttons. So in order to control playback, you need to pull out the Nano and then navigate it appropriately. While it is not too much of a deal, it is inconvenient during active use. At the bottom of the device are the 30 pin dock connector port and the 3.5mm headphone jack. The device is compatible with a few accessories of the earlier generation such as the standard earphones.

Shirt clip:

The addition of a rear shirt clip makes it wearable for the first time and is one of the features it has inherited from the shuffle. Though it is bigger than the ones found on the shuffle, it’s slightly smaller than the rear surface. The clip does not hide the rear service compartment like it did in the shuffle.  All of the internal components are fit into a model by inserting them and fills the large hole making it a highly elegant design to hold with the only challenge being the screen being accidentally activated.

Interface:

When you first turn on the Apple iPod Nano 6th Generation, there are icons deleted to items that previously appeared under the Music menu such as Now Playing, Artists etc. The iPod Nano’s interface resembles the one found on an iOS device. However, Apple has confirmed that the Nano does not run iOS nor can you install newer apps from iTunes. On the first screen are also present Playlists and Genius mixes. The second and third home screens have Radio, Podcasts, Photos, Songs, Albums, Genres and Composers. The fourth screen has a Fitness screen and a Clock along with two blank spots. When you plug in an accessory, an option called the Voice Memos turns up that allows you to record Voice with a few small adjustments.  You can use iTunes to synchronize an audio book to the Nano. However, there is no option to delete any icons, you need to shift them to another page. While giving each of these features an own icon seems absurd, Apple obviously did it to make it look feature rich and better than white screens with little black text as in the case of the  earlier Nanos.  There is an extra white space on all the sides to allow slight imprecision in the finger movement.  Because only three to four artist names appear on the screen at once, get ready for a lot of swiping.  There is a god-sent miniature alphabetical navigation bar on the right of the screen that is pretty nifty if you have a firm finger.

The absence of a faithful Home screen also means that you will have to swipe from left to right or vice versa till you return to the home screen. Quite inconvenient for someone who is used any of the earlier Nanos. Another oddity is the inability to set the time before which the screen dozes off. The screen dims around 20 seconds and goes to sleep after 60 seconds; an extra tap for this.

Multi Touch Gestures:

Apple has promoted the device as a multi-touch but actually, it is too small for most people to do anything simultaneously. More importantly, it is capable of only one multi-touch gesture that is to rotate the screen 90 degrees so that the screen could be read in any position. You might wonder why would Apple not use the inbuilt Accelerometer for this purpose and when it could have used pinch to zoom as a feature for multi-touch.  Try taking a clipped Nano along with you and that will force the screen to rotate unnecessarily.

Accessibility:

There are a host of features to make the device useable by the deaf or blind users. Features like the Mono Audio and screen colour flipping White on Black have been brought over from the iPhone. Voice Over helps visually impaired people browse the screen by reading out the names of the artists, albums etc.  However, the un-scalable text and lack of physical track switching would make it a weaker choice when compared to its predecessors.

Apple iPod Nano Sixth Generation Multiple Views

Features:

The sixteen icons that the device can be clubbed into the following categories : music playback, FM radio tuning, voice recording, photo playback, workout tracker and a clock display.  We were mildly surprised with the iPod’s handling of video and image content.

Memory:

The iPod Nano sixth generation is available in 8GB and 16GB. With the former having 7.35GB usable space and the latter have 14.8 GB. This loss is accounted to the space required for the OS and the flash memory. The devices can store 2000-4000 songs of about 3 minutes each and 128kbps. The better the quality and longer the songs, lesser will be the number of songs stored.

iPod Music/Audio:

Ten of the sixteen slots available take you to the playback or other features. Playlists are manual collections and Genius Mixes are iTunes generated collections of tracks. Artists, Songs, Albums, Genres and Composers sort the library according to those headers. Audio books and Podcasts are well, for storing audio books and podcasts. Now playing brings you to the track that’s currently being played. Because of the small screen, playback is slightly different from the earlier versions. When one selects a track, the cover art of the album fills the screen and a tap is necessary for bringing up the details of the artist’s name, album name etc. There’s an “i” button at the bottom of the screen that allows you to rate the track up to five stars and a list of other tracks from the same album. While Apple has tried to make most out of this tiny screen by putting focus on the art, the controls do not feel as convenient as on earlier models because there often arises a need to look down at the screen just to pause or change songs.
Audio books have a list of chapters in place of the album track menu and the genius and shuffle buttons are replaced with a “back 30 seconds” and an option to be read at half, actual or twice the speed. Podcasts too have the same options, the third screen containing data from iTunes explaining what the podcast contains.

Radio Tuning:

Of the plethora of features that were available in the last year’s model, only two survived. One being the integrated Radio FM tuner that Apple incorporated only very recently. In order to tune the radio, the headphones need to be connected. Once you do so, there appears a cropped and no frills version of last year’s screen with big numbers and an ‘i’ button to bring up a menu. When you tap on the station number, a scrollable dial appears that allows you to browse station by station. There’s the extremely handy feature of live pause that allows you to stop and time shift about 15 minutes of a live broadcast.  Mind you, you can’t save songs but in case there’s something you missed on the radio, this feature allows you to skip back and play again.  Selecting the ‘i’ button gives a settings menu that lets you search for stations and a favourites option that allows you to access your bookmarked stations.  The FM tuner was as powerful as it was on the earlier versions. We liked the look of the interface and are one of the few improvements in the new Nano. The iPod touch and iPhone would be nicer if they had this option.

Voice Recording:

The Voice memo application in the sixth generation Nano is a cut down version of the application found in the earlier iPods. The files are recorded as 128kbps AAC files even if using the mic and consume about 1MB per every minute recorded. While the quality of the content depends on the microphone used, the ones in the Apple’s ear phones with the remote and mic do a great job. They are however sold separately on the Apple site.  Selecting the list button allows you to see your prior recordings and add labels accordingly. There is an option to delete tracks if you do not want them to be synchronized to your iTunes. The voice recording is a feature that works pretty well and we have no complaints.

Photo playback:

This feature is designed particularly to improve its appeal amongst people who love sharing images with their friends. The earlier Nano’s initially were not the best devices, but they have improved over time. There are a set of transition effects such as Page Flip, Origami and dissolve during slideshow but otherwise, this Nano’s just as average as its earlier versions. Though there are a higher number of pixels this time, the thumbnails have dropped down to 9 which means you will have to scroll around a lot of photos in an album. The square shape of the display also means that the images are surrounded with big black boxes making them look even smaller. Here, too zoom into the photos tapping does work.  However, we have a serious issue with the device here. When the images on the Nano are played on an external display, the images have such poor quality; we wondered why Apple released this feature when it is so poorly implemented.

Nike iPod Sports Kit:

This is a feature that has been around for years now and the iPod Nano 8GB, 16GB Sixth Generation Player features the same. It is a kit complete with a dock connector dongle and a sensor that can be mounted on a shoe. The application has male and female voices that provide status and motivation during jogs. You can also synchronise data from your workouts to Nikeplus.com using iTunes. There are options such as Basic, Time, Calorie workout options, summary of the performances, distances covered and the ability to remember your sprints. The on screen numbers have been made smaller to accommodate the buttons.  Even the iPod hear rate monitor is provided as well.  The new Pedometer features a screen that counts the number of steps you take on a daily, monthly and annual purpose. Thanks to the smaller text, the pedometer has six digits instead of the earlier four. You can activate the feature while using audio playback and this is indicated by the image of a shoe on the top bar of the screen.

Clock:

If there is a reason they could continue the Nano in its present form, it would the clock feature. Thanks to its size and wear-ability, it is single watch face along with a calendar would make it a perfect watch.  Under the settings, the date and time menu can be accessed to make the display a clock whenever the screen is idle. A left swipe would bring up the home screen and a right swipe would bring up a countdown.  Apple should consider this feature more seriously like introducing newer and hybrid watch faces making it competition to existing brands. Sure, the present size is a bit larger, but Apple’s known to make stuff smaller and we’re hoping they would make good use of this.

No Games:

One of the things we were disappointed with the iPod Nano 6ht generation is the lack of any games. People who are used to playing Klondike, Maze and Vortex will surely miss the feature.  Also you cannot download games for the device thereby rendering it useless when it comes to gaming for leisure.

Syncing with iTunes:

It is as easy to sync the device with iTunes as it was on the earlier models. The iTunes 10 software allows you to drag and drop files under various options such as music, podcasts etc. Transferring rate on this model is much faster. It took about a minute and half to transfer 1GB of files when compared to the 2:07 seconds of the iPod touch and 6 minutes of the iPod Shuffle. These faster speeds make it easier to use than other iPods.

What is missing?

The iPod Nano sixth generation surely lacks a lot of features from the previous generations. There is no cover flow, search and a built in speaker.  It is also not capable of playing video in any form, so there go movies, TV shows or even video parts of podcasts.  Another notable omission is the video camera.  Also missing are alarms, calendars, contacts, notes and world clocks.

Audio quality:

The sound from the headphones is remarkably louder than the fifth generation counterpart with the Nano about 10 percent more powerful.  The new iPod Nano is capable of handling video content. No, do not rush to conclusions, while it cannot play back video, it allows you to listen to the audio part of the video podcasts. These files appear both under the Podcast icons as well as Music videos icon.

Battery Life:

One of the very few things about the device that we liked is its battery life. Inspite of being the smallest Nano ever, its battery life lasted well above Apple’s 24 hour estimate. The device played on for about 35 hours on 50 percent volume lasting out about an hour more than the fifth generation model and two more than the fourth generation one.

What is in the box?

The packaging is similar to the iPod shuffle’s box except slightly larger. There is a full USB to dock connector cable, a standard pair of earphones minus remote and mic, an apple logo sticker, warranty guide and a start up guide. The universal dock adapter’s missing because Apple wanted to cut down on packaging waste.

Warranty:

The Apple iPod Nano sixth generation is covered by a warranty of one year.

Price Tag:

The iPod Nano is priced roughly as much as the fifth generation model without half of its features. It is the price that is the biggest letdown amongst all of it. Had it been priced around the range of iPod shuffle, this product would have got our recommendation.

Verdict:

Most of our users would agree that the new addition the Nano family is hard to be taken seriously as the sixth generation of the Nano brand.  No change in the price tag, omission of too many features  we have got used to, lack of true multi touch make this the first ever  Nano we would not recommend. Had the price been half of what it is, maybe it would have been different.

Do not get us wrong, the Nano is not a bad product. The new form factor and screen are pretty cool. It is definitely much better than the iPod shuffle released in 2009. But its the lack of features and the small interface issues that turned us off. Maybe Apple was looking to make a simple no frills music player that could be a successor to the iPod shuffle.  If that’s the case, then the device delivers. However, it does not live up to the expectations of its Nano tag. It is up to Apple to either shrink it even smaller or make it larger and include better features.  The best option for Apple is to consider a refurbished model of the fifth generation and work on this one as an accessory, you might never know, wristband music players could be the next in thing.

Apple iPod Nano Sixth Generation (8GB & 16GB) – Technical Specification Table

Manufacturer Apple
Model Name iPod Nano sixth generation
Generation Sixth
Dimensions (H x W x D) 37.5 x 40.9 x 8.78 mm
Weight 21.1 grams
Display size 1.54″ diagonal
Display type TFT
Display resolution 240 x 240 pixel resolution at 220 pixels per inch
Capacities available 8GB, 16GB
Holding capacity 8GB: 2000 songs in 128-Kbps AAC format
7000 iPod viewable images
16GB: 4000 songs in 128-Kbps AAC format
14000 iPod viewable images
Storage type USB flash drive
Interactivity Spoken menus allow listeners to hear many of the
names of menus, song titles and artists without
viewing the screen
Legibility of the menus An alternative large font can make menus easier to read
Display adjustments Contrast and backlight settings
Caption feature Yes
Voice Over Kit 29 languages
Audio formats supported AAC, Protected AAC, HE-AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible,
Apple Lossless, AIFF and WAV
Audio special feature User-configurable maximum volume limit
Fps rate 30 frames per second
Navigation Touch screen
Mac system requirements Mac computer with USB 2.0 port
Mac OS X v10.5.14 or later
iTunes 10 or later
Windows system requirements PC with USB 2.0 port
Windows Vista or Windows 7
iTunes 10 or later
Headphone jack Standard 3.5mm stereo headphone jack
Battery Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Battery life Music playback time: 33 hours at 50 percent volume
Charge time Fast-charge time: about 1.5 hours
Full-charge time: about 3 hours
Box contents iPod nano
Earphones
USB 2.0 cable
Dock adapter
Quick Start guide
Warranty One year standard warranty for parts and labour

Apple iPod Touch 4th Generation Review

The Apple iPod Touch will the dream choice of MP3 player for anyone aspiring to own one. Having said that, it is not surprising that it is the best selling iPod in the current MP3 market. The iPod Touch is one of those magic gadgets that has it all, by doing best in playing MP3 and video and to a certain degree, it can do more than just play music and video, by being one of the best browsers around, and it is capable of taking in some incredible amount of new features by installation of Apps. It will be a crime if we left without mentioning about is impeccable ease of use and gorgeous looks. Just about three years after Apple had managed to stretch the definition of what a portable MP3 player is capable of to new heights with the master of the art iPod Touch, the other manufactures have just started to catch up with the latest revolution of Android powered mini tablets. In spite of having added competition, the latest version of the iPod Touch does justice to its award winning heritage and has secured the top spot of the MP3 player pyramid, yet again.

With the latest iPod Touch Fourth Generation, Apple has managed to close the gap between what its portable media player and iPhone are capable of. We think an apt way to describe this latest edition as an iPhone without the “Phone” capability. They have put the Touch on a diet, slimmed it down and beefed up the feature list and maintains it to be one of the most versatile hardware you can drop in your pocket. The reduction in dimensions has not stopped Apple from squeeze in a super sharp Retina display, couple of cameras and the A4 processor that did it for the iPhone 4 and iPad. These hardware upgrades has allowed Apple to include a plethora of new and interesting features such as the FaceTime calls, and Record and Edit videos just like what you can do on the iPhone 4.

Apple iPod Touch 4th Generation

Design:

Size zero yet?

Well, we said that the iPod Touch 4th Gen is very much like the iPhone 4, but that is true just to the feature set and does not apply to the form factor. So, the Touch has retained its trademark shiny metal back plate, and yes, as always it is prone to the dirty finger marks and smudges. The very second that you place the hands on the latest iPod Touch, you will be able to feel its incredible slimness. It has really come down to shaving slivers of metal off the iPod each and every time now, largely because it is really thin already. This time the 4th gen is even thinner, of course, as the bezel has been cut down on the width as well, but the big stat is probably the drop in weight. It is not that drastic, but it makes the 3rd gen look a little out of shape. As far as the changes are concerned, the Sleep and Wake button has been moved to that right hand side to match the iPhone and iPad. But the headphone port retains its spot on the bottom, next to the dock connector

Apple iPod Touch 4G Slim View

The Retina Display:

You are blind if you did not notice the mind blowing Retina display as soon as the Touch is switched on. Apple iPod Touch 4th Generation Media Player has a resolution of 960 x 640 pixels and packs in about 326 pixels per inch. These values are about four times as many as that display on the 3rd Gen Touch model. It is bright, Vivid and simply incredibly sharp; if you had been using an older version of the iPod or iPhone, the difference is inevitable, especially while reading text. We guarantee you that the amazement will not stop with just the first time of using it, it will probably last for at least a month. Though named as the Retina display, it is not the same as the one that you would find on the iPhone 4, as it is not the type with in-Plane Switching (IPS). So, if you are keen on what difference is this feature going to make? It is not that good at viewing angles, and you will be able to make out this difference if you look at both of them from an angle.

The Package:

One change with the package that was less fortunate was its decision to not supply headphones with an in-wire clicker. Otherwise, you get the usual pair of Apple headphones, and this means, you have to get the iPod out of your pockets to control the player. If you are too disappointed to accept this fact, you can always stick in a compatible set of earplugs with the clickers. It is just a shame that Apple has chosen not to include it in its top of the range iPod. Apple also sells Dock to VGA, Dock to component AV and Dock to Composite AV cables to output video from the iPod touch.

Features:

With the feature set being so close to the iPhone 4, the comparisons are simply inevitable. However, the ultimate fact is that one is a phone and other is a media player, just with a whole load of extras. One more difference is that, there cannot be an on-going cost involved with the iPod Touch, and this difference is valid only as long as you sign up for an iPhone 4 with a contract.

Capacities Available:

The iPod Touch Fourth Generation is available in three usual ‘Apple’ capacity choices of 8GB, 16GB and 64GB.

Connectivity:


Connectivity wise, the iPod Touch has the usual suspects of Bluetooth, WiFi connectivity and the Wireless N also makes a bow on an iPod for the first time too. The processor employed on the iPod Touch has been upgraded to A4, which is same as the one on Apple’s other best sellers, iPad and iPhone 4. Hence, the performance is excellent. Boy, does this processor make the Touch fly; the device manages to boot from cold to Home screen in just 31 seconds, which is about 5 seconds faster than the iPhone 4. However, in reality, there is just hardly any need for you to switch off the device completely; you can just put it to sleep and wake it in an instant as soon as you wish to use it. Its overall performance is somewhat similar to that of iPhone , and unlike the last iterations, it does not look like there is an internal difference between the 8GB, 32GB and 64GB versions, apart from the memory. This means they all support multitasking. Swiping between the screens is smooth, pop-up alerts seems to appear without any jitters and the folders sweep open simply majestically. The entire user interface simply oozes with class and polish; it is a joy to use and as it the onscreen keyboard.

iOS 4.1 and iTunes 10:

As with all of the iOS devices, the iPod Touch 4th Gen has to be connected to the     iTunes before you are allowed to use it. Despite now being on its tenth version, it is still a slow, clunking heap of rubbish. You will be guided through the setup process and also will be offered a chance to restore a previous backup to it; this is when you already own an iPhone or iPod, transferring all of the Apps and setting it up is easy. If you do not wish to upload all of the Apps you have on to the iPod Touch, all you have to do is, simply uncheck the ones that you would rather leave on your system and just resync. Since the iPod Touch comes installed with the iOS 4.1, you will not have to wait around for any updates. Just transfer all your music and you are ready to go in minutes. If you purchase any Apps on the iPod Touch, it gets synced to your computer when it is connected up next. However, if you choose to manage your music manually, the things that you buy on the iPod are not copied across automatically. Though this is easy to do, we feel that it would have been better if it were all automated.

Formats:

The Apple iPod Touch Fourth generation 8GB/32GB/64GB supports a range of audio formats, including 8-320Kbps AAC and the protected variant that you get from the iTunes Store. You can also play HE-AAC, regular and VBR MP3, AIFF, Apple Lossless, WAVE and Audible (2, 3, 4, Enhanced Audio, AAX and AAX+). The ones that it does not support include FLAC, OGG or WMA files; it will not play them without converting them on your computer first. If you try to copy an incompatible file to your iPod touch, iTunes will warn you it will not work and will refuse to copy it. Apple still has not seen fit to build an FM radio into the iPod touch, which is annoying, although there are loads of streaming radio apps that will work fine if you are in the range of a Wi-Fi connection. When it comes to video, the Touch plays a range of them including up to 720p H.264-encoded formats such as .mp4, .mov and .m4v. It also likes MPEG-4-encoded .mp4, .mov and .m4v, as well as Motion JPEG .avi files. Here again, there are free tools for Mac and PC to convert these, such as Videora.

iPod Touch 4th Gen Multiple Views

Face Time:

Apple has been running a major advertising campaign for FaceTime, which is its video chat service that works over WiFi. It makes use of the front-facing camera (more on this later) to film your face as you talk to your friend, while at the same time having their face on your device. Until now this feature was just exclusive to iPhone, and for that to work, you had to make a regular mobile call to begin with. With this feature on the iPod Touch, it works a treat. You have to sign up with your Apple ID; that is the same as the one that you use for the App Store and iTunes Store, and then anybody with an iPod Touch or iPhone 4 will be able to call you, just using your FaceTime email ID. If you are trying to call an iPhone 4 owner, you type in their phone number. It works brilliantly, with better than expected video and audio quality. The only glitch that we had with this feature is that, when we made a call to a friend whose device was not connected to a WiFi network at the time. The Touch did not show any error message and gives a regular ringing sound, as if the other person just did not care to pick up. However, the recipient does get a notification of a missed call once we hung up.

Cameras:

The cameras on the iPod Touch is something like the proverbial busses; we have waited for years for one to appear and suddenly two have come along at once. There is the VGA front facing camera to enable the Face Time Video chat feature and the usual rear facing one to take snaps. Both of them are welcome additions, despite the fact that the latter is nowhere near as good as the ones that are employed on the iPhone 4 for taking still images. At just 960 x 720 pixels, we would say that there were cameras a decade ago that were more capable.

Apps:

It would be a crime if we have an Apple iPod review without discussing about their out-of-the-world Apps. Just like with the iPhone and iPad, with the Touch too, you can choose from about 250,000 apps available on the app store to make it do just about anything you wish to.

Apps that missed out:

Notably missing from the iPod touch’s applications are the iPhone applications Phone, which depends upon cellular hardware and cellular service for voice calling, and Compass, which requires a magnetometer and GPS hardware to show your current orientation, longitude and latitude. The lack of GPS and compass hardware in the iPod touch also limits the performance of this model’s Maps application for turn-by-turn direction purposes, requiring the addition of unjustifiably expensive GPS accessory hardware to bring this model up to pace with the iPhone 4. But, it does have a location pinpointing system, which makes use of the nearby WiFi networks does a remarkable job in the urban areas. However, it does not seem to work when you are any from civilizations.

Game Center and Gryoscope:

Like Steve Jobs, we would also like to press the point about iPod Touch’s gaming capabilities, and the latest Game Center is now a part of the iOS 4.1. The three axis gyroscope also adds to this list. The Game Center App is a one stop shop for gaming. From here, you will be able to download compatible games from the App store and build up a list of friends to play with. The list of games available seems to be ever growing and, as of now it also includes popular titles such as FarmVille, Flight Control and Real Racing. As in the case of any social networking activity, it will become more fun as you get more of your friends join up to it.

iPod Touch 4th Generation Media Player

Performance:

Camera performance:

As far as the performance of these cameras is concerned, the colour reproduction seems to be slightly colder and less realistic than on the iPhone 4 and the angle of view is narrower too. In addition to this, there is no HDR, and the lens is also only fixed focus; tapping over the display will do the mere task of altering the exposure. We would say that this camera is just OK for capturing a quick moment for Facebook or Twitter, but it cannot be considered any serious and its uses are limited. Obviously, when compared to the iPhone 4, it is a chalk and cheese. One area where the iPod Touch’s camera excels is at video recording. Like the Flip Video-style camcorders, shooting at 30fps and at a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels for 720p HD, it does quite a decent job. Though the colours are still not as rich as that on the iPhone, the angle of view is wider and panning is smoother too.

Video:

We would happily recommend iPod Touch’s camera for the kind of straightforward, point and shoot video, which it is mostly going to be used for. Having said that, it is still nowhere near the quality of Flip style mini camcorders. But unlike most of those, you do not need to plug it into a computer to publish the video file on YouTube. The touch uses the Wi-Fi connection to upload the results directly; Before you press the big ‘publish’ button, you can cut the start and end of a clip, or by buying iMovie for £3 from the App Store, you can get some more sophisticated editing options.

Audio:

As we had mentioned earlier, the included headphones do not have any clickers on the wire, but unfortunately, it is not sounding good too. The frequency response is between 20Hz and 20,000Hz, with an impedance of 32 ohms. We would say that it is worth playing around with the various EQ presets to get a bit more oomph out of them, but you will never be able to get the huge depth or powerful bass. The audio also starts to get a bit tinny if you turn up the volume really high. We would say that they are certainly better than the ones that come with the earlier generations of the iPods. If you love your music, it is worth investing a little extra over some specialist headphones. The internal speaker is quieter than the one on the third-gen touch, but that is probably for the best as the definition is understandably poor given its tiny size.

Battery:

When iPods first came out in the market, there was a lot of fuss about battery life and it is a testament to Apple that such discussions are highly irrelevant now a days. They claim that the 4th Gen iPod Touch is capable of 40 hours of music playback or seven hours of video. This is a major enhancement considering the 30 hours of music and 6 hrs of video of the third gen model. As in the case of all the gadgets, the accurate battery life totally depends on what you do with it, but with the iPod Touch, we can assure you that you will not have to nervously glance at the battery meter, which was not the case of the previous iPods. We think that a percentage figure next to the battery indicator would be a nice addition. All we can usefully tell you is that the battery lasts a good day of using as many of the advanced features you can, before needing a recharge, and that video calling seems to zap the battery indicator the most.

HD Video in iPod Touch 4G

Value:
This latest edition of the 4th Generation iPod Touch is up for grabs from all major (and minor retailers for that matter). The 8GB model will set you back by £189, the 16GB by £249 and the highest capacity 64GB model at £329, will really set you back. And even though this iPod is quite an incredible package, we feel it has a premium price tag. So, if you ask us if it is worth it? We would say that if you are thinking about an iPod Nano, then it is a no brainer that you stump up some extra cash for the Touch. Remember that just because the iPod touch cannot connect to mobile networks itself does not mean it cannot be used as a phone or to browse the web when you are not within range of your Wi-Fi network. As well as FaceTime, apps such as Skype enable you to make and receive calls, and if you are prepared to carry round a MiFi dongle (which turns a 3G signal into a Wi-Fi network), then you are no longer tied to fixed Wi-Fi. Certainly for occasional use, an iPod touch and a PAYG MiFi is far cheaper than buying the bottom-end iPhone 4 on PAYG.

Worth the upgrade?

Apple’s iPod Touch has come a long way since its debut in the year 2007, which was the year the company took a lot of pain to describe the device as a stripped down iPhone. The whole point of the so called fourth generation is to make some major upgrades both inside out. While the first gen Touch was thinner and simpler than an iPhone, but it lacked for enough hardware and software that users were supposed to covet on an expensive product.  Over the next two years, So, has Apple really made a difference with its fourth gen, or is it just for name sake? Let us analyze.

The major upgrade obviously is that of the processor The CPU portion is another ARM A8 that should make it up to 1GHz clock speed, provided it is not limited. On its own it might not make all the difference in the world, but considering the fact that the 3rd gen is under-clocked to 600MHz, it is a bigger step than it looks. Another big update is with the display, which has changed from     a 320 x 480 pixels LCD to a 960 x 640 pixels LED backlit Retina. Throw in the lower power drain and the IPS for a better viewing angle and it becomes the place where the 3rd gen owners will turn green with envy if they do not make the switch over. Connectivity wise, you might think that there is no big difference, except that the iPod touch 4th generation model now has the further reaching and faster n-wireless standard. Very nice for a bit of browsing at home, that is unless you already have an iPad. Both generations have the same GPU inside, so you will be able to enjoy some decent gaming power on either the old or new model, which is a sigh of relief for those looking to keep up with the apps on the 3rd gen. The difference here is that, with the better processor, the graphics unit on the new iPhone 4 is going to be more efficient and a little tighter but, essentially, you will get a similar performance. Another upgrade has to do with the cameras; the 3rd generation did not have any and the latest Touch has two of them.

Warranty:

The Apple iPod Touch 4th Gen comes with one year warranty for parts and labour.

Verdict:

The new iPod Touch is so much more than an everyday portable media player. It has a stunning display which complements the new, faster processor to make the use of iPod a breezy experience. We cannot help praising the speed at which you move around the iOS, browse the web or do anything on the iPod for that matter. The Face Time video calling and HD video recording are great additions. This HD camera is great to carry around in pocket for some spontaneous point and shoot footage and you will not go wrong in this respect. The Game Center is a great one stop social gaming portal. We did not have much to complain about the 4th gen Touch; the cameras are welcome, though the stills are not that great.  Comparing the Touch with other Apple products, we would say that is incredible value; Go for it.

Apple iPod Touch 4th Generation Media Player – Technical Specification Table

Manufacturer Apple
Model Name iPod Touch fourth generation
Device type Portable media player
Dimensions (H x W x D) 4.4” x 2.3” x 0.28”
Weight 101 grams
Colour Black
Display 3.5-inch (diagonal) widescreen Multi-Touch display
Display resolution 960×640-pixel resolution at 326 pixels per inch
Capacities available 8GB, 32GB and 64GB
Camera Video recording, HD (720p) up to 30 frames
per second with audio; still photos (960×720) with back camera
Camera features VGA-quality photos and video up to 30 frames
per second with the front camera
Tap to control exposure for video or stills
Photo and video geo tagging over Wi-Fi
Headphones Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz, Impedance: 32 ohms
Supported audio formats AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store),
HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR,
Audible (formats 2, 3, 4,
Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX and AAX+),
Apple Lossless, AIFF and WAV
Supported video formats H.264 video up to 720p, 30 frames per second,
Main Profile level 3.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160Kbps,
48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4 and .mov file formats,
MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5Mbps, 640×480 pixels,
30 frames per second,
Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160Kbps per channel,
48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4 and .mov file formats,
Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35Mbps, 1280×720 pixels,
30 frames per second, audio in ulaw,
PCM stereo audio in .avi file format
Wireless 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz only), Bluetooth® 2.1 + EDR,
Maps location-based service,, Nike + iPod support built in
TV Support for 1024×768 pixels with Dock Connector to
VGA Adapter; 576p and 480p with Apple Component AV Cable;
576i and 480i with Apple Composite AV Cable (cables sold separately)
Input and output 30-pin dock connector, 3.5-mm stereo headphone
mini-jack, Built-in speaker, and Microphone
Sensors Three-axis gyro, Accelerometer and Ambient light sensor
Battery Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Battery life Music playback time: up to 40 hours when fully charged
Video playback time: up to 7 hours when fully charged
Battery charge time Fast charge in about 2 hours (80% capacity),
full charge in about 4 hours.
iTunes version iTunes 10 or later
System Requirements USB 2.0, iTunes 10 or later, Mac: Mac OS X v10.5.8 or later,
PC: Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP Home or
Professional (SP3) or later, Broadband Internet access required
Box contents iPod touch
Earphones
Dock Connector to USB Cable
Quick Start guide
Warranty One year

Apple iPod Mini Review

The original 4GB iPod, launched in the year 2001, was a revolutionary product in the consumer electronics market. Two years down the line, with stupendous design improvements and a great marketing campaign, Apple has managed to make iPod the number one digital audio player in the market.  January 2004 marked the launch of the iPod mini – a tiny device capable of storing as many as songs as its predecessor, but in a smaller, lighter and more colourful form.

Synonymous with excellent design and good audio quality, the iPod brand, lets the 4GB Apple iPod Mini carry on the tradition. Its hard drive holds about 75 hours of music and has the same impressive graphic interface it’s elder sibling- the White iPod. The Scroll wheel has been improved to help navigate menus and music with a greater one handed ease. It is incredibly light and comes in 5 different colours and has a lower price tag than any other iPod product. It has features like the calendar, games and an option to create your own playlists. While it is not the best player in the market, it has a host of features, amazing design and great audio output. It is targeted towards consumers who want a flash memory based MP3 player and a lot of features for a reasonable price.

In the following review, we will discuss whether the iPod Mini is a viable choice to buy or not.

Apple iPod Mini MP3 Player Silver

Design:

Body:
The Apple iPod Mini’s design surpasses even its older photogenic sibling. The iPod Mini, at 3.6 by 2.0 by 0.5 inches, is larger than the Creative Nomad MuVo 2, but takes up lesser volume than any 4GB player. Weighing about 3.6 ounces, the mini feels like a small remote control and when slipped down in your pocket does not bother you with its presence.  It has a stylish anodized aluminium case, constructed by hollowing out Mini- aluminium tubes leaving it seem-less and painting the phone during anodisation process so that it cannot scratch off. It has a subtle and pleasant texture. The iPod is available in 5 colours: silver, gold, green, pink, and blue.

Display:
The mini’s display is smaller than a regular one – a 1.67 inches diagonal instead of the original 2 inches. However, the crispiness that the Mini provides makes up for the smaller size. The backlight lights up evenly and its brightness The Screen font used is no longer Chicago- the mini uses Espy. The Interface is similar to that of the regular iPod. In Brose Mode, one can see only the display song title and the artist name. Reasonable enough, thought we would have preferred more sophisticated display options-such as being able to alternate the artist’s name with the album title.

Keypad:
The iPod’s front button controls are reminiscent of the first 2 generation iPods. Below the display is a new scroll control with 4 push buttons embedded inside, saving a lot of space on the body.  Unlike the third generation iPods, the iPod mini’s click wheel cannot only be used to scroll through menus with great accuracy. Clicking on the mini a reliable tactile experience, press down too hard- and there is a risk of the mini misinterpreting a click as several together. The scroll wheel’s buttons double as “menu”,  ”rewind”, “forward” and “play/pause” buttons. The Click/Scroll wheel is much easier to use than the 3G iPods and allows you to perform complicated functions with great ease. This interface still has its limitations- the most obvious being, for navigating the interface involves scrolling from side to  side, neither the left or right button should be used. The top and the centre buttons are used instead. Confusing it might be, it does take some time to get used to.

On the top of the Apple iPod Mini is the hold switch, which locks all the functions, preventing accidental triggering of other controls. There is a headphone jack compatible with the iPod wire control. On the bottom is a dock port and is compatible with all other iPod dock products.

Accessories:

The iPod Mini MP3 Media Player is compatible with several independent add-ons with several new offerings, with most size-independent add-ons for the third-generation iPods. For example, the mini’s dock connector will fit any device designed to use the current iPods. An exposed slot at the bottom of the Mini attaches itself to a FireWire/USB b2.0 port or to a stereo. There is a belt clip included with a belt clip for listening to music on the go. Along with it, a pair of earphones and a dock connector is provided. The earphones provided are top-class and make listening to music simply even more enjoyable. There is an optional arm band and in-line remote available from Apple as well.

Set up and Installation of iPod Mini:

All you need to do to setup your iPod is make sure you have iTunes installed and plug in one end of your cables to your computer and the other onto the dock port on the bottom of the iPod Mini. iTunes will detect your iPod and ask you to provide a name for your device. Once named, the iPod can be synchronized with your music library. You can auto update iPod mini if you have lesser than 4 GB of music, otherwise you can manually fill your iPod by dragging and dropping tracks from your existing library.

iPod Mini Colours

Features:

Memory:
If you are looking for a flash memory based Mp3 Player, the iPod Mini is just the right thing.  The iPod Mini is available in 4 and 6GB capacities. That means about 1000 and 1600 songs (at 128kbps) respectively. If you have a small library of songs that you listen to, the 4GB model will suffice.

Charge and Sync using the Dock Connector:
When you sync the Mini to ITunes or later, the new playlist uploads to your PC/MAC and can be downloaded back to the Mini for later listening. The AutoSync Mode is another cool feature that sizes up your iPod’s storage space and creates a playlist that fits the capacity perfectly. That playlist would consist of songs one has rated highly or listened to more frequently. This is crucial as the 4GB Mini is smaller than most serious music collections. If you have already listed your favourite songs under iTunes, the first time you connect your iPod to the computer, all these songs get transferred to the Mini. To Charge your iPod, all you need to do is connect it your computer/laptop with the dock connector.

Menu:
There are several menus in the iPod Mini under the Main Menu. They are the Music Menu, Extras Menu, Settings Menu, and Now Playing Menu. There are the Backlight and the Shuffle Songs command along with them as well. Under the Music Menu are options that enable you to browse the details of songs on your iPod- playlists, artists, albums etc. There is an Audiobook option as well that enables you to listen to your favourite audiobooks. The Fore mentioned extras such as alarm clock, calendar etc are present under the Extra’s Menu. The Settings command enables you to configure various aspects of your iPod, such as, contrast, the clicker settings and the duration of backlight etc. The Now playing Menu appears only when you have selected a song to play. When chosen, it moves to the Now Playing Screen where the Song name, the Artists name, the Volume and other details can be accessed. There is a playlist function which lets you rate a song on a scale from 1 to 5 while it is playing. The Higher rated songs are played more frequently in the Shuffle mode.

Extras:
Along with the Mini, some pretty useful extras are provided. There is a alarm clock feature that allows you to play a song of your choice when connected to a stereo. There are 3 games included as well- Bricks, Parachute and Solitaire. The Music Quiz app tests you on how quick you can recognize songs from your collection. There is a contacts and calendar list as well, the latter can even sync with Outlook. There is an area provided to read text memos as well.

Audio Formats supported:
Sonically, the iPod Mini Flash MP3 Player is similar to the elder predecessor. In fact, one would hardly notice any difference in the audio between both of them. The iPod Mini supports the following formats- MP3, AAC/M4A, WAV, AIFF and Apple lossless. The spoken word Audible files can be purchased from the iTunes store. This software can resample songs to a certain bit rate, apply volume levelling and even digitally enhance songs while transferring them.

Performance:

The performance of the iPod Mini has improved to a certain level since the earlier version. The Interface is simpler and is easy to use. The Display is on the smaller side and yet nevertheless bright enough. All the functions can be accessed easily through the Menu.  The electronics responsible for sound reproduction used in the iPod are used in the Mini as well. Hence, one gets the same solid quality and loud maximum output. The earphones were good, but the Shure E3 c test headphones are better.

Transferring music is simple, the Go function allows us to sync with iTunes and the playlists can be downloaded. The Mini is compatible with USB 1.1 / USB 2.0 and FireWire connections. Over Fire Wire, songs transferred at 2.5 Mbps whereas on the USB 2.0, they synced at a whooping 6.3 Mbps.
Apple claims an anti skip protection of about 25minuted due to a 32 MB Flash buffer. However, like most hard drive based Mp3 players, the iPod is not suited for serious physical activity such as basketball etc. You can take it to the gym without worries; the optional armband would make it look even finer.

iPod Mini 2nd Generation MP3 Player

Battery Life:

The Apple iPod site claims that the battery of the iPod Mini 2nd Generation, when charged for 2-4 hours can last 18 whole hours on a single charge. This is just about the same as the Rio Carbon’s battery life and much better than the 12 hours the iPod. When tested, the iPod mini lasted 21 hours that is 3 hours more than what the site claimed. The Battery is non replaceable and lasts for a couple of years. If it goes kaput, you can purchase a new one from Apple.

Warranty:

The Apple iPod Mini 4GB, 6GB is covered under a warranty of one year from the date of purchase and any repairs can be done free of cost in the first 12 months.

Verdict:

Apple has designed the Mini keeping in mind people who want great features at a reasonable price.  The sleek new design, the user friendly interface, the amazing sound quality and the good battery life are amongst the top reasons for one to buy this. However, the Mini has its share of drawbacks as well. It lacks an FM Radio; there are no customizable EQs and a comparatively smaller display screen.  While these can be considered as Minor irritants and can be ignored. The lack of a replaceable battery is a serious flaw and will probably have an impact on the sales of the Mini as well.  One can neither download games to it either. However, it is a more improved version of the original iPod and works fine without many complaints. If you are a casual music lover and have a small library of songs, then the Apple iPod Mini 4GB is definitely a must buy.

Check the latest Apple iPod Touch Third Generation Review in our website.

Manufacturer Apple
Model Name iPod Mini
Generation Second
Dimensions (H x W x D) 2 in x 0.5 in x 3.6 in
Weight 3.7 oz
Available Colours Silver, Gold, Blue, Pink and Green
Display size 1.67″ diagonal
Display type Black and white
Capacities available 4GB, 6GB
Holding capacity 4GB: 1000 songs in 128-Kbps AAC format
6GB: 1500 songs in 128-Kbps AAC format
Storage type USB flash drive
Legibility of the menus Easy to read and Espy font is used
Display adjustments Contrast and backlight settings
Resolution 138×110
Audio formats supported MP3, AAC/M4A, WAV, AIFF and Apple loseless.
Navigation Click wheel
Display Menu Language Dutch, Danish, French, German, Korean, English, Finnish,
Italian, Spanish, Swedish, Japanese, Norwegian,
Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional)
Sound output mode Stereo
Additional Features Notes , Calendar, Phone book, Hold button, Built-in games,
Upgradeable firmware, Rechargeable capability,
Basttery level indication
Video Playback support No
Battery life 21.1 hours
Charge time Fast-charge time: about 2 hours
Full-charge time: about 4.5 hours
Box contents iPod Mini
Earphones
USB 2.0 cable
Dock adapter
Quick Start guide
Warranty One year standard warranty for parts and labour