The New Multitouch iPod Nano (and How You Use It)
The new iPod Nano hardly bigger than an oversized stamp. It does away with the click wheel (and the video camera) in favor of a multitouch screen. But how do you use it?
The tiny, 1.54″ touchscreen iPod Nano is 46% smaller and 42% lighter than its predecessor, and scarcely larger than the new iPod Shuffle. It has hard volume buttons, Voiceover (with 29 languages), FM radio, NIke+ support, and a pedometer, and Apple’s saying it has 24 hour battery life. There’s a clip, too, so you can attach it right to your clothes.
It comes in the same four colors as the new Shuffle, as well as graphite red and a Global Fund-sponsored red. $149 for 8GB; $179 for the 16GB version.
What’s different from older iPod Nanos?
The revamped OS—which is not iOS, sez Apple—doesn’t offer much in the way of new capabilities over the old Nano, since it’s focused on a streamlined control scheme. You navigate just the way you’d expect, by poking around with your finger, and twisting two fingers rotates the screen (if you happen to have it upsidedown?). There’s a home screen which you can populate with your most-used items, rearranged by tapping and holding, just like on iOS devices.
But, alas, gone are the older Nano’s video camera and video playback capabilities—the true multimedia iPod now is the iPod Touch—but the new Nano does photos, which you can manipulate with multitouch.
What’s cool, what’s not?
Nixing video altogether is a bummer, and you have to wonder how easy it will be to scroll through your music when your thumb is, you know, covering the whole screen. It’s hard to shit on multitouch, but it’s also hard to imagine what it could be useful for on such a tiny display. Rotating the screen? Why not just, you know, turn the tiny iPod?.
Still, I find the little guy irrationally adorable. That fake bezel makes it look like a tiny little iPad. The nanoest iPad in all the land. And rearrangeable icons for quick access to the stuff you use most is pretty neat, too.
Super thin, super light, and really, the capacitive multitouch works very well. The screen is crisp and top menu navigation is smooth