Ipod Nano 5th Generation
Latest Member of the iPod Family
It may seem strange, but the biggest competitor for the new Fifth Generation iPod Nano is, in fact, its younger, hipper brother -- the iPod Touch! Consumers instinctively love the iPod Touch because it's a touch screen; its larger screen, better color depth and higher resolution are ideal for viewing videos; it's bluetooth-ready; users can download peer-to-peer apps; not to mention its video battery life goes from 4 to 6 hours and its audio battery life improved from 24 hours to 36. Yet, many consumers love the new Nano MP3 look -- its sleek, chrome finish and vivid colors, as well as its unique features. Even though the Nano's camera isn't the best on the market, it at least has one.
If you're in the dark when it comes to the iPod Nano, you are not alone. The first music nanosystems emerged in September of 2005, bringing 1-4 gigabytes of space, black or white casings, Mac or Windows 2000 compatibility, 14 hours of audio battery life, a 176 x 132 size screen, 32 MB of onboard RAM and 1.5 oz. weight. The second generation Apple device held 4 or 8 GB of storage and came with new colors (silver, pink, green, red and blue) in an attractive anodized aluminum casing, with 10 more hours of battery life in fall 2006. The third generation nanotechnology products were released in September 2007, providing 4 or 8 GB of space, a variety of colors (silver, light blue, light green, black, red, pink), double the RAM (64 MB) and worked with XP and Vista -- not to mention, it was able to play videos (rather than just photo slide shows). The Generation 4 Nano of September 2008 offered all the usual colors (as well as yellow, orange and purple), 8 or 16 MB of space and included voice and "shake to shuffle" features.
When it comes to screen-size, the newest iPod Nano (Generation 5) is slightly larger than the first Nano on the market; although, real video lovers might want to go with the colossal screen of the Ipod Touch instead. The new design is a little more rounded, with more vivid colors and a polished aluminum finish that looks very much like a Christmas tree ornament! All the best features about nanotechnology in the Generation 4 Nano have returned, such as music/video functions and podcast playback. This year, you can add more photos, calendar appointments, play games, set alarms or stop watches, save contacts, write notes, look at clocks, create play-lists with Genius Mix software, listen to FM radio, record your own voice, rock out to your tunes with built-in speakers, record things with a video camera and track your steps with a pedometer. All in all, these latest iPod Nanos seem to be a great buy!
The fifth generation iPod Nano was revealed at Apple's September 9, 2009 event with a relatively low price. For $139 - $179, users would get an integrated video camera with effects, microphone, FM radio and built-in speakers. However, this model of iPod Nanos has seen some problems, just as previous models. Granted, these Nano MP3 players are not starting people on fire (like Generation 1) and some consumers report "static" with their radio playback and disappointment with the video playback and video camera pictures.