Along with the new iPhone 5, Apple unveiled the 7th (!) generation iPod Nano today. The Nano started life as a a smaller iPod Classic and since then has thinned out, gotten chubby, got thin again, and ultimately shrunk to a nice little shuffle-size with a super responsive touch-screen. It was great. Then Apple decided to ruin it.
Easily the best thing about the 6th gen Nano was it’s size, which somehow didn’t affect how useful it was. Advancements in touchscreen technology allowed Apple to make a 1.5″ touch screen that was totally usable. Pick playlists, check the time, listen to the radio, track your run, whatever. It was infinitely more functional than the screen-less shuffle and barely any larger. It even works really well as a watch, and has spawned an entire industry of Nano watch bands. I have this one, and it’s awesome for work-outs (and only costs $40):
But then Apple had to go and change things. I guess they didn’t like all the people using the Nano for a watch because they’ve gone back to the taller, skinny style. Why? So people can watch movies on it. Uh… who the F**K watches movies on a 2.5″ screen?
So it’s too small to watch movies on, unless you’re 5 years old and don’t have an iPhone yet (although any self-respecting 5 year old should AT LEAST have a 3Gs), and it’s now too big to use as a watch/gym player.
If you wear that at the gym you’ll be like one of those people that try to rock their iPhone.
How uncomfortable are those frigging cases? AT LEAST get a Shuffle. They’re practically free.
tl;dr: The new Nano trades in the compact, super handy form factor of the 6th gen Nano for a SLIGHT increase in usability. It sucks. Well I have to go stock up on close-out iPod Nanos. Peace.