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Apple iPod Nano (16 GB) (7th gen)
 
Approximate retail price:
$150
Summary: A 16 GB flash-memory MP3 player that includes photo and video playback, Bluetooth, FM radio, equalizer, and volume limiter to protect hearing.
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Type: 5-inch screen and less media players
About - Apple iPod Nano (16 GB) (7th gen)

The Apple iPod Nano (16 GB) (7th gen) is part of the MP3 player test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, MP3 player models like the iPod Nano (16 GB) (7th gen) are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.


Ease of use:
Ease of use mainly covers player characteristics that aid in convenience, versatility, and portability. These primarily include navigation and scrolling features; the accessibility and readability of the controls; and the readability and breadth of the information in the display (such as music-track data and battery-life indicator); size and weight; and ease of use while walking or jogging. Some features and capabilities considered include the presence of an FM radio, built-in microphone, upgradeable firmware, equalizer, data storage, software assessment, and the player's ability to be recognized as a hard drive by the computer without the installation of additional drivers.

Headphone quality:
Headphone quality reflects judgments from a listening panel comparing the player and its supplied headphone to a test audio CD and a high-fidelity headphone. All uncompressed (audio CD or WAV) test music sources were ripped (encoded) to MP3 format (128, 192, and 256 kbps CBR rate) using a high-quality encoder.

Audio playback time (hr.):
Audio playback time (hours) reflects lab measurements of continuous playback time to the nearest hour, using a selection of music tracks encoded to MP3 format at a 128 kbps constant bit rate (CBR); fully charged rechargeable batteries; backlight at the minimum setting; with included headphone; and volume set at a reasonable level. For players that can use standard batteries such as alkaline, expect a bit longer playback time. Our measurements should not be compared with those stated by the manufacturer, which may use different testing methods and criteria.
About This Brand

Apple commands more than 60 percent of the digital music-player market since the introduction of the iPod in 2001.  There are four iPod lines:  The iPod Classic hard-disk player, the Nano flash players, and the Touch flash players with a large touch screen, full Web browser, and the ability to download content wirelessly over its Wi-Fi connection. Its postage-stamp-size Shuffle player lacks a display.

Features & Specs - Apple iPod Nano (16 GB) (7th gen)
info Audio playback format MP3, AAC (iTunes+ file), APPLE lossless, WAV, AUDIBLE, GAPLESS
info Mac compatible Yes
info Color display Yes
info Video playback Yes
info Slideshow capability Yes
info FM radio Yes
info Built-in microphone No
info Volume limiter Yes
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User Reviews - Apple iPod Nano (16 GB) (7th gen)
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5.0
Good for music, great for podcasts,
4/3/2014
Pros
Easy To Set Up
Great Sound
Long Battery Life
Lots of Storage
Organized Podcasts
Reliable Performance
Simple Controls
Sleek/Compact
Cons
No microphone
Best Uses
At Work
Commuting
Gym / Working Out
Podcast
Travel
Comment:
This is a beautifully engineered device and finish quality is top notch as is all Apple product. It is large enough that it is workable in an adult's hands and small/thin enough to tuck in your shirt pocket and forget it is there. <br /><br />Why not just use your smartphone? Yes, my smartphone could do everything that the Nano does, but that would waste the resources of my phone, which I need to be ready for business.<br /><br />I listen to a lot of podcasts at home and in the car. It can connect to a modern car sound system by either bluetooth or USB. <br /><br />The iTunes system is top of the line for obtaining and organizing podcasts, although it has continued to evolve in bewildering ways. No other player I have seen compares to the iPod for organizing podcasts on the player for easy playback. I have read that this iPod can play Audible books, but I have not done that yet. The half speed / double speed playback contol on the podcast screen is really handy for me. High speed does not evoke high pitch.<br /><br />The display is large and clear enough and the controls are easy to use. You can do the following without using the screen, using the side toggle button: Volume Up, Volume Down, Pause/Resume, Skip to Next. That is one very functional button! There are too many applications on the device to fit on a single screen but you can rearange the icons to put rarely used features on the second screen and place favorite functions in your prefered screen locations.<br /><br />Sound quality is very good and the built-in equalizer presets are easy to use and adequate. True audiophiles with high end sound systems can find fault, I am sure, but for tooling around with in-ear headphones, there is no complaint here. <br /><br />While the player will go all day on a single charge and it charges remarkably fast (a 20 minute charge will go about 8 hours) and a full charge will go about all day, there is one foible: the screen draws power at a high rate. <br /><br />This generation of the Nano does not come with a clip (the smaller previous version did), but there are aftermarket products that provide that feature which is useful if you do not have a shirt pocket, like at the gym. The new connector is good, no more fliping it over to get the right side. Older iPod accessories may not work right, even with an adapter, because the new iPods do not send sound out that port, just data exchange and power.<br /><br />Other MP3 players have microphone capability which is very useful at times. The pedometer feature works well, very motivating.
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
 
1.0
Nano will not turn on
2/9/2013
Pros
Apple Service Is Good
Sleek/Compact
Cons
Confusing Controls
Freezes Up
Had To Return 2 Nano That
Short Battery Life
Best Uses
Gym / Working Out
Comment:
I had a lot of trouble getting the Nano to turn on if it sat for a couple of days. Had to plug in to a USB port to turn on.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
 
5.0
Outstanding- I recommend
2/6/2013
Pros
Easy To Set Up
Great For Exercise
Great Sound
Long Battery Life
Lots of Storage
Reliable Performance
Simple Controls
Sleek/Compact
VERY light weight
Cons
High Price
Best Uses
Anywhere
At Work
Commuting
Gym / Working Out
Travel
Comment:
I have used this product for casual listening. But I also found it is great for travel as it easily syncs in the USB port of my Outback where it can play over my car's audio system. Bye-bye CD's!<br />This very versatile player easily fits in an armband carrier, so it's great for cardio workouts at the gym. It's as easy to use as an iPhone. And it instantaneously syncs with my iMac. I found I could use the charger from my iPhone to charge the iPod, so Apple not including a charger with the iPod is not a serious omission. And the new earphones are comfortable and have fine sound.<br />If I have any misgiving about this wonderful product it's that it seems pricey for what you get. But I often think of this player as an iPod touch mini.<br /><br />Highly recommended. Apple hit it out of the ballpark with this player.
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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