Apple iPod nano 4G with a stylish compact player
iPod is not just a player, this victorious March of Apple. Even the military-industrial complex is forced to take into account such phenomenon as the iPod – for example, on one of the cruisers of the British Navy soldiers can recharge your iPod via special sockets in the cabins.
In this time we have tested a fourth modification of the player nano – iPod nano 4G. In the current nano model range occupies an intermediate position between the iPod shuffle and iPod Classic/Touch – he’s not much more the kid shuffle and at the same time has almost the same functionality as older models. The price of the new nano player is not so great, and, in addition, the amount of memory compared to the previous generation, has doubled. ‘ve tested most affordable – vsego160 dollars. – version with 4 GB of internal memory, and for the most expensive nano 4G with 16 GB of memory will have to pay not much more – about $ 230.
|Apple iPod nano|
|File format||AAC, protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3 and 4), Apple Lossless, WAV, AIFF, JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, PSD (Mac only) and PNG Video H. 264|
|Support bitrates||AAC (16 to 320 kbps); MP3 (16 to 320 kbps)|
|Display||Color, 2 inches, 320×240 pixels|
|Interface||Connector for docking station
3.5 mm Jack
|The maximum operating time||24 hours|
|Charging method||Using the USB cradle|
|The cost, $.||~160|
Know how, yet, “this” to design the packaging – this is often a tiny cardboard box in which the contents laid out so compactly and cleverly that its extraction will need more than one minute. From nano 4G kit just laid out, but the box itself deserves attention.
Package in addition to the player includes earbuds, USB 2.0 cable, adapter dock, and quick start guide. No discs, no big books, instructions not included. Additional software is not even in the memory of the player itself, so the software has to be downloaded from the website of the company, and it is 64 MB. Apparently, Apple decided that if you have iPod, Internet access is required to be, or how to purchase audio/video content and apps on iTunes Store?
Design and ergonomics
New iPod nano are more similar to the first and second generation than with the previous one. Tapered tube, or “tapered pipe” – this is the form factor of the new player. The thickness of the body is very small – only 6.2 mm, and because of the constriction on the sides of the housing visually appear smaller. It is made of anodized aluminum, the surface can be painted in all colors of the rainbow, to us on the test got the orange modification. The usual mirrored back wall there, which can not but rejoice. Of course, it was a distinctive feature of the iPods, but too much she brought trouble – quickly get dirty and scratched instantly. And if, for example, the iPod Touch, this disadvantage can be forgiven, because it is used mainly with a cover, the little nano is often “lives” in my pocket without any protective accessories. Apple has repeatedly proudly announced the complete absence among the materials used environmentally harmful substances such as mercury, PVC plastics, brominated fire retardants (BFR). Also used are free from arsenic glass.
In the hand of a medium-sized player fits comfortable, the controls easily accessible, and the case is not even trying to slip out, because its weight is only 36.8 grams. Front end features the familiar multi-touch control wheel with the key in the center (the Click Wheel), and 2-inch screen blue and white LED illumination. The display is quite bright and almost no glare in the sun, and the color scheme is contrast, so easy to read in all conditions. Viewing angles and color reproduction matrix is also pleasantly pleased. If not for the modest size, it’s watching movies on the go would be very nice, but two inches is clearly not enough, and after an hour of watching I begin to tire the eyes.
The lock slider is moved in the usual place on the top end.
On the bottom is a proprietary connector and a standard 3.5 mm audio Jack.
Rear wall and side edges do not carry any functional elements.
Player nano, as big brother Touch, equipped with an accelerometer, which determines the position of each player. Applications of this function mass for example in menu when you turn 90 degrees it automatically switches to playback mode covers Cover Flow that helps you quickly find the desired song. The video playback is now impossible to see the video upside down, because when you turn the body automatically flips the image, but when viewing images the image, and all can spin 360 degrees in 90 degree increments depending on the position of the player. In addition, plenty of games for the nano is based on the accelerometer. Also of the “chips” player, it is worth noting analog TV output that can run in PAL and NTSC with widescreen or conventional image, but to communicate with the TV the necessary cable. There are iPod nano 4G radio, there is even a recorder, but these functions are implemented using additional accessories.