iPod nano 5th Generation Review
Lately, I have been rediscovering my 5th generation iPod nano. The iPod really doesn't have a strong market anymore, which is sad because it single handedly rejuvenated Apple in 2001. In 2016, streaming music is taking over while purchasing single albums is becoming the way of the past. Apple currently does not allow users to download Apple Music tracks to an iPod. So, if you are an Apple Music subscriber, you really cannot use an iPod. To use an iPod you must first purchase the music and then import it into iTunes. I feel this can be very confusing for consumers as most of them just know the words "Download" and "Sync." They won't know what the difference between audio tracks that have actually been purchased and licensed tracks that have just been downloaded from Apple Music. In addition, iPods don't have wireless networking capabilities, so streaming music from the web is out of the question (excluding the iPod touch). Getting back on track, how does the iPod nano 5th generation stand up in 2016? I think pretty well, if you're willing to put the time and effort into it.

Let's first talk about the form factor. The 5th generation iPod nano borrows heavily from the 4th generation. It features an extremely, very crazy, ludicrous, thin design wrapped in a beautiful chrome metal. iPod is also very lightweight. It's hard to imagine that there is a tiny computer inside of there! iPod nano 5th generation has a 2.2" screen at 204 ppi (pixels per inch). Considering Retina displays are generally around 300 ppi, this screen looks exceptionally nice. The screen is also very bright and I can see it clearly in direct sunlight. One fun thing to mention about the design is that the left and right sides taper down to an impressive thinness. Since the edges taper down, the iPod's screen had to curve to fit the design. The images in the display are not bowed, which is a good thing.

iPod nano 5th generation runs iPodOS 1.0.2. Since this version of the iPod still uses a Click Wheel, the entire interface is menu driven. While the lack of icons may not be too visually appealing at first, it does mean that the icons do not look out of date. The biggest eyesore with the 6th and 7th generation iPods is that the icons still use the pre-iOS 7 style, making them look instantly dated. The 5th generation nano's interface is still very clean by today's standards. My hands are rather large, so the nano's click wheel is just a tad too small for me. I am still a big fan of the click wheel interface. I am even considering purchasing the newest iPod Classic. With 160GB of disk space, I can put all of my stuff on it.

iPod nano 5th generation includes a wide array of features. The most notable is the 480p video camera on the back of the iPod. Back in 2009, this was my digital video camera. I would take my iPod everywhere! iPodOS could also do some cool live video effects so it made shooting video a lot of fun. The position of the camera is a little awkward because you have to hold the screen portion of the iPod. If you hold it where the click wheel is, your hand covers the lens. iPod had the option of 8GB and 16GB of storage, so this was definitely not something you shot footage all day with. It was designed for you to offload your video onto a computer before shooting more, but it was still really nice to have a video camera in my pocket. I believe this was around the same time the iPhone included a video camera. I was a little disappointed that this iPod could not shoot still photos. I'm sure they would've looked terrible, but it would have been nice. With the addition of the camera, there was a microphone so you could dictate messages on the go. This was also the only iPod to include a built in speaker (excluding iPod touch). While it sounded terrible, it was really nice while reviewing footage that you shot or just for having something on the background. Battery life was exceptional with 24 hours of music playback, five hours of video playback and three hours of video recording. iPod nano also included an FM radio tuner. It uses the headphones as an antenna and I feel this is an ingenious design. An FM radio would be a nice addition on the iPhone as well. Technically, the iPhone does have an FM radio tuner inside but Apple refuses to unlock it.

iPod could accept every audio file that iTunes supported as well as standard definition video files. While not ideal, it is kind of fun to watch a movie on the iPod. I have really been enjoying using my iPod lately because it does not have any communications antennas on it. I like just putting my iPhone away and sitting down with my iPod. It allows me to completely disconnect from everything else while still getting the benefits of using an Apple device. While the latest iPod nano is pretty great with its bluetooth headphone support and access to the wide array of lightening devices, I feel it misses the mark. For me, the iPod nano gave me access to a video camera. It allowed me to explore a more creative side that I didn't know existed. Today, I use an iPhone 6s which shoots 4K video and I love it. I think if Apple can cram in a 720p video camera into the iPod, there would an audience for it. I also think that it would be neat if Apple would include bluetooth syncing with the iPod nano so users did not have to plug the device into their computers. While I don't want to communicate from an iPod nano, I would love if Apple included a wireless internet antenna for streaming music. This would be tricky to implement without a web browser on the device. Wireless networking could be managed through iTunes or, if the user had a Mac or other iOS device, it could use bluetooth to handoff the network connection to the iPod. I still love my iPod nano and if you want a great media player without the distractions of email and social networking, you should think about getting an iPod.
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