Now that I’ve had some time to play with my new iPod nano I felt that some observations were in order. I was surprised by a few things with the iPod mini-replacement – both good and bad.
First off the nano is tiny, I mean ridiculously tiny. The ads and the images online don’t do it justice. You have to go see one at an Apple retailer to grasp the tiny form factor. As a result, the screen is tiny too. The nano’s color display is 176×132 pixels and 1.5-inches diagonally which is about 0.2 inches smaller than the iPod mini and 0.5 inches smaller than a full-size iPod (although it packs almost as many pixels as the full-size iPod).
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Sony has announced a new oval shaped MP3 player dubbed the Walkman HD. The tiny gizmo comes in two flavors: Silver and Cobalt (which is a rather nice Violet color). With storage space for up to 13,000 songs. There are two versions of the device, the first the “lite” model at 190 grams with a 20GB HD (NW-A3000) and an even lighter model weighing in at 110 grams and packing 6 GB (NW-A1000). Read more…
You’ve undoubtedly heard the reports of late about scratching and cracking iPod nano screens. While you can’t do much about the screen cracking, except of course to stop stuffing it into the pockets of your tight jeans, you can do something about the scratches until the first wave of nano cases shows up.
The first and best advice I can give is to keep the included screen sticker on the front of the nano. I’m not talking about the “don’t steal music” outer wrapping, under that there’s another thin clear piece of plastic on the front of the nano that you should keep intact to protect against scratches. If you’ve already removed it, you can try putting it back on, but it’s difficult.
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Apple has responded to the scores of complaints about two issues affecting the iPod nano screens: cracking and scratching.
Apple?s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Product Marketing Phil Schiller was quoted in a Macworld article late yesterday as saying (the screen cracking) “is a real but minor issue involving a vendor quality problem in a small number of units… In fact, this issue has affected less than 1/10 of 1 percent of the total iPod nano units that we?ve shipped. It is not a design issue.”
On the nano scratching issue Schiller goes on to say “We have received very few calls from customers reporting this problem ? we do not think this is a widespread issue… If customers are concerned about scratching we suggest they use one of the many iPod nano cases to protect their iPod.”
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Matthew Peterson who set up the protest site flawedmusicplayer.com (formerly ipodnanoflaw.com) has even called off the dogs, posting today “I am very delighted to see Apple take this issue seriously…”
What’s your take?
The iPod nano is now the best iPod, with just a few shortcomings. It is limited to 4GB of storage, does not connect via video to your TV to display photos and it has a smaller screen than the iPod. The advantage over the iPod and the discontinued mini is significant. There is no hard drive mechanism making it amazingly small and robust. It is difficult to overstate how important size is. The storage capacity will be irrelevant to users who don?t have enough songs to fill it.