New 5th generation ipod nano review

Got the new ipod nano today. Why is it of any relevance to the radiologist? Well, quite a few of us like to listen to music either in background or in some cases, while we are reporting. Plus, a number of us would never go to the gym if it wasn’t for the cool music or podcast that we wanted to listen to on the treadmill.

The new ipod has some cool new features. It is not just a music player now. The added features –  a video camera, a stand-alone voice recorder, FM radio and a pedometer- make this a sort of Swiss Army knife. It has a 2.2″ screen that is noticeably taller compared to earlier models, and the click wheel is slightly smaller, and closer to the bottom of the case.

The video camera is the noticeable  addition to the Nano, and now makes this a tiny music player with a tiny camcorder, and provides some competetition to the low-cost small size handheld video cameras such as the Flip. Although on paper, this appears to be the case, in practice, the video capture is at best, a bonus feature. I found using the camera a little awkward as my hands tended to cover the lens, which is placed on the rear of the device and close to where I am accustomed to holding a ipod of this size.

After a couple of attempts, I got the hang of it and I was able to shoot some passable video that is possibly okay for youtube, but I would not say it was better than my Flip UltraHD camera.

I  bought  an Incase sports armband to go with the new nano.   It has an adjustable velcro strap and an waterproof clear front cover that enables clear visualization of the ipod screen and ease of manipulation of the clickwheel.

Click here for the cool new ipod nano ad.


About Sanjay Prabhu

Pediatric radiologist working at one of the world's largest children's hospitals. I love gadgets, technology and anything with a chip in it!

Posted on September 13, 2009, in Gadgets, Product reviews and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. thanks for the great post, nice one.

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