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jdylan
Jan 4, 2011, 12:03 AM
I hate this stupid thing, really. I love Apple and the products, but I wish I've never bought the new Nano. The screen is too small for me, maybe it's because I'm a big guy (tall, not fat), and my fingers are bigger, but I can't stand the new Nano. I'm selling it and buying a 5th Generation.

And now, the thing won't stay in iTunes! When I connect it, it shows up, then disconnects! If I try to add music, delete a song or even try to do an "info" check, it will freeze and crash iTunes.

Also, the clip only works on my belt. If I put it "sideways" on my shirt, it falls off in a few minutes of walking. The only way it stays on is if I put it "down" on my belt. I usually just carry it in my pocket to keep from losing it.

Finally, my biggest problem is I can't control long mp3's like I used to. I listen to a lot of audio books, and it is impossible for me to get back to where I was if I lose my place. I also listen to a 4-hour radio show in MP3 format, and you can forget that too. Say I want to skip the 4 minute introduction, music and commercials, the Nano can't handle it. That or my large fingers. I find it impossible to move the position to where I want it, only in the general area. It sucks. I'm giving it to my daughter and buying a 5th generation. I don't see Apple returning to the click wheel, now that they're all about the touch screen.



dXTC
Jan 4, 2011, 10:50 AM
Many of the points you made factored into my getting a refurb 5th gen instead of a new 6th gen when my 2nd gen was stolen recently, even though I already have another 5th gen. I'm not impressed with the new nano either. It's little more than an expensive touch-screen shuffle.

SactoGuy18
Jan 5, 2011, 05:57 AM
I had thought about getting a 6G nano but after finding it really annoying to fight with the touchscreen interface on a too-small screen when I tried it out at the Apple Store I decided to get a far better touchscreen device: a 4G iPod touch (32 GB).

rapaleeman
Jan 5, 2011, 06:52 AM
TC, I had zero issues with my iPod and iTunes but will agree the clip is pretty bad. It doesn't quite clip strong enough and one side where the actual spring is it seems heavier so yes it doesn't clip right. My old shuffle worked fine so it must be because the Nano weighs slightly more.

As for the screen, it works fien for me after a few days of getting used to it and my hands are actually pretty big too. True at the gym or on a run, navigating the screen isn't as intuitive as the bigger screened iTouch or old school Nano click wheel but it works.

I think the reason I don't have a huge issue with it is that this is my supplementary iPod. I have an iTouch (only 3rd generation) and an iPhone that I use when I truly want to listen to music or whatever. Those are so much easier to navigate. When I know I'm going to be active then I take the Nano and navigating tracks and such aren't that bad since I just select a playlist and go.

Also, I got a watch band for it and run the cable up the sleeve of my hoodie. Feels great that way but yes, clipping it to my sleeve didn't work at all since it did keep falling off.

aCondor
Jan 5, 2011, 08:48 AM
Yup, they butchered the line with the 6th Gen. The 5th Gen probably was cannibalizing other products, though, because it was so good and cheap. Remember, Apple is a corporation and want as much $money$ as possible.

I hope that they do decide to return the the taller form factor of the 5th Gen. The camera was a nice addition but not necessary. Let me hold it in my hand without squinting! I mean, there's a reason why remote controls are not the size of peanuts.

reel2reel
Jan 10, 2011, 08:15 PM
God I hate this iPod.

- It doesn't turn off

- When it does decide to power-down, it doesn't remember where I left off in any podcasts. Stupid POS.

- The whole tap to get the playback controls is so clunky. And then you have to swipe to get the scroll thing. Well, when the Nano has forgotten where I left off in my podcasts and I want to find it fast, the last thing I want is a lame fast-forward/pause/rewind button layout. I need the scrub tool if I'm going to have any hope finding where the hell I left off in my podcast as fast as I can (so I'm not standing there at the gym, wasting time looking at this dumb gadget like one of those defective people that can't stop playing with their phones for two minutes).

Seriously, though, it's like Apple is going down a bad road, ignoring UI and pushing out crap because everyone will buy it. It's going to bite them in the end, no doubt about that.

Just in case I wasn't absolutely clear: the iPod Nano 6g just plain sucks.

dXTC
Jan 11, 2011, 07:30 AM
I think I said something about this in this forum when the 6th gen was introduced, and I'll repeat it here: The nano's been nerfed. Get a refurb 5th gen if you want a nano.

Heck, even a used 3rd gen "fatty" nano from a pawn shop is better-- at least it plays video.

spartanrob
Jan 12, 2011, 12:27 PM
Doesn't it depend on your usage. I just picked up a 6th to use for running and working out. the 5th is a bit big to clip on your waist and i've never been a big arm band guy. using it as a music player for long runs or workouts is my goal and the size should make it the winner.

The jury is still out for me, but i don't need my ipod to take pictures or voice notes, just play music and sync with Nike+

Just my 2 cents and, again, the jury is still out for me.

ryanrich
Jan 19, 2011, 02:49 AM
Doesn't it depend on your usage. I just picked up a 6th to use for running and working out. the 5th is a bit big to clip on your waist and i've never been a big arm band guy. using it as a music player for long runs or workouts is my goal and the size should make it the winner.

The jury is still out for me, but i don't need my ipod to take pictures or voice notes, just play music and sync with Nike+

Just my 2 cents and, again, the jury is still out for me.

Yup, I use my iPhone for music and media when travelling, and I wanted the smallest possible iPod for gym and running that still had a small screen, so the new nano is perfect for me and I'm really enjoying it! I have no issues with the touch screen...

dXTC
Jan 19, 2011, 07:11 AM
Doesn't it depend on your usage. I just picked up a 6th to use for running and working out. the 5th is a bit big to clip on your waist and i've never been a big arm band guy. using it as a music player for long runs or workouts is my goal and the size should make it the winner.

The jury is still out for me, but i don't need my ipod to take pictures or voice notes, just play music and sync with Nike+



This might be the only situation I can imagine in which the 6th gen would beat the 5th. And then only if the nano's clip is secure enough...

annk
Jan 19, 2011, 07:17 AM
...

Heck, even a used 3rd gen "fatty" nano from a pawn shop is better-- at least it plays video.

I have one of those, and it still gets a lot of use. I have a newer Nano and an iPod touch, but I really like the Nano 3G.

h1r0ll3r
Jan 19, 2011, 01:52 PM
I don't hate it but I don't really like it either. Was originally looking for a 5G Nano but couldn't find a decent one and just wound up getting the 6G instead. Yeah, it takes awhile to get used to but, overall, not too shabby. I'm sure Apple will kill this whole touchscreen nano idea on the 7th gen one but, for me, I ONLY use this thing while at the gym so it's not a huge issue for me. Still though, would've liked to have gotten the 5G instead but since I use mine every once in awhile, I can used to this thing.

Ungibbed
Jan 20, 2011, 05:04 PM
I've been on the fence about buying a new iPod Nano. I still use my 4th generation 16GB Nano but the battery is showing signs of age. The only problem is, I love the click wheel and it's sturdy construction.

I should have bought a fifth gen when I last seen them on shelves, but pink really wasn't my color.

mosx
Jan 22, 2011, 01:47 AM
At least you haven't had any physical defect problems with your iPod nano 6G.

The first one I had, the sleep/wake button got stuck and wouldn't work.

Now the one they replaced it with, the screen is separating from the case. I've sent it in for repair TWICE now and each time the technician diagnoses it as "in spec". The second time I sent it in, I put a piece of paper in it, showing that you can actually JAM paper UNDER the screen and they still say there is no problem.

jmpnop
Jan 22, 2011, 06:25 AM
This might be the only situation I can imagine in which the 6th gen would beat the 5th. And then only if the nano's clip is secure enough...

Yeah, even feature-wise its horrible. It should've been iPod Shuffle Touch or somethin like that starting at 100$. Then, its a great product.

nospeed411
Jan 23, 2011, 03:13 PM
It pays music???? really??? I only use mine as a watch. (new it played music) The only reason I wanted it for Christmas was to use it as a quirky time piece. I will say the FM radio comes in uber handy at times though.

Cuba46
Jan 23, 2011, 04:54 PM
I have one of those, and it still gets a lot of use. I have a newer Nano and an iPod touch, but I really like the Nano 3G.

I had the 3rd gen Nano and it was amazing. It played video and had a great screen, flat and not too shiny, then I lost it and got the new nano. It's great for listening to music and the radio. But I really miss the movies of the previous generations. Maybe Apple will release a firmware update tomorrow (1/24/11) at Macworld.

TorontoLRT
Jan 23, 2011, 07:10 PM
I've been on the fence about buying a new iPod Nano. I still use my 4th generation 16GB Nano but the battery is showing signs of age. The only problem is, I love the click wheel and it's sturdy construction.

I should have bought a fifth gen when I last seen them on shelves, but pink really wasn't my color.

I have a fourth gen, and know it is a thousand times better than the 6th! Keep it, or buy one on eBay if it craps out.

emvath
Jan 24, 2011, 02:42 PM
The only experience I've had with this nano is in my local apple store. Despite the salesman showing me how to use it, I could not reliably get the thing to do what I wanted. Form 1, Function 0.

OutSpoken
Jan 27, 2011, 09:11 AM
5G nano owner here, I sold my 4G as soon as I heard the rumor specs of the 5G nano. I just knew it would be a killer product, and imo I was right.:D

I've always thought the 5G was better than the 6G. Better features and better value.

When the 6G nano came out I think many peoples judgement was clouded by the thought of using it as a watch more than an MP3 player:confused:

jmpnop
Jan 28, 2011, 11:28 AM
It would've sold much more if they'd named it iWatch or Shuffle touch....:rolleyes:

They've destroyed two great iPod products - Nano which is my favourite and Classic - they're not at all paying attention to that, pretty much dead. Shuffle was/is never a complete music player. That only leaves Touch. Really bad, only one iPod left...

yetanotherdave
Jan 28, 2011, 11:33 AM
It would've sold much more if they'd named it iWatch or Shuffle touch....:rolleyes:

They've destroyed two great iPod products - Nano which is my favourite and Classic - they're not at all paying attention to that, pretty much dead. Shuffle was/is never a complete music player. That only leaves Touch. Really bad, only one iPod left...

To be fair, if you update the classic, it's no longer the classic! I'm not sure there's much they can do to that, other than improve battery and disk space.

I too hate the new nano. It lost video, it lost the camera, and it got a really bad UI. What's to like?

spartanrob
Jan 28, 2011, 11:55 AM
To be fair, if you update the classic, it's no longer the classic! I'm not sure there's much they can do to that, other than improve battery and disk space.

I too hate the new nano. It lost video, it lost the camera, and it got a really bad UI. What's to like?

Size.
The last thing i need on a long run or workout is added weight or bulk. Not that the previous versions were overly big or heavy, but the 6th gen is great for what i need it for, which is, listening to music while running and using the Nike+. don't need video or a camera.

Granted, it's not perfect (nike+ should have been native on the device) but I am really enjoying it.

jaw04005
Jan 28, 2011, 09:20 PM
I've had mine since launch and I have a love/hate relationship with it. It's great for the treadmill, but I feel cheated for the price I paid for it.

There are some glaring software bugs that bother me including well documented problems with the Nike+ app (inaccuracy, failure to calibrate, , etc) on the Apple discussion boards and overall UI issues with the OS (swipe to view song length, etc).

I also don't like the fact it came with Apple's standard headphones and not the clicker headphones.

If I could find a new iPod nano 5G in stock for a decent price, I would purchase one of those instead. It's definitely a generation 1 product.

I expect the future mult-touch Nanos will have bluetooth, wifi and run a stripped down version of iOS (instead of the old PortalPlayer/iPod OS) with a widget store (either on the device itself or from within iTunes).

For the gym, mini widget-like apps such as Pandora, WeatherBug, etc would make it awesome.

The 6G nano is a step in that direction.

jmpnop
Jan 29, 2011, 10:05 AM
To be fair, if you update the classic, it's no longer the classic! I'm not sure there's much they can do to that, other than improve battery and disk space.

I too hate the new nano. It lost video, it lost the camera, and it got a really bad UI. What's to like?

It needs a software update. Maybe a capacity bump (to 220GB) and other small things. Not caring about it makes me feel they're going to ditch it someday. Only two "real" iPods are existing now, Classic and Touch. If they kill classic, it'd really be bad...they're already selling iPod Shuffle Touch as Nano :\

TheZA
Jan 29, 2011, 11:03 AM
I think I have the best of the iPod world - at least for my use. I have a 5G Nano, and what I think is a 3G Shuffle (square one). The Nano is a perfect commuter iPod for the bus or plane - podcasts, music, videos, radio. The shuffle is the perfect workout iPod. Both refurbished from Apple. Don't like what they did with the 6G Nano, but I'm glad to see they brought back the sort of old style Shuffle.

nylon
Jan 31, 2011, 09:03 PM
I too cannot stand the new touch screen Nano. I think it is a UI nightmare. I tested it out many a time at the Apple store and every time my opinion of it has gotten lower and lower. I am very surprised that Apple let this device out of the engineering dept.

Luckily some 5G Nano's have just appeared again on the refurb store and I have ordered one 2 minutes ago.

dbales
Feb 1, 2011, 07:06 AM
Many of the points you made factored into my getting a refurb 5th gen instead of a new 6th gen when my 2nd gen was stolen recently, even though I already have another 5th gen. I'm not impressed with the new nano either. It's little more than an expensive touch-screen shuffle.

Totally agree. Fifth Gen is the sweet spot.

dbales
Feb 1, 2011, 07:07 AM
I really don't like the 6G Nano either. I've tinkered with them at the Apple Store and each time I walk away unimpressed and ticked off that Apple so radically destroyed the nano line.

samiznaetekto
Feb 1, 2011, 09:32 AM
I hated the clickwheel on previous generations. My thumb is too big for precision scrolling, so most of the time it'll scroll two items at a time even if I move finger slowly. Very frustrating. Also, they were too big for hiking and running. 6g is the step in the right direction. I wish they replaced the dock connector with micro USB and filled the saved space with battery. And Bluetooth. And 32GB. Then it'll be perfect. :D

belltree
Feb 2, 2011, 06:08 AM
I waited until September to buy my new iPod Nano because I wanted to see what the 6G would bring to the table. When I saw what it was I rushed to the store and instantly purchased a 5G (silver) and have enjoyed it immensely since then.

I would be interested to hear what the Nano 6G sales figures are like as I think it is 2 steps backward compared to the 5G. This September should be interesting. I think that Apple will move back to a more usable form factor and make the 6G nano the next mini.

someone28624
Feb 2, 2011, 08:49 AM
I waited until September to buy my new iPod Nano because I wanted to see what the 6G would bring to the table. When I saw what it was I rushed to the store and instantly purchased a 5G (silver) and have enjoyed it immensely since then.

I would be interested to hear what the Nano 6G sales figures are like as I think it is 2 steps backward compared to the 5G. This September should be interesting. I think that Apple will move back to a more usable form factor and make the 6G nano the next mini.

I did the exact same thing. I couldn't believe what Apple had turned the iPod Nano into. Seeing as they went back to the old form factor for the Shuffle last fall, I see them going back on the Nano this fall. I never see people with the new Nanos, and I see people with Nanos all the time.

jaw04005
Feb 2, 2011, 09:28 PM
I would be interested to hear what the Nano 6G sales figures are like as I think it is 2 steps backward compared to the 5G. This September should be interesting. I think that Apple will move back to a more usable form factor and make the 6G nano the next mini.

Don't you mean the third generation iPod shuffle with no buttons? The iPod and Mac mini were/are both widely successful.

iEvolution
Feb 4, 2011, 08:06 PM
Well now that I have actually had the pleasure (or displeasure) of owning the 6th gen nano since my 4th gen broke, here is my general thoughts:

Negative Thoughts

- Still haven't figured out a optimum position to put this in to see the screen, yet have it wearable with the clip. Though I use it at work and my lanyard seems to work good, I couldn't see how other people could wear this thing and still have easy access to the screen.
- Hate the sleep/wake button, its obnoxious to have to press it every time you want to see the screen, but not a deal breaker.
- Don't like the fact there is no volume control on screen or a progress meter for songs on the device's now playing screen. You pretty much have to guess if you fast forward anything on the device.
- Black on White is a joke and was obviously an after thought. Inverse all the colors? Wow that took a lot of effort apple.
- Clip is surprisingly weak considering its like a premium shuffle, yet the shuffle has a better clip. Though I'm not so sure if its the clip or the fact it is so light.
- cost is ridiculous, it should be in the $140 range for the 16GB. and right around the $100 mark for the 8GB. I mean it has half the features, and uses less than half of the material used in its predecessor yet costs the same?


Neutral Thoughts

- The novelty wears off quickly, especially having owned a iPod Touch in the past.
- Its a great gimmick how they've attempted to make it look feature rich by making so many icons to shift through.
- Its been roughly 5 months since the release and there have been NO SOFTWARE UPDATES to address some of the complaints?
- Me personally, it doesn't matter if the video/camera is there or not I never used them.

Positive Thoughts

- noticeable improvement in sound over my 4th gen, its louder and seems more pronounced.
- purest aspect, its a music player..the only feature I've really used on any of my iPods.
- Scrolling through the song list is nice and quick with the quick scroll feature, thank goodness because swiping would take a long time to go through 2,300 songs. Actually quicker than the click wheel with larger libraries.
- Touch screen is very responsive and concise for how small it is, I have no problem navigating through the screens, I have average hands.
- The clip, always nice to be able to clip it somewhere without having to dig in your pocket to pull it out.
- Can change backgrounds, even if limited in options its still nice to have.


Bottomline: The nano has been neutered in order to move people to their money hog (iPod Touch) so they can make money off of purchasing apps. There was little effort put into this particular model, however a niche in the market is probably going to like it much like the classic it will have its own fan base.

I'm giving it a chance as I've only had it for 2 days and it works ok as a music player, but I mean at this point there are far better alternatives to the nano now. You can pick up a Sansa Clip+ and a 16GB microSD card and still end up saving $60 over the cost of the nano.

Techno Mouse
Feb 6, 2011, 09:28 PM
I don't like the new nano because I can't watch my favorite TV shows.

Roadking
Feb 6, 2011, 10:55 PM
Yup, I use my iPhone for music and media when travelling, and I wanted the smallest possible iPod for gym and running that still had a small screen, so the new nano is perfect for me and I'm really enjoying it! I have no issues with the touch screen...

+1 This is what I wanted it for too. For music when I work out.

I also have a watch band for it. (tiktok) and I run the cord up my sleeve. Easy to change songs and I only wear the band when I work out.

jaw04005
Feb 12, 2011, 12:25 PM
Well my local Wal-Mart happened to have a new 8GB 5G nano (green) in stock. I bought it.

Now, I'm torn because the old nano has much better features and is easier to navigate (especially on the treadmill), but the screen is just awful. It has to have the poorest quality screen of any iPod I've ever owned and the sound quality is not as good as the 6G. It just looks and feels cheap.

I'm gonna stick with the 6G for now. If Microsoft would ever release a Windows Phone-based Zune, I might consider that since I do most of my excising indoors (with Wi-fi) and would love to use the Zune subscription service.

eww7633
Feb 13, 2011, 09:14 PM
Well my local Wal-Mart happened to have a new 8GB 5G nano (green) in stock. I bought it.

Now, I'm torn because the old nano has much better features and is easier to navigate (especially on the treadmill), but the screen is just awful. It has to have the poorest quality screen of any iPod I've ever owned and the sound quality is not as good as the 6G. It just looks and feels cheap.

I'm gonna stick with the 6G for now. If Microsoft would ever release a Windows Phone-based Zune, I might consider that since I do most of my excising indoors (with Wi-fi) and would love to use the Zune subscription service.

Why not just get a WP7? It has the zune capability built in.