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Yr Blues
Sep 12, 2012, 08:04 PM
They should drop the shuffle and keep the 6th gen nano

the new nano is like some kind of bastard child of ipod touch



webslinger85
Sep 12, 2012, 09:13 PM
Personally i found the 6th gen rather awkward to hold and control.

Huge125
Sep 12, 2012, 09:43 PM
They should drop the shuffle and keep the 6th gen nano

the new nano is like some kind of bastard child of ipod touch

Agree. While I have never used a 6 gen, I do conceptually like the size. Was hoping for thinner design with BT. I bet it will be back next year. They seem to take more risks on their Nano line.

I don't know what audience they are targeting with this. For me, video is not that big of a benefit as I already have an iPhone and iPad. Guessing the fitness aspect will be greatest draw, just wish they would of kept the smaller form factor.

Sticking with my 3rd gen nano and Nike + dongle for now, unless they come out with some other apps to lure me in. BT is a great addition of course, and creates a whole host of opportunities for apps.

flopticalcube
Sep 12, 2012, 09:55 PM
I liked the clip on the 6th gen. I guess these will have to be worked into cases on the 7th. I always thought that the 4th gen was going to be the 3rd with just a touch screen covering the entire front (mini iPod touch). It took all these years to finally work back to that.

Oohara
Sep 12, 2012, 10:24 PM
The new Nano looks really weird. The black glass bezel on the black one looks ok but the white bezel on the other colors looks really imbalanced somehow.

And the round icons...wtf? Why? I guess it's because they don't want people expecting this to be a real mini version of the Touch that could run regular apps or something. But it just looks....not quite Apple.

The whole design just lacks clarity and confidence. I really want to...want this thing, but I can't quite bring myself to.

Yr Blues
Sep 12, 2012, 10:37 PM
The new Nano looks really weird. The black glass bezel on the black one looks ok but the white bezel on the other colors looks really imbalanced somehow.

And the round icons...wtf? Why? I guess it's because they don't want people expecting this to be a real mini version of the Touch that could run regular apps or something. But it just looks....not quite Apple.

The whole design just lacks clarity and confidence. I really want to...want this thing, but I can't quite bring myself to.

it's all around the strangest apple device ever. the previous nano was awesome. i expected some kind of wifi radio announcement, but nope

kaielement
Sep 13, 2012, 12:30 AM
yes loved he 6th gen Nano so sad to see it change so much

NewAnger
Sep 13, 2012, 01:26 AM
I'm glad I bought my 6th gen over the summer. I think it's perfect. I bring it with me every day by clipping it to a belt loop and no one ever knows I have it.

I may buy the new one but I already use my current Nano and Classic more than my iPhone 4S 64GB for music.

Kukulcan
Sep 13, 2012, 02:03 AM
That small touchscreen on 6th is a joke...and the battery life too unfortunately :(

jodelli
Sep 13, 2012, 04:33 AM
That small touchscreen on 6th is a joke...and the battery life too unfortunately :(

Ditto. Having been disappointed by the tiny touch screen I was waiting for something like the 7th gen to come out. But i'll bet the 6th gen or something like it becomes the loss leader over the present shuffle, eventually.

CristobalHuet
Sep 17, 2012, 10:04 AM
I want to pick up a refurb 6th gen from Apple, but I'm wondering if any better deals will appear soon enough.

Not a fan of the new contraption they put out as the "nano".

andymann
Sep 17, 2012, 01:02 PM
I think they're going to re-release it as an actual wrist-watch, possibly with bluetooth to connect with the phone, and nfc for mobile payments. That would actually make nfc a whole lot safer than it is now. It's only a matter of time before hackers figure out how to break into people's phones (and even wallets) via nfc. Having the chip on a seperate device, away from the phone itself would provide at least one more layer of protection. I don't see Apple throwing away all the R&D they spent turning the nano into a watch. I think they're just redfining the nano as what it should be, an ipod, so that they can take what it was becoming, a wrist-watch, and turning it into it's own product for yet another market segment. Genious!!

Just my $0.02.

Jessica Lares
Sep 17, 2012, 04:20 PM
I think they're going to re-release it as an actual wrist-watch, possibly with bluetooth to connect with the phone, and nfc for mobile payments. That would actually make nfc a whole lot safer than it is now. It's only a matter of time before hackers figure out how to break into people's phones (and even wallets) via nfc. Having the chip on a seperate device, away from the phone itself would provide at least one more layer of protection. I don't see Apple throwing away all the R&D they spent turning the nano into a watch. I think they're just redfining the nano as what it should be, an ipod, so that they can take what it was becoming, a wrist-watch, and turning it into it's own product for yet another market segment. Genious!!

Just my $0.02.

You can't do that with a device like that. That is why the LiveView and Smartwatch have issues. How is the NFC and Bluetooth supposed to work if it's at the back of the watch where your wrist is covering them?

christ3d
Sep 17, 2012, 09:04 PM
I've been rocking a motoactv for the past year, it's slightly larger then the old nano, but it has wifi, bluetooth 4, gps and runs android. I'm an avid runner who doesn't want to carry a huge thing on my arm while I run (I prefer a watch that I can look down at)

The old nano was cool, but no gps... Only a pedometer, which is fine for soccer moms who want to feel good about walking a mile once a week, but not when I'm timing my run to the second.

I feel frustrated because instead of taking a step forward (Bluetooth 4 in an old nano size would have at least allowed a foot pod and Bluetooth headphones) we have a step backward with a larger nano which is just a cheap stripped down touch...

It's simply training wheels for a 10 yr old who wants a touch but the parents aren't spending that kind of money until the kid is older..

I really hope that they have a serious fitness device coming down the pipe, something between a Nike fuel band, motoactv, and nano.

myrtlebee
Sep 17, 2012, 09:42 PM
it's all around the strangest apple device ever. the previous nano was awesome. i expected some kind of wifi radio announcement, but nope

This is exactly what I was hoping for too... and it's also the exact, and the only, reason (okay, the hideous UI also helped fend off any temptation I had) I just purchased a $149 refurbished 4th gen iPod Touch from Apple over this thing at the same price. I wanted wifi radio options in a small device with music and preferably video. Oh well. I do suggest, however, that anyone considering purchasing the new Nano think about getting a $149 iPod Touch instead seeing as it does everything and more, just being bigger in size.

oneMadRssn
Sep 17, 2012, 10:06 PM
No way, the 5th gen nano was the best ipod ever :-P

Click Wheel 4 Life!

faroZ06
Sep 17, 2012, 11:00 PM
That small touchscreen on 6th is a joke...and the battery life too unfortunately :(

It's some kind of wannabe iPod touch. I'd rather have Apple just keep it cheap, simple, and non-power-consuming. Really, I'd rather pay the $50 extra to get a full iPod touch, not this freak. At least you could use the 6th gen one as a watch, and the touch screen was actually useful.

iEvolution
Sep 18, 2012, 12:44 AM
I thought the 6th gen was awful....

Then I purchased an armband and it made the device my favorite nano to date.

This 7th gen just feels like a small iPod touch, might have been neat if it was released with the first iPod Touch but now? It just feels like they are out of ideas. Even capacity updates don't seem important to Apple. Apparently they think we still use 128kbps AAC as the primary music format and that we're still in the world of standard definition videos.

dontpannic
Sep 18, 2012, 01:06 AM
I don't see Apple throwing away all the R&D they spent turning the nano into a watch.

They didn't. They released an iPod nano. Third parties made the watch strap cases.

andymann
Sep 18, 2012, 09:44 AM
They didn't. They released an iPod nano. Third parties made the watch strap cases.

Yes, but apple made that suggestion as well as making all the watch-faces for it they obviously pushed it in that direction for a purpose.

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You can't do that with a device like that. That is why the LiveView and Smartwatch have issues. How is the NFC and Bluetooth supposed to work if it's at the back of the watch where your wrist is covering them?

Apple is the kind of company that can make it work. And just because those 2 watches have the chips on the back, doesn't mean an apple watch would. If I was a betting man, I'd put my money that there's at least a team within apple working on a prototype like this.

student_trap
Sep 18, 2012, 10:12 AM
I always found the 6th gen a bit awkward, I thought the 5th gen marked the pinacle of nano design, just wish they had given it a 32gb option.

Looking forward to handling the new one though

dontpannic
Sep 18, 2012, 10:46 AM
Yes, but apple made that suggestion as well as making all the watch-faces for it they obviously pushed it in that direction for a purpose.

Yes, they created more watch faces for it during a mid cycle software update, after third party companies created watch straps for them. I can't remember what keynote it was but it wasn't the nano announcement, I think it might have been 'back to the mac'.

midwestfisherma
Sep 18, 2012, 11:04 PM
Well the good news is, there's still time to go out and buy up a 6th gen or two!

iEvolution
Sep 19, 2012, 07:16 AM
Well the good news is, there's still time to go out and buy up a 6th gen or two!

Hell I just picked up a new factory sealed 5th gen for 220 on Amazon, Im sure there will be plenty of 6th gens around for years to come.

Another thing I don't understand is the dropping of the 8gb model, it was the middle man between the shuffle and 16gb nano, now instead of that middle man people go from 50 shuffle to 150 nano to all the way to 300 for the touch. They really screwed up the pricing scheme this generation.

IO01
Sep 19, 2012, 10:16 AM
The 6th gen was the perfect size
I disagree. I thought the 4th/5th generation was the best size. I got a 6th generation when I sent in my original Nano for that replacement program last year, and I promptly sold it. :D

TacticalDesire
Sep 19, 2012, 09:05 PM
Am I the only one who despised the 6th gen? It was WAYY too tiny. Way to small for a touch screen. The 7th gen is more of a nano than the 6th gen ever was.

midwestfisherma
Sep 20, 2012, 02:54 AM
Hell I just picked up a new factory sealed 5th gen for 220 on Amazon, Im sure there will be plenty of 6th gens around for years to come.

Another thing I don't understand is the dropping of the 8gb model, it was the middle man between the shuffle and 16gb nano, now instead of that middle man people go from 50 shuffle to 150 nano to all the way to 300 for the touch. They really screwed up the pricing scheme this generation.

Actually, I agree on the pricing, I think something in the $100 range would be a nice option to still have.

musicpenguy
Sep 20, 2012, 03:02 AM
The size of the old nano was anything but perfect.

Lists were unmanageable - the text is both bigger and the screen is smaller than any other nano. Put simply it was bad at finding the songs you wanted.

Holding the actual device was awkward. There was not a good way to hold it - it was a device that was meant to be clipped on or strapped in a watch band.

As a watch it was novel, but the iPod is not a watch it is a music player. I really am happy Apple is returning to that focus on music. The new nano will be incredible. We finally have wireless audio, a nice big screen and lots of other great things to look forward to - I own every iPod nano and am really looking forward to receiving my 7th generation nano.

7thMac
Sep 20, 2012, 02:51 PM
For me, the 6th gen was too small and too easy to lose. I will continue to enjoy my 5th gen (until I lose it).

Patriks7
Sep 23, 2012, 04:04 AM
It was (and still is) the best iPod I've ever used for sports. I think I'm going to have to buy one more in case my current one breaks. The new one is too big IMO.

charlieegan3
Sep 23, 2012, 04:21 AM
I preferred the older nano, I dislike the new one.

If you think they should drop the shuffle you have clearly never ran in your life.

skippymac
Sep 26, 2012, 05:59 AM
I think the 5th gen was the best ipod nano ever, and I can't see them making a better one any time soon.

iLLUMI
Oct 11, 2012, 03:32 PM
I dove for the 6th gen as soon as it was released because my iPod Shuffle was becoming a pain to navigate and as I listen to a lot of podcasts, if I accidentally skipped to the next track it meant having to navigate back then pressing the forward button to get to where I was at. Painful!! With the Nano you can see where you're at always and easily navigate it.
So to me the 6th gen Nano was almost like an evolution of the Shuffle. It was everything I could have hoped for for the Shuffle. It was the perfect size and design (with the clip) which was (is) perfect for the gym.

I think Apple should do away with the Shuffle and bring back the 6th gen Nano. They could relaunch it as a new product altogether, perhaps call it the 'iPod N6' or the 'iPod Fit' and they could even market it as the 'Nano ReShuffled'.d

cnev3
Oct 12, 2012, 04:42 PM
Personally i found the 6th gen rather awkward to hold and control.

I agree. It just did not feel right in my hands.

slowtony
Nov 12, 2012, 04:41 PM
It was (and still is) the best iPod I've ever used for sports. I think I'm going to have to buy one more in case my current one breaks. The new one is too big IMO.

The Apple Store still has a good selection of 6th Generation Nanos. They only offer the 8GB model. The price is now $99. (I think it used to be $89).

http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/specialdeals/ipod/ipod_nano/8gb

Each unit includes a new battery and a new outer case. Sadly, Patriks, they don't carry a RED case like yours. Those were only available in Apple's retail stores.

Scipod
Nov 12, 2012, 05:28 PM
I have been the owner of a ton of nanos, touches and classics, while the touch is good for everytHing, classic is best for music, the nano still has a place... The 3rd gen nano had by far the best form factor but the 5th beats every other nano because of many things, thin, camera, click wheel, radio

Patriks7
Nov 17, 2012, 10:10 AM
The Apple Store still has a good selection of 6th Generation Nanos. They only offer the 8GB model. The price is now $99. (I think it used to be $89).

http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/specialdeals/ipod/ipod_nano/8gb

Each unit includes a new battery and a new outer case. Sadly, Patriks, they don't carry a RED case like yours. Those were only available in Apple's retail stores.

Thanks a lot for the info, unfortunately I live in Europe and they don't have them in our store :( maybe I'll try find a friend in the States willing to send it :)

LizKat
Nov 17, 2012, 01:58 PM
I agree. It just did not feel right in my hands.

I clip the 6th gen on the edge of my shirt after hitting play on a nice long playlist I have on there, no problem. Sometimes I switch to a real shuffle (I think of 6th gen as a kind of shuffle), but it's nice to have the little watch on the placket of my shirt.

Love the enlongated screen of the new one. I miss the clip, I think. Pondering a case but I prefer the red and white look it has now.

No wonder Apple keeps the smaller iPod line going, there's a market for all these different types. I really didn't care for the 5th gen, no need for the cam, didn't care for the shape. Others swooned when that came out. I think Apple shrugs and figures "Vive la difference" since they sell millions of all of them. I always look forward to seeing the next one myself.

TacticalDesire
Nov 17, 2012, 07:47 PM
I found it way too small to do much of anything on. Navigation was a joke. Liking the 7th gen much better. It seems to be going back towards the Nanos roots.

spork183
Nov 17, 2012, 07:54 PM
the 5th beats every other nano because of many things, thin, camera, click wheel, radio

gotta agree with you. Don't know what I'll do when my 16gb 5th gen dies, cuz the new nano doesn't float my boat...

JBazz
Nov 17, 2012, 08:29 PM
Of all the iPods I know own and use, the 6th gen Nano is by far the most used. Well, maybe the Classic is up there because it is used in my car.

I loved the 6th and kept on on my badge holder at work. I was never without an audiobook or tunes. Never had any issues with its functionality or size.

Now my 5th gen Nano has had to have the curved glass replaced twice. I had to stop carrying it around. The curved glass was a flawed design.