Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Did The 2010 iPod Nano Lose A Little Too Much?

Apple's big music event has now come and gone, and one of the biggest changes of the day was to the iPod Nano.

Its biggest change was that it has not only lost almost some 50% of its former size, weight, but its now famous click wheel!


Other than that, overall I think that the new 2010 iPod Nano is more-or-less a rather interesting upgrade. I really like the small form factor for instance, but now with its included clip, the new Nano is more of a high-end Shuffle than anything else.

As noted by AppleInsider, the newer, smaller and lighter Nano comes with the following specifications:

Size and weight:

  • Height: 1.48 inches (37.5 mm)
  • Width: 1.61 inches (40.9 mm)
  • Depth: 0.35 inch (8.78 mm) including clip
  • Weight:0.74 ounces (21.1 grams)
  • Volume: 0.614 cu. inch (10,056 cu. mm) including clip

Capacity: 8GB or 16GB flash drive2

Sensor: Accelerometer

Environmental requirements:

  • Operating temperature: 32° to 95° F (0° to 35° C)
  • Nonoperating temperature: -4° to 113° F (-20° to 45° C)
  • Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
  • Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet (3000 m)

Environmental Status Report:

  • Arsenic-free display glass
  • BFR-free
  • Mercury-free
  • PVC-free
  • Recyclable aluminum enclosure
  • Smaller, more compact packaging (45% smaller, 46% lighter)


  • 1.54-inch (diagonal) color TFT display
  • 240-by-240-pixel resolution
  • 220 pixels per inch

Audio playback:

  • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
  • Audio formats supported: AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
  • User-configurable maximum volume limit

FM radio:

  • Regional settings for Americas, Asia, Australia, Europe, and Japan
  • Live Pause feature for pausing a radio broadcast and rewinding (within a 15-minute buffer)


  • Earphones
  • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
  • Impedance: 32 ohms

Battery and power:

  • Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Up to 24 hours of music playback when fully charged
  • Charging via USB to computer system or power adapter (sold separately)
  • Fast-charge time: about 1.5 hours (charges up to 80% of battery capacity)
  • Full-charge time: about 3 hours

So, in addition to its weight and size, did the 2010 Nano lose a little too much?

In conclusion, in one way, Yes, but in another way I guess that as disappointing as the loss of the video camera feature was, from a practical point of view, it really doesn't matter all that much, since nowadays most of the iPod's sold are of iPod Touch variety, but still I really wish that they could have, would have, kept the video playback and recording feature, because, as far as I was concerned, it was by far one of its best feature.

And that's my 2 cents 4 this Thursday, September 02, 2010


ObamaPacman said...

Not sure who watch video on the nano, because even iPod classic screen is a bit small for playing videos for me.

I think this is so that people move to iPod touch.

I am a lover of children's literature said...

Thanks Obama, your probably right about the screen being too small for regular use, but at the same time it was having the option to quickly record things that may have cropped up from time to time.

The Vital Muse said...

I have a last generation shuffle, a first gen nano and a 4th gen nano -- and I might just go out and pick up one of the new nanos. I like the features plus the clip on - ready-to-go deal, and love the small size. It's all good in my opinion. Just wish I could do wireless video streaming from the iMac to the big HDTV!

Thanks for the complete list of specs -- didn't get that from watching Steve yesterday...

I am a lover of children's literature said...

Thanks Paul, so nice to see you are thinking of adding to your little iPod family. Let me know what you think of the new Nano if you do decide to buy one?