My mother is pretty much the last person at the gym, aside from a few 80 year olds who go there to use the pool, who doesn’t listen to music while she works out. My brothers and I decided to buy her her first iPod (ever) for Christmas this year. I went to the Apple store and bought her a Nano in her favorite color, purple, and then realized that my mom will have no clue how to set it up herself.
So I took it out of its package and hooked it up to my iTunes so that I can load it up with music, playlists and photos. I haven’t felt the need to have an iPod Nano since the iPhone came out, so it’s been a few years since I’ve held one. As I played with it, I couldn’t get over how different and cool the new ones are.
This seventh-generation Nano is the thinnest ever and roughly the size of a credit card, but its display screen is almost twice the size of the previous model. Even though the screen is small, the photos that I loaded on it still look good. And, thanks to the accelerometer, photos auto-rotate as you go from portrait to landscape, which was nice.
The new Nano has a touch screen and is the first model to have a tiny home button, just like some of its bigger siblings. It has five buttons in all- a slender power button on the top and a three-way volume rocker that allows you to adjust the volume and, by pressing it in the middle, play/pause music or skip tracks.
Because my mom will be using the device while working out quite often, I will advise her to use the Nike+ function, which has been made better by having everything built-in. Her Nano can track her walks and runs, and she can even connect a Bluetooth heart monitor wirelessly.
Overall, I was pretty impressed with the new design of the Nano. I think it’s the best yet, bringing lots of functionality in a tiny package. I look at it as $149 well spent, and I’m excited to give it to my mom and watch her fall in love with her first Apple product.