The New Ipod Nano: A Masterpiece

Gadgets have taken the world by storm, so whether it’s a Dell Laptop or a Blackberry or an Apple MacBook or iPod , the youth are hooked to them. I recently visited a friend’s place and found that he had recently bought a new iPod Nano fifth Generation.

This iPod officially known as Apple iPod Nano Fifth Generation Red 16GB is truly a masterpiece. It is available in two variants, the 8GB and the 16GB one. The higher variant can hold up to 4000 songs and 14, 000 iPod viewable photographs, not to mention 16 hours of video5. It can also store data via a USB flash drive. As compared to other earlier versions and other mp3 players, it is very light-weighted and weighs only 36.4 grams.

Some of the other new features include a spoken menu that allows users to hear songs, artists among things without having to look at the screen. Different font sizes are available too and a high resolution LCD makes it easier to read in low light. Videos can also have captions displayed with them. The display is a 2.2-inch (diagonal) TFT display and a 240-by-376-pixel resolution at 204 pixels per inch.

The environmental impact is also less and can work at a wider range of temperatures and altitudes. This can be seen by the fact that the glass used is arsenic free , BFR free and also incredibly mercury  and PVC free. The glass is also highly recyclable.

Let’s now come to the most crucial part, the audio. The Frequency response is 20Hz to 20,000Hz
and audio formats supported include  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. It also has a user-configurable maximum volume limit.  Normal headphones and earphones can also be used with a frequency response of 20Hz to 20, 000Hz and an impedance of 32 ohms.

It also has a video capture capability with the following rating:  H.264 VGA video, 640 by 480 pixels, up to 30 frames per second with AAC audio. These also include 15 real-time special effects: Sepia, Black and White, X-Ray, Film Grain, Thermal, Security Cam, Cyborg, Bulge, Kaleido, Motion Blur, Mirror, Light Tunnel, Dent, Stretch, and Twirl.

The external buttons and controls include as usual a Hold switch and Click Wheel.  Coming to the battery and power requirements, we see that these features have also been improved.

It has a built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery  with a music playback time up to 24 hours when fully charged
video playback time  up to 5 hours when fully charged. The fast-charge time is about 1.5 hours (charges up to 80% of battery capacity) and the full-charge time is about 3 hours.

There is only one major disadvantage: Once you use it, you cannot leave it! The spoken menu, easy to use click wheel, large storage capacity, good lighting and contrast, the sturdiness all make music listening a memorable experience. Even though the price is a bit of a dampener, the features more than make up for it and if you are die hard iPod fan looking to buy a new one, this is the one for you!

Ayush Kanwar

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