Meet the iPod Nano

The iPod Nano may be Apple’s mid-sized music player, but it’s also one of its most versatile models. Sure, it can play songs, podcasts, and audio books like all the other iPods. And like the iPod Touch and iPod Classic, it can display photos, text notes, contacts, and calendars on its bright color screen. But unlike those ‘Pods, which can merely play video, the Nano can also shoot video. It’s one of the smallest camcorders ever.

If that’s not enough, there’s more: The 2009 Nano is the first iPod to include a built-in FM radio. That’s right— you don’t need a third-party attachment or any extra add-ons to pull live broadcasts out of the air and into your earphones. And unlike standard receivers, the Nano’s radio can even pause live shows for a few minutes should someone start talking at you in the middle of a song.

You navigate through all these goodies using the Nano’s smooth, touchsensitive click wheel. With its 2.2-inch color screen and sharp 320 ×376 pixel resolution, the Nano can also play movies, TV shows, and video podcasts just like the bigger iPods, and it comes with its own selection of video games. But the Nano’s perfect for gym workouts or that mad dash for the last train because it uses a flash memory chip to store everything. That means it’s much more tolerant of jumping around than the traditional Classic iPod, with its big ol’ hard drive tucked inside.

The Nano comes in two sizes: 8-gigabyte and 16 GB, all wrapped in scratch-resistant anodized aluminum. And you’re not stuck deciding between two colors when you buy a Nano, either—you get a rainbow of nine choices: silver, black, purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, red, and pink. Oh, and if you like your music flowing all day long, you’ll be glad to know the Nano’s battery lasts up to 24 hours—you’ll probably conk out before it does. The Nano has a few other tricks under its aluminum hood. For one thing, it’s got a built-in pedometer to measure your steps. It even reports how many calories you burn on your walk. There’s also an accelerometer (tilt sensor), which means the Nano senses movement and knows which way you’re holding it. Turn it sideways to watch a movie, and the picture instantly spins around to orient itself for the wider view.

The accelerometer is shaking things up in another way, too—literally. Not in the mood for that song that just came on? Give your Nano a shake to have it shuffle up a new tune. And certain video games were made with the Nano in mind, making you tilt and move your way through a pixelated landscape in search of that next level.

The Nano is also one of the most accessible iPods ever for visually impaired listeners. An optional Spoken Menus feature recites the names of songs, albums, artists, and menus out loud, letting you navigate through this iPod‘s content with verbal cues. And for those of you tired of squinting, you can make the on-screen font size larger if you like.

At about a quarter of an inch thick and tipping the scales at a mere 1.3 ounces, who’d have thought it’d be this easy to fit a combination video camera/ radio receiver/jukebox/movie theater/fitness trainer/handheld gaming console in your pocket?

Source of Information : Oreilly - iPod The Missing Manual 8 Edition 2009


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