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iLounge’s comprehensive nano 4G review now available

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By Charles Starrett

Contributing Editor
Published: Friday, September 12, 2008
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iLounge has just posted its comprehensive, 9-page review of the fourth-generation iPod nano. The review offers:

* Photos of the new nano
* Complete battery test results
* A complete guide to iPod nano colors past + present
* Explanations of changes to the nano’s screen
* Discussion of audio quality changes
* Nike+iPod enhancements

And more. Is it the best nano yet? Find out in the review.

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1

Brilliant review, as always.

Thanks !

Posted by Jonathan on September 12, 2008 at 9:01 AM (PDT)

2

Charles, one feature that is not mentioned anywhere is if the clock screensaver makes its appearance again, and if it does, if it can be turned off.

I have yet to like it for the classic (it actually makes it crash if you press the Menu button for a second while it’s on, as if to go to the main menu, try it yourself on your classic), and while I understand it may help to prolong battery life, I also hope it can be turned off for people who, like me, likes to see the now playing screen always, even with the backlight off.

Thanks!

Posted by Arturo Lugo on September 12, 2008 at 12:52 PM (PDT)

3

I do not like the yellow color at all.  I went to BestBuy today to purchase the yellow, and it is not bright yellow at all, almost like a mustard color.

Posted by brian on September 12, 2008 at 3:48 PM (PDT)

4

The screensaver is completely gone for the nano 4g.  Now the screen literally just blanks out, like it’s off, but the music is still playing.  I never liked the 3g clock screensaver, it was so boring looking.  I too miss the unlit screen (g1,2) since you could still see what was playing.  Not sure why they do it that way now.  Maybe it has to do with them using an LCD backlight now.  Oh well, not a deal breaker.

Posted by The E on September 12, 2008 at 7:43 PM (PDT)

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UPDATE:  Per my last post, the screensaver does not appear IF the “Energy Saver” mode is set to On.  This mode turns the screen off completely when the screensaver usually pops up (after 1m).  If “Energy Saver” is Off then the 3G clock screensaver appears.  It’s unchanged from the last nano, still the boring clock and battery gauge (ughhh).

CORRECTION:  I meant to say LED backlight in the last post, but the 3g had that as well.

Posted by The E on September 12, 2008 at 8:27 PM (PDT)

6

Damn it.

They probably do it for battery savings, but, as loyal iPod users, we should be able to choose whether we want it turned on or off.

If they need to put a disclaimer on the number of hours that reads (*with the clock screen saver on), then do it, but just let us get rid of it!!!

Posted by Arturo Lugo on September 13, 2008 at 10:12 PM (PDT)

7

I picked up the orange Nano…. sweet color, every bit as nice as the Orange Shuffle, now, if they would just make an orange 64GB iPod touch with GPS and the ability to Skype.  That would be awesome…. and orange.

Posted by Orange Guy on September 16, 2008 at 5:31 AM (PDT)

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I bought the Orange nano as well. It was hard to decide with all the colors. I already had a 2gen and 3rd gen nano but i just had to have the new one. What got me was that you can actually see the album art now where as on the other ones it was so tiny. Also I love how you can flip the screen that is fun. The one thing I am noticing now is the battery life seems to suck. I listen to my nano all day at work and I am just about half way through the day and the battery has gone down to half. On my other two nanos they would not go down at all in a whole day at work. Any one else notice poor battery life? I also hate but love how apple keeps changing the price. When I got my 2nd gen 4gig I paid 200, then when I got my 3rd gen 8gig I paid 200 and now I only had to pay 150 for my colored 8gig what the heck? Its driving me crazy. Also the Genius feature is just like a joke. I try and start Genius on some songs and it says its not available for that song and most of the songs in my nano am I doing something wrong? I went on itunes and tured it on. I was really looking forward to seeing how it worked.

Posted by Shelly on September 16, 2008 at 9:36 AM (PDT)

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I totally agree with the battery life sucking. i am use to the old Nano 1g. they had awesome battery life. now i feel like i need to recharge my new nano any chance i get.

i was wondering - is it better for the battery to get very low and then recharge or to keep recharging all the time?

and yes, the genius thing is a joke. i know my music and dont need the ipod bringing up songs that dont even sound alike. thats what the playlists are for.

Posted by Ryan on September 29, 2008 at 1:28 AM (PDT)

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