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For those about to rock, we give you nine amazing colours. But that’s only part of the story. Feel the curved, all-aluminium and glass design and you ...

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published 03/02/2011 | reedap01
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Pro Looks amazing, Great range of bright, stand-out colours and there are a lot features
Cons Can't use the touch wheel when wearing gloves
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"MYpod - The Ipod Nano 4th Gen 8GB"

Apple iPod Nano 8 GB 4th Generation

Apple iPod Nano 8 GB 4th Generation

The Ipod Nano 4th Gen

It comes in a range of metallic shiny colours; Silver, Black, Purple, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, Red and Pink. I chose to buy the Purple, I'm so pleased with my choice. It's a deep, dark, cold toned colour. All are great, and most are bright and energetic colours. All have white touch wheels, apart from the black and silver Ipods, who's touch wheels are black. The top of this generation of the Nano has a hold switch, which reveals an orange colour when held, and white when un-held. The purpose of this is to stop the function of the touch wheel and other buttons on the Ipod when it's in your pocket or bag. On the underside of the Ipod is the port for the charger, which also enables you to use the Ipod as a Mass Storage Device (I will come to this later), and the headphone jack. I'd also like to add that the top and bottom of the Ipod are the same colour as the touch wheel. Its curved edges are sleek and smooth, it feels good to hold. It can be quite slippy, there's no grip, so I'd buy a protective silicon cover for grip and protection. I've dropped it multiple times and it hasn't even scratched! I'm not sure whether I have amazing luck when it comes to my Ipod, or that the 4th Gen Nano is extremely strong and damage resistant. You can change font size through the Settings option if you need to, and there's the option of having menu names read out, like an audio aid. A good idea for anyone with bad eyesight, or if you're on the road and need to keep your eyes infront of you, rather than look at your Ipod.

Technical Information

  • Height: 90.7mm (3.57 inches)
  • Width: 38.7mm (1.52 inches)
  • Depth: 6.2mm (0.24 inches)
  • Screen size: Approximately 2 inches diagonally across
  • Weight: 36.8g (1.3 oz)
  • Curved Aluminium Shell
  • Glass Screen
  • Apple claimed 24 hours of music playback, 4 hours of video playback
  • Shuffle songs by shaking
  • Portrait and Landscape display
  • Available in 4GB, 8GB, 16GB


I can't say i'm an expert with sound quality, but I'd say the Nano's near the top. To be honest I reckon it's the earphones that make the sound differnece with the Nano. I've had budget earphones and the sound quality wasn't anywhere as near as good as the quality when listening through the earphones that came with the Ipod. And when you use these supplied earpones the sound quality's top class.
An 8GB can hold around 2000 songs. Song library is synchronised from the owner's Itunes library and can we displayed by: artist, album, genre, composer, genius playlist or shuffle. Playlists synced from Itunes can also be accessed and played on the Ipod Nano. While playing a song, album artwork is shown, if the Ipod is titled landscape then the Cover Flow feature is initiated, allowing you to browse albums on your Ipod freely whilst listening to music.


The earphones included with the Ipod are good quality, not excellent, and they don't last that long, but they're perfectly fine for a casual listener. If you're a professional or seek to listen to your music in the best quality possible then you may want to invest in some better earphones. As for me, I like the ones included.


  • Listen to music
  • Watch films
  • Watch television programs
  • Watch Podcasts
  • Listen to audiobooks
  • Use it as a USB mass storage device
  • Play games

I have only watched Skins, South Park, Family Guy and Inbetweeners on my Ipod, I found the screen smaller than I'd like, but it was a good way to pass time on slow public transport. Image is sharp, good quality and it doesn't blur or pixelate. I prefer to watch videos in landscape, as the seen is wider that way and so you get a bigger better image.

The range of features is good compared to other MP3 players, I like how you can store files from the computer or laptop on it, like a USB stick. The 3 games that come with the Ipod are pretty fun - A card game, a maze game, and a brick-breaking game; Klondike, Maze and Vortex.

There are also the capabilities of setting an alarm, viewing and editing a calendar, clocks showing times from all around the world and contact information.


No camera. You can't take pictures, but you can transfer them from a compute to your Ipod, and then browse then remotely. I think the touch wheel is heat-sensitive, by this I mean when you're hands are really cold, or you're wearing gloves, you can't use the touch wheel, this really annoys me.

Final Verdict

This is a great choice if you're looking to buy an Ipod. If you want more options, like internet, camera and video, then this isn't what you want. But if you aren't bothered about browsing the web or taking photos then this ideal.

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  • sbeach000 published 03/02/2011
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Product Information : Apple iPod Nano 8 GB 4th Generation

Manufacturer's product description

For those about to rock, we give you nine amazing colours. But that’s only part of the story. Feel the curved, all-aluminium and glass design and you won’t want to put iPod nano down. The new Genius feature turns iPod nano into your own highly intelligent, personal DJ. It creates playlists by finding songs in your library that go great together. The accelerometer comes to iPod nano. Give it a shake to shuffle your music. Turn it sideways to view Cover Flow. And play games designed with your moves in mind.

Product Details

Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty

Battery: Player - rechargeable - Lithium Ion

Interface Supported: USB 2.0

Headphones: Headphones - binaural - ear-bud - stereo

Audio Specifications: Digital Player - Response Bandwidth - 20 - 20000 Hz

iPod Generation: 4G

Equaliser: Digital graphic

Playback Digital Standards: WAV, AAC, AIFF, Audible, MP3, Apple Lossless , MPEG-4, H.264, MOV , BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, PSD (Mac only), TIFF

Product Type: Digital player flash based

Product Description: Apple iPod nano - digital player

Sound Output Mode: Stereo

Flash Memory: 8 GB

Built-in clock: Yes, alarm, stopwatch

Built-in Display: Colour - 320 x 240 - 2" - LCD

Weight: 37 g

Dimensions (WxDxH): 3.9 cm x 0.6 cm x 9.1 cm

Enclosure Colour: Yellow, Pink, Green, Purple, Black, Blue, Orange, Silver

Manufacturer: Apple

Built-In Radio: Without Built-In-Radio, without Built-In Radio

Digital Storage Media: Built-In Flash Memory

Flash Memory / Installed Size: 8192

Audio System / Type: MP3 Player

EAN: 5000008938751, 5000008938997, 5000008729694, 8859092580004, 8859092408834, 5027631062462, 5027631062431, 0885909259632, 0885909259250, 0885909258451, 5000008733103, 5027631062493, 5027631062455, 5027631062479, 5027631062486, 5027631062509, 5027631062448, 0885909240944, 0885909258864, 0885909258062, 0885909260867, 0885909260065, 0885909258468, 0885909259663, 0885909259267

Music Playtime in Hours: 24

Depth in mm: 6.2

Height in mm: 90.7

Width in mm: 38.7

Video Playtime in Hours: 4

Type: Audio/Video Player

Type of SD Card Interface: No

W-LAN Connection: No, without WLAN

Bluetooth: No

AVI Playback: No

DivX Playback: No

WMV Playback: No, without WMV Playback

AAC Playback: Yes

OGG Playback: No

WAV Playback: Yes

WMA Playback: No

Built-In Microphone: No

Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB): No

Direct Radio Recording: No

Direct TV Recording: No

MP3 Playback: Yes, with MP3 Playback

Type of Memory Stick Interface: No

Weight in Grams: 36.8

MPEG2 Playback: Yes

H.264 Playback: No

Battery Type: Li Ion

Replaceable Battery: No

Operating System: Proprietary

MPEG 4 Playback: Yes

Touchscreen: No

Display Technology: TFT Display

Vertical Resolution in Pixel: 320

Horizontal Resolution in Pixel: 240

Screen Size in Inches: 2

Storage Capacity in MB: 8192

Storage Medium: Built-In Memory

Photo Viewer: Yes

MPEG4 Playback: with MPEG4 Playback

MPN: MB745ZG/A, MB742ZK/A, MB735ZK/A, MB598ZO/A, MB739ZO/A, MB732ZO/A, MB754ZO/A, MB748ZO/A, MB735ZO/A, MB745ZO/A, MB742ZO/A

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - 1 year ¦ Technical support - phone consulting - 90 days

Service & Support: 1 year warranty

System Requirements

Peripheral / Interface Devices: USB port (compatible with 2.0 specification)

OS Required: Microsoft Windows Vista, Apple MacOS X 10.4.11 or later, Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP3, Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition SP3

Software Requirements: iTunes 8 or later


Battery Life Details: Digital playback - up to 24 hour(s) ¦ Video playback - up to 4 hour(s)

Recharge Time: 3 hour(s)

Run Time (Up To): 24 hour(s)

Battery Enclosure Type: Integrated

Battery: Player - rechargeable - Lithium Ion


Included Accessories: USB cable, docking station adapter

Cables Included: 1 x USB cable


Connector Type: Docking station ¦ Headphones ( mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm )


Impedance: 32 Ohm

Sound Output Mode: Stereo

Connectivity Technology: Wired

Headphones Type: Headphones - binaural - ear-bud

Frequency Response: 20 - 20000 Hz

Digital Player (Recorder)

Features: JPEG photo playback, variable bit-rate compatible, MPEG-4 playback

Supported Bit Rate: 16 - 320Kbps

Playback Modes: Repeat all, playlist, random play / shuffle, one track repeat

ID3 Tags Support: Yes


Equalizer Type: Digital graphic

Built-in Display

Display Menu Language: Danish, Hungarian, Czech, Chinese (traditional), Chinese (simplified), English, German, French, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Polish, Finnish, Swedish, Russian, Spanish, Dutch, Greek, Turkish, Japanese, Korean

Diagonal Size: 2"

Resolution: 320 x 240

Display Illumination Colour: Blue-white

Display Illumination: Yes

Built-in Display: LCD - colour

Audio System

Audio Specifications: Digital Player - Response Bandwidth - 20 - 20000 Hz

Digital Video Playback: Yes

Digital Photo Playback: Yes

Timer: Stopwatch, sleep, wake

Built-in clock: Yes, alarm, stopwatch

Sound Output Mode: Stereo

Flash Memory: 8 GB

Features: Battery level indication, volume limiter, motion sensor, calendar, built-in games, USB 2.0 compatibility, Cover Flow, Genius technology, Nike + iPod support

Equaliser: Yes


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