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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Cracking open the iPod Nano

Cracking open the iPod Nano

The iPod Nano is a great little music player from Apple. Besides playing music, it can also display movies, television and other video content on its two-inch screen. TechRepublic's Mark Kaelin cracked open the 4GB (third-generation) iPod Nano to see what makes this device so special.

(CNET sister site TechRepublic runs a regular series called "Cracking Open" in which they take a look inside a variety of gadgets. is publishing this excerpt.)

Apple iPod Nano (third generation, 4GB, silver)

iPod Nano

The good:
The third-generation iPod Nano offers crisp, bright video playback, an exceptionally thin all-metal body, above-average battery life, built-in games, and an advanced user interface.

The bad:
We're not crazy about the wider body, the smaller scroll wheel, the lack of video output, and the average-sounding audio quality.

The bottom line:
The shape may have changed, but Apple's relentless attention to detail remains. The third generation of the iPod Nano provides loads of entertainment for a down-to-earth price.

Device type: Portable media center; Dimensions (WxDxH): 2 in x 0.3 in x 2.8 in; Display type: LCD 2.0 in See full specs >>

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