New Apple iPod nano (2010) review

The new nano goes on a diet, gets mutli-touch, but loses video playback

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Our Verdict

Though it's lost a few features and gained a few pounds, it's hard to fault what's there in the new iPod nano.


  • Responsive multi-touch screen
  • Handy clip-on design


  • Basic headphones with no clicker
  • No video recording or playback

Somebody at Apple obviously hates the phrase "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" because it has completely redesigned its best-selling iPod, the iPod nano, yet again.

This year's model is half the height of the previous generation and has the same clip-on design as the new iPod shuffle. The big change is that there's no click wheel, just a screen.

In fact, the only physical buttons found on the device are for sleep/wake and adjusting volume. Everything else is controlled by a brand new multi-touch display.

new ipod nano touchscreen

But don't mistake the nano for a scaled down iPod touch; the nano appears to run some version of iOS, Apple's iPhone, iPod touch and iPad operating system, but its a unique severely restricted version compared to the full fat iOS 4 found on the touch. You can't buy and install third party apps, for example, and there are far fewer applications, and no Wi-Fi.

new ipod nano touchscreen

In Apple's iPod line up, the new nano still sits squarely in-between the simplistic iPod shuffle and the all-singing, all-dancing iPod touch,with the traditional iPod classic now marginalised as a device reserved for people who need a lot of storage.

Historically the nano has always represented a good balance between price and features, but this time around we were surprised to find that the UK price has actually risen by quite a bit, with the 16GB version at £159 (up from £138) and the 8GB version at £129 (up from £118).

new ipod nano touchscreen

What's even more surprising is that the ability to play or create videos (one of last year's nano's most touted features) has been removed altogether, making the new nano an audio-only device.

But before we tackle that thorny issue, let's take a look at the intriguing new multi-touch display.


Tech Specs

Product TypeFlash MP3 Player
Flash Memory Capacity16 GB
Product FunctionsPhoto Viewer, FM Tuner
Product FamilyiPod nano 6G
Brand NameApple
Audio FormatsAAC, AIFF, Apple Lossless, Audible, WAV, MP3, AAX
Screen Size3.9 cm (1.5")
Battery Built-inYes
Height37.6 mm
Width40.9 mm
Depth8.9 mm
Battery Run Time24 Hour
ManufacturerApple, Inc
Product ModelMC696Qlla
Product NameiPod nano 16GB Flash MP3 Player
Product LineiPod nano 6G
Manufacturer Part NumberMC696Qlla
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Your greatest hits. And taps. And swipes.
The best things in life have a soundtrack, and that's where iPod nano shines. The Multi-Touch display lets you experience your music in a new way. Tap to play anything you want to hear. Swipe the Home screen to browse your music by songs, albums, artists, playlists, genres or composers. You can even rearrange the icons on your Home screen so your music is organised just how you like.

Package Contents
  • iPod nano 16GB Flash MP3 Player
  • Apple Earphones
  • Dock Connector to USB Cable
  • Quick Start Guide
Weight (Approximate)21 g