iPod nano 7th Generation review

Reinvented for 2012, and now with videos... again

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  • Bluetooth
  • Multi-touch
  • Nike+ Fitness built-in
  • FM Radio built-in
  • Choice of colours


  • No camera
  • No 3rd party apps
  • No clip
  • Old-style earphones

Apple seems to completely reinvent its small, slim-line iPod nano with each iteration, and 2012 has been no exception.

The 2010 model, for example, (there were no new iPods in 2011) was square and had a clip, so you could wear it like an iPod shuffle. This latest 2012 version, launching alongside the iPod touch 5th Generation, has a completely different design again; it loses the clip and returns to your pocket.

This time around it looks more like a minaturised iPod touch, complete with a little Home button and multi-touch display.

ipod nano 7th generation

This release also sees the return of video playback, a feature removed, and greatly missed from the last nano, but it hasn't regained its ability to shoot video, which the 2009 model was notable for.

The iPod nano now comes in nine different colours – white, grey, black, green, blue, purple, pink, yellow and Product Red.

ipod nano 7th generation

It's got Apple's new Lightning connector, which replaces the rather large 30-pin Dock connector and as well as a Lightning to USB cable you also get Apple's new improved EarPods earphones in the box.

The new iPod nano runs apps, but it doesn't run a full-fat version of iOS, so you've only got a few basic Apple apps to play with – there's no App Store, and no iTunes Store either. So, what you're looking at here is Music, Videos, Fitness, Podcasts, Photos, Radio, Clock and Voice Memos. We'll go over them all in detail here, and see how they performed in our tests, so read on to find out more.


Tech Specs

Product TypeFlash Portable Media Player
Flash Memory Capacity16 GB
Battery Built-inYes
Product FunctionsAudio Player, Photo Viewer, Video Player, FM Tuner
Maximum Audio Battery Time1 Day
Maximum Video Battery Time3.50 Hour
Product FamilyiPod nano 7G
Music Service CompatibilityiTunes
Brand NameApple
Audio FormatsAAC, HE-AAC, MP3, Audible, Audible 2, Audible 3, Audible 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, AAX+, AIFF, Apple Lossless, WAV, AAC-LC
Screen Size6.4 cm (2.5")
Video FormatsH.264, MP4, M4V, MOV
Display Resolution103680 Pixel
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Display Screen TypeColour LCD
Height76.5 mm
Width39.6 mm
Depth5.4 mm
ManufacturerApple, Inc
Product NameiPod nano 16GB Flash Portable Media Player
Product LineiPod nano 7G
Manufacturer Part NumberMD478QB/A
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.apple.com/uk
Marketing Information

New body. Same soul.

At just 5.4mm thin - and about the size of a credit card - the new iPod nano is the thinnest iPod ever made. The 2.5-inch Multi-Touch display is nearly twice as big as the display on the previous iPod nano, so you can see more of the music, photos and videos you love. Buttons let you quickly play, pause, change songs or adjust the volume. The smooth new anodised aluminium design makes iPod nano feel as good as it sounds. And iPod nano wouldn't be iPod nano without gorgeous, hard-to-choose-from colours.

Package Contents
  • iPod nano 16GB Flash Portable Media Player
  • EarPods
  • Lightning to USB Cable
  • Quick Start Guide
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)31 g