the 2G iPod nano…
September 12, 2006
…looks only half as good as its predecessor, in my humble opinion. But at least it won’t scratch, thanks to its new anodized aluminum enclosure reminiscent of the iPod mini. It’s even thinner (!) than before, at .25″, and comes in five colors and three capacities–2GB, 4GB, and 8GB of NAND flash goodness–though the black is available only in the top end model and the low end is restricted to silver. The new nano is also cheaper, at $149, $199, and $249 price levels, respective of capacity. And of course, there’s the obligatory “40% brighter” screen and extended 24-hour battery life. In true Apple style, it ships today.
As you can see from Engadget’s hands-on photos, the 2G nano is quite a bit like a flattened iPod mini. It’s been pointed out that none of the original nano accessories will accomodate the hard edges on the top and bottom, and the white scroll wheel looks a good deal less sexy than the muted, classy 1G nano (of which I am a proud owner). As such, it’s hardly a home run, but Apple’s patented Reality Distortion Field (RDF) will undoubtedly help them sell bajillions of units. Now where’s my Core 2?
–D. S. W.