How the iPod Nano can beat the Flip (hint: a camera’s not enough)

How the iPod Nano can beat the Flip (hint: a camera\'s not enough)

The star of Apple’s dog-and-pony show today was undoubtedly the iPod Nano, adding so many features that our Twitter live-blogger was wondering if there would be a kitchen sink included. An FM radio on the Nano? The pigs were about to fly when they heard that one.

But the biggest addition was a video and still camera (update, it’s video only), knocking on the door of all the other portable camera makers with a clatter so loud that when the Flipmakers peer through their peephole, they might see the Grim Reaper.

In the Pocket

It’s common knowledge that the most useful camera is one that you have with you, and given that a large percentage of the population carries around a music player wherever they go, video and still camera possession will soon be almost a given.

Sure, our informal survey of teenyboppers told us they don’t care much about having a camera on board their iPods — most told us that they already have cameras on their cellphones. But do they have a video camera in their cellphones? Most don’t. New Nano users will soon realize how useful it is to have a camera with them all the time, even if it is only 640×480.

Jack of All Trades, Master of All

Perhaps the most ominous fallout from this announcement will be the fate of camcorders from such companies as Flip and Creative that have made such impressive inroads with tiny camcorders. In waltzes the iPod Nano, a music player that’s already a highly desired product, with a camcorder thrown in. If Apple can make it super easy to send videos to YouTube, this’ll be a sure winner.

Note to Apple: check out what FlipShare is doing, and then beat that. Or, just do the same thing you did with the YouTube implementation of the iPhone, which is as good as it gets.

No Cam for the Touch?

A camcorder in a music player is such a great idea, we’re still scratching our heads and wondering why the iPod Touch didn’t also include a camera. It would be a natural, loading up movies to YouTube just as easily as the iPhone does now. Already, iPod Touch users are speaking out. Said one disgruntled Touch user, “Once again Apple screws me over by putting all the cool new features in the iPod Nano, and NONE of them in the iPod Touch.”

Was Apple protecting its iPhone franchise? Perhaps the fact that the iPod Touch can only connect to the Internet via Wi-Fi would have frustrated users who’d like to instantly upload their YouTube videos from anywhere. That said, expect the iPod Touch to also include video camera capability in its next generation, hopefully in HD resolution.

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Apple upgrades iPod nano line, delivers colors and a bigger screen

via DVICE by Adam Frucci on 9/9/08

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Apple has just unveiled its new iPod nano line, as expected, redesigning the venerable portable audio player to make it tall and skinny. It has a large screen, taking up half of the surface of the front of the player, and it comes in a wide variety of colors to fit whatever mood you’re in.

Other new features include an accelerometer inside, which automatically flips the screen when you rotate the player, which is great for watching videos or viewing photos. Additionally, you can shake the player to shuffle the songs, which is neat but is something that’ll probably get old pretty quickly. The new iPod nanos come in 8GB and 16GB flavors, and are available for $150 and $199, respectively.

Via Gizmodo

iPod Nano Hands-On Impressions

via Gizmodo by Jason Chen on 9/9/08

The new, thinner and smaller iPod nano really is smaller, thinner, and feels much better in your hand. Brian, our hand model, has small hands, so you can see how relatively small the unit is. The aluminum is slick, but the clickwheel might be slightly too slick, and not as grippy as previous models. The UI though, is fast and responsive—maybe even more so than the previous fat nano generation. The scrolling album art on the main menu is at the bottom, and not on the sides like before.

The accelerometer is as good as on the iPhone or iTouch. Landscape pulls up right away. The album art is gorgeous on the curved screen. Genius is good, and is easily pulled up by holding the middle clickwheel button. Scrolling through music is fast, and pretty much retains all the iPod clickwheel functionality you’re used to from previous generations. It does have slight improvements as we noted in the liveblog—holding the middle clickwheel button gets you shortcuts to many functions—but all in all, it’s what you’d expect from an iPod nano.

Comparisons vs. previous gen:
The screens are almost exactly the same size if you turn the fat nano sideways. The new nano is as thick at the thickest point as the fat nano, but tapers off to either side to give an overall “more thin” feel. The back is aluminum so MUCH less scratchy (think 2nd gen nanos).