Playing with it “THE NEW IPOD NANO”
The 7th generation Nano comes in a similar box as other iPods; the box itself is an Apple product indeed. The colour of the device is what makes up the user experience. For instance, a green Nano will have a homescreen with a green backqround, green clock faces, and so on. Even the Apple logo and text on the box represents the colour of the Nano inside it. Like I said, Apple really pays a lot of attention to detail on its products!
If you have ever used an iOS device, you’ll get used to the iPod Nano in no time. That’s due to the iOS-like OS that powers the Nano.
However, it’s not actually iOS, and hence cannot run iOS apps. So you’re stuck with all the usual stuff that comes pre-loaded on it like music, photos, videos, radio, podcasts, pictures, Nike-s, etcetera. In other words, the OS looks like it did on the 6th generation Nano, but the addition of a home button and a longer screen is what makes the difference. Video playback was removed in the 6th generation Nano because it would’ve been ridiculous watching videos on a screen that small, but now it’s back. Viewing photos on the new Nano is easier with a bigger multi touch screen. And guess what, it has a built-in accelerometer to display the photos in the proper orientation. You can use the familiar pinch-to-zoom gesture to zoom in and out of photos. You can also watch videos (but not for too long, you’ll feel some eye-strain very soon). The radio app is just as good as it used to be. It comes with “Live Pause”, which allows you to pause live radio, and resume listening within 15 minutes of pausing.
Including a clock app was.a good idea, but not very practical this time, since this Nano cannot be used as a watch (unlike the 6th gen Nano, which was convertible to a wrist watch using a third-party strap). The Nike+ app makes use of a pedometer built into the Nano, all you need is to put it in your pocket and start running.