\r\n[Rating: 4.5]\r\nPros:\r\n\r\n \tExcellent design and user interface\r\n \tTouchscreen more accurate than 99% of smartphones\r\n \tFM radio, finally!\r\n\r\nCons:\r\n\r\n \tSmall. Small enough to lose very, very quickly\r\n\r\nAs gadgets get smaller and smaller, we begin to reach the absurd size problems we remember from Zoolander. If you have the Motorola SLVR with iTunes, you won't have to worry about an iPod. The departure from the past iPod Nano design, as well as the complete reworking and shrinking of the latest device is highly questionable, and interested consumers are all wondering whether it\u2019s worth the upgrade. If you want a more traditional walkman, take a look at our Sony NWZ-W263 walkman review instead. Or if you'd prefer to stay small, check out our review of Samsung's tiny MP3 player: YP-F2.\r\n\r\nIs it?\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nApple\u2019s complete makeover for the iPod Nano may look like the company is confused, but their history proves otherwise. Every product they make, every filing they submit, and every word out of Steve Jobs\u2019 mouth is intentional. The latest Nano does not buck that trend. If you're on the market for an MP3 player, check out the Monolith MX7000 semi-indestructible MP3 player now in 1GB 2GB.\r\n\r\nThe 6th generation iPod Nano rids itself of video recording and playback,\u00a0effectively\u00a0cuts the size in half, and has finally removed the last remnant of Apple's renowned scroll wheel. In its place, a 1.54\u201d capacitive touchscreen running on a slimmed down version of iOS.\r\n\r\nThe loss of video recording and playback is nothing to fret over. Yes, it was convenient, but the tiny screen was, frankly, ridiculous to watch video on. I\u2019m glad Apple acknowledged that and rid of the function. Recording video on such a small device was likewise handy, yet the light weight and small size, not to mention low resolution and mediocre picture quality, made the feature a last-resort for users. Most video shot on the Nano never even left the device, thanks in part to no Wi-Fi antenna.\r\n\r\nThis latest Nano is trimmed of all the fat from the previous model and gets down to the very core of the device: a small music player that\u2019s simple, intuitive, and easy to use for anything. For kids to store their music collection on; for adults looking to exercise to a beat; for the busy salesman who already carries around too much in his pockets and needs something small and simple.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nFor these users, the Nano is an excellent fit. In practice, the Nano is an exceptional media player. With up to 16GB (8GB or 16GB models available), there\u2019s more than enough space for the daily excursion or even a month-long trip. Battery life is rated for 24 hours of continuous audio playback, and the recharge time is quick, capable of a full recharge in just a few hours (or 80% charge in 1.5 hours).\u00a0 In fact, there\u2019s only one thing that doesn\u2019t make the Nano the ultimate road warrior: its size.\r\n\r\nLike all small things, the latest Nano is easy to lose. Scaling back in every way for this latest Nano simplifies the device, but also makes it a chore to keep an eye on. While testing it, I lost the Nano several times, each time slightly more than the last. Luckily they were all around the office or home. Had I left it on some store counter or doctor\u2019s office, it would be as good as gone.\r\n\r\nThe iPod Nano, thicker than the 4th gen iPod Touch thanks to its clip\r\nWith the iPod Shuffle, such a loss isn\u2019t a big deal. $50 is a much easier replacement than $150 (or $180) for the Nano. The inclusion of a clip to holster the Nano is great, to wear on the belt or an armband, though while testing I only used the clip for exercise. For the sake of not losing it, I recommend using the clip whenever possible.\r\n\r\nFeatures are limited for the Nano to what\u2019s already on the device, and the Nike+ add-on. The Nano is not strictly speaking an iOS device, though many of the functions feel and look identical. Rotating the screen (a 240x240 pixel square) is done with two fingers turning the image on-screen. This method is convenient and intuitive \u2013 much better than using accelerometers for the same function. Instead of a dedicated home button, pressing and holding a finger on the screen for three seconds returns to the home screen. Because there is no way to exit apps besides for holding on the screen, swipe functionality plays an important role on the Nano. Swiping left on almost any screen will go back one screen.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nApps on screen can be moved around, but none deleted. Four pages of apps include quick links to music (playlists, artists, now playing, Genius mixes, etc.), settings, photos, fitness, clock, and an FM radio. The photos app is almost identical to other iOS devices, though as I found out when putting pictures on the device, it took my 7000+ photos roughly two hours to be resized specifically for the Nano. It won\u2019t store full-size images, and for good reason: there is no pinch-zoom function on the Nano, only a double-tap to zoom in enough for the full screen to be utilized.\r\n\r\nThe clock app includes an analog clock, stopwatch and timer. Fitness includes a silly pedometer, which uses the internal accelerometer to count steps. A history of the Fitness app\u2019s use is also recorded.\r\n\r\nThe FM radio uses headphones as an antenna, and undoubtedly built the relatively weak iPod headphones to work best for reception. Other, higher-quality headphones I tested didn\u2019t receive as good a signal as the iPod headphones, but users will have to determine quality of the sound versus quality of the earbuds for themselves. Unlike the Zune HD, this is no HD radio, just a standard FM receiver. Any number of stations can be set as favorites. A special \u201cLive Pause\u201d feature allows up to 15 minutes of radio to be stored, in case you don\u2019t want to miss anything. Battery life cuts down significantly when using the FM radio. In my testing, I averaged between 6-8 hours listening to FM radio.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe iPod Nano also has voice control, though the included headphones do not include the required microphone. Interested users will have to purchase a separate set for $30.\r\n\r\nApple's latest iPod Nano is a simplification of media playback devices. The computer and cellphone giant has finally made three (technically four) separate mobile entities: the Shuffle \u2013 light, inexpensive, and for music only; the Nano \u2013 screened, high capacity for photos and music, and an excellent exercise companion; and the Touch (or iPhone) \u2013 the do-all media device for music, videos, pictures and games. The Nano performs its function marvelously, though interested consumers can purchase similar media players for cheaper. But they won\u2019t find a better, crisper, and cleaner device than the latest 6th generation iPod Nano.\r\n\r\nAmazon has the 16GB for $172.