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Apple iPod nano (5th generation)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 7735 reviews of Apple iPod nano (5th generation). The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other MP3 Players for all reviews. Reviewers really like the performance and sound. The portability and design also get good reviews, whereas some have doubts about the connectivity.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other MP3 Players the Apple iPod nano (5th generation) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 850 user reviews of Apple iPod nano (5th generation) from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other MP3 Players on People are impressed by the design and portability. The price and sound are also appreciated. There are some mixed comments about the memory, and there are some less positive reviews about the reliability.

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91% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple iPod nano with Camera 16GB (5th Generation) - OrangeApple iPod nano with Camera 8GB - Black - 5th GenerationApple iPod nano 16GB - Black

Nov, 2015

Consumer review by: ( review summary for Apple iPod nano (5th generation)


alaTest has collected and analyzed 4261 user reviews of Apple iPod nano (5th generation) from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other MP3 Players on Opinions about the sound and size are on the whole positive. The price and portability are also appreciated, whereas the connectivity and reliability get less positive opinions.

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reliability, connectivity

89% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple iPod nano 8 GB 5th Generation (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)Apple iPod Nano 5th Generation (with Camera) Transparent Clear Snap On Crystal Plastic Hard Cover CaseApple iPod nano 16 GB 5th Generation (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: Susie Ochs (

Fifth-Generation iPod nano


The fifth-generation iPod nano packs new features into the world's most popular music player.

Built-in 640x480 video camera. FM radio, with live pausing and iTunes Tagging. Built-in pedometer. Voice memos. 16GB version is $20 cheaper than last generation

Video camera doesn't work well in low light, and it's easy to get your fingers in the way of the lens. Shiny, curved screen picks up some glare. Built-in speaker sounds tinny. Radio requires headphones. Included headphones don't support VoiceOver...

Sep, 2009

Expert review by: Jeffrey L. Wilson (

iPod nano (5th Generation)


The fifth iteration of Apple's tiny portable media player keeps the same featherweight body as its predecessor but adds a bigger screen and video recording.

The Apple iPod nano is a great mini-portable media player for those that are fans of Apple's slick design aesthetic and iTunes. The addition of the VGA camcorder is more of a bonus than a Flip-killer, and competing players offer better audio quality....

Sep, 2009

Expert review by: Ginny Mies (

Apple 8GB iPod nano (5G, late 2009) Review - PCWorld


To shoot video, you simply select 'Video Recording' from the main menu, and you're ready. You can view your recorded videos by pressing the menu button on the navigation wheel. Recorded videos live in a subfolder of your video collection.

Slim design with larger screen

Can only shoot video, not still images

The ultrathin iPod Nano now has a video camera, a radio, and a pedometer.

Sep, 2009

Expert review by: Donald Bell (

Apple iPod Nano fifth generation review: Apple iPod Nano fifth generation


The iPod Nano MP3 player continues Apple's legacy of packing a multitude of features into a colorful, impossibly thin design and comes reasonably priced at $149 (8GB) and $179 (16GB). This time around, Apple is branching out of its iPod formula in a...

Packed to the gills with new audio-video features such as a video camera, FM radio, voice recording, Genius Mixes, a built-in speaker, and a larger 2.2-inch screen; also gets a pedometer.

The Nano's camera can't shoot photos or HD-quality video and Apple located its lens in the most awkward location imaginable. Storage capacities remain stuck at 8GB and 16GB.

No other MP3 player on the planet packs more features, from video to a pedometer, into a smaller package than the overachieving Apple iPod Nano.

Sep, 2009

Expert review by: Vincent Nguyen (

iPod nano 5G Video Review


Apple's traditional September iPod event last week failed to deliver the all-encompassing camera update widely predicted, leaving the compact fifth-generation iPod nano as recipient of the most attention. With video recording capabilities, a new radio...

Sep, 2009

Expert review by: Christopher Breen (

Apple 16GB iPod nano (5G, Late 2009)


Pedometer ; Buffered FM radio with iTunes Tagging ; Built-in video effects ; Larger display ; Video camera and microphone

Video shot indoors looks poor ; Same old earbuds ; FM reception adequate but not great

Sep, 2009

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by: Tim Gideon (

Apple iPod nano (5th Gen. With Video Recorder)


Remarkably, the latest iPod nano looks almost identical to its predecessor, but this player packs so much more into its small frame: A video camera, an FM tuner (a first for iPods!), a pedometer for joggers, and a larger screen. Priced at $149 for 8GB...

Built-in video camera, mic, and speaker. Larger display, but same-size frame as previous-gen nano. Excellent user interface. New Genius Mix and VoiceOver features. Adds an FM tuner, and a pedometer

So-so file support. Video camera can't capture still images. Ships with Apple's signature subpar earbuds ; Watch the Apple iPod nano (5th Gen) video

No other player offers video recording, but even without it, the iPod nano is still the most graceful device in its price range.

Sep, 2009

Expert review by: Robert E. Calem (

Review of the Apple iPod touch (Gen 5) and iPod nano (Gen 7)


Smartphones seem to be everywhere, but for those of us who are still clinging to our good old-fashioned cellphones, there has been and continues to be a very fine alternative: the iPod touch. It's the iPhone without the phone and associated high...

Both the fifth-generation iPod touch and the seventh-generation iPod nano come with Apple's new earbud-style in-ear headphones, called EarPods. They fit more comfortably and more securely than Apple's previous generation of iconic white headphones, as...

Jan, 2013

Expert review by: ThinkComputers (

Apple iPod Nano 8GB (5th Generation) Review


Final Thoughts I actually had the first iPod Nano and it has sure come a long way since then! That iPod only really played music that was it. With this iPod you can play music, movies, listen to the radio, play games, record video, check the time,...

– Great design, – Plays both video and audio, – FM tuner, – External speaker, – Included video camera

– None!

May, 2010

Expert review by: Anthony Covar (

iPod Nano 5th Generation Review - More Than Just Music


The 5th Generation (5G) of the iPod Nano was released way back in September but our review unit arrived a little later than expected. No worries though because it is actually perfect timing. Christmas is just around the corner and by now people have...

The iPod Touch is only a few thousands away from the iPod Nano 5th Generation. So why would you buy this small player when you can go for the bigger catch? Well the answer is pretty simple: the Nano 5G is portable. It is small, stylish, and definitely...

Nov, 2009

Product Specifications


Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-In Radio: Yes
Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB): No
Direct Radio Recording: No
Direct TV Recording: No
Radio Function: Yes


Bluetooth: No
Type of Memory Stick Interface : No
Type of SD Card Interface : No
W-LAN Connection: No
WiFi Connectivity: No


Display Technology:TFT Display
Number of Display Colours:Unknown
Touchscreen: No

General Features

Operating System:Proprietary
Product Type:Audio/Video Player
Storage Medium:Built-In Memory
Type:Audio/Video Player

Playback / Recording

AAC Playback: Yes
AVI Playback: No
DivX Playback: No
H.264 Playback: Yes
MP3 Playback: Yes
MPEG 4 Playback: No
MPEG2 Playback: No
MPEG4 Playback: No
OGG Playback: No
WAV Playback: Yes
WMA Playback: No
WMV Playback: No

Power Supply

Battery Type:Li Ion
Replaceable Battery: No