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Apple iPod nano (3rd generation)

Apple iPod nano (3rd generation)
alaScore 88

6580 reviews

Jul, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 6580 reviews of Apple iPod nano (3rd generation). The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other MP3 Players for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the price and portability. The design and size also get good feedback, whereas many are critical about the headphones and reliability.

usability, size, design, portability, price

reliability, headphones

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other MP3 Players the Apple iPod nano (3rd generation) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: ( review summary for Apple iPod nano (3rd generation)


alaTest has collected and analyzed 36 user reviews of Apple iPod nano (3rd generation) from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other MP3 Players on Reviewers really like the sound and price. The size and portability are also appreciated. There are some mixed comments about the durability.

usability, portability, size, price, sound

94% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple iPod Nano 8GB silver - 3rd GenerationiPod nano 3rd Gen 4GB Portable MP3 Player, Generation 3 (Silver)Apple iPod nano - 3rd generation - digital player - flash 8 GB - AAC, MP3 - video playback - display: 2" - silver

Jul, 2015

Consumer review by: ( review summary for Apple iPod nano (3rd generation)


alaTest has collected and analyzed 4266 user reviews of Apple iPod nano (3rd generation) from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other MP3 Players on People really like the portability and design. The size and price also get good views. There are some mixed opinions about the headphones, and many are negative about the reliability.

usability, price, size, design, portability


88% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple iPod nano 8 GB Silver (3rd Generation) OLD MODELApple iPod nano 4 GB 3rd Generation (Silver) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)Apple iPod nano 8 GB Green (3rd Generation) OLD MODEL

Jul, 2015

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by: Mike Kobrin (

Apple iPod Nano (3G)


The world's most popular flash-based music player now does video, but it's the size and unparalleled ease of use that will win you over.

Much better screen than predecessor ; Good battery life ; Attractive new interface ; Best-in-class music-management software

Display too small for extended viewing ; Click Wheel partially obscured when used with some docks ; No FM radio

Oct, 2007

Expert review by: Dan Frakes (

Apple iPod nano, third-generation (3G) 4GB


Very good sound quality, excellent battery life ; All the features of the iPod classic—including video playback, video output, and games—in a smaller, less-expensive, and flash-memory-based player ; Bright, clear screen ; Improved user interface ;...

Incompatible with some existing dock-connector accessories ; Can't use previously-purchased games ; Shiny back surface not as rugged as anodized metal of previous version ; New visuals-heavy interface slowed by album art ; Cover Flow performance limited

Sep, 2007

Expert review by: Melissa J. Perenson (

Apple iPod Nano


Despite its new design, the fourth-generation iPod Nano is more of an evolutionary step than a major overhaul.

Slim, elegant design, Attractive video playback

Lacks radio and voice recording

Completely redesigned, the third-generation Nano adds video playback and redefines the portable media player.

Sep, 2007

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by: Tim Gideon (

Apple iPod nano (3rd generation)


Since the iPod nano's inception, the only thing it ever really lacked was videosomething that didn't mesh with the iTunes Store's commitment to TV shows and film downloads. Sporting a bright, two-inch widescreen that shows video in the highest...

Widescreen video. New excellent user interface. Great new graphics. Extremely thin. Good (rated) battery life

Cover Flow loses some of its appeal without a touchscreen. Crappy earbuds ; Watch the iPod Nano (3rd Gen) Video Review

Apple's new video iPod nano is wider than the old version, yet the player remains very thin and sleek, with an excellent widescreen display, a beautiful interface, and (finally) video.

Sep, 2007


Expert review by: Bob Buskirk (

Apple iPod Nano 3rd Generation MP3 Player


MP3 Players have evolved a lot since they first burst on to the scene. Apple really surprised people with their iPod MP3 Player and it really took off. You can see why too, easy to use controls, smooth menus, and the ease of syncing everything through...

Slick design, - 2-inch 320 x 240 QVGA screen, - Very easy to operate, - 6 different color choices, - Price


The iPod is the most popular MP3 player and for good reason. Coming in a few different flavors the iPod Nano is a great player for someone looking for something a little bit better than the Shuffle and that has a larger capacity. The 8GB version will...

Feb, 2009

Expert review by: Sandy Berger (

iPod Nano Third Gen Review


Review of 3rd generation iPod nano.

Jul, 2008

Expert review by: Sal Cangeloso (

Review: Apple iPod Nano 3G


When the iPod nano was first released it took a lot of people by surprise. The 2G mini had only been out a few months and despite the fact that is was always the black sheep of the iPod family there was no telling that it would have one of the shortest...

Dec, 2007

Expert review by: Matthew Justice (

Apple iPod Nano


The Apple iPod Nano is a small & very portable audio player.

Lightweight, long-lasting battery life (up to 24 hours), sync music, podcasts, audiobooks, and photos, solid-state flash drive

Will not play WMA (Windows Media) files, few add-on programs, included headphones could use some improvement

Warranty 90 days free call-in support and 1 year limited, free laser engraving.

Oct, 2007

Expert review by: Wendy Sheehan (

Apple iPod Nano (Third Generation) MP3 Player


With its cool, new shape, big, bright screen, and added video capability, the third-generation Nano gets almost everything right.

Attractive, compact design; large, beautiful screen; excellent battery life

Small Click Wheel; Cover Flow browsing is slow

Double your display real estate by adding a second monitor. It's a snap: Here's how

Oct, 2007

Expert review by: Jonathan Fingas (

Review: Apple iPod nano - Third Generation


New Nano has great display, but UI marred by rough qualities

Brilliant display and user interface ; Exceptional battery life ; Much improved game support

Initial manufacturing glitches with some units ; Chrome shell is a step back from 2G models ; Sheds some of its legacy accessory and game support

Apple was faced with a unique dilemma when tasked with yet again remaking the iPod nano. How would it remake such a small player to support video without sacrificing the size or comfort of what was arguably its best-selling iPod of all time? In ter

Sep, 2007

Product Specifications


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


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: No
MP3 Playback: Yes
MPEG 4 Playback: Yes
MPEG2 Playback: No
OGG Playback: No
WAV Playback: Yes
WMA Playback: No
WMV Playback: No

Power Supply

Battery Type:Li Ion
Replaceable Battery: No