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Apple iPod Nano (4th generation)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 8399 reviews of Apple iPod Nano (4th 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 size and price. The portability and design also get good reviews. Many are critical about the connectivity. There are mixed opinions on the headphones and reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other MP3 Players the Apple iPod Nano (4th generation) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 795 user reviews of Apple iPod Nano (4th 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 really like the size and design. The portability and price also get good opinions. There are some mixed reviews about the durability, and some have doubts about the reliability.

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

This summary is based on the products: Apple iPod nano 8GB - Black - 4th GenerationApple iPod nano 8GB - Black - 4th Generation

Dec, 2017

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 4854 user reviews of Apple iPod Nano (4th generation) from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other MP3 Players on People really like the size and design. The portability and price also get good feedback, but the connectivity and reliability get less positive opinions.

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86% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple iPod nano 8 GB Orange (4th Generation) [Previous Model]Apple iPod nano 8 GB Orange (4th Generation) [Previous Model]

Dec, 2017

Expert review by: Xiomara Blanco (

Apple iPod Nano review


Yes, the iPod Nano still exists. It's one of the last MP3 players standing in Apple's lineup , next to the gym-friendly, small-as-a-button iPod Shuffle and the basically-an-iPhone-with-no-cell-service iPod Touch .

The Apple iPod Nano has a sleek aluminum design, FM radio, Bluetooth and long battery life.

With no Wi-Fi, you're stuck syncing music via USB from a PC or Mac running iTunes. It doesn't work with Apple Music subscriptions, and the low-res screen is tiny.

The iPod Nano is an aging music player that's hurt by its outdated reliance on iTunes and lack of subscription music compatibility.

Jun, 2016

Expert review by: Donald Bell (

iPod Nano review


The seventh-generation Apple iPod Nano is a fun, cute, capable MP3 player. With it, you can take virtually all of your iTunes media on the go -- your music, videos, audiobooks, podcasts, and even photos.

The iPod Nano's new home button and longer screen offer a familiar smartphone-style interface, and the added Bluetooth compatibility opens the device up to a number of wireless audio accessories.

The screen resolution is mediocre, there's no integrated headphone remote, and it still lacks the camcorder, microphone, speaker, games, calendar, contacts, notes, and alarm clock that Apple cut from the Nano last year. And let's not forget that...

The seventh-generation iPod Nano is an incredibly compact portable media player with gym-friendly features, but it's overshadowed by the superior value of Apple's iPod Shuffle and fourth-generation iPod Touch.

Oct, 2012

Expert review by: Tim Gideon (

Apple iPod nano (2011)


The latest iteration of the Apple iPod nano does little to improve on the previous generation player, but a price drop makes it a better deal.

Lightweight, clip-on design. Larger icons make it easier to navigate menu. Simple, intuitive user interface. Screen can be adjusted to face in four directions. Several clock faces so you can wear the player as a watch. Strong battery life.

Small screen. No video recording or playback. Lousy earbuds, no integrated controls. Watch bands are not included.

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Oct, 2011

Expert review by: Donald Bell (

Apple iPod Nano 2011 review


Editors' note: The version of the iPod Nano introduced in October 2011 is physically indistinguishable from the version launched in 2010. A handful of new features have been introduced through a software update, including improved Nike Plus fitness...

The iPod Nano costs less than before, is easier to navigate, and includes more Nike Plus fitness tracking capabilities. It's also still the best clip-on music player money can buy.

Many features have disappeared over the years, including video playback, camcorder, microphone, speaker, games, calendar, contacts, notes, and alarm clock. The touch-screen interface is overkill, requiring more attention than the time-tested click...

The sixth generation of the iPod Nano is the smallest yet, but it comes at the expense of valuable features and practical controls.

Sep, 2010

Expert review by: ZDNet (

Apple iPod Nano (4th generation)


Cheaper, thinner, friendlier: the new Nano trumps its predecessors.

Attractive all-in-one matte metallic design, Better menu with option to turn off graphics, Easier to operate one-handed than the third-gen model

Headphones and sound quality are the same as before, Thumb can feel a bit squished, Some features require the purchase of additional accessories

Sep, 2008

Expert review by: Joshua Topolsky (

Apple iPod touch 2G and nano 4G: The Engadget Review


It's been just over a week since we ran a smash-and-grab at Apple's unveiling of its newest entries to the iPod family, the nano 4G and touch 2G. The devices, both set along an evolutionary (rather than revolutionary) path have certainly been nipped,...

Access to Apple's App Store ; Wide functionality in one package ; Solid hardware design

Storage quantities are limited ; Expensive ; Did we mention they're expensive

Sep, 2008

Expert review by: Dan Frakes (

Apple 8GB iPod nano (4G, late 2008)


New voice-recording functionality ; Spoken Menus and larger menu fonts improve accessibility ; More features than the iPod classic ; Genius feature works directly on iPod ; Improved interface with optional preview panel ; Better-than-estimated battery...

Same video-out restrictions as previous model ; New shape has its drawbacks, including sharp top edges and (especially) corners ; Odd landscape-mode controls ; Spoken Menus doesn’t cover all menus and has the same occasional pronunciation issues as...

Sep, 2008

Expert review by: Mark Brezinski (

Apple iPod Nano 8GB MP3 Player Review - Intro


The iPod Nano has undergone quite a transformation since it was first released. The last iteration was short, squat, and obliterated the iPod Mini from existence. The new Nano is ridiculously small and thin, and somehow manages to fit an accelerometer...

Cute, durable, portable, and supports a lot of files ; Good controls. The screen and battery life are impressive for a device this size ; Simple, intuitive layout, all basics covered.; Good sorting options, easy to use, better scroll wheel than the...

If you're sick of the way iPods look, the redesign won't do much to win you over ; Most people would rather have a mediocre large screen than a tiny one.; Not much covered besides basics ; Scroll wheels are only good for short lists, and the Nano...

Conclusion When we first looked at the Nano, we just assumed it was a flashy gadget that would favor stylish looks and a slim silhouette over functionality. It surprised us, however. While the Nano can't compete with smart phones, we couldn't help but...

Sep, 2008

Expert review by: Joe Brown (

Review: Apple iPod Nano


Here's a hard truth: Even if Apple decided to carve its new Nano out of petrified poo and bless it with a Braille display, the...

Enough colors to make you second guess dropping that third hit of acid before hitting the Apple store. Up to 16 gigs of storage. On the fly Genius (should be called Lazy) Playlists let you quickly suit your music mood. Energy saver mode is clutch. 8...

Why no love for the squarePod? Shake-to-shuffle is a nightmare during parkour outings; switching off the much-needed French Hip Hop in favor of our knitting podcasts whenever jostled. Tapered design is just curvy enough to be fey, but not quite severe...

Sep, 2008

Expert review by: Nick Mediati (

Apple 16GB iPod nano (4G, late 2008)


The latest iPod Nano combines the larger screen of the third-generation Nano with the slender design and vibrant colors of the second-generation models. Taken as a whole, the fourth-generation iPod Nano marks the further evolution of an already-strong...

Very slim and lightweight ; Voice recording support

No FM tuner ; Must rotate unit on side to watch video

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

Sep, 2008

Product Specifications

Only 0.26 of an inch thin and 1.41 ounces light, iPod nano packs a lot into its diminutive design. A brighter color display. A dock connector that fits an entire ecosystem of iPod accessories. With features like these, iPod nano changes the way you experience your music and more. Finding and playing music on iPod nano is simple. Menu options let you browse by artist, composer, album, song, genre, or playlist. Want to mix things up? Click Shuffle Songs. iPod nano makes your music look as good as it sounds, thanks to a 1.5-inch color display. Album art appears alongside your song titles, so you see your music as you play it. And when you dare to wear iPod nano, that display guarantees you'll say a lot without saying a word. The iTunes Store features thousands of free podcasts - radio-type shows you subscribe to - including indie favorites and offerings from such big names as ABC News, Comedy Central, ESPN, PBS, NPR, and many more. Browse and subscribe to podcasts, then sync them to your iPod nano and listen anytime, anywhere. Podcasts appear in their own menu on your iPod nano, so you can navigate them easily. The digital shelves of the iTunes Store are stocked with thousands of audiobooks - including such exclusives as the entire Harry Potter series - so you can catch up on your reading wherever iPod nano takes you. Browse audiobooks in their own menu on your iPod nano. iPod nano automatically recognizes where you left off reading and bookmarks your place. You can even change the reading speed to suit you. iPod nano holds up to 25, 000 photos you can sync from your Mac or Windows PC via iTunes. Use the Click Wheel to scroll through photo thumbnails the same way you scroll through song titles. To see a photo full-screen, click the center button. You can even view photo slideshows, complete with music. Just select Slideshow Settings and choose the time between slides, the transition effect, and the music. Calendars, contacts, and the World Clock appear in the Extras menu, along with a few more handy items. Take the Screen Lock, for example. Spin the Click Wheel to choose a four-digit combination and protect your iPod nano from prying eyes. If you forget your combination, you can reset it at your next sync. Or use the built-in Stopwatch to log your best times. When it's finally time to play, iPod nano features four fun games: Music Quiz, Solitaire, Brick, and Parachute.


Built-in speaker(s):N / Y
Built-in speakers:No / Yes
Frequency range:20 - 20000
MP3 bit rates:16 - 320 / 8 - 320

Audio Input

Type: None

Audio Output

Headphones Form Factor:Ear-bud

Audio System

Digital Photo Playback: Yes
Digital Player Functions:Photo playback/Photo playback / Video playback/Photo playback / Video playback
Digital Player Type:Flash based
Digital Video Playback: Yes
Functions (KB):Digital player
Sound Output Mode:Stereo
Subcategory (KB):MP3 players (flash, CD, HDD)
Type:Digital player


Run Time (Up To):14hour(s)/24hour(s)


Built-in camera: No
Frame rate:30
Second camera: No
Video capture resolution (max):640 x 480
Video recording: Yes


Battery charging indication: Yes
Battery full indication: Yes
Battery low indication: Yes
Color of product:Black / Blue / Green / Grey / Orange / Pink / Purple / Silver / Violet / Yellow
Housing material:Metal
Volume Control:Digital

Digital Player (Recorder)

iPod Generation:1G/2G/3G/4G
Supported Digital Audio Standards:AAC / AIFF / Apple Lossless / Audible / MP3 / WAV/Apple Lossless / MP3 / Audible / AIFF / AAC / WAV

Digital Storage


Digital Storage Media

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight



Backlight:No / Yes
Display Diagonal:1.5 / 2 / 2.2 / 2.5
Display Resolution:240 x 376 / 240 x 432 / 320 x 240
Touch screen:No / Yes
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen:N / Y

Energy Management

Battery recharge time:3
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Built-in battery: Yes
Continuous audio playback time:24 / 30
Continuous video playback time:16 / 3.5 / 4 / 5
Number of batteries supported:1
Rechargeable: Yes
USB charging: Yes


Equalizer: Yes
Equalizer Type:Digital graphic

File formats

Audio formats supported:AAC, AAX, AAX+, AIFF, HE-AAC, M4A, MP3, WAV / AAC, AIFF, HE-AAC, MP3, WAV / AAC, AIFF, MP3, WAV / AAC, AIFF, WAV
Image formats supported:BMP, GIF, PNG, PSD
Video compression format:H.264 / H.264, m4v, mov, mp4 / H.264, MPEG4
Video formats supported:H.264 / H.264,m4v,mov,mp4 / H.264,MPEG4

Flash Memory

Installed Size:16GB/2GB/4GB/8GB


Compatibility:Mac / PC/Mac / PC
Country Kits:Australia / New Zealand
Model:(PRODUCT) RED Special Edition/Personalized
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Apple iPod nano


Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone frequency:20 - 20000




Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Wi-Fi: No

Operational Conditions

Operating altitude:0 - 118110.2
Operating relative humidity (H-H):5 - 95
Operating relative humidity range:5 - 95
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 35
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 45
Storage temperature range (T-T):-20 - 45

Other Features

Additional accessories:Y
Audio system:2.0
Bit rate:128 Kbps / 16 - 320 / 16 - 320 Kbps / 16 -320 / 16 x 320
CD Text: Yes
Channels quantity:2
Compatible operating systems:Mac OS X v10.3.9/Windows 2000 Service Pack 4/Windows XP Home/Professional Service Pack 2. / Mac OS X v10.4.11 +, Windows Vista / Windows XP Home / Windows XP Professional SP3 + / Mac OS X v10.4.11 +, Windows Vista, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Professional SP3 / Mac OS X v10.4.11 +\nWindows Vista, XP Home, Professional / Mac OS X v10.4.11, Windows Vista, Windows XP Home/Professional SP3 / Mac OS X v10.4.11\nWindows Vista, XP Home, Professional SP 3 / Mac OS X v10.4.11\nWindows Vista, XP Home, Professional SP3 / Mac OS X v10.4.11\nWindows Vista\nWindows XP Home/Professional
Connectivity Technology:Wired
Dimensions (WxDxH):1.52 x 0.244 x 3.57 / 1.57 x 0.256 x 3.54 / 3.57 x 1.52 x 0.244
Headphone outputs:1
Internal memory:8
Internal memory type:FMD
Media types supported:.m4v, .mp4, .mov
MP3 playback: Yes
Rechargeable battery: Yes
USB cable:USB
USB powered: Yes
Wireless technologies:Wired

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Batteries included: Yes
Bundled software:iTunes 8
Cables included:Lightning / USB
Headphones: Yes
Headphones included:Y
Quick start guide: Yes
User guide: Yes


Accelerometer:No / Yes
Picture viewer: Yes
Sleep Timer: No
Type:MP3 / MP4

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: No
Interface:Lightning / USB 2.0
Line-out connectivity:3.5
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Battery recharge time:3
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Built-in battery:Y
Continuous audio playback time:24 / 30
Continuous video playback time:16 / 3.5 / 4 / 5
Number of batteries supported:1
USB charging:Y


FM radio:No / Yes
Supported bands:FM / No
Supported radio bands:FM / Not supported

Record Modes

Built-in Microphone: Yes
Voice recording:No / Yes

Remote Control

Type: None

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Card reader integrated: No
Compatible memory cards: No
Music memory capacity (songs):4000
Player media type:Flash-media
Total Storage Capacity:1 / 16 / 8

System Requirements

Mac compatibility: Yes
Mac operating systems supported:Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion / Yes
Minimum system requirements:iTunes 8 / Mac OS X v10.4.11 +, Windows Vista, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Professional SP3
USB required: Yes
Windows operating systems supported: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.213 / 0.244
Height:3.01 / 3.57
Weight:1.09 / 1.28 / 1.3
Width:1.52 / 1.56