The 6th generation iPod nano is a major change from its predecessor, the 5th generation model. While it's clear looking at the two devices that they're different, exactly how they're different may not be as clear. This list points out the 5 major differences between the two models to help you decide which is right for you.
1. Size and Weight
With the two models being so different in shape, it's clear that they'll be different in terms of weight and dimension.
Dimensions (in inches)
- 6th generation: 1.48 tall x 1.61 wide x 0.74 thick
- 5th generation: 3.6 tall x 1.5 wide x 0.24 thick
Weight (in ounces)
- 6th generation: 0.74
- 5th generation: 1.28
2. Screen Size
If the body shapes are different, the screens are going to be different sizes, too. While the 5th generation model had both the screen and clickwheel on its face, the 6th generation nano is all screen.
Screen size (in inches)
- 6th generation: 1.54
- 5th generation: 2.2
The 5th generation nano is controlled using the clickwheel on the face of the device. With it, you can raise and lower volume, play/pause, and move back and forth through songs without looking at the nano. This makes using the nano while exercising easier.
The 6th generation does not have a clickwheel. Instead, it offers a multi-touch screen as the main way of controlling the nano. This means that you need to look at the screen every time you want to change a song and move from music to radio, etc. This may be fine for some users; others will find it unacceptably awkward.
5. Video Camera
The 5th generation nano offers a camera that can record 640 x 480 video at 30 frames/second. These aren't HD videos, and the nano won't replace digital video cameras like those from Flip since those offer better quality, but it's a nice feature to have in your music player.
The 6th generation removes the video camera.
6. Reviews & Buying
Now that you know what the differences are, check out the reviews and then comparison shop to find the best prices on the nano you prefer.
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