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First look: iPod nano 09 unboxed

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Apple’s new iPod Nano sports a larger screen, video recording, a built-in Nike+ pedometer, VoiceOver, and an FM radio with a Tivo-like live pause feature in last year’s slim package. Here’s what’s in the box.

You might not guess much has changed just by looking at the outside, which remains largely identical apart from being offered in a new palette of nine colors.

The device also still ships in the now familiar, small glass coffin packaging, in a choice of 8GB ($149) or 16GB ($179) versions.

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Inside the small box, Apple includes a dock adapter, USB cable, and stereo headphones, although the included earbuds lack both integrated playback controls and an integrated mic. The nano still works with iPhone-style integrated mic headphones, but you’ll need to buy a pair separately (or use the ones you already have).
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The only marked visible change is the new video camera and mic, which along with an invisible speaker, support the unit’s new video recording and playback features. Despite the new camera hardware, the device remains about as thick in the middle as the tiny iPod shuffle.
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The lens and mic are framed in a polished metal window in the nano’s case.The camera appears on the dock connector end of the nano, making it tricky to hold the device without blocking either the screen or the lens with your hand. You’ll either need to grasp the nano by its edges or pinch it on the left side between your thumb and finger.
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A full review of the new 2009 iPod nano will appear tomorrow.
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  • http://bkpfd.org qka

    Would someone please confirm this: The lens is located at the click wheel end, and not the screen end of the back of the unit.

    True or false?

  • http://twitter.com/NateTehGreat nat

    Kids will finally be able to discreetly catch their teacher’s wild outbursts on camera, or at least that’s the first use that popped into my head. :D

  • studentrights

    I’ll state the obvious… ok, maybe less than obvious. The camera is on the bottom or should I say right-side since you’re meant to shoot in landscape not portrait mode? Then the lens is on the top right and when you hold it your right thumb is right over the clickwheel button.

    Apple magic.

    [I’ve since realized that you can hold the unit upside down, with the click wheel up and the screen visible while surreptitiously cupped in your hand, and the video cam app will flip the video correctly, portrait or landscape. – Dan]