By Richard Menta 9/13/06
The iPod nano looks like its cousin the late iPod mini and that is due to Apple's return to aluminum cases for their players. As much as everyone loved the looks of the previous generation iPods they sure scratched easily. Overall, the nano came in with our expectations that we placed odds on last week, something the full sized iPod did not.
Like the old mini, the new nano now comes in five colors for those tired of the black/white only scene. The dimensions are 3.5" x 1.6" x 0.26", a hair (literally) thinner than the previous rendition's 3.5" x 1.6" x 0.27"
The new iPod nano
The iPod nano now tops out at 8GB, matching SanDisk's soon to be released e280. Apple has improved the screen, claiming that it is now 40% brighter, and battery life has now zoomed to 24 hours. The unit's display remains LCD, but there are a new improved set of earbuds that come with it. The unit displays photos in several formats including the JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, PSD (Mac only) and PNG formats. The prices are $149 for the 2GB, $199 for the 4GB, and $249 for the 8GB unit.
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The 8GB Sansa e280 is available on Amazon