Saturday, September 12, 2009
iPod nano: Poor Design and Missing Features
iPod nano picture taken with an iPhone 3GS
I just got a chance to take a look at the new iPod nano that shoots video.
Initially I was excited to see such a beautiful device that was able to shoot video and expected it to become a contender in the pocket video recorder market.
Sadly, it doesn't measure up.
Here are the bad points:
1. The camera is on the bottom
I don't know why they designed it this way, but the camera is on the opposite side of the scroll wheel, on the bottom, when held in portrait mode.
So if you are shooting a video in portrait mode, your hand is in the way.
2. The camera is on the bottom
When you sit the iPod nano on the table, so that it stays still, the camera is on the bottom and you get a great shot of the surface that you are sitting it on, like a table.
Try to stand it on it's head, so the camera is on top, the iPod nano tips over because a switch is protruding from the top.
3. The camera is on the bottom
OK, so you decide to hold the camera in landscape mode. When holding it, your hands cover the lens because, as I said before, the camera is on the bottom behind the scroll wheel.
4. It's not a stil camera
You can't take photos.
5. Quality doesn't seem to match even the original Flip
My friends Liz Gannes and Chris Albrecht at NewTeeVee shot this video to compare the Flip to the iPod Nano.