Many remember owning a cheap MP3 player at the early stages of portable music players, but when Apple decided to release its own portable music player, the iPod, everything changed. Two of the most popular Apple products, in fact, are the iPod Touch and the iPod Nano. The newest generations of both are marvels of technology, but it's important to recognise their few key differences.
iPod Nano VS iPod Touch
The Nano and Touch have evolved at different paces and on their own trajectories. Released in 2005, the iPod Nano greatly improved upon the iPod Classic and Shuffles of the past. Smaller than the Classic but larger than the Shuffle, the Nano still had a small size that fit easily into pockets. Eventually, the Nano would feature a touchscreen.
The iPod Touch, on the other hand, released in 2007, has always had a touchscreen display. The untrained eye could look at an iPod Touch and think that it's an iPhone, and in reality, it can provide most, if not all, of the same features. It is overall more complex, but also more expensive, than the Nano.
When it comes to Apple iPods, the prevailing trend has appeared to be "the smaller, the better." For those who still subscribe to this belief, the 7th Generation Nano comes in at 7.64 x 4 x 0.53 centimetres. The 5th Generation Touch, on the other hand, is significantly larger at 12.34 x 5.87 x 0.60 centimetres. This obviously results in differing display sizes. The Nano sports a 6.35 cm display while the Touch has a full 10.16 centimetres.
There's also a vast difference in the weight of the two music devices, but both are still very lightweight. The Nano weighs 31.2 grams, while the Touch, on the other hand, is nearly three times the weight at 87.88 grams.
These two devices also vary greatly when it comes to their batteries. The 7th Generation Nano gets about 30 hours of music playback from a single charge. Unlike prior Nanos, the 7th Generation also provides video playback for up to 3.5 hours. The 5th Generation Touch, on the other hand, will go for 40 hours with audio and up to 8 hours on video playback.
Considering the differences in battery life, it should come as no surprise that each gadget also has different amounts of time needed to fully charge the device. The Nano can get a full charge in about 3 hours, and a fast charge to 80 percent power will take about 1.5 hours. The Touch requires 4 hours for a full charge, while the fast charge to 80 percent can cut this in half.
Thanks to the Nano's evolution, the audio and video aspects of these two devices are largely similar. It's the other features that really separate the two. In addition to audio and video playback, the iPod Nano also provides FM radio, built-in Nike+ support and built-in Fitness Walk + Run support.
The iPod Touch, on the other hand, has an iOS 8 operating system, iTunes Radio, internet and email access, iMessage, Siri and even iTunes Apps. This doesn't necessarily mean that the Touch is right for everyone, though; some people love simplicity. As seen in the following section, though, the additional features of the Touch come at a price.
Like with all electronics, gadget with more features typically cost more. The 7th Generation iPod Nano is cheaper than the base model iPod Touch by $100. For those with a tight budget, it's a terrific option.
The Touch's pricing is complicated by its more customisable storage options. Starting at 16GB, each doubling of storage space, to 32GB and 64GB, will cost an additional $50. For those who want to store absolutely everything on their Touch and love downloading tons of apps, the 64GB model is essential.
Both of these technological wonders are impressive in their own right, and while the Touch may provide features that would "wow" the typical person, the Nano is lower cost while still allowing some of the most popular features of iPods: audio and video playback. Each person will have their own desired specifications, and with all of this information, they can decide which music device is best for them.