ComputerAct!ve (dead link) reviews Apple iPod nano music player and concludes with rating of 5 out of 5 that iPod nano has the same excellent menu navigation as previous iPods, is thinner and with a brighter screen than before. However, users need to have iTunes installed to transfer music, and can’t play downloaded music that’s protected with Windows DRM. Overall, it has he flawless menu system combined with an expansion in storage means that Apple, on the verge of losing its crown at the top of the digital music tree, regains it just in time. MP3 (dead link) reviews Apple iPod Nano (2nd generation) and concludes that 2G Nano doesn’t really bring anything new to the table in the fast-advancing world of MP3 players, but the improvements over the original are certainly welcome. This player is sure to be a top choice among a wide range of users, and it’s a stellar option for first-timers. Just make sure you’re aware that the same $249 for an 8GB Nano will get you a larger but video-capable 30GB iPod.
Ars Technica reviews iPod nano (second-generation) and concludes that “some users—like me—actually prefer the shiny plastic look of the old iPod nano to the anodized aluminum of the new one, so we are sad to see it go and will probably soon be combing eBay listings to snatch up the last of the 1G nanos. Aside from that however, the 2nd gen nano has a lot going for it with its various improvements to the screen, the software, the improved battery life, and the less-scratchable surface. The thing even went through the washer and lived to tell the tale! However, there’s just one thing holding us back from completely fawning over the 2G nano: the screen died on the first drop. When it’s all said and done, this is a solid upgrade to the 1G nano. The better battery life, an improved screen, lower price, and colored cases, means that the 2G nano gets a solid 8. We still don’t like Apple charging more for black and not including software with the iPod.”
Update: iPod nano 3G (3rd generation)