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Product review: iPod nano 6G

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The Apple iPod nano 6G, music without keys

Apple revolutionized the world of the MP3 music players with the iPod, making them commonplace in the 21st century. The search for a satisfactory user experience has made Apple continue to improve on its different music players. Smaller sizes, simplified controlling methods and substituting out keys are characteristic of the evolutionary path followed for music players by this brand.

The Apple nano 6th generation is the latest model of these players to date. What will jump out at you at first glance, the 1.51 inch touch screen revealing a space-saving interface with information the user will need to select and interact with the device.

Its primary characteristics are an FM radio player, with ability to pause and rewind up to 15 minutes of audio, a multilingual interface, 24 hours of listening (according to the manufacturer) and an aluminum casing.

You can get more information on the technical information of this device on the Apple iPod nano website.

Let’s talk accessibility

This device uses a touch interface of 1.51 inches so that users who have difficulty pressing buttons or working turn wheels for volume will not have problems as the only physical buttons on the device are to control volume and for blocking.

The small screen size will be problematic for users with motor function problems with their fingers or those who use a capacitive pointer.

Who will most benefit from the accessibility of this device will be the blind as this device includes an integrated screen reader with voices in 21 languages. This screen reader is a simplified version of VoiceOver. The control movements are very similar to the versions for the iPhone, the iPod touch and the iPad. One detail to point out is that the response screen reader is a touch slower than what you might experience with an iPhone or iPod touch due to the lower capacity of this processor.

With this device you can set a profile of equalization and player volume for those people with special hearing needs.

What could be a defect or virtue of this device, depending on the user, is that the only way to manage the music, the podcasts and other content is through the iTunes application. This multimedia content manager is attractive to some users and confusing and bothersome for other, but it is something to keep in mind before purchasing.

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