Apple iPod nano (5th Gen)

Posted on: 10/02/09 by Agu Paiso
Tagged as sexy, slim, iPod, Apple, iPod nano, nano, sporty

Ever since it replaced the iPod mini in Apple's media player roundup, the nano has undergone annual makeovers that, from a consumer's standpoint, keep improving the performance/price ratio of the product. Okay, except the square-shaped 3rd-generation nano. Consider that a hiccup. A developmental bump on the road to gadget perfection. This latest nano, however, comes pretty darn close.

Skin deep

The new nano has a slick, seamless, and anodized aluminum exterior that's as sophisticated as the circuitry contained within. The LCD has been bumped up by just a fraction of an inch (0.2 inches), but the added 56-pixel real estate really makes a marked difference when compared to its predecessor. The tradeoff, of course, is the smaller click wheel, which one gets accustomed to right away.

Believe the hype

The most talked-about feature of the nano is it's video recorder. Despite it's oddly positioned lens, which may be better located on the upper right of the device, behind the LCD and not the click-wheel (the potentiometer automatically levels the image, so flipping the nano 180 degrees helps take care of this niggle), video quality is impressive.

The nano is also loaded with a bunch of filters that give a real-time preview. From film-noir grain to LSD-trip distortion, the nano's got it covered. The menu system makes everything quick and intuitive, perfect for capturing casual videos and incidental footage. For those who are obsessive-compulsive when it comes to storage space, every 3 seconds or so of video takes up 1 megabyte perfectly acceptable considering the quality.

Playback on the nano is smooth and only limited by the small screen and tiny built-in speaker. Using iPhoto, videos can be categorized, then uploaded to sites such as YouTube and Facebook, sharing the experience and the laughs with friends and loved ones.

The return of radio

Other improvements that Apple has engineered into this latest nano is an FM radio that, get this, you can pause for a few moments. Reception was clear for the most part, though just like some mobile phones, headphones need to be plugged in, doing double duty as an antenna. This is fine as the built-in speaker can't pump up the jams loud enough anyway.

Another miniscule niggle is that the FM radio's virtual dial doesn't loop. In other words, to get from 88.3 to 107.5 requires a bit of clockwise click-wheel action, instead of a small counterclockwise nudge.

Another step further

Learning some lessons from their partnership with Nike and the Nike+ iPod project, Apple has equipped the nano with a pedometer that also counts calories burned. Daily targets can also be set, and the nano keeps track of previous walkathons as well. There is also an option, via iTunes, to send this workout data to the Nike+ website. The pedometer isn't 100% accurate, though, and its functionality is limited when compared to a proper Nike+ sportskit and iPod, or a Nike+ sportsband combo. It still serves as a quick guide to how many approximate calories you burn during daily activities.

The last word

This latest incarnation of the nano has so much going for it. New (and unique) features, copious amounts of storage, and attractive pricing make it one of the must-buy gadgets of 2009. What more do you need to validate a purchase?


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  • Big, bright LCD screen
  • Good video quality
  • Slick, intuitive interface
  • Video camera lens awkwardly positioned
  • Wished it had a still-photo function
  • Slightly smaller click wheel
Bottom Line
  • This nifty nano is literally the ace up Apple's sleeve
Gold Award
Editor's Pick Yes
Price P8,490 (8GB), P10,490 (16GB) Available at
Tech Specs


  • 8GB or 16GB flash drive
  • Holds up to 2,000 or 4,000 songs in 128-Kbps AAC format
  • Holds up to 7,000 or 14,000 iPod-viewable photos
  • Holds up to 8 hours or 16 hours of video
  • Stores data via USB flash drive


  • 2.2-inch (diagonal) TFT display
  • Resolution: 240-by-376-pixel resolution at 204 pixels per inch


  • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
  • Audio formats supported: AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
    -User-configurable maximum volume limit

Video Recording

  • H.264 VGA video, 640 x 480 pixels, up to 30 frames per second with AAC audio
  • 15 real-time special effects: Sepia, Black and White, X-Ray, Film Grain, Thermal, Security Cam, Cyborg, Bulge, Kaleidoscope, Motion Blur, Mirror, Light Tunnel, Dent, Stretch, and Twirl


  • Built-in rechargeable lithium ion battery

Playback time

  • Music playback time: Up to 24 hours when fully charged
  • Video playback time: Up to 5 hours when fully charged


  • Size: 38.7mm (W) x 90.7mm (H) x 6.2 mm (D)
  • Weight: Approx. 36.4 g

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  1. lamarchk: how much for this sucker...
    November 11, 2020 at 11:26 pm

  2. Mommy Techie: Good morning, lamarchk. It's P8,490 for the 8GB and P10,490 for the 16GB. It's stated there near the tech specs. :)
    November 12, 2020 at 5:59 am

  3. happyknappy: really love this gadget... no wonder it's an editor's choice... worth the investment..
    July 28, 2020 at 11:12 am

  4. kat: 2nd hand ipod nano 5th gen blue 7k. 09326869291/ 09151286332
    November 14, 2020 at 8:40 pm


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