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Apple iPod nano 16GB - Slate MD481LL/A (7th Generation)


Pros: small, light, accurate pedometer, decent screen

Cons: screen issues, expensive, no software update

I've always been a fan of the Nano size factor and have owned all generations of the Nano from 4th through 7th. I always enjoy having extra music and podcasts around with me and prefer to save the space on my iPhone other concerns.


This will be the first generation iPod Nano I will ever have sold off because of reliability concerns. I've gone through three of them and the issue is always the same. A period of time passes and the screen suddenly develops horizonal lines of pixels that no longer work. A search reveals the issue is common.


To me it is unexcusable. Apple sells this item for more than many touch screen phones go for in this day and age. To have such shoddy workmanship continue to show up three times means it isn't just the luck of the draw and I hit the one problematic Nano out of thousands that were fine.


With the increase in size it really would have been for Apple to also do more than just round the icons and be done with it. There are fewer clock faces and far fewer background choices than the 6th generation Nano. Prior to the 6th generation Apple used to update their iPod lines annually. Then starting with the 6th they went biannual but at least pushed out software update 1.2 which featured several software improvements to the same hardware. Now we are 18 months into the 7th generation iPod Nano and it is clear in addition to the shoddy product, that Apple can't even be bothered to take the hardware and refine it with some software improvements. It wouldn't have been hard to have someone flatten the interface to match other Apple initiatives.


At this stage, Apple doesn't appear to want your money for an MP3 player. I'm selling mine when it returns from a 3rd  Applecare warranty service and will apply the money towards someone who is trying a bit harder. Perhaps it won't be as nice but I'd suspect the screen will last longer than four months.

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Apple iPod nano 16GB - Slate MD481LL/A (7th Generation)

About the size of a credit card — and just 5.4 mm thin — the new iPod nano is the thinnest iPod ever made.

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Technical Specifications







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Size and Weight




Height: 3.01 inches (76.5 mm)

Width: 1.56 inches (39.6 mm)

Depth: 0.21 inch (5.4 mm)

Weight: 1.1 ounces (31 grams)

Volume: 0.95 cu. inch (15,537 cu. mm)


  • 2.5-inch (diagonal) widescreen Multi-Touch display
  • 240-by-432-pixel resolution at 202 pixels per inch




External Buttons and Controls




Audio Playback



  • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
  • Audio formats supported: HE-AAC (V1 and V2), AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
  • User-configurable maximum volume limit


Video Format Support



  • H.264 video: 720 by 576 pixels, 30 frames per second; Baseline, Main, and High-Profile level 3.0 with AAC-LC audio up to 256 Kbps; 48kHz; stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats
  • MPEG-4 video: up to 2.5 Mbps, 720 by 576 pixels, 30 frames per second; Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 256 Kbps; 48kHz; stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats

FM Radio



  • Regional settings for Americas, Asia, Australia, Europe, and Japan
  • Live Pause feature for pausing a radio broadcast and rewinding (within a 15-minute buffer)


  • Accelerometer

Power and Battery


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  • Music playback time: Up to 30 hours when fully charged
  • Video playback time: Up to 3.5 hours when fully charged
  • Charging via USB to computer system or power adapter (sold separately)
  • Fast-charge time: about 1.5 hours (charges up to 80% of battery capacity)
  • Full-charge time: about 3 hours


  • VoiceOver gesture-based screen reader

  • High-resolution LCD display with adjustable backlight settings for easier reading in low light
  • Invert Colors
  • Mono Audio



  • Apple EarPods

System Requirements

  • USB 2.0 or 3.0 port

  • iTunes 10.7 or later
  • Syncing with iTunes on a Mac or PC requires:
  • Mac: OS X v10.6.8 or later
  • PC: Windows 7; Windows Vista; or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 3 or later

  • iTunes 10.7 or later

Environmental Requirements

  • Operating temperature: 32° to 95° F (0° to 35° C)

  • Nonoperating temperature: -4° to 113° F (-20° to 45° C)
  • Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
  • Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet (3000 m)

Limited Warranty and Service

90 days of free telephone support and a one-year limited warranty. 

Environmental Status Report

  • Arsenic-free display glass
  • Mercury-free LED-backlit display
  • BFR-free
  • PVC-free
  • Recyclable aluminum enclosure


In the Box


  • iPod nano
  • Apple EarPods
  • Lightning to USB Cable
  • Quick Start guide 



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