What made the biggest impression on me from Apple’s “Let’s Talk iPhone” event ironically wasn’t the iPhone at all (I was actually underwhelmed), but rather the next-gen, buffed-up, iPod Nano.
From a fitness POV, this thing is damn near perfect.
It’s functional. The Nano sports an accelerometer–the sensor that allows the Nano to act as a pedometer. The built-in fitness app tracks the # of steps, calories burned, pace, and duration of your runs/workouts. It can also talk to you and voice-over motivational messages…fancy. It’s your own little pocket-sized personal trainer!
It’s analytical. All of the data collected by the fitness app is easily exported into the Nike+ website. Online you can view your workout history, progress, take part in forums, and even enter challenges based on your activity levels.
It’s simple, and I love simple. The Nano comes pre-packed, right out-of-the-box loaded with the Fitness+ app. No downloads or set-up required, just load your songs and you’re good to go. It also strips away any other apps so that you can focus 100% on your workout…and only your workout. Fewer distractions means you’ll work harder, burn more fat, and see accelerated results.
It’s small. The Nano weighs 3/4 of an ounce, and is less than 2 inches wide. You’ll barely notice it all while you’re sweating your ass off…and that’s the way I like it.
It’s big. For such a tiny device, the upper-end Nano packs a whopping 16 gigs. It also comes in an 8 gig version. That’s enough for a 4K song (or 2000 on the 8GB version) high-energy workout playlist.
It’s inexpensive. One of the most attractive features of the Nano is the extremely reasonable price tag. 16 gigs will run you $150, 8 gigs runs $130. Go for the 16 gig version, it’s worth the extra $20 bucks.
It flies solo. No Nike + shoe inserts. No armbands. No chest straps. No nothing. The Nano collects data without the need for accessories, and it sports a sleek, subtle clip that attaches easily to any part of your clothing.
I just ordered mine from Amazon a second ago and I’m absolutely PUMPED to try it out, can’t wait!
“iPod nano now features larger icons for even easier navigation of its intuitive Multi-Touch™ user interface, and you can choose from 16 new digital clock faces, ranging from classic analog looks to your favorite Disney characters including Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. iPod nano now tracks your runs and walks right out of the box with no accessory required, making it even easier to get your fitness program up and running. iPod nano can track the time, pace and distance of your run, the calories you burn, and the number of steps you walk. iPod nano encourages you with motivational real-time voice feedback during your run, available in seven languages, while listening to your favorite music or FM radio station. You can also easily upload workouts to the Nike+ website to set goals, track your progress and challenge friends. The ultra portable iPod nano is available in seven colors including silver, graphite, blue, green, orange, pink and (PRODUCT) RED.”
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