The iPod Classic, Mini, and Nano seem like a thing of the past, but what about the iPod Nano 7th generation released only eight years ago in 2012 and continued being produced and sold until mid 2017? Nowadays, iPods are like iPhones, minus the call, texting, and mobile data functionality. In my honest opinion, you’d be better off getting an older iPhone. The most recent iPod Touch 7th generation is, to put it mildly, lacking. It has a chip from 2016, only 2GB RAM, and has the design of an iPhone 5. It doesn’t even have Touch ID, meaning that you have to resort to the old-fashioned way of entering in your password or PIN to unlock your device.
However, the iPod Nano 7th generation is a blast from the past. It’s tiny, with a screen smaller than 2007’s iPhone 2G. It has no internet, no app store, doesn’t even run iOS, and heavily relies on iTunes for many things. However, there are things the iPod Nano 7th generation has that an iPod Touch 7th generation lacks.
FM RadioNo iOS device, whether that be the iPhone 2G from 2007 or the iPhone 11 Pro from 2019, has ever had FM Radio capabilities. You can listen to radio on your iOS device, of course, but you’ll need an internet connection and a third party app.
However, the iPod Touch 7th generation from 2012 has FM radio. All you need is a pair of — yes, you heard — headphones utilising the 3.5mm headphone jack to tune in. No internet required (the iPod Nano 7G doesn’t even have internet). Just plug in your headphones, tap the FM radio app, search for stations, then tune in to whatever your favourite radio station is.
FitnessThe iPod Nano 7G can track your steps just like your iPhone can in your pocket. It not only measures steps when you go for a run or a walk but also measures calories, distance, and also allows you to set a daily goal. It’s cheaper than an iPhone or iPod Touch and it’s still very capable. You can also link it to Nike gadgets such as a heart rate monitor, sensor, and remote. That’s pretty cool.
Music and VideoThe iPod Nano 7G can still act as a good media player, which is what it was designed for. The modern iPod Touches, if anything, scare me. iPod Touches are more like iPhones minus the phone and are nothing like what iPods used to be like. Before the iPod Touch 7th generation, I almost expected Apple to discontinue the iPod Touch come iOS 13, where the 6th generation lost support.
There’s only one issue: to put music on your iPod Nano 7G, you have to use iTunes on a PC or Mac. This is an inconvenience compared to the modern iPod Touch or iPhone; on these devices, you can download the music directly on the device.