Gear 12/05

This new iPod Nano sets the bar for MP3 players.
This story first appeared in the December 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

Apple iPod Nano

CNET's Rating: 8.3 Excellent

The Good: Gorgeous, superslim design with bright, photo-friendly screen; easy to operate; nimble processor and system performance

The Bad: Unspectacular battery life; scratches easily; 4GB maximum capacity is not a good fit for many users; no extra features such as FM radio; no A/V-out

What It's For: Playing digital audio files such as MP3, AAC, DRM AAC and Audible; photo viewing and storage; data storage

Essential Extras: Better headphones; protective case

The Bottom Line: Though its capacity is limited, the Apple iPod Nano sets the standard for MP3 players to come.

Street Price: $199 to $249

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