The iPod Nano is something you cannot easily miss. As its name suggests, it is small but packs a punch with its slew of features, including flash memory drive, which is more recent and technological than that of other iPod versions such as Mini and the Classic.
As an Apple custom, the iPod Nano has also undergone several changes. In fact, the latest in the market is already in the sixth generation. However, though a number of them share similar features, only a handful can actually play some games.
Today you’ll know them.
Third Generation iPod Nano
The first Nano to be able to play the game is the third generation iPod Nano. It was released sometime in 2007 and measured 2 inches in screen. It also came with a variety of colors. The built was very durable yet more heavyweight than the precious Nano.
This iPod Nano allowed you to play Clickwheel games, which you could download in iTunes (but this option has been removed recently). Apple was known for syncing proprietary devices ever since, but the games you stored in other types of iPods could not be placed in this generation, unless they were the latest ones. This is because the third generation lacked the right kind of technical support to make previously bought games compatible with the unit.
Nevertheless, you would not mind that when you know there were other cool features as well such as a video playback and a browser supported by Cover Flow.
Fourth Generation iPod Nano
The fourth generation iPod Nano did not follow the third generation’s design. Instead, it went back to its roots: sleeker, thinner, and much easier to handle, store, and hold by the hand. It weighed no more than 1.30 ounces. There were also more colors available—with about 3 more—with red a limited edition since one could only buy it from Apple store.
But the biggest contribution of the fourth generation iPod Nano, making it a landmark device, is being the first among the bunch to have an accelerometer. It improved the functions and features of the unit tremendously. For one, users could already search or shuffle songs by merely shaking the unit. They could also conveniently change the orientation from portrait to landscape and vice versa, which became necessary when playing games. Speaking of games, new ones had also been created to help you maximize the accelerometer. These included Maze.
Sixth Generation iPod Nano
This is one of the smallest iPod Nanos in the market. To give you a better idea, picture the face of a watch. Yup, it could be as small as that. However, in order for it to achieve such, it let go of some features such as speakers, a video camera, and a clickwheel. The good thing is more essential parts have been added like the multi-touch screen with an excellent resolution. It works with Nike, comes with an FM radio tuner, and lets you play games even when on the go.
What Nano games do you love to play? Let us know.