5 secrets of the Apple iPod Nano 5G

We may have got hands-on with the iPod Nano 5G after yesterday's Apple event but a second chat with Apple's experts has revealed a view hidden treats.

We may have got hands-on with the iPod Nano 5G after yesterday's Apple event but a second chat with Apple's experts has revealed a view hidden treats.

1 The speaker sound comes from all around

Can't work out where the sound for your amazing video of your dog dressed as Luke Skywalker is coming from? Unlike some iPods where the speaker is in the bottom of the device near the dock connector, the iPod Nano 5G's speaker is right at its heart. An omni-directional speaker is just below the shell of the player.

2 The pedometer is activated the accelerometer

If you're stood still jawing on to your friends when you should be burning calories, the iPod Nano 5G will know. It will also be silently judging you. Rather than simply waiting for you to move, the pedometer works in conjunction with the accelerometer.

If you're stationary, the pedometer will go into standby mode until you move again. It also has two modes – one simply counting up your steps, another counting down to a specific goal (eg. 10,000 steps in a day).

3 The radio can pause live broadcasts

The iPod Nano 5G uses your headphone lead as its antenna and if you're distracted in the middle of Test Match Special, you can simply pause the audio. The iPod Nano 5G will buffer the audio and return you to where you left off once you've shooed away that foolish boss demanding those reports from you.

4 It'll give you an extra hour of video

While the iPod Nano 5G simply matches the fourth generation's performance when it comes to audio playback, it manages an hour of extra video playing. Apple promises 24 hours of audio and 5 hours of video (compared to the fourth gen's 4 hours playback time). We'll put its promise to the test in a full first test imminently.

5 It captures video in better than Youtube resolution

The iPod Nano 5G's video camera function is perfect for slinging short clips up to Youtube but it in fact produces videos at a slightly better resolution than Youtube needs. It's clips are recorded in 640 x 480 but Youtube offers up its standard res movies at 480 x 320.

The iPod Nano 5G's videos are encoded in H.264 which means they'll be easy to stick on your other iPods and they'll be organised in iPhoto (or you photos folder in Windows) as well as iTunes. The video camera has 15 effects which can be applied to your videos in real time.

Let us know if you've ordered or bought your iPod Nano 5G yet and let us in to any secrets, hacks or, Jobs forbid, bugs you've discovered.

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