iPod Nano. It keeps going and going…

Written by: Adam Christianson

Categories: Reviews

You have all probably heard about the new iPod Nanos from Apple. Well Steve jobs claimed in the Showtime Special Event that they were suppose to get an astonishing 24 hours of battery life.
Well any company out there claims that their batteries last forever. Consumers just take an educated guess on how long the battery will really last.

I recently purchased a new 8GB iPod Nano. I was very impressed with the battery life on it. I listened to if for a few hours and the battery bar continued to stay full! Well I was ready a post on a forum somewhere talking about the battery life of a new Nano, and it got me thinking… “How long does the battery actually last?”

There was one way to find out! I plugged my Nano into my mac and let it charge to full. I then went to the songs menu and played the first song (allowing it to continue playing through all my songs) I then had to time it somehow. I went to the stopwatch in the extras menu and started it.

I made sure my headphones were plugged in, and that the volume was on a reasonable listening level (about 25%) During the test I activated my backlight on a few occasions. after all I was doing a real time test, and everyone must use the backlight sometime.

At about 2 hours and 30 minutes the battery bar went down one notch. Impressive but I couldn’t see how you could get 24 hours out of it. At about 5 hours it was at about 75% full)
I left it running for a few hours. When I came back to it, it was about time for me to go to bed. I check the timer and it read 9 hours and 30 minutes. The battery bar was at about 50% I figured id leave it running over night, But I figured it would die before i wore up that morning. so I had full intentions to start the test over again as soon as I got up that morning.

Well when i woke up the next morning, I found my iPod still playing! I was amazed. On top of that the bar was still green, not the red that comes up when its almost dead. I don’t know the exact time, mainly because i was too tired to remember it. HAHA

About an hour or two later it FINALY died! What i found amazing as that the iPod waited until the song was over before it shutdown. The total battery life I got was 20 hours and 55 Minutes! Almost 21 hours…

I was very impressed with it. Apple gets a 10 out of 10 for battery life! I can see you getting more than that if you just turn on the music and leave the stopwatch off.

Another thing I noticed while I was doing the test was that when I turned on the backlight the milliseconds timer on the stopwatch seemed sluggish.(staying on a number longer then skipping sever to make up the time) I never noticed that before. When I held the iPod up to a light with the backlight off it was much smoother.

All and all the iPod had an amazing battery life!

Good Job Apple!!!

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  1. Reid Scott | Oct 16 2006 - 03:44

    this is the number one reason that I am glad the mini was replaced

  2. Peter | Oct 18 2006 - 08:23

    This article makes me think of the Tootsie Pop commercial.
    “Owl, how many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie pop?” The world many never know.

  3. Danny Greg | Oct 22 2006 - 11:50

    Hmm now thats interesting I bought a 5.5 gen ipod a couple of weeks ago and was not impressed with the battery life at all. Funily enough it broke a couple of days ago and is on the way to be serviced (Apple give me a free new one). I think I will try a similar test when I get my new one.