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Ars offers iPod nano \'stress test and autopsy\'

updated 11:55 am EDT, Mon September 12, 2005

Nano stress test, autopsy

The 2GB iPod nano displayed amazing resilience to abuse during a stress test by Ars Technica: after throwing the device from a speeding vehicle at up to 50 Mph and running it over twice from playing (despite its malfunctioning screen), according to the report. Ars finally manages to stop the music by throwing the Nano straight up into the air, roughly 40 feet, and letting it smash onto the concrete. The autopsy reveals "amazing engineering" and the usage of Toshiba flash memory chips rather than Samsung memory. Apple has also apparently moved away from Synaptics for click wheel manufacturing: the click wheel inside the 2GB Nano dissected appears to be designed from scratch, according to the report.




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  1. ibugv4

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    well..

    at least we know that the average volkswagen won't hurt it, but what about a Humvee? :D

    I'm impressed... that's a good report. Most Nanos won't live to see those issues, but I DISLIKE the soldered on battery, that makes it MUCH harder to replace when the time comes.

  1. Makosuke

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Wow

    That's a tough little bugger, not to mention an impressive design feat.

    Somebody should point this out to that Zen fanboy with the laundry list of reasons the Zen is superior to the Nano on the forums. I'd wager the Zen wouldn't survive even half of this little stress test, and I'd bet even more it wouldn't if you happened to drop it while the drive is reading.

  1. darkelf

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    *grin*

    okay, it was still playing, whatever. the million dollar question seems to be, WAS IT SCRATCHED?!?

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