PC Magazine reviewed the next-gen 8GB iPod nano, and gave it the Editors Choice designation, 4.5 stars out of 5. Reviewer Mike Kobrin really liked its longer battery life, brighter screen, search feature, and was especially fond of its new gapless playback:
This is the finest flash player out there in terms of look and feel. Other players have the iPod beat in terms of features, but I like the iPod's lossless compression and Audible support, as well as the cool new search feature.
On the slightly negative side, Kobrin found a bug in the nano's firmware when scrubbing through longer tracks. He also pointed out the lack of FM radio capability. Those shortcomings notwithstanding, he found the iPod navigation system to be "the best in the business," adding that he thinks "it's a good bet that this will be Apple's most popular iPod yet, and with good reason."
Apple iPod nano (8GB) [PC Magazine]