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  • [GIVEAWAY] The iPod Nano Watch Showdown

    Everybody's heard Jobs tell the story of an Apple board member who saw the new Nano with the clock app and wanted to wear it as a wrist watch. Forget that he probably already had a perfectly good iPhone in his pocket and two clock displays in his BMW.

    That's not the point really. Today, a watch is much more of a statement of fashion than a necessity for being on time.

    And what greater fashion statement is there for an Apple-lover than strapping on a slick square of multi-touch goodness that is the 6th generation iPod Nano?

    So today we put to test 3 models of iPod Nano watch cases from two different manufacturers:
    1: A stainless steel model called 'The Paradox' which is just ending it their Kickstarter campaign (on Thurs. June 2!),
    2: The aluminum 'Lunatik'
    3: The plastic 'TikTok' from MINIMAL founder Scott Wilson

    We received a prototype model of The Paradox and were told that the design is pretty refined but they're testing material finishes and anodized colors like black in shiny and sandblasted versions. Also, the band pictured will probably not be the final product. Still, what we did see was very promising.

    What you get in The Paradox is a fully-encased Nano enclosure (except for the face) that should offer the very best protection of the 3 designs we tested. We really were impressed by the exterior buttons and a very cool flip-out dock connector cover.

    The Paradox is a really cool design - definitely the most conventional looking watch of the bunch. We can't fully comment on the strap since this is a prototype but we can say that the strap is not as wide as the LunaTik or TikTok. When you look at the proportions, this leaves The Paradox with a slightly larger case and slightly thinner strap. Seriously though, if you'd like to see this thing get to market AT ALL, hit their Kickstarter page and make a Pledge.

    The best comparison is between The Paradox and the LunaTik. The LunaTik people have an excellent video showing how the case comes apart to install the Nano LunaTik Instructions, Assembly & Tips on Vimeo so we won't go into much detail here. It's a little more trouble than the two screw back-removal of The Paradox but really, both of these options aren't going to give you very quick access to the Nano. So if that's something that's important to you, then read on for the TikTok.

    The LunaTik is "forged from aerospace grade aluminum then machined via CNC and hand-crafted into its final form." Nice. There is that seam down the middle but it actually adds to the industrial look. Fit and finish are fantastic. The Nano slides in so tightly that you'll want to be sure there's no sand or other grit that could scratch the edges as you assemble or disassemble it. It's that tight. Sometimes I had a little trouble getting the halves to match perfectly (like in the picture) but the instructional video says to just push the pieces opposite ways... easier for them.

    For protecting the Nano, The LunaTik is right in the middle. The dock connector and buttons are recessed but exposed.

    As for comfort, the band is extraordinary. Very thick, very comfortable texture and the little nub that holds the slack end of the band is an unexpectedly cool touch. Overall, It's an elegant looking presentation that you could expect from a watch costing upwards of $200.

    Just as elegant, is the TikTok. If you want quick, pop-out access to your Nano, then this is your case. It offers the least protection of the three but all you have to do is flex the case while pulling on the edges of the Nano and it's out. The plastic material looks a lot like metal and flexes just right. The mount is pretty ingenious and I don't see how the Nano could come out accidentally.

    This case boasts something the other two cannot: headphone plug access. Neither The Paradox nor the LunaTik will allow as wide a range of headphone plugs. Stock iPod earbuds work just fine with all three but once you move up to something with a thicker plug (such as Shure e2's), you can't plug them in unless you have the TikTok. But please, just don't.

    Do what you want, but I'm just going to say it - if you wear headphones plugged into a Nano watch you're going to get beat up.

    So can you wear an iPod Nano on your wrist daily as a practical means of telling time, or even just as a fashion statement?

    Immediately you'll resign yourself to a few things:
    1) a Nano watch will NOT be water resistant
    2) a Nano watch will get banged up depending on the protection the case offers
    3) a Nano watch only shows the time 1.5 seconds after you press the wake button (LED watch fanatics couldn't care less)
    4) this will be a large watch but you won't really care
    5) random women in elevators will notice your cool watch
    6) random women in elevators will notice that you're a total geek for wearing a Nano as a watch

    You may be surprised at how big the Nano is once you get it inside a watch case. Not ridiculously big, but based on tests with my average sized arm and a friend's, the encased Nano is nearly the full width of our wrists. And I would say both of us are about medium-size guys around 170 lbs.

    The Paradox seems the bulkier of the three - which isn't surprising since it offers surround protection. For my wrist, it's just a bit much. Nearly the same with the LunaTik, however it's a 'flashy big' in the style of big fashion watches from Fossil and Diesel (the Diesel above is a pretty thick watch already). The case I kept going back to and wearing each day was the TikTok. I really like how it shows off the Nano's color BUT I dread the day that I smack it accidentally in a doorway or something and damage the iPod.

    The Paradox will run $79, while the LunaTik runs $79.95 and the TikTok is $39.95. AND we have a GIVEAWAY! Comment below and tell us what you think of these and we'll send out a LunaTik and a TikTok each to a random commenter! We'll also be sending a Paradox to a random commenter once they go into production, assuming the project gets funded. Total of 3 items to give away!

    Review by Larry Wiezycki. Larry works in TV and media production as part of an Investigative Team for a consumer advocacy law firm, James-Hoyer. Hes received 4 Emmy awards and has been an avid iOS and OS X user for years.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: [GIVEAWAY] The iPod Nano Watch Showdown started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 361 Comments
    1. Sidz's Avatar
      Sidz -
      LunaTik sounds good and cheaper to start with
    1. glyphic's Avatar
      glyphic -
      I WAS a huge fan of the lunatik, till i saw the paradox, but damn does that make a nano look gorgeous. So much in fact that i went and did the $69 pledge, despite the fact that I dont actually own a nano yet, but this gives me an excuse to retire my Tissot MSN Spot watch and upgrade to a Nano I guess. But boy do I wish i had an extra $299 laying around to get one of the titanium ones. In any case, Im not a huge fan of the tiktok, I think it looks a little less like a watch and a little more like a nano strapped to your wrist.
    1. Stevvers's Avatar
      Stevvers -
      Such a simple idea, but so brilliant as well. I will absolutely be buying one (assuming I don't win, which I do assume since I never win anything ) although I would be a little concerned about protection for the TikTok.

      Amazing though. Kudos.
    1. invaderrj's Avatar
      invaderrj -
      Those are amazing!! Im a fan of watches and have a decent collection of spiffy ones, but having one of these would definitely take the cake! So heres to luck, and her lovely (though rarely given) touch!!
    1. alpenghandi's Avatar
      alpenghandi -
      All 3 of them are original and unique. But I think the paradox is the most apple-like one, and we all know apple is perfect!
    1. dthiss's Avatar
      dthiss -
      I think it's a pretty cool idea. I like the TikTok personally
    1. manavtomar's Avatar
      manavtomar -
      Hi. I love The Paradox.

      The concept of having a watch and an iPod Nano is just awesome. Imagine these things getting so important in our day to day lives. Who would have thought of getting an iPod Nano fit your wrist, with all the purposes solved; music & watch combined. If more features get in like video, wifi/3G, bluetooth etc. this would be a great gadget. All of this wouldn't be possible without Apple's mastermind on the iPod Nano.

      Way to go, designers.

    1. Marcus77's Avatar
      Marcus77 -
      It's simply brilliant to be able to wear an iPod on your wrist. Love the LunaTik with red Nano.
    1. iPh0neCrack3r's Avatar
      iPh0neCrack3r -
      I love the TikTok, I dig the design and while yes a nano on your wrist may be a tad wide the TikTok really brings in the style while directing away from the width. Major props to the designer and I would sport that everyday in personal ventures as well as business!
    1. bewie's Avatar
      bewie -
      Little protection? No worries, I'm pretty protective about my hardware anyway.
    1. Just Dummy's Avatar
      Just Dummy -
      Plastic tiktok would be cool.. i like black and simplicity..
    1. MooMoo92's Avatar
      MooMoo92 -
      Hm, what do I think about this..? I think it's pretty freakin' awesome. All I ever wanted was random women in elevators to notice me and my kick *** watch. Oops, I meant men, random men in elevators. Besides, who could ever resist a geek? Especially one ballsy enough to wear their iPod nano as a watch?!
    1. bobsco's Avatar
      bobsco -
      Looks great to me. Would love to wear one.
    1. akmal17's Avatar
      akmal17 -
      i think this is gonna be the first watch ill willing to spend on.
    1. jadelover123's Avatar
      jadelover123 -
      Truly the ultimate in apple nerddom
    1. Loyalty's Avatar
      Loyalty -
      With all the large watches in today's fashion (i.e. Jacob's, etc) the size shouldn't really be a big issue. I like the geeky kinda look that watch has. I wonder how practical it is to wear a Nano on your wrist every day though.....
    1. washamur's Avatar
      washamur -
      I knew about the LunaTik and the TikTok .. but WOW, the Paradox is just as elegant and VERY believable as a true watch. These 3 choices really brings the nano to a whole new level.
    1. narbarkod's Avatar
      narbarkod -
    1. Unknown_Guy's Avatar
      Unknown_Guy -
      cant choose which watch is better between the Paradox and TikTok
    1. GenxBear's Avatar
      GenxBear -
      I love the design of the Paradox, but all of these are awesome designs that would look great on me & my nano!