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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. nevershoutchris's Avatar
      nevershoutchris -
      Wow, rad design!

      I'd choose the TikTok, for key-dollarsign-sha.
    1. sms59's Avatar
      sms59 -
      The potential for the growth of these accessories for the Nano are very high. Great fashion and functionality.
    1. Zanmato's Avatar
      Zanmato -
      Definetely would go with the paradox one, it looks really cool. If i happen to win it i'd have to go and buy a nano just for it
    1. loopweb's Avatar
      loopweb -
      The clocks are pretty cool.
      TikTok is my favorite
    1. Runt's Avatar
      Runt -
      This is the only reason I want a Nano... the watch capability. Would love to get my hands on one of the wristbands, due to the fact that by the time you purchase a new nano and accessories, you could have gotten the new Ipod Touch for the same price. But.... gotta feed my Apple addiction, right?
    1. jagsblog's Avatar
      jagsblog -
      I'm a random commenter! I'm a random commenter! Does that mean I get one!? I have huge wrists and need this guys! Make my day and shoot me a Paradox or a LunaTik! I'll send you back pictures of it on someone with a huge wrist. Thx!
    1. inko9nito's Avatar
      inko9nito -
      I wish these companies would get a little more creative with the materials (and colors) they use for the bands.
    1. Spyruf's Avatar
      Spyruf -
      i want one
    1. tridley68's Avatar
      tridley68 -
      i would have to say the Paradox is by far the sweetest of them all.
    1. SilverWulfe's Avatar
      SilverWulfe -
      I have to agree with milder. Paradox & LunaTik seem very slick, I think I'd like the TIkTok personally.
      New toys for all of us to be drooling over, although 80 bucks for a watch seems quite fair.

      Price I paid for my 1 watch I coulda had all 3 of these. Great Ideas nonetheless
    1. UnidH4x0r's Avatar
      UnidH4x0r -
      They all look pretty neat. The red nano looks best though :d
    1. ttownscott's Avatar
      ttownscott -
      These all look great. I'd be happy with anyone of them. Might get the most use out of the TikTok though.
    1. r.reyes79's Avatar
      r.reyes79 -
      I agree all are very pleasing to the eyes but I really love the Paradox because it has the superior protection for the nano, but I love the TikTok because yo can easily take out the iPod nano and if you have multiple TikTok bands such as the black or the white one, you can easily change it on the go. However the Paradox and Lunatik you need tools to get the iPod out. Unless you have multiple iPod nanos then why not get them all. But I really heading towards the Paradox because it also features interchangeable straps, and spoke to the creator via message, he will be making a strap that is similar to my fave brand, Gucci's famous green/red/green colors. So I can't wait to get my hands on that.
    1. ekth's Avatar
      ekth -
      The LunaTik is by far the best looking iPod Nano Watch Conversion Kit.

      As for TikTok, i think its great as well but i do feel that it will not protect the nano from any sort of accidental bumps here and there which I believe "will happen frequently considering the size of the nano". However TikTok still looks sexy.

      Paradox is an awesome one as well and the amount of protection it has on the nano is impressive. The strap on the Paradox is a little thin for my liking but overall a great design.

      The LunaTik does not protect the nano as good as the Paradox, but the design is amazing. Simple, sleek and beautiful. I'm getting an iPod Nano 6th Gen very soon and the only image I have in my head now is to use it as a watch...a cool & stylish watch.

      Overall, all three products are awesome and i'm looking forward to see what other designs that other companies might come up with in the future.

      I'm also rather interested to see what Apple might come up with for the next 7th Gen iPod Nano now that the iPod Nano 6th Gen Watches are becoming a huge trend.
    1. brownan's Avatar
      brownan -
      these are the most elegant looking watches for ipod nano that i've seen
    1. iphone?3gs's Avatar
      iphone?3gs -
      These look simplistic and professional. I always wanted to use the iPod Nano Touch as a watch, but there were mostly just plasticy kidy bands. This look sleek and awesome. This is perfect, and would look amazing.
    1. Hosko817's Avatar
      Hosko817 -
      So, Did I win one of these yet?
    1. jcs0190's Avatar
      jcs0190 -
      Looks Sick!
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    1. Greatbiguns's Avatar
      Greatbiguns -
      Those are BAD @$$!!
      The TikTok is CLEAN and the Paradox is cool what with the button on the side...
      Very Cool Idea, can't wait to get one...