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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. JGONZ's Avatar
      JGONZ -
      All these designs are pretty sweet. Some look a bit better than others, but come to think of it, you can wear them with anything. Good to see that iPod nano watches are continuing to trend.
    1. briNfreNch's Avatar
      briNfreNch -
      I don't mind people thinking I'm a geek with my watches! I'm pretty sure I'm the only one around that keeps a sundial watch on all the time, I mean.. yeh I can't tell te time inside school... orrr at night.. or even when it's cloudy outside but its worth it! an iPod nano on my wrist would just take it a step further
    1. blacklantern's Avatar
      blacklantern -
      I think this is a pretty neat concept, but I would be sacred to death it would get water damage if it rains. Good thing I live in hell paso, tx for the moment.
    1. doc_mufasa's Avatar
      doc_mufasa -
      It's nice to see a nice mix of fashion/function. Outcome could have been a bad mutant genetic experiment gone bad. Very nice though.
    1. jakemetal's Avatar
      jakemetal -
      The LunaTik looks amazing
    1. power2themax12's Avatar
      power2themax12 -
      I'm a huge fan of the lunatik. Would love to get it, but honestly I'd be ecstatic with any of the three!
    1. kennyleeme's Avatar
      kennyleeme -
      these truly look amazing. the simplicity and sleek design of all 3 of them makes me want to buy this. that is.. if i don't win this giveaway :P
    1. allgeekeverything's Avatar
      allgeekeverything -
      Hey Guys, Kunal from AllGeekEverything...if you checkout our Kickstarter page you will see that the Titanium Edition Paradox Kit comes with a leather strap and we will be releasing future straps for easy customization. Check out the updates page and you will see our mesh stainless steel prototype strap.
    1. auh's Avatar
      auh -
      My favorite is the Paradox, by far! It offers the most protection. I also like the look of the Tiktok, but I'm not a fan of the nano being so exposed. I'm also not a fan of the Lunatik. It kinda looks cheaply made with that line in the middle.

      My only worry would be with any of these is I would be so scared of water damage to the nano. I work in a restaurant and wash my hands every few minutes. I also have my iPhone wired into my motorcycle helmet so I can listen to music on the road. I could easily run a wire down my sleeve to a nano watch, but once again I would be scared if it rained...
    1. iShibby's Avatar
      iShibby -
      Loving the TikTok design, simple and slick
    1. blacklantern's Avatar
      blacklantern -
      That's weird my comment didn't show up. Sorry if it dups. They look cool my only concern would be it getting wet, but it's a good thing I live in el paso, tx, no worries here.
    1. TWOGUNZ's Avatar
      TWOGUNZ -
      All three of these are SWEET, but it's just crazy! First an a iPod w/ a Phone! Now an iPod / that turns into a wristwatch!! That's Awesome!
    1. Tiggs75's Avatar
      Tiggs75 -
      I think they're all very stylish and it's an amazing concept. I'm old enough to remember when calculator watches were both cool and then nerdy to have, so having something like this would make all the other kids (haha) jealous!
    1. eeehhh's Avatar
      eeehhh -
      These are THE coolest NanoWatch wrist-bands. I want it!!!!! (please).


    1. davocarli's Avatar
      davocarli -
      I like the lunatik, it is a really nice case, and I like that it is not the bulkiest, but it still protects your iPod. I have been looking into getting one of these for my iPod..
    1. johnApp's Avatar
      johnApp -
      SWAGGGGGGGGGGGG!!! apple should definitely make more digital clock options available ..
    1. eeehhh's Avatar
      eeehhh -
      These ARE the coolest... Now is the time for NanoWatches. I want my Nano Watch nano-now (please).

    1. davocarli's Avatar
      davocarli -
      I really like the lunatik, I like that it is not the bulkiest, but it still offers protection.. I am planning on getting one of these for my iPod...
    1. rhino_81's Avatar
      rhino_81 -
      Man Id feel like Dic Tracy if I got one of these! It's a cool idea but not as practical unless the nano will go micro size to fill a new niche in the time piece market!
    1. TheDirtyDiddler's Avatar
      TheDirtyDiddler -
      I am a lonely man who lives in an elevator and the LunaTik would be absolutely perfect for me!