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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. KobrakaiMM's Avatar
      KobrakaiMM -
      The Paradox is by far the best looking in design! Everything looks in it's place and well tought out! But at a glance all three look really nice and functional. Really impressive idea. Best watches ever!
    1. franula's Avatar
      franula -
      Yeah, PARADOX looks great. I'd love to have one of these on my hand
    1. juanken's Avatar
      juanken -
      wow awesome work...
    1. gecko91's Avatar
      gecko91 -
      wow! the tiktok is boss. a friend of mine has one and it looks awesome.
    1. RockHao's Avatar
      RockHao -
      loving the look of that paradox, but hopefully these things dont get beat up too quick. i would love one hahaha
    1. franula's Avatar
      franula -
      Yeah, PARADOX looks great and i'd love to have one of these on my hand. That is a must have...
    1. noodl3icious's Avatar
      noodl3icious -
      If random women in elevators will think you're a geek, what will the women at the gym think when they see me running on a treadmill with a set of headphones connected to my watch?
      Women: "look at that guy. He's wearing his iPod arm band in the wrong spot. #gigglesamongfriends"
    1. XSeLKReW's Avatar
      XSeLKReW -
      Nice watch beats buying a fossil or rolex! Would love to have one of these.
    1. noodl3icious's Avatar
      noodl3icious -
      If random women will think I'm a geek, what will those ladies at the gym think when they see my headphones connected to my watch?

      Girl: "look Tiff, that guy is wearing his iPod arm band on his wrist. What a wierdo. #giggles"
    1. ev_ol's Avatar
      ev_ol -
      Yes please.
    1. sircrazy's Avatar
      sircrazy -
      Great concept here. I know this is a long time coming too. Good luck to those winning a free one!
    1. llcoolj0n's Avatar
      llcoolj0n -
      I really like the Tik Tok, the fact that it looks more slick without the outer silver frame. Other than that, all 3 are very cool gadgets to have.
    1. carlwithaK's Avatar
      carlwithaK -
      These look pretty sweet! I'd love to get a hold of one of these bad boys. It would be nice to get the honeys attention in the elevators.
    1. therealjig11's Avatar
      therealjig11 -
      more pics of the Paradox at AllGeekEverything.com and the kickstarter page at http://kck.st/easvt6 under updates including the black stainless steel Paradox as well as different straps. also, there are less than forty hours to pre-order your Paradox at the cheaper kickstarter price so if you want to guarantee you receive your own Paradox at the cheapest price, pledge at the kickstarter page
    1. Fallguy's Avatar
      Fallguy -
      These are something I thought of years ago while watching reruns of Get Smart. Would be a great gift for my teenage son . Great idea, finally
    1. seandiego's Avatar
      seandiego -
      I love them all but I'm swaying towards the Parodox. I'd be thrilled to have either though. Does it come with an iPod nano or is that separate?
    1. pcpaul's Avatar
      pcpaul -
      Having just been bought a new nano for fathers day I can think of only one accessory I desire and that has to be a wrist strap watch so I can show of my new present.
    1. Yensid's Avatar
      Yensid -
      I like the paradox with it's total enclosure.
    1. thunderica's Avatar
      thunderica -
      Simply awesome. It is exactly the kind of watch that I want.
    1. tester300's Avatar
      tester300 -
      The Paradox looks kinda cool, but the lunatik is sexier! Props to all, great designs!