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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. absolutemayhem's Avatar
      absolutemayhem -
      The Paradox is awesome. The design looks tough, but refined, the buttons and connector door are nice touches. The Lunatik comes in close to the paradox, i almost like its look a little bit more. The groove down the center actually adds a nice touch to it. As for the TikTok, meh, the plastic might look like metal but probably wears like plastic.
      The watch idea is pretty sweet, I would love to rock a nice geeky nano watch. My .02.
    1. dencio1234's Avatar
      dencio1234 -
      nice watch,

      wow, thats cool watch,

      nice watch,
    1. ELSock's Avatar
      ELSock -
      a reason for me to buy a nano... oh imagine an iphone watch... how big it would be... you would have to wear it around your neck like flava flav. introducing the new gold iphone clock on a chain..
    1. theblackfedora's Avatar
      theblackfedora -
      Love the designs! What an awesome giveaway. Keep doing what you do best modmyi!
    1. jroch99's Avatar
      jroch99 -
      As a watch collector I have to have one, that is very stylish!!
    1. afkrazy's Avatar
      afkrazy -
      The Paradox looks completely amazing! I would love one for my Nano! The LunaTik and TikTok also look stunning and brilliant!
    1. The Predator's Avatar
      The Predator -
      The Paradox for sure!!!!
    1. Dominicsky's Avatar
      Dominicsky -
      The Paradox is in my opinion the coolest design i've seen so far.
      I think the idea of having an Ipod used as a watch realy cool (apple fan talking)
    1. Xirtamii's Avatar
      Xirtamii -
      now if only apple comes out with a calculator app for the nano then i'd be the coolest geek on the elevator sporting two watches...one with the time, one for simple math involving more than 10 fingers
    1. geo411m's Avatar
      geo411m -
      I've been thinking of getting a nano watch and these just might me it. They're the best I've seen thus far.
    1. sandymary's Avatar
      sandymary -
      The three of them looks amazing!!! I like the way they manage to make it look like regular watches. Simply beautiful!!
    1. Ad1tya's Avatar
      Ad1tya -
      I would love one! My Nano can become more than a Gym workout player then!
    1. Kendall213's Avatar
      Kendall213 -
      These look really nice. I'm a watch collector and one of these would fit my collection perfectly.
    1. mdisturbed's Avatar
      mdisturbed -
      Looks cool. Hopefully this wont lead to many many Nano's getting lost or worse stolen from kids in school. The new favorite target of bullies.
    1. prybar's Avatar
      prybar -
      Amazing!! All 3 of those watches look awesome. The water resistance issue is a minor setback, but it`s not something i would wear to the beach!

      Super sweet!

    1. ecd5000's Avatar
      ecd5000 -
      " We'll also be sending a Paradox to a random commenter once they go into production"
      It's time for bed when I was reading this I thought it said once they( winner of that style watch) go into protection./WTF/? I remember seeing the first concept Of these but it wast a nano. Would live to have one so I can become trendy too but I don't own a nano. It should come with one! Now that would be a giveaway. If I would win I would have to consider buying one just because. Always enjoy a MMI giveaway
    1. Taz1981's Avatar
      Taz1981 -
      They look really cool But I do not know if I could shell out money for all that for something I would end up messing up.
    1. aelmasri's Avatar
      aelmasri -
      These watches are sexy!! I wouldn't mind walking around with that watch on me, I want everyone to know I'm a geek, I'm very proud of what I am. Hopefully I get lucky and win one of these, I'd toss out my traditional watch for one of these.
    1. dracwy's Avatar
      dracwy -
      the paradox and lunatik look really awesome! i love the brown metal look! give them to me!!!!
    1. Clemons003's Avatar
      Clemons003 -
      They all are equally nice....