Hot 2011 trend: the iPod nano as a watch

Summary:In case you haven't noticed, it's 2011 and people are wearing iPods as wristwatches. It all began when Steve Jobs made a joke about wearing the new, sixth-generation iPod nano as a watch.

In case you haven't noticed, it's 2011 and people are wearing iPods as wristwatches. It all began on September 1, 2010 when Steve Jobs commented that an unnamed Apple board member jokingly planned to wear the new, sixth-generation iPod nano as a watch.

Boom, a cottage industry was born.

A lot has happened since I first wrote about the nano-watch trend on November 18, 2010. At that time only a handful of models were announced:

New models include:

Rubber Bands are a new entrant into the quickly-crowding iWatch market designed to be recession-friendly. Retailing for only $10, they come in seven fun colors, and are practically an impulse item. Heck, I've paid more than that for a lot of apps. I haven't had a chance to try one yet but will post something when I do.

My favorite nano-watch is the still-unreleased LunaTik, (read my exclusive hands-on from December 21, 2010) but it's not exactly a fair comparison because that beauty is machined out of aluminum and costs $70 -- the price of all seven Rubber Bands.

One thing's for sure though, this new raft of watch accessories and the iPod nano being close to being jailbroken means that 2011 is shaping up to be an exciting year for nano owners and watch enthusiasts alike.

Topics: Mobility, Apple, Hardware

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Jason D. O'Grady developed an affinity for Apple computers after using the original Lisa, and this affinity turned into a bona-fide obsession when he got the original 128 KB Macintosh in 1984. He started writing one of the first Web sites about Apple (O'Grady's PowerPage) in 1995 and is considered to be one of the fathers of blogging.... Full Bio

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