Is Apple's new iPod nano the perfect geek watch?

Is Apple's new iPod nano the perfect geek watch?

Summary: Apple announced the new iPod nano today and brings a small multi-touch display to an extremely small square form factor. Will geeks adopt it as a watch with the right accessory?

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A few years ago Microsoft sold the MSN Direct SPOT watches to geeks who enjoyed carrying around a brick on our wrist, but that ended in 2008 although I still have a couple around that I use from time to time. I also had a Palm Fossil watch to run Palm OS on my wrist. Today, Apple announced some new products and as many of my friends on Twitter agree, the new iPod nano looks to be the perfect geek watch taken to the next level and someone like Griffin needs to come out with a watch band holder ASAP.

GDGT posted the image in their live stream.

The new iPod nano is 46% smaller and 42% lighter than the last generation one I bought in 2009 and is back to the square form factor rather than the longer stick form factor. It has a full multi-touch display (how in the world does Apple do this?) and shows four application icons at once. The new iPod nano has hardware volume buttons, VoiceOver support, a FM radio, Nike+ support, and a pedometer and runs for 24 hours with audio playback. We didn't see anything about video playback and how it might work for some simple games, but we did see a clock application that shows it may be the perfect watch for the geek. It needs GPS integration to be used by the athlete for tracking training though. You can also view photos on the nano.

The new iPod nano will come in blue, pink, orange, green, graphite and red for $149 for 8GB and $179 for 16GB. Why try to save $30 and lose out on double the memory? .

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  • i bet someone is right now designing a wrist band case..

    or cases.. that would be kind of cool..
    doctorSpoc
  • RE: Is Apple's new iPod nano the perfect geek watch?

    i'm all for this. I wish that the clip was removable to make it that much more smaller for the wrist!
    Jmoes
  • Not if you wash your hands...

    Every time I wash my hands, I always get water splashed all over my watch... The nano would need to be water resistant to at least 10M before I would consider it as a watch (my current watch is rated to 100M).<br><br>But, of you don't wash your hands (seriously gross), then go for it...
    i8thecat
    • Or someone could.....

      gasp! take it off before washing.
      Actually I don't normally get my watch wet when I wash my hands, which I do very thoroughly working in the healthcare envrions.
      Perhaps you are an extremely messy person or you feel the need to wash your wrists 20 times a day as well.
      Are you OCD? ;)
      xuniL_z
  • RE: Is Apple's new iPod nano the perfect geek watch?

    geek watch??? I think not. More like something for the Apple faithful.

    Who else rejoices about hardware volume buttons as a new feature....the Apple faithful

    Who else rejoices about finally being able to listen to the radio.....the Apple faithful

    Who else rejoices about being third to bring something to market....the Apple faithful

    And I hope you have the fingers of a gnome to use the multi-touch screen

    As for "how in the world does Apple do this?" It is simple they tell Foxconn to have their suicidal employees to build it.
    LStewart
  • RE: Is Apple's new iPod nano the perfect geek watch?

    I wouldn't be surprised if Apple hasn't already done the design work for a wrist band and is waiting to "spring" the surprise (Maybe even throwing it in with the device for a limited time upon launch?)
    NefCanuck
  • Why should an iPod nano require OS X Leopard?!?!

    From the Apple Store web site:<br><br>Mac requirements:<br>- Mac computer with USB 2.0 port<br>- Mac OS X v10.5.8 or later<br>- iTunes 10 or later<br>- Broadband Internet access is required; fees may apply<br><br>PC Requirements:<br><br>- PC with USB 2.0 port<br>- Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 3 or later<br>- iTunes 10 or later<br>- Broadband Internet access is required; fees may apply<br><br>So PC users can get along fine with Windows XP, but Mac users can't use Tiger.<br><br>I have a G4 Mac Mini in my living room running Tiger. All I use it for is checking email, watching movies, and MANAGING MY MUSIC AND MY IPOD WITH ITUNES.<br><br>I cannot imagine any technological reason why something as simple as managing your music and your iPod should require a complete OS upgrade.<br><br>F***ing Apple does it again...
    roystonlodge
  • Why on zdnet?

    Is this an advertisement? I thought zdnet was about computer and comm tech, not mp3 players.
    deepee912
  • So I can chain my wrist to my ears with a white cord?

    Or take off my watch every time I want to listen to music? No. This doesn't make a lick of sense as a wristwatch.
    ericesque
    • RE: Is Apple's new iPod nano the perfect geek watch?

      @ericesque : No so that Arrow or Some other guys can build a shirt which has hook ons for my iPod headset buds and I can pass the cable passed up inside the sleeve and keep it on the hook when I am not plugging them into my ears. And may be tomorrow it can come up with a bluetooth link to alert me with vibration when my phone goes on and even route the call via the watch:-)
      gopik_g
  • RE: Is Apple's new iPod nano the perfect geek watch?

    Apple is famous for F%$#king over users of their older OSs, they don't give a damn if you haven't bothered to upgrade and if that means you have to spend tons on new hardware, so much the better.
    eye4bear
    • RE: Is Apple's new iPod nano the perfect geek watch?

      @eye4bear and @roystonlodge<br>Which is one of the many reasons I have never used Crapple!!<br><br>I have a computer in my house from 2001 that OS upgrades have never been required to play any music, video or DVD...of course I will not let an ipod/ipad/iphone be purchased in my house either....<br><br>There is just something about having been able to listen to the radio and being able to easily adjust the volume on my MP3 players that I have loved to do over the past eight or so years!!!

      Long live non-Apple OSes!!!!! LOL
      LStewart
  • RE: Is Apple's new iPod nano the perfect geek watch?

    nah...
    If I'm going to go back to wearing a watch it'll have to be a little more "steampunk retro" and I'd go this route http://www.e-potpourri.com/index.php/2008/05/30/adam-huffmans-colbalt-oled-touchscreen-bluetooth-pocket-watch-concept-time-telling-for-the-modern-gentleman/
    davesully