Saturday, September 18, 2010

Apple's Newest Watch Is ... Wait, What? It's an iPod Nano?

What time is it? Who cares! Apple's newest timepiece puts music, video, photos and step-counting front-and-center, and lets the minutes fall where they may.

Sure, you can check the time, but that's hardly the point with this attractive piece of wrist jewelry. Its unisex design goes equally well with a man's suit, a lady's sweater or a jogging outfit.

One downside: It doesn't come with a watchband, so you'll need to get your own. Fortunately, the clip on the back lets you easily attach it to the strap of your choice.

Unlike almost every other watch we've tested, Apple's Nano has a touch-sensitive, high-resolution LCD display. The interface is a little counterintuitive at first, but it's no more difficult than anything from Tokyo Flash. As a bonus, you can rotate its face with a twisty two-finger gesture, making it work for you in any orientation.

With its Apple heritage, the Nano is a perfectly usable music player. Available in 8-GB ($150) or 16-GB ($170) models, it has plenty of capacity for storing thousands of songs, and its touchscreen provides a simple, if cramped, interface for selecting tracks. (Tip: Use iTunes to organize playlists before syncing. It'll make it easier to find the music you want.)

Sound quality is excellent, though the generic white earbuds Apple includes are nothing to shout about. There's a built-in FM radio player for getting your Ira fix (Flatow and Glass) when podcasts are unavailable.


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