Back in September when Apple announced the new, touchscreen-equipped iPod Nano, Steve Jobs showed some of the new device's functions. It now clips on to the user, like an iPod Shuffle, and uses a multitouch capable screen to allow users to operate the device.
Steve Jobs showed off some of the features, one of which included a clock face. Jobs joked about people wearing them as watches. Of course that's what's happening now. Who needs a Rolex? The iPod Nano is a much cooler device than some old platinum or gold watch. Accessory manufacturers are finding ways to turn the iPod Nano into a wristwatch.
Let's check out some of the stuff that's on the market:
1) SwitchEasy Ticker
This is a watch strap made of some sort of elastic-type material and the makers claim that it's "highly durable." It also has polycarbonate buttons that allow you to control the Nano through the case, as well as a hole for the headphone jack.
It comes in seven colors: Black, White, Red, Aubergine, Blue, Orange and Red.
It runs $24.99 plus the shipping.
2) iLoveHandles Rock Band
The Rock Band is a leather strap with a notch cut out so that the iPod Nano can be clipped on properly. At $19.95, it's lower-priced than the SwitchEasy strap, but it's not as stylish. Still, it does what it's supposed to do, and it's a simple design.
3) CountyComm's 22mm Watch Bands
Truth be told, we are pretty sure these guys never anticipated the iPod Nano becoming a wrist watch. Thing is, these folks already sold watch straps, and it just so happened that 22mm bands fit the iPod Nano "perfectly." As any smart businessperson would do, they decided to take advantage of the iPod's popularity. Here it is. It's also nice that they have a pretty wide selection of styles.
4) HEX Watch Band for iPod Nano Gen 6
At $29.95, this is the priciest line of watch straps we've come to so far. Still, like the Ticker by SwitchEasy, this one is a bit more than a simple strap. It has a simple pop in and out design for the Nano as well as integrated control buttons. Yeah, the simple strap gives you access to those things, but this style case also makes more discrete use of the iPod.
5) Griffin Slap Band
Griffin just won't let an Apple product launch without creating an accessory. Given, this is probably one of the coolest watch straps of the bunch (we don't care what Uncle Steve says about Griffin) it brings back those hip slap wristbands of the early 90s. This time, it's a watch strap. At $24.99, it's comparable to the other iPod Nano wrist straps of similar quality.
Honorable Mention – TikTok and Lunatik Multi-touch Watch Kits
This one is pretty nice looking. It's looks to be higher-quality than the competition, and it has nice metal parts. The TikTok is a pop in and out watch strap. The Lunatik, on the other hand, while removable, is not designed for someone who wants to pop their Nano in and out of the device. Also, it's not available yet. The designer, a guy named Scott Wilson, had to raise the funding to make this one a reality. He has, but it will be a while before you can buy it. Even then, it looks expensive.
See it here.
The iPod Nano as a Watch
There is no end to the third-party iPod products that hit the market. This is better than many of the other concepts we've seen. At least it's practical. We haven't seen many people with the new Nano yet, so it may be a while before these watch straps are flying off the shelves.
We're still holding out until someone makes it possible to hang an iPad around our neck.