After reviewing a handful of the latest and greatest smartwatches, I discovered something shocking. Out of my old electronics drawer I pulled out my iPod Nano, the 2011 clip-on MP3 player that's no longer even sold by Apple. It's attached to a Hex Nano metal watchband. I wore this for over a year, and was so in love with the idea of an Apple smartwatch that I was willing to forgive its limitations...and that it wasn't really all that smart.
All of these smartwatches have arrived, and I've worn them. And yet, when I slip that old Nano watch on my wrist, it still seems better-looking than all of them.
Weirdly enough, most people I know seem to agree.
iPod Nano, left: Martian, right.
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Why? Maybe it's the perfect balance of digital geek meets higher-class design. Apple's Nano feels like the place where metal, glass, and nerdy watch faces meet in the middle. Maybe it's the familiarity of Apple's design. Maybe it's the additio... [Read more]