Lunatik Review: iPod Nano as a Watch is Awesome, But Does Not Impress the Ladies

The Lunatik is the best iPod Nano wrist watch solution on the market and I was very excited to finally pick up a sixth-generation iPod Nano this weekend. If you’re the kind of person that liked having a calculator on your wrist when you were a kid, you’ll absolutely love the iPod Nano and Lunatik combo.


I admittedly didn’t ‘need’ an iPod Nano since I already have an iPhone 4, iPad and a couple of older iPods floating around. But my wife’s always told me that my outfits never looked complete without a watch. When I ran across the Lunatik on Kickstarter I thought it was the perfect answer to her request. So I pledged some cash to the project and waited a couple of months for my Lunatik to show up.

The Lunatik is made up of two parts- the enclosure that holds the iPod Nano and a rubber watch band. The aluminum matches the silver iPod nano perfectly and it could pass as an Apple-made iPod accessory. The wristband has a sporty appearance and matching aluminum fasteners. The headphone jack, control buttons and iPod cable port are all readily accessible.

The Lunatik designers insist that the band is big enough for most people, but my wrists max this thing out. If I gain an ounce I’ll have to go shopping for another watch band. Fortunately, the Lunatik is designed to accept any 28mm watch band.

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The iPod Nano can be set to wake up and display a watch dial. You can choose between a white or black face. It doesn’t matter which way you strap the iPod Nano onto your wrist because you can rotate the display any way you wish using multi-touch gestures.

So what am I using the iPod Nano for besides a watch? So far, my biggest use case has been listening to radio while I work. The iPod Nano has a built-in FM radio tuner that works quite well. It automatically scans for stations and lets you set up favorites. My favorite local station is KCSM 91.1, a commercial-free jazz station in the San Francisco Bay Area.

While the iPod Nano doesn’t have anything like the apps offered for iOS devices, it comes loaded with a handful of useful utilities. I like the pedometer feature, which simply tracks how many steps you take and estimates the number of calories you burn.

I’ve been cooking more these days and I’ve started to use the iPod Nano’s timer function. Yes, my iPhone has a similar app, but having it readily available on my wrist is really convenient.

The iPod Nano can also be synched with photo libraries. I set up the iPod Nano to save all of my 5-star photos from iPhone.

Obviously I’m enjoying my new iWatch, but like I mentioned in the headlines, it does not impress the ladies. My wife has already threatened that my new watch might get ‘lost’ while I’m sleeping. She’s also made me promise not to wear it out when we go out with her friends to save her from embarrassment. When I wore it out on Saturday night to a dinner, one of our friends insisted that her fiance would NEVER be allowed to wear such a watch.

If you’re a single guy looking for love you probably will want to skip showing the Lunatik off while on dates. If you’re an old married guy like me that doesn’t much care what the chicks think, the Lunatik is the best way to turn an iPod into a watch.

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You can order a Lunatik from Lunatik.com, but you’ll have to wait 1-2 weeks to receive it as they’re extremely backordered. The pre-sale that launched back in November raised $941,718 and they have thousands of orders to fulfill. You can also opt for the more affordable TikTok, but it isn’t as durable or protective as the LunaTik. The one advantage of the TikTok is that it’s easier to remove the iPod Nano should you want to clip it elsewhere.

Comments

  1. Guest says

    Not water proof.. can’t use it. Its cool, but unfortunately I need waterproof as I don’t take my watch off in the shower or swimming etc. I could, but I would most definately forget one time.. can’t afford a new iPod Nano every time I have a brain burp.

  2. Clchu85 says

    Cool! I don’t know what those other ladies are puffing on; but I like it. It’s too big for my lady wrist tastes; but it’s great for a guy. (And like the other commenter, I need waterproof more than anything. I rarely remember my watch if I don’t wear it all the time. Plus, I flowride, which is a sport similar to bodyboarding/surfing but on an artificial wave. I need the waterproofing. So I have a purple version of one of these puppies: http://www.airsportswatch.com/ )

  3. Clchu85 says

    Cool! I don’t know what those other ladies are puffing on; but I like it. It’s too big for my lady wrist tastes; but it’s great for a guy. (And like the other commenter, I need waterproof more than anything. I rarely remember my watch if I don’t wear it all the time. Plus, I flowride, which is a sport similar to bodyboarding/surfing but on an artificial wave. I need the waterproofing. So I have a purple version of one of these puppies: http://www.airsportswatch.com/ )

  4. Mojopagoda says

    The “ladies” that are not into this watch are probably not really in to big watches generally so it has nothing to do with the geek factor. besides, it looks good

  5. Hyrm says

    i personally think tht is really cool and awsome for them to create somthing so cool and usable alot for a lot of reasons its watch ipod and lot of other thing but im so gelouise i want but i have the ipod nano the skinny one i wish they made one like tht but i guess no

  6. Alexandra Samuel says

    Well this is one lady who LOVES the look of a nano watch: http://bit.ly/ehrL4Y I got mine in February and get tons of compliments from both men and women whenever I wear it. But I have a red nano + red strap, which makes it look more like a big swatch and (if I do say so myself) super hot in combination with my red leather ipad case and red iphone case. The silver nano + black strap combo is about the most tech-utilitarian look you could do! Try getting a colorful strap (ideally with a colored nano to match) and see if your wife will let you wear THAT in public.

  7. G-King says

    Has this been thrown in the market? Where can i buy one..this looks pretty interesting..n i want it for my iPod nano..

  8. Andyrice414 says

    Thanks for makin me think but watches are pretty crazy these days n they charge hundreds for watches with a few tiny diamonds id say this is way better. I want the new go-go gadget arm like u but next time u go to dinner leave it in the car lol

  9. emle says

    woa this is such an awesome concept! by far the most advanced technology you can have strapped to your wrist right now. Unfortunately the only thing I don’t like is that it’s not water proof! and I find that very important in a watch! Especially someone like me whom surfs and is constantly near water. And I think thats really when I would use the watch the most, so I can tell what time it is while I’m out surfing, by the way if you like surfing videos and action sports videos you should check out Waii Kaii http://www.waiikaii.com

  10. emle says

    woa this is such an awesome concept! by far the most advanced technology you can have strapped to your wrist right now. Unfortunately the only thing I don’t like is that it’s not water proof! and I find that very important in a watch! Especially someone like me whom surfs and is constantly near water. And I think thats really when I would use the watch the most, so I can tell what time it is while I’m out surfing, by the way if you like surfing videos and action sports videos you should check out Waii Kaii http://www.waiikaii.com

  11. David Karp says

    Great Idea, but…….
    the claim is that this watch band will fit up to 8.5″ wrists. Not properly, however. On my 8.5″ wrist, measured professionally with a watch band with gradations, the tongue will not come near to the keeper stud and thus, sticks straight out in an annoying fashion. This watch band is perfect for wrists measuring 7.5″ and less, but you will not be pleased if your wrist is larger. I have written them 3 times over the last few weeks with nothing but a form letter, “we will get back to you” in reply. They have not. I am very disappointed in their non-existent customer service.

  12. Joseph Crawford says

    This is a nice idea but really pointless without built in bluetooth in the Nano.  Here’s to hoping the next generation will have built in bluetooth.  Without it I would not want to run with Nike+ listening to music with a cord going down to my wrist.

    Until the day the Nano has built in Bluetooth I won’t buy into this.

  13. Jeffree Erb says

    Definitely not water proof!  Just had to buy a new nano because i got some water on the old one while washing my hands… might still use it as a watch on occasion, but not often here in rainy oregon…

  14. Nawazish_ali18 says

  15. Simon Kwan says

    Not only is a LunaTik not going to impress the ladies, but it doesn’t appeal to women either. My girlfriend looked at my LunaTik and thought that I was, well, lunatic for wearing such a huge thing on my wrist, let alone trying to fit it on hers!

    I’ve owned 3 different watch kits for iPod nano, the LunaTik, an iWatchz, and a Griffin carabiner style case. All of these are cool in their own ways, but none of them are all that versatile. And, of course, as many others have already commented, the Nano is not waterproof, needs to be frequently recharged, and you have to press the power button to wake the display. So, I designed a pocket watch style case that is way more stylish and elegant than the wristwatch kits, and a nano shaped analog timepiece that’s water proof w/ a 5 year battery, so you can wear a proper watch when you tire of using nano as a watch.

    PodKit Watch is an elegant pocket watch style case for iPod nano.
    Clip Clok is a nano replacement analog timepiece that is compatible with PodKit Watch and all other iPod nano watch kits!
    Both are made from aerospace aluminum and available to pre-order on Kickstarter (http://kck.st/OIMag4) at savings of 30% or more compared with estimated retail prices.

    If you like the project, please become a backer! Thanks :-)

  16. stevenson says

    Few this are wrong with you are your post and not the ladies. Maybe you have the wrong color, or may be it just you that it does not fit. It is a great kit! the end.

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