Early Returns: Nano Good, ROKR Bad

Although most people have had a mere three microseconds to test Apple's mana from heaven, and they are making snap judgments faster than you can say 'Blink by Malcolm Gladwell.' The one person who got to spend more than his fair share of time with either of the devices is the cookie monster himself, that great papa bear of gadgetry, Walt Mossberg. He dropped his nano, repeatedly, from the height of around three feet. (Most journalists don't even get to drop theirs from one foot. I wonder if he has to buy it now?) And, like everyone else, he loves the Nano. The concensus is that it is so small, yet so powerful. You would think that flash drives had never been invented and Moore's Law had never been proven. Our pals at iLounge hipped us to the "Universal Dock Adapter," a plastic plate that allows the nano to dock with basically any device (this is similar to the feature already found on speakers from Altec Lansing, Bose, iHome and JBL).

Early Returns: Nano Good, ROKR Bad

This will make it even easier for companies to create more iPod accessories than the one thousand that, literally, exist already. The iLoungers also noted that the nano's new stopwatch and lap timer work well—a discovery made while they were sprinting from the convention center yelling 'I got one! I got one!' with Apple corporate security in hot pursuit.


There are only a few complaints thus far: The nano is not compatible with voice recording devices, there is no 'straight-to-nano' photo transfer capabilities, and the product name is all lowercase. I hate when they pull that crap.


Early Returns: Nano Good, ROKR Bad

From the day it was born, the ROKR was trouble. Apple isn't selling it—don't even have a photo of the much-anticipated phone up on the website.That changed fast! Steve Jobs even had some trouble getting it to work the right way on stage—Jobs says he hit the wrong button, but people in the know say that the feature that lets you resume play after a phone call doesn't work properly. What's more, the iTunes client has been surgically connected to the Motorola V-series interface and the scars are showing. The screen isn't wide or colorful enough to do the music store justice. The orange headphones shown in the Cingular ad weren't the phones used for today's unveiling. There is no support for Bluetooth headphones. But hey, thank goodness all the rumors of a 25-song capacity, 3G over-the-air downloads and $2 per song charges proved false.

iPod Nano Combines Beauty, Function [WSJ]
Appe Unveils iPod nano [iLounge]
Motorola ROKR iTunes Phone Introduced [iLounge]
Music To Our Ears? [The Apple Blog]