I got two new toys last week and have finally played with them enough to give them both a thumbs up. Last Wednesday, after Apple announced new iPod Nanos, I went to my nearest Apple store and picked up a silver 2 GB iPod Nano and the Nike+iPod Sport Kit. Again, both are great!
I first made the decision to get the Nike+ gadget. I read a great review on Cabel Sasser’s blog and was sold. The only problem was that it wasn’t compatible with my 5th Gen iPod so I needed a Nano.
Having been running with my 5th Gen iPod for a few weeks I already had thoughts of getting a Shuffle or Nano. Something about running with a 30 GB harddrive didn’t seem right. So with the Nike+ requirement of needing a Nano my decision was made.
That was about 10 days ago. After spending a few days trying to decide on which Nano to buy I realized that Apple had a big announcement planned for 9/12. I just decided I wait and make my Nano decision after that, hoping for a new and improved Nano.
Sure enough, last week Apple did announce new and improved Nanos. I’ll let you read all the improvements on your own, but the key to me was they doubled the storage capacity on the small unit to 2 GB. That was plenty for me, since the Nano will only be used for working out.
Enough on the Nano. Let me quickly say that the Nike+ is very cool. I love the feedback you get from your “coach” while running. I ran to 5Ks this past weekend and it was fun hearing stuff like “You have hit the 2.5 K mark. You are half way done”, and “400 m to go”.
Even better then the coaching you get, is the ultra-cool website Nike has developed for the data the gadget gathers. Take a look at this screenshot for a small idea of what you get to look at.
Lastly, I don’t run with Nike shoes and they aren’t a requirement. I used a couple velcro “zip ties”, that I use to wind up computer cords, to attach the shoe piece of the Nike+ to my shoe. It worked fine. I checked it after both runs and it was still secure. That said, I’ll have Katie make something that looks a little better to use, but for now the zip ties are fine.