Watch Report has posted a review of the Nike Amp+ watch/remote control for the Nike+iPod system. The Nike Amp+ is a light-weight plastic band with iPod controls and a cool LED watch display built in. It controls your iPod nano when connected to the Nike+iPod Sport Kit dongle. The review covers all the basics, and ends with a summary of their overall impressions:
The Nike Amp+ is a great concept, and it functions quite well, but there are a couple of drawbacks:
- You have to press a button to see the time. The advantage of LEDs is that they are very bright and easy to see in low-light conditions or while running, but the disadvantage is that they are power hungry, and would deplete the battery if they were on all the time. That’s why you have to activate the display by pressing a button.
- The animation is cool, but it takes a bit longer to read the time because of it.
Of course, there are more than enough advantages:
- Great way to control your iPod while on the move. The Amp+ let’s you keep your iPod safely tucked away where it’s not at risk of being dropped or getting ruined by water.
- Integrates nicely with the Nike + iPod kit for a very complete music/data/remote solution.
Lightweight and comfortable.
- Stylish enough to wear all the time — not just when running.
The Nike Amp+ is a pretty impressive piece of technology. It’s both visually and functionally well designed, and is perfect for any athletic technophile.
One question they don’t answer is whether the remote only works when you’re in Nike+iPod workout mode, or if it also works when you’re just listening to music (provided the dongle is attached, of course). I’m sure the answer’s out there, I’m just too lazy to hit the Google right now. Anybody know?
I’m still not sure whether I’ll be picking up one of these any time soon. On the one hand (get it?), it’s a pretty cool looking watch, and the iPod controls would be nice to have. On the other, I’ve never really found it too difficult to skip tracks or adjust volume while running. At $80, I find it just a little too pricey for the extra utility it provides. Still, the video makes it look pretty cool…