Russ doesn’t like the Nano

Russell Beattie says:

“Now, I just held a Sony Ericsson Walkman phone with the slot for a Memory Stick Duo, and a 2 Megapixel camera. Now *that* is something to get excited about. What a phone! It’s a bit bigger than the nano, but not really, and saves me from having to worry about charging two separate devices at night. This is the key: Separate devices are bad, convergence is good. The nano is a converged device that forgot to bring along the rest of the functionality. Right away people were joking about hot-gluing the nano to a phone and a camera, does that tell you anything? People expect that sort of thing now! Where’s the camera? Where’s the phone? Where’s the video? Where’s the games? Why would I spend $250 on a device that *just* plays music?

Yeah, I’m sure there’ll be luddite whiners who’ll go on about form and functionality and how they just want their iPod to play music and their phone to make phone calls and their cameras to take pictures and their Gameboys to play games and their PDAs to do their PIM stuff. You can tell these people by the quantity of bags and charging cords they carry around with them. Me? I prefer one device in my pocket that does everything, and just as well. As the Sony Ericsson has shown us is possible.

Well, I guess I’ll have to disagree with Russ big time *again* ;)

  • Firstly, as James comments on Russ’s blog , the iPod does music REALLY WELL. As long as phones don’t have the same convenience and integration (podcasting, iTunes, charge via USB), they’re at a disadvantage.
  • Next: memory. The price for that 2 GB Memory Stick is higher than the price of the Nano, and you still only have half the memory. Where do you put your pictures and stuff? Granted, there are a few phones with hard drive coming, but that means higher price, bigger and even worse battery life.
  • Last, but not least: battery. Having an all-in-one device means that after two or three hours of listening to MP3s on the train, that’s it for the day – no more phone calls.

Yes, the all-in-one stuff is tempting, but as long as I can’t have a PhoneMP3CameraGameBoy that has a battery that lasts for 3 days at least and fits in my shirt pocket, I’ll pass.

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  4. While I only partially agree with Russell, I mean, it does suck to charge all these damn gadgets every night.
    And then… at least Memory Stick DUO prices evolve. Like the 2GB, it’s $180 from next month, retail price.

    And there’s only retail price with Apple stuff.

    I used to be scared of convergence, preferred to have my stuff separate and have them do what they do best and not much else. These days, I tend to agree with Russell in these matters. The day a phone that does pretty good pictures(already actually) and pretty good music, then I won’t need my iPod anymore

    But until then, I’ll get my iPod Nano, hopefully soon :)

  5. While I only partially agree with Russell, I mean, it does suck to charge all these damn gadgets every night.

    And then… at least Memory Stick DUO prices evolve. Like the 2GB, it's $180 from next month, retail price.

    And there's only retail price with Apple stuff.

    I used to be scared of convergence, preferred to have my stuff separate and have them do what they do best and not much else. These days, I tend to agree with Russell in these matters. The day a phone that does pretty good pictures(already actually) and pretty good music, then I won't need my iPod anymore

    But until then, I'll get my iPod Nano, hopefully soon :)

  6. I find myself in the middle of the camp. I can’t comment on the W800, but seeing the terrible integration of the ROKR, and being a gadget enthusiast, I prefer separate devices. I want a technologically advanced MP3 player, a feature-rich cell phone, the a high-end digital camera, etc. (it gets a bit expensive).

    But, I think convergence is good for the average consumer; those that don’t want the hassle of charging everything every night at the expense of technology.

    The ROKR has the MP3 player, camera, and phone, and can last a reported 9.33 hours and 230 hours of phone talk and standby times respectively. Motorola also reports music time lasts for 15 hours using wired headset, up to 6 hours using surround sound.

    I think those are pretty good numbers. But the phone has crap for features, as most all-in-one devices do.

    For me, I am a bit of an audiophile, so the Nano, nor MP3s for that matter, never did really appeal to me. At the expense of convenience I carry an old fashioned CD player.

  7. I find myself in the middle of the camp. I can't comment on the W800, but seeing the terrible integration of the ROKR, and being a gadget enthusiast, I prefer separate devices. I want a technologically advanced MP3 player, a feature-rich cell phone, the a high-end digital camera, etc. (it gets a bit expensive).

    But, I think convergence is good for the average consumer; those that don't want the hassle of charging everything every night at the expense of technology.

    The ROKR has the MP3 player, camera, and phone, and can last a reported 9.33 hours and 230 hours of phone talk and standby times respectively. Motorola also reports music time lasts for 15 hours using wired headset, up to 6 hours using surround sound.

    I think those are pretty good numbers. But the phone has crap for features, as most all-in-one devices do.

    For me, I am a bit of an audiophile, so the Nano, nor MP3s for that matter, never did really appeal to me. At the expense of convenience I carry an old fashioned CD player.

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