Originally Posted by Tallest Skil
The misstep that people absolutely love as a watch, you mean?
I would argue that only a very, very small number of people actually did that. Sure it's a cool implementation, but not likely a driver of sales. Since the square/clipped nano was release, I've only ever seen a grand total of 2 or 3 in actual use. I've actaully seen more iPod mini's in use in that same timeframe.
As for people saying how great the clip was, the clip is ok (although someething that could be very easily added by 3rd parties if you really wanted one, and added bulk if you didn't). But the screen/UI was horrible (in my opinion). I said at the time it was released that if they wanted a touchscreen they should have simply chopped off the scroll wheel from the previous nano and made the screen that size. That's essentially what this new nano is. This is the 3rd time Apple made design mis-steps:
1. The fat/squat nano
2. The buttonless shuffle
3. The clip-on nano
Returning to something which is essentially the previous design is as close as Apple will come to admitting that they screwed up. It would be very interesting to see iPod sales numbers trended through each of these three models.