NAJA for 3g iPod nano
The NAJA (pronounced NaHa) is a unique iPod nano holding system. Was it of any value? Read on to find out what I thought of the NAJA.
The NAJA is a soft flexible coil with a bracket at the top to hold your iPod nano. The idea is to use the NAJA to hold your nano rather than hold your nano in your hand – I guess. I’m not really sure?
When you purchase the NAJA you get a 36” flexible coil that can easily be bent into any configuration you can think of. At the end is a holder that you press your nano into.
I coiled the NAJA up like a snake (see the picture) and pressed my nano into the holder. First problem, you have to take your nano out of its case. After taking my nano out of the case and pressing it into the holder I tried to stand the NAJA up.
Second problem, it took several tries to get the unit to balance correctly so it would not topple over. Good thing the holder holds the nano securely.
After you get the whole assembly to stand up, you have to hold it to press the click wheel on your nano, otherwise it will fall over again.
That seems to be the crux of the problem with the NAJA – it falls over, a lot. I tried to think of other ways to use the NAJA, like wrapping the coil around my neck and bending the holder in front of my face so I could see the nano. I think I looked ridiculous. Then I tried to wrap the coil around the rear view mirror in my car, the arm of a chair, and other objects that the NAJA could wrap around. While the coil is extremely flexible, and you can bend it into just about any shape, holding the nano in your hand to look at it is just not so difficult that I would need something to hold it for me.
If I was watching a feature length movie on my nano perhaps I would use the NAJA as a holder, but I don’t watch the nano for extended periods of time like that.
Thought Out sells a version for the iPod Touch and iPhone, the NAJA King. Perhaps these devices are better served by the NAJA than the nano.
The NAJA can roll up pretty small for travel with its 1/4” diameter coil (it’s made of steel), and the holder can rotate 360° to help get your nano into the proper viewing position.
Perhaps I’m less imaginative then most, but I could not find a good use for the NAJA. Maybe you can.