First Hands-on: Nike + iPod Sport Kit for 3G nano

Apple and Nike’s Nike + iPod Sport Kit (iLounge rating: A-) remains one of the most popular accessories ever developed for the iPod nano, and for the first time since its introduction, Apple has updated the device’s interface for use on a new iPod. When connected to the third-generation iPod nano, the Nike + iPod Sport Kit brings up new red-backgrounded Nike graphics off to the right of the nano’s text menus, and full-screen red and white number entry screens similar to the ones Nike developed for its Nikeplus.com web site. The device’s functionality hasn’t changed at all, Apple representatives told us at the show, but Mandarin Chinese language support for the Sport Kit has been added to the third-generation nano’s software. Picking a PowerSong now uses a cooler-looking song text interface, as well.

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We’ll have more on the Nike + iPod Sport Kit and third-generation iPod nano soon.