Shoot Video Wherever Your Fingers Are

Apple launched the iPod nano with video camera today. It’s obviously all over the place, from DF to the WSJ along with Jobs standing vertical again. Copy that. I’m not a gadget review kind of person, but this time I am really puzzled by a detail that I haven’t seen discussed yet: what are the camera and mike doing on the lower-left corner of the device? Out of four corners Apple seem to have chosen the least suitable one from a usability standpoint. It is most likely due to internal layout constraints, as camera modules are still the hardest space hogs along with connectors to sort out in such small devices. It is interesting though that a company constantly striving for perfection and almost always unwilling to compromise on their industrial design, found that solution to be acceptable for the new iPod nano: to have a firm grab your fingers will either be on the screen or on the camera; any other position will be pretty awkward for what I can see so far.