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Ipod's are renowned for getting supremely scratched on the back, and being prone to damage to the front, through overuse or dropping it. With this in mind, it is best to buy yourself a case or cover for your ipod at some point, no matter what type you have, as it has always been an issue.
This product is made by Belkin, a company who seem to specialise in making products like this for the ipod. They are well used and therefore seem to have the quantity to prove they know what they're doing. As this was the first generation of ipods with video, it is important to get a case which does not hinder the screen quality, and this one certainly does not.
It must be said that this case is not to withstand multiple droppings, as it fits so snugly to the ipod. However, any scratches etc. that may occur are perfectly protected against. You can pick one of these products up off online sites for around a fiver, which is a worthy investment in the prolonging of your ipod's life. However, while it fits snugly to the ipod, it of course makes it a bit larger, which could go against why you bought an ipod instead of a competitor.
when i first bought my ipod, it was very hard to find a case that i liked that would actually protect my ipod without taking away from the slim shape and without distorting the video quality until i found this belkin case. mind you that thus belkin case doesn not in anyway protect the ipod from anything more than slight abrasions and minor drops...because the case is so fitting there is no displacement for any type of shock to the hard drive and there's a good chance you might break/crack the case itself. the case is very smooth and see through so enough scratches will make the case an eyesore to people who are about the cosmetics of the things they buy it will protect the ipod's screen which is very important because with out the screen your ipod will be nothing more than a very expensive and large ipod shuffle...unlike most cases which only protect the click wheel or the screen and if they do it's usually with a thin plastic film that can be easily penetrated by keys wear and tear other various pointy objects, etc. this one will actually keep the screen from getting damaged at all..the downside is that enough scratches will force you to buy another case and they run about 30usd...you will still need to be careful even if you buy this case but at least it will be a while until you replace it. the hold switch and connector cable outlet are easy to access although the headphone jack access port does not allow for too many different types of head phones to be used with the case effectively and the slight bulk of the case doesn't allow for docking on most apple brand or ipod ready docks or stereo units that require you to attach the ipod through the connector port. all in all it depends on what your priority is when buying a case...if you'd like to protect the exterior of the ipod while using the case by all means buy it...but if you drop your ipod a lot and are looking for some sort of armor againts all odds this might not be the best choice for you. and happy hunting