I bought this at the end of last year after buying an iPod touch, as due to the price of my iPod i didn't want it getting scratched or dirty. I got the sleeve from Amazon for £3.99 with free delivery, however after a quick look on amazon, it's now just £1.99 with free delivery. The case is also available instore PC shops and various supermarkets (Tesco, Sainsbury's), but if buying from a shop such as these, then be prepared to pay quite a bit more; they were £10 each in Curry's last time i saw them!
The material of the case is thick leather. Although the leather is very thick and sturdy, it's also very soft and lightweight (according to Amazon the case weighs 100 grams), and doesn't add any noticeable extra weight to my iPod. It doesn't effect the width too much, or ability of been able to put the iPod in my pocket either. It sort of pads the iPod out a bit to protect it but it doesn't look ridiculous; in fact the whole design of this item is very sleek and modern and in my opinion is ideal for people on the move. As far as i am aware this particular design is only available in black, and it has cream stitching around the sides adding a more unique and (in my opinion) shabby chic look as the stitching isn't perfect but this doesn't effect the case in my opinion. The case is nicely designed to fit the iPod touch snuggly and securely. Even though it's only available in black, don't let this put you off. The black adds a more discreet look to the iPod and it looks classy and expensive, aswell as been obvious that it's real leather. This isn't the sort of case for people who like bright pink/glittery/diamante iPod cases though.
As you've probably guessed this isn't a hard case, it's simply acts as a protective sleeve. My favourite feature of this product is the fact it has a gap at the top and bottom, so that the user has easy access to the power button, headphone hole and USB port, which saves taking the case off while charging the iPod, or taking the iPod out of the case when listening to music. This feature saves lots of fiddling about and i really love it.
Because the case covers the whole of the iPod apart from the screen (although a screen protector is included, which is very effecient and doesn't effect the touch sensetivity of the screen), the downside is that the light sensor is covered by the case, which disables the auto brightness. I've since learnt that this can be changed on the iPod settings though so it's not irrelevant that it covers the light sensor. Another downside is that it covers the Apple logo which i'm fond of, but it's not huge problem!
The case, unlike some iPod cases, doesn't overlap onto the screen or cause any problems in using the iPod. Putting it on the iPod is extremely easy and it's easy to take off too.
This iPod case does its job well. It's comfortable to hold due to the soft cushion like material and effeciently protects against any accidental drops or similiar incidents. One of my dogs has also gotten hold of the iPod while in this case and although teeth indentments were left on the case, the iPod was unharmed. Another good thing about this case is that unlike many other iPod cases it doesn't attract dust or animal hair which is good and it can also be wiped easily with a damp cloth if it does get dirty without damaging it as obviously it's waterproof due to been leather.
Overall it's nice and simple, with a few good features and is a very reasonable price if bought from the right place (i'd reccomend online retailers such as amazon, play, ebay etc rather than instore.) Mine's lasted over a year and i've used it almost daily because it's so versatile and simple. It's not hugely fashionable however it isn't ugly and is very simple and sleek. It's definetly a case more for people who want there iPod to look simple, smart and discreet.
I bought this case for my brand spanking new ipod touch to keep it protected and looking gorgeous but I knew almost straight away it wasn't for me. However it took me a little time to find the case clear plastic case I have now so I was stuck using this one.
Basically this is a leather case for the ipod touch made by belkin which seems to be one of the main manufacturers of ipod accessories.
It is made of black leather and cream stitching and has a clear plastic protector to the front to protect the screen. The ipod is placed in this sleeve by sliding it in from the top and you then seal it to the back by using the Velcro strap to ensure you ipod won't fall out.
The ipod fits snugly into the sleeve and doesn't move around. The case doesn't protect the screen however there is a thin plastic screen protector given that you can place over your screen to protect it from scratches etc.
I have a 3rd generation touch (I think) and it wasn't that long ago I bought this but this is obviously for the previous generation of touches as there is no access to the volume controls on the side. You can get around this by just pressing thorough the leather but it is a bit awkward.
The leather itself seems to be good quality and the whole thing looks and feels well made and sturdy.
Because the leather is quite stiff it can be awkward to get the charging cable through the cut out access hole but this just takes a little fiddling.
I paid £14.99 for this but I have now seen the same one for as low as £1.99 which is a ridiculously low price for something of such good quality.
The sleeve definitely does a good job at protecting the chrome back of the touch which is so susceptible to scratches but at the same time one of the reasons the touch has been such a success over other machines that do the same job is because it looks so good and this sleeve covers the entire thing so it may keep it looking good but what is the point in that if you never get to see it.
I also thought and this is my own personal opinion and not a slur on anyone who has one that a leather case just looks a tad old fashioned and I was a little embarrassed to be seen with it.
I also found the leather sleeve to be bulky in my pocket which isn't good when you consider how thin the touch is.
The belkin leather sleeve is a good quality product but it wasn't for me solely due to how it looks but for people who like the look of it then they can feel safe in the knowledge that for the price they are going to get a good quality sleeve that will keep your touch looking new for years to come (though I still maintain that there is no point in it looking new and shiny if you don't get to see it)
I used this cover before finding an even more compact way of giving me the protection I wanted for my iPod Touch, which was to protect the chrome finish on the back. You can refer to my other review on the Gelaskin, which does just that. However, this is a very nice stylish case and is of good quality.
It's made from real leather and I bought it off Amazon.co.uk back in the day. Nowdays it costs just £5.99 - really cheap, as I paid almost £10 previously. I've got a black one, but you can actually get a brown one too. They both have cream or white coloured stitching.
It is a sleeve really - not a case. This is made clear by the way your iPod Touch will just slip into this. There are appropriate holes to access everything such as the lock button and 3mm audio slot. I used this for my first generation iPod Touch, so although it would fit with the second generation just as well, you wouldn't have access to the volume controls I'm aware of on the left hand side.
The sleeve is pretty good quality and hasn't actually broken at all since I started using it. The back is covered in leather where the stitching travels vertically down the centre. On the front, there is stitching at the edges and the sleeve curves round the menu button so you can still easily access this. It's not as easy as it could be though as the sleeve sticks up a bit, limiting access to the menu button - you have to sort of come down from above.
The case protects the iPod from things like scratches and bumps. It does actually protect the chrome finish on the back but it's not as slim and cool as the Gelaskin. I have dropped my iPod a few times in this case (not purposely!) and it has survived well, so it certainly stops it from completely smashing upon impact. The front bit of the case does protrude the screen surface so I'd imagine it would protect that from a fall, unless the screen happened to fall on a rock or something where it would be damaged.
The stitching is of very high quality and the case has held together well. I tend to use this when I'm out and about as it's more liable to be dropped. The only problem is that it's quite bulky compared to your iPod without a case. Especially with earphones or even headphones too, it takes up a bit more room, which is most noticeable in a trouser pocket.
Overall though, this is a good case. It's made of quality leather and is from a reliable company - Belkin. It does it's job well, but at the cost of a little more bulkiness and very slight limitation to features such as the menu button. You know what they say, use protection! So go out and buy one of these; they aren't expensive anymore!
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Belkin are famous for their electronic accessories including iPod cases. I originally had a case for my iPod Touch (1G) that had a flap, which folded over the iPod. I found this really annoying as when the iPod was in use, the flap always hung there on the side and the iPod was free to fall out if there were no earphones plugged in, holding it in place artificially. It was soon after that this one also got excessively damaged that I decided to purchase the Belkin Leather Sleeve. It's much better than the full case in my opinion, as it gives just as much protection, is less bulky, has no flap and is more stylish.
You can currently buy a black sleeve on amazon.co.uk for just £1.85! This is a stunning price and well worth the money. Personally, I have a chocolate brown coloured sleeve, which looks great too. The case comes within cardboard packaging in a plastic packet. The case is pure leather with a suede-like inside. The case looks very posh and of superb quality, which it is. The case fits tightly to your iPod Touch causing no bulk. There is an off-white neat stitching on my case on the inner and outer sides of the case and down the centre back. There is also a very small belkin tab sticking out from one side of the case, but it is barely noticeable.
The case has a flap on top, which can lift up when you take your iPod out and put it back in. The flap secures round onto the back of the case using two Velcro pads. If the case is empty, you can see that inside it where the back of the iPod would be is the Belkin logo - 'Los Angeles, Since 1982'. There is also a hexagonal modern design, which isn't actually seen when the iPod is in there but it adds a modern and stylish look to the case. There are holes on the top and bottom of the case so you can easily reach the power button, earphone socket and charging input. The case looks really good unlike most other cases.
The case is made of good quality leather and will last a long time. However, through a lot of use, it does tend to get slightly disfigured. Whether it's your hot hands handling the case or being in your pocket all day, the case loses its firmness and becomes slightly softer and a bit disfigured. I would say this is the only drawback for the very simple yet stylish case. The front face of the case surrounds your iPod Touch screen so you can still tap away at the corners of the screen and it will be recognised. The case does not cut off any of the screen.
This case is well-worth buying as it will protect your iPod as a whole - especially the chrome back, which scratches very easily. However, if you are looking to JUST protect the back, I would suggest a Gelaskin (read my other review), which are adhesive stickers with unique designs. The case will prevent your iPod from getting absolutely ruined if it is dropped whilst in the case, so it does give some protection if you drop it however you can't guarantee your iPod will survive the fall. The case provides very good general protection to knocks and scratches from keys or whatever else in your pockets. I would highly recommend this case if you have an iPod Touch and are looking for some quality protection.
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