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Crystal clear case for iPod Nano 4th Generation.
This is likely to be one of my shorter reviews, as the title tells you pretty much what this is. Thank goodness I hear you say after my last 1,400 word epic!
Having bought a brand new Nano just after Christmas I decided, as with my previous Nano's, that it needed protecting. I hate scratched fascias and the new Nano screen is bigger than the previous generations, hence, more scratch potential.
When looking in several stores for a suitable cover I was astounded at the range now available, even more astounded at the prices of some covers...the Apple store has some covers that are as expensive as the iPod itself, but hey, I did not want a soft leather, designer case.
I was clear (no pun intended) that what I wanted; a functional, clear case that protected the screen and body of my iPod, whilst allowing good access to the clicker wheel in the middle (I had a cover once that made the wheel hard to control). So after some serious looking I settled on this cover.
So little to say here. It is clear plastic, so the colour of the iPod (purple in my case) is still bright and visible.
I like the way that the case 'clips closed without any visible means. It is simply a case (ah, another pun) of resting the iPod on the back half of the case and pushing the front half on until the satisfying click is heard.
The edges are nicely rounded; the centre click wheel piece is nicely bevelled so that the finger finds the clicker easily. The aperture at top and bottom are just right for the docking (bottom) and the lock (top).
This is not the classiest of cases and I have seen many 'designer' cases and wallets, but it is functional and that means to me, the design is good.
The case comes with a nice thick, ribbon lanyard for placing around the neck, though not adjustable it sits just right for me. That is attached to the case (or not if you prefer) via a small key ring type circular fitting, easy off, easy on.
This actually cost £19.99 from Comet though I have been told by a friend that they got theirs for 'a tenner' on Amazon (I never saw it). Anyway, it is not overly expensive in my opinion for something that takes the brunt of any mistreatment meted out to my lovely iPod. In fact, it has been dropped on many occasions, all of which would have probably damaged the iPod, but have only resulted in a few plastic scratches and dents to the case.
You may disagree and think that nearly £20 is overpriced for two small pieces of plastic? Whatever, cases can be as little as £5 (awful) up to hundreds of pounds (why?). In my opinion a case is essential, this fits the bill nicely.
The clear plastic allows you to maintain the stylish colour of you iPod, whilst the plastic case protects the whole nano including the screen.