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As I have stated before the ipod touch is a stunning looking piece of technology, however the downside of this is that the beautiful silver back gets scratched extremely easily and the touch screen can be cracked and marked. Obviously when spending so much money on something you want to keep it in good condition for as long as possible and that's where cases come in.
There are literally hundreds of cases available to buy and which one will depend on what you really want out of it.
I got myself a case almost straight away as I soon realised my lovely new ipod wouldn't stay that way for long without one.
The first one I bought was a leather one and I knew almost immediately that it wasn't going to be the case for me as it made my ipod bulky and personally I thought it was a bit old fashioned.
I found the gear4 case in zavvi and I paid £19.99 for it which I think is definitely overpriced but it can be found on the internet for half that price.
The gear4 case is quite a simple product it is made of two parts to fit the front and back that fit together to offer protection for your ipod. What makes it different is the fact that it is made from a strong flexible clear plastic that is very thin so it doesn't add a lot of bulk or weight to the ipod.
The ipod fits perfectly in the case and there is no movement so no worries about it getting scratched or damaged from the inside.
The flexible plastic allows you to use the touch screen with no troubles whatsoever and I find it just as responsive as if there was nothing in the way of the screen.
There is cut out access to all the buttons and the charger.
The plastic may not look very strong but looks can be deceiving and it is extremely strong and I have dropped my ipod a few times since I've had it and it has never cracked or broke and my ipod is still in the same condition as when I first put it in the case.
Because of the cut outs for the buttons dust can get inside and you will need to remove the ipod every few weeks to clean the case but this is really easy and only takes a minute or so and this is the only slight problem that I can find with the case.
Of course because you are putting something over your ipod it will add some bulk but it is so thin that it is hardly noticeable when in my pocket and I have never found this to be a problem.
I've read a few bad reviews on this case and I can't understand why as I think it is a brilliant product. It not only protects my ipod fantastically but because it is clear it allows me to actually see my beautiful ipod in all its glory. I really cannot find any fault with this case and as I have used it for months now I can highly recommend it to anyone looking for a stylish hard wearing case.
As people may know that when it comes to expensive electrical products you want to take that little bit of extra care, even though with apple products you do have that period of cover time, for a limited time only you have a warranty (usually a year) and then you can purchase their extra insurance (Apple Care), but you still don't want anything to happen to your new purchase, so because the iPod touch is a touch screen you want the screen protected at all cost.
Whether it is the 2nd generation or third the actual size of them is all the same so that if you see a case or any kind of cover that says 2nd generation or third generation it doesn't actually matter.
I am not familiar with this brand and have no idea if it was going to be a promising product but I figured that because it's for an I Touch then it must be ok (stupid reasoning I know).
The Gear4 IceBox Pro iPod Touch Case is made of a very strong transparent plastic, it is in two parts, one for the back which you put on first and then clip on the other from the front which are two long clasps running on the edges so the itouch is sitting in there as snug as a rug, with no chance of any movement, with the brand logo visible on the back of the case, and if you need to open it for any reason then the two clasps simply unclip making it an easy process of removing the ipod touch.
Unfortunately it does give the iPod touch a bulky look and feel, which didn't impress me at all.
Although on the face of the iPod Touch is a thin bit of plastic screening, it does affect the sensitivity of the iTouch having to push a little harder on the plastic so it can penetrate to the screen underneath, the case provides access to all the connectors on the device so as not to have to take out your iTouch out of it's casing to charge it or to put headphones in to listen to music, you will see the plastic has cut out holes that have been smoothed off to make it that much easier, especially when it comes to the iPod Touch home button which is the only hole on the front protective screen that you can actually touch the iTouch.
As much as the case does help prevent finger marks on the screen (fingers leave an oily residue), and helps avoid scratches, the plastic seems to of had not a lot of thought put into it, its like, 1 knock, 2 knock, three knock, broken. It just gives it a cheap image.
Irrelevant of how much you think you are protecting your iPod Touch, it still needs to be taken out of the casing every now and again and wiped free of dust and debris that does work its way in, although this casing does help protect it from all that it's not impenetrable.
Then to top it all off, you would be lucky if this product stays in one piece for long, I found that after 2 months the clips were starting to unclasp themselves and little cracks started to appear all over the case, annoying.
You can buy the Gear4 IceBox Pro iPod Touch Case form Amazon for £5
Even though this is only £5, its still a waste of money and I wouldn't advise anyone to purchase one, it has no place protecting a device as powerful as the iPod's of any caliber, it feels cheap, it looks cheap, it even performs cheap, my advice is get a nice leather case which will help you with the knock around effect and a protective screen that is a peal back screen protector.
In theory this is a great product. A clear protective case which protects your ipod from scratches and damage. Unfortunatley this isn't the case. For the first few months the product is okay - if not a little bulky. Yet it begins to get quite dirty and is hard to clean. Dust around the side of your ipod and smudges over the screen appear which is very distracting. The design of the case makes it very easy to fall apart aswell. Three months in and the plastic which protected the screen had broken off, rendering the product totally obsolete. It is an alternative to having an ugly leather or silicon case, but it's almost as if they forgot to factor in durability when designing it.
On the other hand, the touch sensitivity is very good and I have had no problems with this aspect of the product. Apart from this I must say I have been quite disappointed.
Gear4 make a range of IceBox Pro cases for all different models of iPod. This review concerns the case specifically for the iPod Touch 2G - i.e. the new model with the volume controls on the side.
As with all IceBox Pro models, the case is made entirely of clear plastic, with some detailing around the front edge. This isn't visible on the photo, as it's just a black border that hides the join when viewed from the front, and blends in nicely with the black surround of the iPod. The back of the case has the Gear4 logo discretely embossed below the Apple logo on the iPod itself.
The case snaps on securely with two clips running down the long edges but can still be removed relatively easily when necessary. The front of the case is a thin panel through which the iPod touch screen is perfectly visible, and all tough functionality works fine. I noticed no difference between using the iPod with or without the case.
All of the ports on the bottom of the iPod are fully accessible. The case makes the iPod fatter, so it no longer fits correctly in a Universal Dock with the iPod Touch adaptor - but if you remove the adaptor, the iPod can still connect (albeit slightly wobbly with less support - do this at your own risk!)
Similarly, the power and volume keys are accessible through cut-outs in the case; however, this is clearly designed for right handed use - the buttons are easily pressed from behind when holding the iPod in the palm of your right hand, but less easy to hit from in front with your left hand.
The "home" button has it's own cut-out in the front, and is easily pressed.
The case does an excellent job of protecting the iPod from greasy finger marks - I have slightly acidic sweat that almost instantly tarnishes the silver back, and this looks much better with the case on, as the back of the iPod remains perfectly shiny.
However, greasy finger marks still show on the touch screen, and this needs wiping a lot.
As mentioned, the case has a lot of cut-outs. This means that dust easily gets inside when the iPod is put in a pocket or bag, and is quickly trapped between the iPod and case. This doesn't impede functionality, but the device quickly looks dirty with no easy way to get it clean. Fortunately, the case comes off relatively easily, but it's still more of a chore than a quick wipe.
Finally, I have noticed that when it gets warm and/or humid (in a pocket for example) the touch sensitive screen on the case can sometimes stick to the screen of the iPod (normally, it rests just above it). This gives an effect much like a badly applied screen protector, where some bits of the screen look "clearer" than others.