My daughter was recently given a second hand iPod Nano with some accessories that had been collected and were of no use to the giver once the Nano was no longer in their possession. I was happy a case was included as the Nano is so small I was afraid my daughter would drop and break it. The case is made by Hama and is named as a box case, meaning that it closes to form a box around the iPod Nano protecting all metallic areas.
The cost to purchase this case is £22 so not a cheap option in spite of the small dimensions.
The case comes in two parts, a clear back and front that has clear detailing but has a metallic looking pink insert built into the plastic for personalisation of colour. You cannot swap the coloured insert but the same case is available in different colours.
The case has a wrist strap but that was not present when my daughter received her iPod Nano and case so I cannot comment on that.
To use the case you push your iPod Nano into the front section then press the back into place to form one box of plastic. The connection between front and back pieces is strong and the case has not fallen into two pieces during use by my daughter, she has dropped her iPod Nano many times as I predicted but it still remains in excellent condition and works as it should. The box has protected the iPod Nano from being dropped and also from being banged around, the screen is covered so cannot be scratched but the scrolling wheel is unaffected by the box so my daughter has no frustration of being restricted in any way.
I believe her use of the iPod Nano will be a passing fad so have not bought her another case, she is happy with this one and ecstatic to have an iPod Nano however old it is but I think she'll soon become bored as she often does and I have learned not to spend too much unnecessary extra items for her.
After the disaster with the Belkin iPod case, I decided to go and hunt out a new case. This time I chose to go to the shops for it even though I knew they would more than likely be a fair bit more expensive.
I ended up in HMV looking at their range of iPod accessories and came across the Hama Crystal Case range. There were a variety of different designs in this range, all priced at £9.99 which I thought was fairly reasonable.
The design I chose was a clear case with little pinks gems stuck on to it and a little fluffy dangly bit hanging from it. It was very girly and it would go really nicely with my pink iPod Nano. It also had a little carry strap which was white and removable should you not want it on there.
The same as the Belkin, this Hama case is made for only the iPod Nano 3G and is suitable for both the 4GB and the 8GB. Nothing else will fit this.
My iPod fitted into this product really nicely. To fit the iPod in it, the case comes apart in two pieces. You then place the iPod into one piece (preferably the back piece as this is the easiest way) and then you clip the front piece back on. Easy.
The case is made a really hard plastic though it is not overly thick. Do not let appearances decieve you - this is really durable plastic and I have dropped it a few times and there is not even so much as a mark on it. My iPod has always been protected very well.
The screen of you iPod is completely covered and protected with this case which was one of the reasons I purchased it. The wheel is not covered for ease of use.
Underneath the case there is a little plastic flap which you unclip to reveal the charging part of the iPod. I really like this as when you are not charging your iPod, the connection to do so is also protected from little bits of dirt or fluff getting into it. I thought this was a really good idea. There is a little circular hole for the headphone jack too.
There is no belt clip with this case, only a wrist strap. I didn't overly like the wrist strap but for extra safety, I tie it around the belt loop of my jeans and then put the iPod in my pocket.
I was really pleased with this item. Not only was it protecting my iPod, it also looked really girly and funky. The screen was safely protected behind the crystal plastic and I could just slide it into my pocket without worrying about causing any damage to my iPod. I have had this case for 3 years now and have always kept my iPod in it. My iPod still looks as good as new.