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.