I was lucky enough to receive an iPod Nano for my 21st birthday and I was adamant when I got it that I would take good care of it and make sure it didn't prematurely break! I have a habit of throwing everything, bar the kitchen sink, into my handbag and I knew my diddy little iPod Nano would need added protection if it was going to survive, that's why I purchased a Targus Skin.
I purchased this item from my local Apple store and I think I paid around £15 for it, however they do seem to have come down in price, you can now pick one up on-line for around £10.00.
The Targus skins are available in both white and black. I'm not sure why, but I purchased a white skin, even though my iPod is black. However my Nano looked fine in the skin, it just looked like I had a white Nano because the skin is a deep white colour and isn't transparent like other plastic protective covers.
The Targus skin is a very flexible soft plastic - it feels almost gel-like and fits the Nano like a sleeve, it clings very closely to the devise and protects it from dirt and being scratched. There are also gaps in the sleeve for the play dial, the hold switch and the headphone socket.
Although the Targus won't make your Nano water-proof, there were numerous occasions where I got caught out listening to my Nano in the rain and the Targus skin seemed to protect it from rainfall. Obviously I wouldn't recommend that you allow your Nano to get rained on, but I thought this was worth mentioning...
The Targus skin doesn't protect the Nano screen, but my screen wasn't adversely damaged while I was using it.
You can also attach a cord to the gel skin that you can wear around your neck. I liked this aspect of the skin because it meant that I could listen to my Nano without having to hold it. This was particularly useful when walking or travelling.
Although the Targus skin is made from a soft plastic, the skin is still very durable and does stand the test of time. As I explained earlier, I bought it on my 21st and despite being thrown into my handbag on numerous occasions; it didn't break until about a year ago (three years after I bought it). My Nano doesn't have a cover anymore, but when the Targus skin was finally removed I noticed that my Nano was almost as good as new, the skin had protected it well from wear, tear and scratches.
I think the Targus skin is worth buying, I know that mine broke, but that was after three years of abuse from Clurbur's handbag and for approximately £10.00 you will get three years protection for around £3.33 a year.
I should really invest in a new Targus... 4 out of 5 stars.
I am rubbish when it comes to looking after my belongings and therefore when I had a voucher for whsmiths I decided to buy a pack of these instead of books!
Mine came in a pack of 2 and cost about £7.99 at the time which I thought was acceptable. I kept the black one and gave my mum the red one for her nano also.
The material that these are made out of is sort of like a rubber texture that is easily bended to fit the ipod inside. This is done by pushing the ipod up into the case via the slot at the bottom that is typically shaped in the shape of the charger which is convenient.
It is fairly easy to get the nano to fit inside but sometimes needs some re adjusting to get it perfect.
The case does not protect the screen, I guess this is because if there was a screen cover it would be hard to see what you are doing on it and therefore harder to browse through the artists and songs, this is not a problem though as if you drop the nano with the case on, it has all the corners to bounce off and hopefully this protects the screen.
The click wheel however is covered and this does slightly reduce the performance and speed of using the click wheel which is a shame and this is the reason i decided to give up with the case in the end.
The casing totally covers the back of the nano in order to protect it from any scratches.
i would only recommend this if you don't mind fiddly things and don't mind the slow use of the click wheel with this on. if you think this will annoy you, it probably will and this product is not advised.
the price and quantity of this product can vary as each shop is different. id advise you you to buy off amazon or ebay if you want cheaper deals!
Colours also vary.
So why do I love my Ipod? yes for the music, yes for the fashion, but a BIG yes to the fact that I can use it constantly everywhere I go and not have to worry about it getting damaged! Why? because these skins give you that peace of mind!
I have used these type of skins for both the nano and the classic. I know that you can get various types of skins for different Ipods and they come at a huge range of prices. My dad managed to get quite a lot of them for really cheap in a special deal, about £5, although some prices advertised are around £10, so definitely look online for cheaper prices if you want these skins.
What I really like about them is that they last quite a long time. For at least 6 months of constant use, my skins have experienced no wear and tear or damage, which is quite surprising since the skins are not that sturdy, but quite delicate.
In fact, it was only until a few weeks ago that one of my skins actually ripped, which is a little annoying. I would definitely suggest buying another skin once ripped, since the rip will just get bigger and bigger.
The only thing that annoys me about this product is that for me, it makes the Ipod harder to use as the buttons will not be as sensitive to your touch, so sometimes I find myself pressing quite hard on the menu buttons.
The skins can come in black and white, and they simply just push upwards on your ipod. They are a great cover as they just shape and mould to the Ipod perfectly. They are also quite clear, so it doesn't make it too noticeable that you have a skin for the Ipod.
These skins do give really good protection, and if you are like me who hates any sort of damage to a product you love, I would definitely recommend them!
I always buy protection for my iPods and I decided to go for a simple skin for my iPod Nano, which is the 4th generation one. This is the rectangular shaped one, not the almost square one. I bought my skin at the time for around £6 but they seem to cost a bit more now if you look on Amazon.
It provides good protection to the iPod and isn't too bulky either. You simply push the iPod into the case from underneath until it reaches the top. It may need a bit of minor adjustments to get it to fit exactly but it should do with reasonable ease! The case has a little ring to the bottom right corner (when you are looking at the iPod screen) for some reason, which I think could be for attachment to a key ring although it's not very practical. I then thought it could be to run the earphone wire through, but that seems a bit pointless too - I don't know what it's for and it's annoying as it sticks out a bit.
There is a nice circular cut into the lower part of the skin so you can access the scroll wheel with ease. The skin makes a slight ridge by the side of the wheel so you may find it harder to access as you can't naturally slide your finger across the iPod to the wheel as you may subconsciously do now, but you have to come in from above directly onto the wheel as the rubber doesn't let your finger slide so well.
There is also a square cut hole in the top for the screen. It's done to a perfect measurement as it exposes the screen fully but also goes right up to the edge of it. The one thing the skin doesn't have is a plastic cover or something to go over the screen, but I feel it's not needed due to the raised skin above the iPod surface, which would protect the screen if it fell (as long as the screen didn't hit a rock). Also this could cause a reflection over the screen and limit your view to it.
You can buy white or black skins and they are both pretty opaque, meaning you can't see through them. Therefore, they will go with any colour iPod nano 4G as they aren't frosted but this means the colour of your iPod will be hidden underneath. I dropped my iPod Nano a few times with this case on and it protected it well. It helps mainly to protect against scratches but bumps and drops too. I'd recommend getting one as they are compact, fit well and simple. The quality of the rubber skin does seem a bit poor and floppy at times but it hasn't broken on me yet!
Thanks for reading!