Review: Griffin Centerstage iPod Case

A case and stand for iPod video (December 26th, 2006)

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Product Manufacturer: Griffin Technology

Price: $24.99 US

The Good

  • Nice quality. Crystal clear plastic does not affect screen clarity.

The Bad

  • When the stand is in use, the bottom of the iPod is exposed.

An iPod may provide hours of video entertainment, but it is no fun to hold it in your hand for hours while watching the latest movie downloaded from iTunes. The Centerstage flip-stand case from Griffin Technology solves this problem with a case with a built-in stand. The clear polycarbonate plastic case fits all of the existing iPod with video models.

The Look

The Centerstage is a two-piece case, with two backs that accommodate the different thickness of the two iPod video models. You simply place the iPod into the back half of the case and snap on the front section. The crystal clear plastic does not affect the clarity of your iPod screen at all. What differentiates this case from others is the built-in flip stand. The stand is made of brushed aluminum, which is available in silver, blue, pink, or black. When not in use the stand rests against the front of the iPod and surrounds the click wheel. To use the stand you simply flip it around to the back of the iPod and the whole unit stands up. The angle of the stand is not adjustable, but it tilts the iPod at a comfortable viewing angle for use on a desk or in-flight tray.

The Quality

The quality of this case is superb; it has no sharp edges and offers good all round protection against knocks and scratches. Although not tested, the plastic feels strong enough to protect the screen if dropped. There are cutouts for the click wheel, dock connector, headphones, and hold switch. While some cases are too bulky, made of very thick plastic or rubber, which make the click wheel and hold button hard to access, the Centerstage is just right.

Using the Case

The click wheel is not protected, so the case allows full tactile control of the iPod, but that does mean that the hold switch needs to be switched on to avoid accidental activation of the iPod if put into a bag or pocket. Fingernails are handy to pry the stand off the front.

If you want a classy looking case, that does not hide your iPod, and offers the extra functionality of a very useful built in stand, then the Centerstage is the perfect choice.

Edited by Ilene Hoffman, Reviews Editor

by Dave Cryer


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