Review: iPod FlipStand

Sometimes the best products aren't the newest ones... (January 30th, 2006)

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Product Manufacturer: Speck, via Proporta.com

Price: 16.98 UK, US about $30.00

The Good

  • Excellent protection. All-in-one case and dock.

The Bad

  • A little buky.

Many people still search for cases for the 3G iPod, and while stores may be out of stock, you can still order them online. The FlipStand is still available at Proporta.com.

If you want maximum protection, the Speck iPod FlipStand is for you. The package comes with the plastic case, a detachable belt clip, and a 2-part weighted base dock. The case is made from the same polycarbonate used to make bulletproof glass. The dock has a channel to route your iPod connector cable out of the way.

A Case, A Dock

The hard plastic case completely encloses the iPod, and when you want to set it down, flip the scroll wheel cover under the iPod, and the case becomes a desktop stand. It fits into the enclosed dock without removing the iPod from the case. The top of the case has an opening for the headphone jack. The bottom of the case has a cutout for the iPod connection cable when the scroll wheel cover is flipped to the back. With the scroll wheel cover closed, this jack is also protected.

To load your iPod, the top flips open and the iPod slides right in. If you want to use any of the accessories that fit on top of the iPod, just flip the top back and you have access to both jacks. Many cases require removal to add accessories, but not this case.

The stand adds a bit of bulk to the iPod, but the added protection you get from the crystal clear plastic is worth it. Even though it is an older product, it is still an excellent choice, and my first choice for a protective iPod case.

Edited by Ilene Hoffman, Reviews Editor

by Barry Porter


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