Review: iSkin Duo nano (Aluminum) Case

A dual-layered stylish iPod nano case. (April 13th, 2007)

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Product Manufacturer: iSkin Inc.

Price: $29.99 US

The Good

  • Protects well. Includes great extras Easy access to all iPod nano features. Metallic colors.

The Bad

  • Outer case is difficult to remove. Belt clip is plastic.

The iSkin Duo for the 2nd generation iPod nano is an exceptional case because it gives you two layers of protection with style. The outside layer is hard plastic and finishes the look of the case, plus offers extra bump protection. All buttons and connectors are accessible, plus the case comes with a belt clip.

Two Cases for the Price of One

The first layer of the Duo is silicone rubber and forms to the curves of the iPod nano perfectly. The rubber also traces the click wheel and offers a raised section where the select button cover rests, which means you won't scratch your click wheel. The rubber shell is sufficient as a case in its own right. It also includes the belt clip. In my tests, the iPod never fell out of the bottom despite being completely open. The silicone piece makes access to the hold switch difficult, but this is true with many iPod silicone cases. The silicone exterior does not offer any screen protection, which may be an issue for you. The select button on the click wheel matches the color of the outer plastic shell.

The second layer of the Duo case is the plastic shell that wraps around the side of the case for a snug fit. The plastic piece is difficult to get on and off, which is a great feature, but if you change cases daily, you may want to find a different case. The external shell provides some protection against impact. The front face, sides, and corners are completely covered in plastic and the iPod nano won't suffer from scratches or damage to its exterior. The shell adds screen protection with a built in clear plastic screen cover. This helps keep the screen scratch free and may avoid cracks to the screen over the long term. Even this robust case does not provide protection against excessive pressure or if you drop the iPod nano though, so you still must be careful.

Accessories Included

iSkin includes some extras in the Duo package. The first is a lanyard that attaches to the dock connector and locks in. Make sure that you squeeze both sides of the connector when you are ready to remove it from the nano. Failure to do so may damage the dock connector, and that is not covered under warranty. The lanyard not only provides easy transport, but protects the dock connector too. The second iSkin Duo bonus is an adapter for Apple's universal iPod dock. The adapter allows you to dock the iPod nano without removing the Duo case. This is a thoughtful addition, as most cases must be removed to dock the iPod nano.

Finally, iSkin includes its patented removable belt clip, called the RevoClip. The clip swivels and does a great job. I would rate it in the top five of belt clips among iPod cases. Yet, it is made of plastic, which means the clip is susceptible to cracking under extreme conditions.

Good Choice in Great Colors

iSkin's multi-layered case system is an excellent choice for a device that sees a lot of travel. The silicone case is perfect for most tasks and the plastic form fitting face adds a unique look, added protection, and it is only 1.65mm thick. Paired with the extras listed above; this case has a lot to offer an individual who is looking for style and protection. The iSkin Duo for nano comes five metallic colors (bright blue, red, black, green, and white) and is a bargain when you compare it to other cases that are not as comprehensive. iSkin also offers earphones in compatible colors. A MacNN review of the Cerulean XLR earphones will be available shortly.

Edited by Ilene Hoffman, Reviews Editor

by Adam Jackson


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