Review: Silicone Case for iPod Nano

Pastel silicone Nano cases with OAD (October 13th, 2005)

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Product Manufacturer: Pivot

Price: $22.00 + 4.50 shipping US

The Good

  • Well-cut case. Good for protecting against small bumps and scratches.

The Bad

  • Rubber seems thin. Only comes in pastel colors. No screen covering at all.

Finally iPod Nano cases have arrived. It is a problem that the cases were not ready when the product hit the market, because the Nano does scratch easily, but the manufacturers weren't notified in time. The first case received at MacNN is the silicone rubber skin case from the Hong Kong based company Pivot.

The web site claims the cases are "design[ed] to fit perfectly iPod nano," and it is not just hype. The cases truly are perfectly cut to allow full access to the bottom and top ports. Upon showing the cases to a number of Apple retail store employees the verdict was that it is an impressively cut case. The silicone seems a bit thin when compared to regular iPod cases by other manufacturers. It certainly protects your iPod Nano from scratches and minor bumps, but a serious fall is another matter. I must apologize, because I'm not about to drop a Nano just to test a silicone case. If you happen to drop your Nano, please let me know how it fares and which case you use.

Extra Case Protection

The semitransparent cases also have OAD added, which is an Organic Anti-Dust material that is sprayed on the case to prevent dust from sticking to it. This didn't prevent my Australian Shepherd's fine dog hair from attaching itself though. It does make the case easy to wash, if needed. There's even a QuickTime movie on the site that shows how to install any MP3 player into their cases

Each case includes a small tab with a hole on the bottom side by the click wheel so that you can attach a lanyard or clip. The opening allows you to hold the Nano in an upright position for use. There are also two slits in the back suitable for slipping the case onto a belt. Seems to me that a belt might scratch the Nano, so use the belt loops at your own risk.

Pivot Nano Blue Case
Each order ships with two cases, one white one and one in the color of your choice. The pastel colors include yellow, orange, green, pink, blue, and black. A solid black case is also available. The web site shows all the colors, but they're a bit brighter than the actual shipped cases.

iPod Shuffle Cases Available Also

Cases for the iPod Shuffle are made from the same type of silicon rubber, but the pastel colors are slightly more vibrant. They are cut well also, but open for the on/off control only. The wheel is covered by the case, yet easily used. The Shuffle cases also include two per pack, but the white one is a non-hanging version. These cases are $16.95 plus $4.50 for shipping.

Full Case Product Line

Pivot also offers silicone, leather, metal and crystal cases for a variety of cell phone, PDAs, and MP3 players and lists over 800 accessories in their online store. They accept credit card and PayPal payments online.

by Ilene Hoffman, Reviews Editor


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