An innovative and useful case for the Ipod Touch 2G!
Apr 24, 2009
I just recently bought an 2nd Generation (2G) Ipod Touch and wanted to get a nice case that would protect my investment. While I was doing my research on all the cases available out there, I noticed that many of them do not protect the screen. This was really silly to me, because the screen is the most important element in the Ipod Touch... and the one that is most prone to damage. Many of the cases out there only had a snap on cover for the back-side of the Ipod and came with an LCD sticker to protect the screen from scratches. This is fine and all... but what if you drop your Ipod on it's face? An LCD protective sticker won't do much in that situation. Luckily I found a product that seems to address this issue... and the solution is quite ingenius.
This product is the "IvySkin Retro" case with what the company calls "Xylo Touch-Thru Technology". The case is made from polycarbonate and surrounds the whole Ipod (including the front screen). The back cover slides off and you just slip your Ipod into it. Then, you slide the back cover back on. The whole case is transparent, allows access to all the buttons and controls on the Ipod, and barely adds any thickness to the Ipod at all. But the coolest feature (and the reason why I eventually settled on buying it) is the fact that you can access the touch-screen through the case. The "Xylo Touch-Thru" technology allows you to "touch" and use the Ipod screen through the case... so you never have to open the case up once you've put the Ipod in. This also lets you keep the touch-screen super clean and scratch-free since you never actually touch the real screen directly. Basically I think it works by allowing the electromagnetic energy from your fingers to be transmitted through the polycarbonate case and into the touch screen. This will work even if you already have an LCD screen protector on your Ipod... it will go through both layers. I believe that there are other similar cases out there that use this technology, but I'm really happy with this one. It was designed very well and seems to do a very good job protecting the Ipod. And since it's transparent, it shows off the Ipod Touch very well. In fact, it can be hard to tell that the Ipod is even in a case. The only thing to keep in mind is that dust/pocket lint does enter the case from time to time (if you carry it around in your pocket) so you'll have to open it up and clean out periodically. But this is pretty much true for any case. My only major gripe about this case is that the headphone jack opening is a bit too narrow, and wider plugs do not fit inside it all the way. The edge of the plug hits the case, only allowing the plug to go half-way in. If you have skinny plugs, this shouldn't be a problem, but I think they should've designed it to fit all plug sizes. This case is also available for the Ipod iPhone.
Here are some quick pros and cons:
Pros: -Slim Design doesn't add any bulk to your Ipod Touch or iPhone. -Transparent design is simple and showcases the Ipod well -Design allows access to all functions... including Touch-Screen interface. -Easy to open and close by sliding out back plate on case -Sturdy design seems to protect Ipod well, including screen.
Cons: -Pricey... this case is more expensive ($25 on Ebay) than most other cases. -Dust and lint can enter the case, so you'll have to clean it periodically -Headphone jack opening should be larger because some headphone plugs do not fit all the way in with this case... this is the major flaw in the design. However, skinny headphone jacks fit fine.
Conclusion: Even though this case is a bit pricier than other cases, I believe it's worth the money because overall, it's built well and protects all the surfaces of the Ipod, and all while allowing you to use the touch-screen without removing the Ipod from the case. It's a smart, simple, elegant, and ingenious solution. What can I say? Smart is Sexy! :)
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