First Looks: Vaja iVod and Contour iSee 5G, PocketParty nano, PodSafe & More | iLounge Article


First Looks: Vaja iVod and Contour iSee 5G, PocketParty nano, PodSafe & More

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By Jeremy Horwitz

Editor-in-Chief, iLounge
Published: Monday, January 2, 2006
Articles Categories: First Looks

Welcome to our first 2006 edition of First Looks - a collection of previews showing brand new iPod accessories that we’re currently in the process of testing. For additional peeks at new iPod accessories, check out our Holiday Buyers’ Guide and The Free iPod Book, already available online. Here’s what’s new for this edition:

New Accessories for Fifth-Generation iPod (with video):

Belkin Classic Case for 5G iPod - Click Here for Details

This new leather case for the fifth-generation iPod has stitched sides, holes for the iPod’s ports, Belkin’s recent cord managing belt clip, and an integrated clear screen protector. An adhesive car mount nub is included, integrating with the belt clip if you desire.

Belkin Holster Case for 5G iPod - Click Here for Details

Unlike Classic, the new Holster leather case for the fifth-generation iPod covers the iPod’s bottom and Click Wheel, uses a swiveling belt clip, and includes a detachable wrist strap, but provides no access to the 5G’s video screen.

Contour Design iSee-video 30 and 60 - Click Here for Details

Described accurately as crystal clear hardshell protection for the new fifth-generation iPods, Contour’ s iSee-video comes in two different sizes, each with a detachable, reversible belt clip and four rubber pads to let the case lay flat on its back on a surface without scuffing.

Pacific Design Flip Case for 5G iPod - Click Here for Details

Like prior editions of the company’s PDA-style Flip Case, this new fifth-generation iPod version flips open a magnetically sealed front leather-like* panel to reveal the iPod inside. A belt loop is used rather than a belt clip on the back, providing a slimmer form factor. (Note: the case looks like leather, but as pointed out by a reader, is polyurethane.)

Proporta Alu-Leather Case for 5G iPod - Click Here for Details

This open-sided leather case includes aluminum interior plating to partially protect the your iPod from crush damage.

Vaja iVod 5G - Click Here for Details

The latest iteration of Vaja’s full-sized iVod case includes all the features we’ve seen in its predecessors: your choice of numerous front and back leather colors, an integrated clear hard screen protector, optional Click Wheel protection, and an optional belt clip.

New Accessories for iPod nano:

Belkin Classic Case for iPod nano - Click Here for Details

Like the 5G version of this case above, this new leather case for the iPod nano uses stitched leather sides and includes an integrated clear screen protector. There’s also a separate screen protector in the box, as with all of Belkin’s other new nano cases.

Belkin Holster Case for iPod nano - Click Here for Details

As with the 5G version of this case, Holster for iPod nano is a leather case with a swiveling belt clip, not providing access to the nano’s screen or controls. A detachable carrying strap is included for extra convenience.

Belkin Sports Sleeve for iPod nano - Click Here for Details

Two versions of this silicone rubber case for the iPod nano are available - frosted clear and black. Each includes an elastic armband and a detachable clear screen protector.

Capdase Crystal Clear Case for iPod nano - Click Here for Details

This impressively designed clear hard plastic case for the iPod nano comes in at least two color variations - black/pink and white/green. The core of the case is clear, but it’s outlined with one of the colored frames, which you can remove and replace at will. Capdase includes color-matched silicone Click Wheel protectors, and a lanyard (in black or white) that attaches right next to the headphone port. One of the smartest clear case designs we’ve yet seen.

Capdase Luxury Metal Case for iPod nano - Click Here for Details

Like the version previously developed for the iPod shuffle, this two-piece metal and plastic case for the iPod nano comes in white brushed metal and black mirrored versions, each with a matching necklace and a detachable clear plastic cord manager.

Podgear PocketParty nano - Click Here for Details

This update to the well-established portable PocketParty speaker system is made specifically for the iPod nano, mounting underneath the nano and also serving as a stand. Its power switch is on the bottom, and a yellow power light indicates that the included single AA battery is being drained.

New Accessories for discontinued iPods:

PodSafe for iPod 3G/4G - Click Here for Details

This padlocked stainless steel iPod holder enables you to secure your iPod to a wall with four screws, then seal the unit closed with full iPod screen and control access.

Again, for more upcoming accessories, check out our earlier First Looks articles, our Holiday Buyers’ Guide and Free iPod Book, available now!

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Well, the Pacific Design looks good but is NOT a leather case, as stated on their website:
“Soft, durable Polyurethene - feels like leather”
But still, I like the look of the light blue one especially.

Posted by verdaine on January 3, 2006 at 8:35 AM (PDT)


This new cases look cool, I´m thinking of buying a vaja case, but not the one shown here, think you could review some of the other available vaja cases for the 5G ipods, thanks.

Posted by camcas9 on January 3, 2006 at 9:04 AM (PDT)


The Evo3 is really a more superior case than any of these for the 5G.  It doesn’t sacrifice the look of the Ipod too much while protecting it completely…

Posted by GeoDesic in CA, USA on January 3, 2006 at 8:30 PM (PDT)


Pacific Design’s flip case is a neat concept, but is it a good idea to have magnets around a hard drive?  I was always told that was a no-no…I’d be afraid of corupting my song list.  Any comments?

Posted by Batman3n1 on January 4, 2006 at 7:14 AM (PDT)


The metal nano case looks cool, but it doesn’t appear on Capdase’s site at all, so it’s very difficult to get any info about it. I look forward to reading the iLounge review.

Batman3n1: I thought the same thing.

Posted by Nonsuch on January 4, 2006 at 10:11 AM (PDT)


I have the contour clear case for the 5G. I got it at TekServe in NYC mostly because the selection of cases was extremely limited. My 60GB iPod fits nicely and while it offers good protection, dust and fibers do get in there but it’s a pretty simple matter to wipe it clean. And it doesn’t occur quickly with the way I use it. I have a click wheel protector (ipod Donut) that works nicely with it so I am pretty happy all around. I am still getting the evo3 though. But this case does offer superior protection while not masquing the good looks of a shiny new black iPod.

Posted by Axis in New York on January 4, 2006 at 9:45 PM (PDT)


I just got my clear contour case for my black 30G and its excellent. I like the Agent18 case but its frosted and would take away the shine, this case is just like Agent18 without the frost. Great buy

Posted by Starbucks on January 9, 2006 at 2:05 PM (PDT)

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