Welcome to our new, continuously-updated First Looks - a collection of previews showing brand new iPod, iPhone and iPad accessories that we’re currently in the process of testing. Here’s what’s hot right now:
Compatible: iPod nano*
Designed for use with the first-generation iPod nano but generally usable with the second-generation model as well, the NanoMonsters Cases for iPod nano currently come in eight varieties - Chuckles, Mitts (shown), Skully, Ta Foey, Lucha Brow (shown), Lunch Box (shown), El Momo and T Bone - each designed to hold your nano inside and potentially stand it up without earphones attached. The cases have no screen or Click Wheel protection, but do include plastic hooks for attachment to your clothes or a bag.
Company: Power Support
Model: Crystal Film for 2G nano
Compatible: iPod nano (aluminum)
Similar in the specifics to Power Support's prior Crystal Film offerings, the new Crystal Film Set for aluminum iPod nanos comes with two invisible, precision-cut screen protectors and two nearly invisible, equally precise Click Wheel shields, now with a concave central Action button that matches the new nano's. The protectors don't overlap the iPod's metal surface at all.
Billed as a unique llama leather case for fifth-generation iPods, the hipster provides black leather external coverage, with black felt lining on the inside. A strap hole on the rear lets you thread a belt or bag strap through for easy wearing, or a detachable belt clip allows the case to dangle screen-side-up if you prefer a looser fit. Clear plastic protects your iPod's screen against scratches; the Click Wheel and entire bottom are left open. Hipster isn't intended to stand up on its edge; we just shot the photograph that way to illustrate how it looks from a different angle.
Model: Tradition B for nano G2
Compatible: iPod nano (aluminum)
Available in nine colors, Noreve's new Tradition B Leather Case for the aluminum-bodied iPod nano offers a simple design that protects part of the nano's face and top, and almost all of its sides and back. The top has a hole for the Hold switch, while the bottom is left entirely open, with a metal hook for attachment to a belt loop or bag; a screen protector is built-in.
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