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Mophie unveils case for 2G nano, opens up development

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By LC Angell

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Published: Wednesday, September 13, 2006
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Mophie today announced the first case for Apple’s new second-generation iPod nano. Made from clear, hard plastic, the Relo Radura case is priced at $30 and will ship on or before October 12. “Moments after the newly designed iPod lines were announced, mophie Illuminators lit up the night designing, tweaking, prototyping, and rendering a brand new case for the new Apple iPod,” says the company. “Less than 24 hours later, mophie unveils the Relo Radura to the award-winning line of iPod accessories.”

Mophie has also opened up their development process of new iPod accessories on the company’s website. “Via a live webcam in Mophie’s Burlington, VT think tank, consumers can view video footage of each day’s events and read a blog compiled by each mophie team member,” explains their team. “As the mophie product concepts are born, a consumer will actually be able to choose the product concept they dig, help name it and sign up to be an official product tester. This is the first time an iPod aficionado will have the chance to be part of a product concept from its very inception.”

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Comments

1

What’s the point of a hard plastic case if the body of the iPod is METAL?

Posted by rockbox on September 13, 2006 at 6:46 PM (PDT)

2

Haha! How dumb.

Posted by Bonk on September 13, 2006 at 7:14 PM (PDT)

3

Maybe because metal can be scratched and dented?

Posted by LW on September 14, 2006 at 3:15 AM (PDT)

4

Mophie is a joke. Considering their “products” are nothing more than student renderings, it does not suprise me that they were the first to release a case. I will be shocked if they meet their October 12 ship date. When Belkin or ExtremeMac announce a case, I may get excited.

Posted by helmach on September 14, 2006 at 7:11 AM (PDT)

5

You would know though, because you’ve tried that case before.

Posted by LW on September 14, 2006 at 10:12 AM (PDT)

6

Apparently rockbox doesn’t have experience with the Ipod Mini.  A thin Aluminum casing will dent VERY easily when it comes into contact with a hard surface, such as the ground.

Now a soft case would do just as well to avoid denting unless the force of impact is exceedingly high, but a hard case is certainly a viable solution.

Posted by funnyperson1 on September 14, 2006 at 3:07 PM (PDT)

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Sorry funnyperson1. I’ve had 2 Minis. Both had been dropped on occasion. Neither was dented and any scratches were so minor you couldn’t see them. The only reason I still don’t have my last one is because it was stolen. A soft case I can see, but a hard one? Waste of money in my book.

Posted by rockbox on September 14, 2006 at 6:39 PM (PDT)

8

Ah, sorry about making assumptions about your experiences.

Its just that I have dropped my mini several times on Concrete/Asphault and there are very noticeable dents in the Aluminum, and people on the forums had similar experiences.

As for soft vs hard, it really comes down to personal preference.  A branded soft case is not much cheaper than $30, though I’m sure ebay will offer $10 soft cases.

Posted by funnyperson1 on September 15, 2006 at 12:59 AM (PDT)

9

Maybe Mophie should spend time developing their website. I tried to buy the new shuffle case and gave up

Posted by marc on September 15, 2006 at 12:08 PM (PDT)

10

Yeah, the iPod is metal, but the SCREEN isn’t, isn’t the point to protect the screen, well, and keep the sweet colored anodization from being scratched?

Posted by Holmes on September 18, 2006 at 12:36 PM (PDT)

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