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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Thursday, May 17, 2007
News Categories: iPod Accessories

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ShadesCases has announced the release of its new line of Shades iPod Cases. The cases, which measure only .4mm thick and offer protection for both the screen and Click Wheel, are made from polyurethane and are come in nine different colors (seven for the second-generation iPod nano), including Cool Blue, Aqua, Rosy Red, Sunrise Orange, Violet, Serene Green, Hot Pink, Clear, and Midnight Black. Cases are available now for the first- and second-generation iPod nano, and fourth- and fifth generation iPods. Pricing is $16 for full-sized Shades iPod cases, $13 for iPod nano cases.

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Just bought one for my 30G Photo.  They look like what I’ve been looking for.  Hope so!

Posted by Gianni on May 17, 2007 at 10:29 AM (PDT)

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So how do these go over the iPod video? Like the iSkins, slipping them through the screen port? Or other? Hope iLounge does a review of this soon, as I think I might like it better than my iSkin…certainly looks less bulky!

Posted by Dan on May 18, 2007 at 1:17 PM (PDT)

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If you look at the website and the side-on picture of the iPod in the gallery it looks as though the top of the case flips open so you can slide yor iPod in. Also wonder what the screen protection is made of? These look very interesting, awaiting a review.

Posted by Joel on May 18, 2007 at 8:07 PM (PDT)

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This sounds perfect, but I want to read an iLounge review before ordering one.

Posted by Bonnie on May 19, 2007 at 2:29 PM (PDT)

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Just got mine in the mail today…

Overall it’s not what I expected in 2 ways:

1- it does NOT allow my iPod 5g (80g) to dock in my current dock.  Their site claims these cases will dock iPods in all docks.  This is a major letdown since this is why I wanted the case.

2- the back is a glittery texture.  I ordered the clear version, and while the front is clear, the back is a silver glitter color.  It looks cheap, frankly.

3- the clear front is subject to streaky patches so it’s not really a crystal clear kind of look.

4- the seam in the back doesn’t lay flat and kind of juts out a bit. 

Anyway…not bad for $15, but I think I’ll stick with my Griffin hard case.

Posted by Neil on June 14, 2007 at 6:24 PM (PDT)

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A couple other comments…

The front area covering the screen was actually slightly scuffed in a few places RIGHT OUT OF THE BOX!  I noticed it right away but forgot to mention it in the post above.

Also, the company had supply problems and had to delay the shipping about 1.5 weeks.  To be fair, they gave me a coupon for a free case, after initially offering 10% off. 

Overall I haven’t had a good experience, and I generally try to give benefit of the doubt as much as possible.

And to clarify, the case is all smooth, so the back isn’t actually textured.  It’s just got a sparkled design.

Basically, my impression is that this case probably cost them under $2 to make.  The edges of the case look almost like they were cut with scissors.  And the hinge/flap seems like with moderate use it’s likely to tear.

Also, the plastic cut out for the hold slider doesn’t lay flat with the surface, so it actually kind of covers the hold slider.  I use hold often, and I can see this situation getting very annoying fast.  Instead of just swiping my finger across, I actually have to work my fingertip into the groove to reach the slider. 

Of note….the plastic material grips my desk and hands pretty well, so it’s not slippery.

I don’t know….yes, it’s thin, but since it doesn’t fit in my dock, this isn’t really of any use to me.

Ok…..not trying to be harsh, but I just wanted to express my opinion in case someone is on the fence and wants some input.

FWIW, I’ve enjoyed my Griffin iClear quite a bit.

Posted by Neil on June 14, 2007 at 6:36 PM (PDT)

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Hi,
    Just wanted to give a review for the ipod video shadescase. I got mine in last week and it is a very well made case. I have owned a countour design, iskin evo3, griffin reflective, sticker protectors, ect and this is the best of them all. It has full protection over everything, tight fitting, adds no size to the ipod (my favorite part), not a lint attractor (coughevo3cough), and it looks good. I would highly recommend this case to everyone.

Posted by eric f on June 17, 2007 at 9:50 AM (PDT)

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And just noticed the other post above and not sure what he’s talking about. It is a very good case, mine came in perfect condition, was a little late but I guess it was the supplier, but for another free case, I’ll take mine late. So dont listen to the persons post above. Either hes looking for something big, clunky and can take a 2 story fall, or he’s one of those never good enough people. I highly recommend the case.

Posted by eric f on June 17, 2007 at 9:54 AM (PDT)

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Hey Eric-

Evidently our priorities in cases aren’t the same, but I feel that my comments are pretty accurate based on what I received.

Granted, since I posted, it seems that Shades has heard similar comments since they are now offering to exchange cases with various flaws.

Posted by Neil on June 20, 2007 at 9:19 PM (PDT)

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I too have one of these cases.  I have a 4G Photo, but they first sent me a 5G case.  To make up, they sent me two 4G cases, a black and clear.  I agree with Neil.  Not the best made case but it suits my needs for a few reasons.  It covers screen and clickwheel.  I take my iPod in/out of my pockets often and I feel better knowing everything’s covered.  The smooth texture is easier to keep in a pocket than my previous silicone case.  It’s a snug fit.

It does seem somewhat cheaply made.  I too have the uneven side seam.  But then again, it wasn’t over $20 to purchase, either.

Posted by podi on June 28, 2007 at 10:47 AM (PDT)

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My experience is in line with Neil’s. I, too, have to struggle with the hold slider. The sparkly look is tacky and cheap looking. The picture on the Shades web site is much more attractive than the real thing.  My case gaps at the opening, and the “clear” part that covers the video screen is very cloudy. I ordered red, which looks red on the web site but is actually quite pink, and some of the red/pink chipped off as I was putting it on my iPod. Not impressed.

Posted by TivoFan on July 9, 2007 at 3:07 PM (PDT)

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I just received my shadescases.  I ordered purple and clear.  They fir my 5G 80GB very well.  I don’t have any scratches on the case.  I actually like the glittery back, but hey, I’m a blingy type of girl.  The purple is not nearly as pretty as it is on the website though.  It’s very rosey purple..not what I wanted.  And I was so happy to see the above review about the red, because I was thinking of getting a red one..now I won’t.
I will say though that it too 21 days to get.  They did offer a free case, and I will be getting a black/clear one.
I do have to use my fingernail to operate the hold button, but I think it’s well worth that very small inconvenience to know everything is fully protected.
Oh, and the seam is sorts cheap.  It does seem sorta sharp although not really.  But it is sort of like plastic cut with scissors.  Over all it is sort of a cheap looking case, but I think the black.white combo one will look better..the purple just looks cheap.
Overall I would still order one of these if I had it to do over again. I’m pleased with the total protection it provides.  I do not use a dock, so that doesn’t effect me.

Posted by Stacey on December 16, 2007 at 8:48 AM (PDT)

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