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XtremeMac rolls out MicroShield cases for iPod touch, classic, nano 3G

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XtremeMac has introduced MicroShield and MicroShield Plus cases for the iPod classic, iPod touch, and iPod nano (with video). MicroShield Plus cases are made from clear impact-resistant plastic, and include a removable belt clip that doubles as a kickstand. The MicroShield Plus for iPod nano comes with two backs—one with a belt clip and one without—and a carabiner that can be easily attached to a belt, purse or backpack. MicroShield cases without belt clips are also available for all three new iPod models; all MicroShield and MicroShield Plus cases include TuffShield protectors for the screen (iPod touch) or Click Wheel (iPod classic, nano). XtremeMac MicroShield and MicroShield Plus cases sell for $20 and $30, respectively, and can be pre-ordered now, with availability expected in the coming weeks.

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Comments

1

whats the difference with the non-plus cases?

Posted by roger767 on October 24, 2007 at 5:33 PM (CDT)

2

Roger: The plus has a clip on the back

Posted by Chris on October 24, 2007 at 7:26 PM (CDT)

3

Looks like I’ll be cancelling my TuffWrap Plus and ordering the MicroShield Plus. I prefer the hard cases to rubber.

Posted by Railrider on October 24, 2007 at 10:46 PM (CDT)

4

When is this coming out?

Posted by tim on October 26, 2007 at 2:23 PM (CDT)

5

So I just received mine in the mail and I thought I would post my review:

First of all, it is a very thin, light, clear & minimal case.  It keeps the thin form-factor intact with the nano.  B/c of these characteristics, it is ideal to take on a run.  The ipod seems to be held firmly in place

Secondly, I like the fact the belt clip is analogous to the one on a beeper - you push down on one end to create space between the cover and the case and can easily slip it over the waist band of your shorts/pants.

I have two problems with it though.

1) I’m worried that the clip is too delicate.  The mechanism that attaches the belt clip to the back plate is plastic as well so I don’t think it will be able to withstand a hard drop (I don’t plan on testing it).

2) This part is really poor thinking by xtrememac’s design department - the case with the belt clip is forward-face loading.  This means when you clip it onto your shorts and look down on the ipod’s screen, you are reading the screen backwards.  Cases like Contour’s clear case is backward-face loading so the words on the screen read correctly when you look down to see what songs/videos are on your list.

I hope the above explanation makes sense and I think if you have used similar cases before, you know hat I am talking about.

All-in-all, I plan on keeping the case because I can’t find a better one although the second point I made really bothers me.

As an alternative to this problem, you can backward-face load the ipod but you have to make sure all your music is loaded and the unit is charged because there wouldn’t be space to for the cables to hook up to the unit’s bottom.  You would have to take it out of the case each time.

A nice characteristic about the clip is that it allows the ipod to “stand up” on its own so you don’t have to continuously hold it if there is a video or tv show you want to watch.

I hope this explanation helped you.

Posted by neurochemist on December 6, 2007 at 10:46 PM (CST)

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