This is the best case ever. I have had an iSkin, Marware Convertible case, and used simply the Apple case and the Contour case is absolutely the best. It is totally solid and doesn't leave marks on my iPod like the iSkin and Marware cases. The iSkin leaves greasey marks and over heats your iPod so beware. The Marware case marred the finish of my iPod and it is impossible to get it straight in the case or eventually get it out. Definitely go with this case!

Posted by rhea on February 28, 2004 at 11:08 AM (PDT) Comment 41

I just received this case about a week ago. It really is a work of art. I agree with the user who stated that the cutouts form a base for the wheel and I actually find the button cutouts force me to use the exactly perfect amount of pressure for the buttons to work well. I sometimes wish that it would fit directly into the dock with the case on but no big deal.

Posted by stu on March 9, 2004 at 4:03 PM (PDT) Comment 42

This really is a nice case and really looks good with the iPod. I am not going to rehash the positive comments others have put in this topic, but I will have to say that for my big fingers, this case is really difficult to use.

I don't have much of an issue with the "Menu" button or the "Play/Pause" button, however it's the buttons on the far left and right sides that give me problems. When fast-forwarding a song, I find it rather uncomfortable to hold down the fast forward button for any length of time over 5 seconds. I listen to a lot of MP3s that are over 1 hour in length, and having to fast forward any amount through these songs is really difficult. I end up with a painful finger with an imprint of the case's circular "button" on my fingertip.

I am still unsure whether or not I am going to buy a new case or not, so I will give this case some more use before plunking down even more money for another case.

I would love to use this case because everything else about it is excellent, however the design of the front could have been better and allowed the plastic top to float closer to the iPod itself.

Posted by Thatdeejay on March 19, 2004 at 9:52 AM (PDT) Comment 43

ok, This case sounds like one of the best, but puting the foam in the back is kinda stupid. I really like the exo2, and I was wondering, if instead of using the foam, you could use the exo2 and the contour at the same time.(one inside the other to make up for the foam and add extra protection) (I have a 20g 3g)

Posted by Scott on March 21, 2004 at 7:19 AM (PDT) Comment 44

ok, correction, its the #### exo2, to be more specific, sry

Posted by Scott on March 21, 2004 at 7:33 AM (PDT) Comment 45

I have yet to purchase one as I just purchased my 3g 15gb, but was careless and got a marware sport convertible from becuase My friend purchased same case, and i had a coupon ofcourse. I now regret the marware, but curious, couldnt you just use a dremel tool and mayb shave the holes a little bit bigger, or is the plastic that brittle, and crack?

Posted by iTux on March 28, 2004 at 5:01 PM (PDT) Comment 46

I would reccomend this case to 30 and 40 GB owners but not to smaller 3G ipods. If they had a slimmer version for 10-20 gb ipods that would be great. That stupid foam insert covers the chrome that would show through the back(great for showcasing the styrafoam!!). I'm returning mine back to FRY's electronics.

Posted by Alex on April 1, 2004 at 12:11 PM (PDT) Comment 47

After reading all of the comments, I'll probably get one of these cases.

Stu - you don't have to hold down the FF button to get to a spot in an MP3. You can tap the middle of the dial and then use the scroll-wheel to go to any point in the "song". That will be a lot easier than holding down that button on those hour-long tracks. smile

Posted by Paul on April 2, 2004 at 12:36 PM (PDT) Comment 48

Ooops... sorry Stu. I meant "Thatdeejay".

Posted by Paul on April 2, 2004 at 12:38 PM (PDT) Comment 49

I cannot emphasize enough how phenomenal this case is. I spent days on various sites researching cases, and finally settled on this one. The review is WRONG about there being any risk of scratches -- the iPod is absolutlely IMMOVABLE inside this rock-solid case, nicely ensconced with the outer rubber casing giving a nice, solid feel. Until now I was paranoid about handling my week-old iPod. No longer. I can't think of a single thing wrong with this.

Posted by Amit on April 2, 2004 at 1:00 PM (PDT) Comment 50

I've had the case for a few weeks now and have had no problems. Getting to the buttons is easy (not large or thick fingers). Also I was concerned putting a 15 gig into the one size fits all case but it actually works out better. The foam pad adds to the protection to the back of the iPod and the fit is quite snug. I like it. One thing I'd like to see changed though is the clip. I was use to the pinch open clip from the black case that came with the iPod. It was much easier to clip to my belt or pants or whatever. With this one I have to wiggle it on with some vigor. But a small price to pay for such a nice case.

Posted by Kevin on April 3, 2004 at 1:30 PM (PDT) Comment 51

Except for the need for a case specifically for smaller 3g ipods, 15gb

Posted by iTux on April 8, 2004 at 9:33 PM (PDT) Comment 52

I bought the Contour Showcase a couple of weeks ago. I must say that the protection is great. Dropped a couple of times with no problem, no scratches to my iPod and thankfully no damage to the electronics, although I don't want to press my luck with that part. I only use it when I am walking around or biking. Who needs to protect their iPod when it is sitting on their desk or in their car? The only improvement I would make is maybe a simple hinged flip cover to protect the controls and wheel.

Posted by Ed on April 12, 2004 at 10:56 PM (PDT) Comment 53

This case has made a large scratch/dent in my iPod's screen, the screen protection has some flex in it, and if dropped on the screen it comes into contact, I have 2 similar marks on the white areas too.

Posted by -i2i- on April 16, 2004 at 11:47 PM (PDT) Comment 54

Just got one and am so far a lot happier with it than with the iSkin but it really does bulk up the slimmer 3G cases. I agree that a thinner version for the thinner iPods would have been a much better idea than the foam padding. Otherwise, I'm very impressed. Teh case seems sturdy and has a good belt clip, plus it offers screen protection that wont actually damage the area around the screen like the iSkin 2 screen protector.

Posted by Fenn on April 19, 2004 at 5:20 AM (PDT) Comment 55

ok, so who sells it the cheapest? (cause im cheap)

Posted by ed on April 25, 2004 at 1:33 PM (PDT) Comment 56

I Got This Case Today.. And Its GREAT!!! People Said This Already.. But Sucks That I Cant Put It In The Dock Connector And The ITrip Doesnt Fit.. I Would Cut The Case.. But I Dont Wanna Risk It... I Have To Take It Out Of The Case Every Time I Wanna Listen To It In The Car.. Scared That Imma Break The Latch.. Other Than Those 2 Problems... This Case Is Sooooo Worth It!!!!

Posted by K-Mart 6 on May 11, 2004 at 9:07 PM (PDT) Comment 57

after i purchased a new 40gig ipod a couple weeks ago. I tried every case that the our local apple store ( the computer store )had available. I would simply buy and try each one for a couple days. and hands down this case stands above the rest. the only one that offers more protection is the ipod armor case. but it was a NOT as user friendly as this one. in fact, I found it to be kind of a pain in the ### to open the shell every time i wanted to access the ipod. The contour showcase looks and feels as though it came straight from apple with the ipod. it is truly the best all around case out there..peace

Posted by whitesalmon on May 21, 2004 at 3:17 PM (PDT) Comment 58

This case is great, droped 2times and nothing happened to my ipod, great protection. but the belt clip is a huge problem, and its the reason my ipod droped on the ground those 2 times. Now i dont even bother with the belt clip and just put it in my pocket.

Posted by Bill on May 23, 2004 at 11:55 AM (PDT) Comment 59

I recently brought a showcase and it seemed better then all the rest, It better then sport pouche that kept scratching the front of my ipod. With the showcase its not a concern except for the clip that broke one day at the gym but i called mike jackal from contour and replaced it without any questions.
Even sent me a sample of there new color ones in black cause i was always cleaning mine and by the way the clip is secure i drop mine once down the stairs n it never opened. This is a great product.

Posted by jose on June 2, 2004 at 9:48 AM (PDT) Comment 60

SHOWCASE ROCKS!!!. i love it it protects my ipod perfectly. i have a 10gb ipod and have to use the foam insert and i like it better that way, but some people dont. so this is for you people that dont. when you buy the showcase there is a cardboard picture of the ipod inside the showcase, so i took the cardboard picture and cut off the part that looked like the back of the ipod, and i cut it to fit so it would fit under the foam insert and it looks great! see if this helps.

Posted by machead89 on July 6, 2004 at 9:48 AM (PDT) Comment 61

machead89, that is a great idea to put the picture of the ipod under the foam. I went one step further and scanned the back of my ipod because there's some custom engraving on the back. You can't see all the engraving through the window on the back, but you can see some, so that's pretty cool.

Posted by leslie on July 16, 2004 at 7:12 AM (PDT) Comment 62

leslie, thats also a cool idea. im glad i could help

Posted by machead89 on July 17, 2004 at 6:02 AM (PDT) Comment 63

I'm on my second Showcase so far. I returned the first one because it caused very small gouges in the screen. To Contour's credit, they quickly replaced it. Unfortunately, the replacement is doing the same thing on my 40gig iPod. I got smart this time, though: I installed a Javo screen protector, so it is being scratched rather than my iPod. The Showcase is definitely the best-looking and most protective iPod case I know of, but it has a significant flaw. As far as button access goes, I prefer the recessed effect of the Showcase. It prevents accidental activation without having to lock the unit.

Posted by danno on July 19, 2004 at 3:53 AM (PDT) Comment 64

Also, the Contour Showcase is dishwasher safe as I just discovered today! This is the best case I've used by far. I agree with Paul. Perfect case creation. The clear plastic could be a little thinner, but other than that it's fantastic

Posted by Clint Lugert on July 27, 2004 at 12:44 PM (PDT) Comment 65
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