the ipod is incredibly shiny. and incredibly easy to scratch. just because its shiny, the even the smallest scratches are easily seen. this is a major flaw in the ipod design. they wanted it to look so pretty they didnt care whether it was practical or not. well if you want to keep it pretty you gotta either wrap it up with something, or dont touch it at all. imo, they should have put an antiscratch coating on it like sony did with their old phones (z5). those were impossible to scratch, and its a clear coating to boot. compared to nokia phones, whose corners wear out after long use...

the ipods' too shiny. a matte version would have made it more... aesthetically pleasing over time.

Posted by teqnik on July 3, 2004 at 6:15 PM (PDT) Comment 41

Is it just me, or does anyone else find it really hard to access the 4 buttons?

Posted by Mike on July 28, 2004 at 10:58 AM (PDT) Comment 42

Yes, I personally find it hard to use the buttons.. I bought a few of them off ebay and I find that I have to keep pushing the buttons back into the holes, where the buttons are. sometimes i have to press the buttons numerous times just to get it to go back to the 'menu'. you're not the only one who finds it difficult. though i imagine that with time they should become easier to push, like the scroll wheel got softer, for me anyways.

Posted by Mettie on August 1, 2004 at 4:04 PM (PDT) Comment 43

the smell comment in the review reminded me of a shirt i bought at mervyn's that smelled like dead fish until i washed it, then the smell was gone...

Posted by z!ph on August 10, 2004 at 10:59 PM (PDT) Comment 44

If you go to [url=][/url] you can get the #### exo2 for 20$ and the belt clip and screen protector are included! I ordered one today.

Posted by Carrie on August 19, 2004 at 8:25 AM (PDT) Comment 45

This case is great, I agree. However, I hate the SWV clip. I bought this case to protect my ipod while I workout and I anticipated that the clip would keep it securely attached to my shorts. In fact that clip sucks, it's probably fallen off of me 2 or 3 times while doing cardio. Thank god that the actual case is so protective. I guess I'm still looking for a good way to attach my ipod to either myself or my clothes while I workout. Any good suggestions?

Posted by Pam on September 21, 2004 at 9:39 AM (PDT) Comment 46

My review of the Exo2:

I'll start with the downers.

1. Rubber over buttons makes use more difficult. The covering over the scroll wheel adds friction, making it less easy to slide your finger over it. The covering over the buttons above is too thick, and you often have to press the button twice to get it to trigger. I'm considering trying to cut the button covers out of my Exo2. Besides, how necessary are these button covers? It's unlikely that a dropped Ipod will impact the scroll wheel or buttons, rather than an edge of the ipod. Even if it falls flat face down, a cover with cutouts for the buttons would probably prevent them from contacting them. Even if a protruding object were to hit directly on the surface of the button, the thin rubber there probably provides a minimum of protection (an amount probably counteracted by the additional friction they create, which makes it tougher for the button to slide off the impact of a glancing blow, if that makes any sense.)

2. You have to peel off the top to get your Itrip to attach. I think one person posted otherwise. He's wrong. This is a minor hassle, but a hassle nonetheless.

3. No flap for dock. I use the firewire cable, so no biggy for me.

4. A little tight for my 40 G ipod. Still fits, but the less-than-perfect fit manifests itself a couple ways. ishades probably won't be held down well because the skin bows out a little around the screen, though very slightly. (Nice mention on the PDA plastic sceen covers, thanks Huy). It also exacerbates the difficulty of switching the hold button.

Nice parts:

1. Looks fairly good.

2. Nice rubber seems to offer good protection.


Knowing what I know now, I'd buy a skin that doesn't cover the buttons and allows easy attachment of the Itrip.

Posted by Tor Unsworth on October 6, 2004 at 12:16 PM (PDT) Comment 47
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