I just ordered 1 for my 30GB iPod, and have received a UPS tracking number already. The case looks nice, and the price seems great for a leather case. I think the world does need something like this, because 90% of iPod owners simply aren't going to want to spend an additional $50-60 for a case no matter how nice it is. At the same time, I hesitate at buying something ugly for such a beatiful device (I have a black 30GB.)

I think it's unnecessary to ding points from a case for not providing complete protection, such as scroll wheel and screen (if it factors into your actual letter grade.) Not everyone wants a case that covers these elements, so the case should be rated on its own accord (especially since film protectors are provided.)

Top protection is always a tough issue, as a simple slide-in design will almost automatically necessitate an open top (for a hard case.) You might be able to have some sort of hinge, but not at this price. It would be great if you could show a photo of the top, as I think the edges do provide some protection, right? (not sure.)

That being said, I really appreciate the level of detail in the reviews, such as details on leather quality, fit and finish, etc. I now know not to expect something that is 100% perfect, which for me is fine given the price.


Posted by madmaxmedia on January 4, 2006 at 2:46 PM (PDT) Comment 1

I got a red case for my 60GB 5th gen, I like it a lot. Oh sure, I got it for free, but that's besides the point. smile I think the review is a little harsh, it's worth at least a solid B, if not a B+. Or to put it this way, despite getting it free, I like it enough that I might buy one in my prefered color of white.

Posted by Bitgod on January 4, 2006 at 5:48 PM (PDT) Comment 2

yes bitgod, the review is very harsh...loks like he has some links to Vaja, otherwise why is the interview so biased...i have used both the cases (vaja & case-ari)and feel for the quality, price and quick delivery it should be rated better than vaja....

Posted by all that hooha about vaja on January 22, 2006 at 1:19 AM (PDT) Comment 3

Chiming in almost a year after this review...

After living with a Case-Mate on both my 5 and 5.5G iPods for just about that same period of time and comparing it to my "darling" (loosely applied) sister's iVod for her iPod, there's no QUESTION in my mind that this case is perfectly suited for the leather portion of the iPod case market.

With an iVod you get flexibility in the ample color choices that are available. But that and the spiffy interior lining (which you don't see in use anyways), there's a hefty price to be paid for that relative luxury. The surfaced-applied protective laminate that Case-Mate supplies for protection at the front openings does work quite well, though frankly the portion that goes over the click wheel is rather unappealing-looking in how it lays down on my black 80GB 5.5G (it's vitually undetectable on my 60GB white 5.G).

At $30 the Case-Mate is, to me, a solid best buy. At this price I don't mind at all sticking on Velcro strips to its back whenever I use (and adhere) a headphone amp (typically these days it's mSeed's brilliant Faith Amp, but I still use various Altoids or similarly-tinned CMOYs as well, sourced from various eBay sellers and my own scratch-built). The Case-Mate makes combining iPod and amp easy without having to stick any of the Velcro to the DAP itself.

Is the review overly harsh? I think so, but then it's hard to ignore that the Case-Mate product is derivative and frankly not all that innovative given the existence of Vaja's earlier product. But the Case-Mate also offers real value as well as faster delivery (assuming you didn't find the style that you were looking for at a local Target store), something that Vaja products--despite their great build quality, marginally better materials and attractive looks--are hard-pressed to provide (my take: instead of berating Case-Mate for their use of slightly chintzier materials, one should EXPECT AT LEAST the better goods that Vaja provides given the much higher prices they charge).

For less than half the price you get at least 90% of the iVod; how is that sort of value worthy of a B- grade? Guess it pays to be the first one to market with a concept, despite the heftier price tag.

Posted by flatline response on December 30, 2006 at 3:16 AM (PDT) Comment 4

iLounge is on record as supporting iPod accessory innovation, and having serious issues with outright clones of products. That said, we featured these items on the site to provide readers with information they could use to make their own decisions; as noted above, there are reasons we wouldn't broadly recommend them.

While you ultimately have the choice of whether to buy a knock-off of any product - an iPod, a Gucci handbag, or an accessory - and it's obviously less expensive to do so, we advise readers to at least consider the implications of funding those whose profits are earned through brazen theft of others' designs. Though the Case-Mates (and makers of Cucci handbags, iDods and the like) of the world arguably could have a positive role to play in bringing the prices of luxury goods down, price should not be the only consideration when making a purchase.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz on December 30, 2006 at 9:39 AM (PDT) Comment 5

Okay..I came to this review to decide whether or not to buy the case-mate laptop suit (not the ipod case) and saw this little debate going on. Now I definetly think this review is way to harsh. Jeremy states that ilounge has "serious issues with outright clones of products", but what iPod case is not a serious clone? Every company has their silicon cases just like the other one. There are very few original cases out there, and just because one company is not the first to do it does not mean it is an inferior product. Case-mate brings the leather case to the market that is similar to vajas, but is affordable. I have owned both a vaja ipod case and case-mate ipod case. Vaja cases are about a hundred dollars. Case-mates are 30. Call it a knock off but they are both made from nice authentic leather. Case-mate's are a plastic shell, Vajas are a cardboard shell. Case-mate found a way to do it cheaper and just as nice, and if you ask me I'd rather have the plastic shell that lasts much longer. If anyone out there is seriously debating vaja vs your money..get the case-mate.

Posted by ssmonster on January 12, 2007 at 11:10 PM (PDT) Comment 6
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