I have this cover. A few points your review didn't cover:

1) When the bottom flap is pushed forward so the iPod can be docked, it often gets in the way of the clickwheel. This dramatically reduces the usefulness of this feature. I actually took an Xacto knife and cut a dock-connector-shaped hole in the bottom of mine, so I could connect my FM transmitter in the car and still control the darn thing.

2) As many people on the forums have noted, there is a fit problem at the top front of the case -- the edge of the silicone that adjoins the top edge of the screen protector often does not come all the way down to cover the edge of the protector well -- it looks awful and is essentially impossible to pull down to fit properly.

3) The screen protector actually scratches reasonably easily in my experience -- I wouldn't mind as much if the rubber edging that contacts the ipod were clear, rather than color-coordinated to the individual cases that come in the 3-pack. I'd like to swap in the protector from my blue cover, but it will look lousy with the case I'm using due to the blue fringe around the edge.

Posted by mef613 on January 23, 2006 at 11:39 PM (PDT) Comment 1

Agreed with mef on all counts. I've been using this case (the clear one) since early December and while it is a relatively good design, it definitely has flaws. My biggest complaint is the lack of click wheel protection, which has allowed a lot of dust and grit to get under the front side of the skin, resulting in a plethora of scratches.

Contrary to the review, I've found that the screen protector scratches easily and often, to the point that watching video is now a psychadelic experience. And as mentioned before, the other included protectors are useless unless I use their accompanying skins. I do like the way the bottom flips open, making docking a breeze. But it's hard to get past all of those scratches -- scratches that weren't there before I used this case.

Posted by Hrothgar on January 24, 2006 at 7:06 PM (PDT) Comment 2

Thanks mef and hrothgar...I'm still trying to find the 'perfect' case for the 5G video, and your comments are very helpful. Does this mean you wouldn't have bought this product otherwise? Any other suggestions?

Posted by Ava66 on January 25, 2006 at 10:36 AM (PDT) Comment 3

Yeah, it's fair to say that I'm not particularly happy with this case. I am still thinking about which replacement case to get -- not urgent right now, but I'm moving toward thinking about a film protector like Martin Fields, combined with some case, either leather or aluminum, that I can plug a dock accessory into the bottom of w/o removing it, but that will also be easy to remove the iPod from if/when I spring for a dockable speaker like one of the Altec-Lansing ones. Since I'm not doing that yet, this is not so urgent at present.

Posted by mef613 on January 25, 2006 at 10:48 AM (PDT) Comment 4

I bought these knowing they would be interim cases. I'm looking at getting one of Contour's new 5G cases, either the Showcase or the iSee. I just hope I can get some of the scratches out before hand. Can anybody recommend one of those scratch removing kits?

Posted by Hrothgar on January 29, 2006 at 11:48 AM (PDT) Comment 5

I agree with some but disagree with others.

I got a 5g30g.

Fit, yes, the fit could be better. But's it's manageable.

Dock connector flap...I don't use mine, but here's what I did...I did cut some of the bottom of the case and it fits on my DLO Home Dock perfectly! I then dremelled my DLO TransPod car adapter to make it fit too. No case I've seen is a perfect fit for every accessory...

Also, if you get the ARMBAND version, they give you a hard plastic squeeze case that squeezes the case in it. You can take it as it is with the ARMBAND, or I prefer a belt clip, so I dremelled off the armband plastic and then attached a belt clip fob to it. Perfecto...

Home Dock at home, Home Dock at office, TransPod for car, and Belt Clip for gym and walking around...all without taking it out of it's protective cocoon case...

Oh...and quit whining and get a screen protector like Fellowes WriteRight and protect the whole darn front of the iPod. Then it doesn't matter what case you get...

Posted by yagrax on March 15, 2006 at 1:21 AM (PDT) Comment 6

I say why bother with any of these type cases. Just get the full body Invisible Shield and you don't have to worry about scratches etc. I use the DLO Leather case when I want to take it out and use it as a portable. But I wouldn't have ever stuck it down in that stiff leather case until I got it protected with the Invisible Shield.

Posted by OTACORB on August 21, 2006 at 2:23 AM (PDT) Comment 7

Don't buy this case, it's really really bad!
I had mine for about a year or so, and was disappointed with it after a few days. Here are the major flaws:

1. The darn flip bottom. It becomes very loose after some time and won't retract back so you will always have some of the back exposed. After a while, as suspected, it began to rip at the fold.

2. The top of the case, as previously said, doesn't quite stick to the screen protector and the ipod itself, so you will have a flappy bit of silicone on top.

3. The screen protector....well protects, but scratches up even more than the ipod does on its own.

4. And what bothers me the most, the case itself ruins the glossy finish on the ipod. You will probably never get it back and you ipod will look like it was treated with sanding paper all over except the screen and wheel.

Long story short, stay away from this.

Posted by conspiracyx on March 14, 2007 at 11:30 PM (PDT) Comment 8
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