Jerrod, i have been using my C6 case for about a month now. So far, so good, zero scratches. Ive had it in pockets, worn with the clip, worn around my neck, no scratches. Ive NEVER had the need to remove the nano out of the case- so its a bit misleading in your review, when you mentioned that the case will not dock in the universal ipod dock, which is 100% false. (tho i have always used the dock "naked" without any spacers)
Note: to ipod speaker-users, docks fine in the Bose, but not in my inMotions.

Simple, and Sexy, is my description for this case.

Posted by neotrooper on February 13, 2006 at 4:58 PM (PDT) Comment 1

...forgot to mention, i use this case in conjunction with the 3D protective-film from PowerSupport. Excellent value for peace of mind protection.

Posted by neotrooper on February 13, 2006 at 4:59 PM (PDT) Comment 2

Neotrooper -

We've always been extremely nervous about placing iPods in the Universal Dock solely by the support of their own dock connector. The inserts serve a pretty major purpose, and that's structural stability -- they prevent the connector from snapping off in the event the iPod gets bumped.

In the few instances where we have recommended using a case+dock combination without an insert, it's been for full-sized iPods with fairly thick cases -- whereby the cases provide a good amount of the support that the insert did.

Anyway, there's definite logic behind our recommendations -- hope the clarification is helpful.

Posted by Jerrod H. on February 13, 2006 at 5:52 PM (PDT) Comment 3

I'll also chime in on this one - the real issue with this case isn't its dock compatibility (which incidentally Apple has gone really out of its way to mention is intended to be used on that 15 degree recline), but its price to protectiveness ratio. As you said, you bought additional film to use with the case, which is probably the reason you haven't seen scratches on the back from the belt clip, or on the front with the otherwise totally exposed screen and Wheel.

We tend to expect a really protective nano case for $40. This one fell way short of the norm in that regard, and basically requires the additional cash investment you made in order to render the design largely safe.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz on February 13, 2006 at 6:03 PM (PDT) Comment 4

jeremy and jerrod,

I understand your new rating system, and agree with your rationalle 95% of the time. But you have to understand, that 5-10% of your readership will probably buy an ipod case, purely out of "eye-candy" factor. (maybe have a new ranking for "wow-factor"?)
I have to admit tho...$39 for a minimalistic nano case may be high for northamericans...but is definately not on the "high-end" if you are a japanese-user used to paying much more for their ipod-wardrobe and willing to go the extra step to stand out from the crowd.

Re: naked-docking. I am fully aware of the 15ยบ recline aspect, and was hesitent when trying it out on the universal remote. But i find that when fully inserted, the "play" is not more than with the proper shim/spacer. Im using the newest dock with the there another universal-dock? (maybe thats the difference)

Re: double-bagging. Ive always been over-protective with my toys. hence with ANY ipod case, i recommend using a secondary clear film. Plastic scratches (and polished chromed surfaces), its a fact of life. And keeping your toys scratch-free will allow you to re-sell your ipods at maximum value when the new model comes out.

Posted by neotrooper on February 13, 2006 at 9:06 PM (PDT) Comment 5

People who buy cases for "eye-candy factor" don't care about most the factors we've identified above, and can make their choices with pictures and a price tag. We reward design originality - where well-executed - in Special Features above.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz on February 15, 2006 at 12:56 AM (PDT) Comment 6

This case preserves the small size and light weight of the nano while giving it adequate protection and a classy look that nothing else currently does. I spent 30 minutes polishing the metall component with a Dremel. This transforms it into a really stylish piece with a black nano. It now makes all other types of cases look dull.

Posted by RonA on February 17, 2006 at 9:37 PM (PDT) Comment 7

I've been using C6's nano case for two months now and I can quell all fears regarding the "lack of protection" that this case has been said to provide. The edges of my case aren't sharp, not in the least. This judgement is either wrong, or the reviewer received a damaged unit.

The dock cable plugs in perfectly, even with headphones attached. The footprint is just wide enough that it protects the sides from touching anything. My nano sides are still in superb condition thanks to this design characteristic. You'd have to jam something in there to come up with damage to the sides.

I don't use a dock but I'm wondering how many other cases actually give you docking capability. I'm guessing it's almost none.

Since I use my nano with a lanyard - the Sony MDR-NX1 lanyard earphones to be exact - I want my case to be as light as possible while still offering good protection. I can tell you that this case fits both bills. The carbon fiber is as strong as any material currently used in any other iPod and it's so light that you almost don't know it's there. I've found it to be nearly perfect.

One comes with a clear sheet of film that is meant to be cut up and used as screen protectors. This film is not clear enought to be sold with this case in my opinion. There are clearer alternatives and I'd like to see C6 upgrade this element of the package.


Posted by parkman on February 26, 2006 at 6:51 AM (PDT) Comment 8

Interesting what one finds when insomnia sets in...

The belt clip is awfully utilitarian, but the CF concept is actually quite neat, even though the weave is not the most attractive to me. I hardly ever use my 1G nano anymore (after a year of both generation iterations of the video iPod, and since listening to my wife's Product (Red) 2G unit with its Samsung internals, I no longer can stand the 1G nano's inferior SQ), but if I did for 40 bucks this case is indeed eye-candy enough for consideration.

On protection: as for exposure for the sides and frontal openings...given the scratch-prone tendencies of the first nano's chassis, my 1G unit already has a laminate body wrap applied over a year ago, so the exposed sides of this case don't matter nearly so much to me. The rigid stiffening afforded by the carbon fiber is a definite plus for the too-flexible 1G nano; I'm surprised that this aspect wasn't even brought up in the initial review considering how cracked screens were widely reported with the first nanos put into the public's hands.

Posted by flatline response on December 30, 2006 at 3:34 AM (PDT) Comment 9
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