Company: iSkin, Inc.
Compatible: iPod nano 4G, iPod touch 2G
iSkin Vibes for iPod nano 4G + iPod touch 2G
Based somewhat upon the company's earlier Vibes for iPhone 3G, iSkin's Vibes for iPod nano 4G ($25 each) and iPod touch 2G ($30 each) appear to use the same soft plastic we've seen in Jet Navy hydrocarbon cases, and feature uniquely iSkin molding and etching. The iPod nano version of Vibes is a single clear case with one of seven different patterns etched into the body, allowing the color of your iPod nano to shine through. By comparison, the iPod touch version is sold with only one rear pattern, but in five different colors that generally let a little of your iPod touch's shiny back peek through. Each version of Vibes comes with a clear Dock Connector port cover, dock adapter, and control-covering film; the iPod touch version also comes with a screen cleaning cloth. Based on their pack-ins, designs, pricing, and aggregate protection, both versions rate a B+ under the standards referenced in our iDesign Feature on Best Practices in iPod/iPhone Case Design; headphone connectivity is a little off due to design of both cases' rubber bottoms, but most plugs will work with the cases regardless.