Review: SwitchEasy ChocoShuffle for iPod shuffle 3G
Amusing? Sure. SwitchEasy's new ChocoShuffle for iPod shuffle 3G ($9) transforms the latest iPod shuffle into what looks to be two squares of chocolate candy or Ex-Lax, depending on one's perspective, and is offered in three different colors: white chocolate, milk chocolate, and strawberry chocolate. Each is a rubber sleeve with a hole in the top for the shuffle's three-position switch and headphone port, as well as twin holes in the back for its shirt clip to stick out. Though shuffle cases traditionally haven't been very popular, it's nice to see this sort of case design creativity at a reasonable price, regardless.
Actually rating ChocoShuffle is somewhat of a challenge, given the utter simplicity of the device and questions over whether cases are even desirable for this particular model. On a positive note, ChocoShuffle’s rubber is suitably resilient to being tugged on and off of the iPod shuffle, and provides uninhibited access to the shuffle’s single integrated control, headphone port, and rear clip. It doesn’t attempt to protect any of these elements, which won’t matter to most users, though the rear clip’s complete exposure allows for scratching; those concerned about keeping the shuffle in pristine condition might prefer a film or similar protector for the clip. To our way of thinking, however, the only real issue with ChocoShuffle is its novelty-quality design: picking this look was an amusing concept, but in practice, do people really want to wear mini chocolate bars around on their clothes? We can’t answer that question for you personally, but from our perspective, this particular look is nichey—like shuffle cases in general—and will only appeal to users who feel that good humor can serve as an alternative to good fashion sense. For those people, we’d recommend it; everyone else can laugh it off.