Review: Orbino Cambio Premium Hand-Stitched Case for the iPod Video

Updated

[Editors’ Note: On November 1, 2006, iLounge published The 2007 iPod Buyers’ Guide, with more than 30 brand new, capsule-sized product reviews – only for products we considered to be amongst the very best we’ve seen throughout the year. The short review below is excerpted from the Guide, which you can download here.]

Review: Orbino Cambio Premium Hand-Stitched Case for the iPod Video


Review: Orbino Cambio Premium Hand-Stitched Case for the iPod Video

Slimmer than Vaja’s iVod but similarly protective, Orbino of Italy’s Cambio case combines a precious metal ring – here, palladium – with classy hand-stitched leather to create a knockout, iPod-matching case. You can choose from four classic leather colors –
black, brown, saddle or cognac – or pay extra ($30) for your choice of a different custom leather. A jewelry-class detachable belt clip is included, as is a non-adhesive plastic insert for screen and Click Wheel coverage.

 

Review: Orbino Cambio Premium Hand-Stitched Case for the iPod Video

Review: Orbino Cambio Premium Hand-Stitched Case for the iPod Video

Apparent immediately is the fact that the case is light on top protection – just like Vaja’s cases, you just pop the iPod inside and leave its whole top surface and side corners exposed – and we weren’t super impressed by the plastic insert that protects the iPod’s screen and Click Wheel, all reasons this rated a B rather than higher. However, to the extent that you’re looking for a case that’s very flashy and don’t mind risking some iPod scratches, this one’s a stunner, making a strong first impression even though its price has gone up since first announcement earlier this year. You’ll get a certificate of authenticity in the box, and unlike many such certificates we’ve seen, this one actually looks like it’s worth keeping.

 

Review: Orbino Cambio Premium Hand-Stitched Case for the iPod Video

Table of Contents

Our Rating

B
Recommended

Company and Price

Company: Orbino

Website: www.Orbino.com

Model: Cambio

Price: $89+

Compatible: iPod 5G

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Jeremy Horwitz

Jeremy Horwitz was the Editor-in-Chief at iLounge. He has written over 5,000 articles and reviews for the website and is one of the most respected members of the Apple media. Horwitz has been following Apple since the release of the original iPod in 2001. He was one of the first reviewers to receive a pre-release unit of the device, and his review helped put iLounge on the map as a go-to source for Apple news.