Review: SwitchEasy Silicon Biscuits for Nano 3G

A funny, cheaper take on its earlier Biscuits for iPod nano, SwitchEasy’s Silicon Biscuits ($10) are silicone rubber cases for the iPod nano with biscuit-like bodies, clear hard plastic screen protectors, and color-matched Dock Connector covers. You can pick from a brown biscuit color, black, red, blue, orange, and clear frosted versions, each with a semi-soft Dock Connector cover save for the hard clear frosted one; the black Silicon Biscuit includes a smoked translucent protector that matches the case and dims your screen.


Review: SwitchEasy Silicon Biscuits for Nano 3G

For $10, SwitchEasy’s Silicon Biscuits are, like the hard plastic Biscuit cases that preceded them, a stab directly at the heart of the overpricing giant that has been shadowing the iPod accessory industry for the past two years. SwitchEasy has designed these rubber cases with cracker/biscuit-like bodies, clear hard plastic screen protectors, and color-matched Dock Connector covers, together providing more coverage than many cases that sell for higher prices.

 

Review: SwitchEasy Silicon Biscuits for Nano 3G

Review: SwitchEasy Silicon Biscuits for Nano 3G

One of the biggest assets SwitchEasy brings to the table here is color choice. You can pick from a brown biscuit color, black, red, blue, orange, or clear frosted versions, each with a semi-soft Dock Connector cover save for the clear frosted one, which is entirely made from hard plastic. The black Silicon Biscuit includes a smoked translucent protector that matches the case and dims your screen; if this bothers you, you’ll either want to turn up the brightness on the nano, leave the protector off, or choose another color instead.

 

Review: SwitchEasy Silicon Biscuits for Nano 3G

It’s worth only a brief note that SwitchEasy, like other companies, hasn’t completely matched all of Apple’s current iPod nano colors—with the orange and graham cracker-like brown versions, it doesn’t even appear to have tried. The clear frosted version is your best bet if you want to let your nano’s original looks shine through; the other colors are largely opaque, and almost entirely mask out your nano’s looks, except for whatever’s on its screen, and peeking out from its bottom.

 

Review: SwitchEasy Silicon Biscuits for Nano 3G

The only potential stumbling point we think some people will have with these cases is their shape. In a flippant design decision, SwitchEasy gave each case’s top and sides a cracker-like soft sawtooth edge, and the back cracker-like dimples, which aren’t especially noticeable but play upon the concept of the nano transforming into a little biscuit. These features give the case at least as much grip as its best competitors, but with a style that will appeal to more to those with a sense of humor than those looking to toughen up their iPods. If you’re in the former crowd, don’t think twice about these cases: for $10, the only other great alternative is Marware’s SportGrip, and this one’s more protective without any other compromises. It’s highly recommended.

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Company and Price

Company: SwitchEasy

Website: www.switcheasy.com

Model: Silicon Biscuits

Price: $10

Compatible: iPod nano (with video)

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