Review: SwitchEasy Silicon Biscuits for Nano 3G

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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


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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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.