Apple iPod Nano 4th Generation Case Comparison Roundup – 9 Compared

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There’s no doubt that Apple iPods are one of the most successful product lines out there today, and they’re rather expensive, since they don’t come with a case you’ll need to get one yourself.

There are many types and styles of cases out there today for the new iPod Nano 4th gen, and today I’m going to take a look at nine different ones from various companies and suppliers. What I’ve got represents a  sampling of the styles or types you’ll run across today on the market, they range from very inexpensive to moderately priced, from cloth, to plastic to leather, they all have their advantages and disadvantages.

I’m going to do this as sort of nine mini-reviews, with pictures, descriptions, links to the products and of pros and cons of each one.

So if you’re in the market for a case for that new nano you got for Christmas then continue on to check out the offerings that are available to you…

First up I’ve got the Speck Products PixelSkin case, it’s a silicone case that’s very well made, it’s nice and thick and offers good protection for your nano. I’ve already posted a full review of this case HERE actually, but I’ll cover it again briefly for this article and include comments from the review.

The PixelSkin case is nice and thick, the square or pixel pattern on the back not only offers shock protection but makes it easier to grip as well. The screen section is open and the PixelSkin does not come with screen protector, but the nano does have scratch resistant glass so that might not be a concern to some.

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The case offers easy access to all controls and ports,  since it’s thick it might not fit in most docks though, but you can just slide it out of the case a bit to dock it as the bottom is open. That’s only if you’re using the adapter supplied with the nano though, with some docks the iPod will fit even in the case, it all depends on the size of the opening.

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Manufacturer / Supplier: Speck Products

Product Page Link

Price: $19.95

Conclusion:
The Speck PixelSkin case should do a good job of protecting your nano from the occasional bump or drop while looking good at the same time.

It’s available in many different colors so there should be one for everyone.

Personally I think there should be a screen protector with it, but the nano supposedly has scratch proof or resistant glass so I’m not sure if it’s a big deal to no have one included or not.

Pros:
-Easy to use
-Offers great protection for your nano
-Many colors available

Cons:
-Does not come with screen protector
-Attracts dust and lint

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Next up I’ve got the Aluminum Case for iPod Nano 4th (Black) courtesy of USBFever.com retailer. As the name suggests it’s an aluminum case, it’s got hinges on it so it opens up like a book, you put your nano inside the cloth lines case and close it up. Easy to use, no fuss no muss.

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Once you have it inside of the case you still have access to all of the controls, though here again there might be a problem docking it, and most likely you’ll have to remove it from the case to dock.

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Overall the case does offer good protection for your nano, but there’s no screen protector included, some people might not care as the iPod has scratch resistant glass, but personally I like to have everything protected.

Manufacturer / Supplier: USBFever

Product Page Link

Price: $16.99

Conclusion:

The Aluminum Case for iPod Nano 4th is a nice product that will protect your iPod well. It is padded inside so you nano will be well protected, but the screen won’t be since there’s no protector included.

Pros:
-Metal case with padded inside offers good protection
-Easy to use
-Inexpensive

Cons:
-No screen protector

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The next one I have is the Protective Silicone Case Skin Cover for Nano 4 and it’s the least expensive of all of them I’ve got, it’s from BudgetGadgets.com and it costs only $1.13, but for the price it’s surprisingly nice.

AS the name suggests it’s a silicone case, this one is red in color, and it’s fairly thin, but does offer protection from bumps and scuffs. The back has two slits as well so it can be worn on yuor belt if you wish.

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You just slide you iPod in from the bottom, and that’s it. Here again though it won’t fit in a dock if you use the adapter, but you can just slide it out a bit like the PixelSkin, if need be. Once your nano is in the case you’ve got access to all controls and ports, this one does not come with screen protector either though.

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Manufacturer / Supplier: BudgetGadgets

Product Page Link

Price: $1.13

Conclusion:

The Protective Silicone Case Skin Cover for Nano from Budget Gadgets is not only inexpensive, but it’s a great way to protect your iPod. The silicone is fairly thick so it should offer good protection from the daily rigors of life.

Pros:
-Inexpensive
-Well made
-Good protection

Cons:
-No screen protector

BudgetGadgets has also given me a discount code good for 5% off anything on their site, and no we don’t make any commission or anything from any sales.

Code: KM5OFF2

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Next up I’ve got another from USBFever.com, I’ve got a few from them actually, but this one is called the Crystal Case for iPod Nano 4th (2).

The Crystal Case 2 is a two sided plastic case that offers decent protection at an affordable price. It’s black colored and the back is textured for a good grip on your iPod nano.

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To install you iPod you just pop the case apart, set the nano in one half and snap it back together, this case does provide protection for the screen with it’s clear case covering. The top and bottom are fully open to allow easy access to the ports and lock button, and the main controls are easily access as well on the front. It seems well made, it’s rather thick plastic, and like most every case it won’t fit into most iPod docks.

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Manufacturer / Supplier: USBFever

Product Page Link

Price: $ 11.99

Conclusion:

The Crystal Case for iPod Nano 4th (2) from USBFever is nice, it works great at protecting your iPod and it’s easy to use, what more could you ask for?

Pros:

-Well made
-Inexpensive
-Easy to use
-Good protection for iPod
-Textured for grip
-Looks cool

Cons:
-None really

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The next one we’re looking at is the Mini Maya Pouch from Proporta, and as the name suggests it’s not really a case as it is a pouch. I actually reviewed this one as well already, you can check out the full review HERE if you wish, there’s more pictures etc in the review.

It is available in different color combinations, but even still it’s more of a feminine styled product, not sure how many guys would be using a pouch like this for their iPod, then again you never know right?!

It’s a leather pouch that is padded and cloth lined to offer good protection for your iPod, it has a clip on the back so it can be attached to whatever you like for security.

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To use the Mini Maya you just slip your iPod in, it is a very tight fit though, but that’s a good thing as you won’t worry about your nano falling out. Of course you won’t have access to any controls with it in there, and you’ll have to insert the nano upside down to have access to the audio jack.

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It’s well made though, and it does offer very good protection for your iPod nano, it’s essentially complete protection for the nano.

 

Manufacturer / Supplier:  Proporta

Product Page Link

Price: $21.55

Conclusion:
The Proporta Mini Maya case is well made and it offers a lot of protection for your iPod.

Yes it’s a rather feminine case, but it could make a great gift for that special girl in your life to go with that new iPod you bought her for Christmas.

Pros:
-Well made
-Tight fit to hold iPod in place
-Inexpensive

Cons:
-None really

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Next up I’ve got the Crystal Case for iPod Nano 4th Gen , another from USBFever, yes the name is similar to the one above, but it’s a totally different case, it’s just how they name things, dunno…

This case I like very much, and have been using for some time, I like it because it offers decent protection and it’s clear so you can see the entire nano when it’s inside of the case. This is a two piece case, and it even has a belt clip as well so you can easily take it with you.

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Like the other case, you put your nano in one side and snap it shut, this case also offers easy access to all ports and controls, and the screen is protected as well.

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There is one drawback to this case though, it does scuff and scratch rather easily, in the couple months I’ve had it it has accumulated quite a few scuffs, and I can imagine what it will look like in a few more months.

Manufacturer / SupplierUSBFever

Product Page Link

Price: $9.99

Conclusion:

The Crystal Case for iPod Nano 4th Gen from USBFever is a nice choice really to protect your iPod, it’s clear so you can see it perfectly, it offers good protection and it’s inexpensive.

Pros:
-Good protection for iPod
-Easy access to controls and ports
-See through so you can see entire iPod
-Built in clip
-Inexpensive

Cons:
-Scratches and scuffs easily

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Next up is another from BudgetGadgets, the White Leather Sport Armband Arm Band for iPod NANO 4. This one has an almost retro style to it, it reminds me of something from the 70’s, if the iPod had come out then this would be one of the cases that was available for it.

As the name suggests it’s a leather sport armband, it’s made for those with an active lifestyle to use their nano while they’re working out, running etc. The arm band is like one big belt and uses velcro to secure it in place. The strap part is very long, so it should fit everyone with no problems no matter how big their arms are, it’s a bit overkill really.

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You nano slides in through the top, and fits rather snugly,  the case does offer protection for the screen and access to the controls and most ports, you won’t be able to sync or charge your nano while in this case as the connector is covered.

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I’m not sure if leather is the best choice for a sport armband, it will absorb sweat and smell after a while and most likely it’s not machine washable.

Manufacturer / Supplier: BudgetGadgets

Product Page Link

Price: $3.22

Conclusion:

The leather armband isn’t a bad product objectively, but personally it’s just not my style, it has a retro 70’s feel and look to it, and that’s just not me, I personally wouldn’t wear anything like this, but I’m sure other people out there would.

For the price, only a little more than $3, it’s worth it I think if you need something like this.

Pros:
-Big enough to fit anyone
-Seems well made
-Inexpensive

Cons:
-Can’t use with dock
-Can’t charge or sync  iPod while in case

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Next up is yet another from USBFever, (yes I got a few from them), and it’s another sport arm band style case, it’s called the Armband & Sport Case for iPod Nano 4th (Blue). The name says it all pretty much here…

This armband is all nylon with a similar velcro style belt, but this belt is small, but still large enough for most people I’m sure.

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To use this case you just slide your nano in from the top and that’s it, it does have a screen protector built in, and you’ve got access to all controls and the audio port, but the sync/charging port is covered.

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Overall it does seem very well made, and it should last for quite some time. It’s nylon so it should be machine washable to keep it clean after working out.

Manufacturer / Supplier: USBFever

Product Page Link

Price: $12.99

Conclusion:
The Armband & Sport Case for iPod Nano 4th is a great choice for those with the active lifestyle, it’s inexpensive, stays in place, it’s comfortable and it thoroughly protects the your iPod.

Pros:
-Seems well made
-Works well
-Easy to use

Cons:
-Can’t dock, sync or charge while in case

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Ok, lastly I’ve got yet another from USBFever, but this one is a very nice case, but yet it’s inexpensive, it’s offers excellent protection for your nano and it’s stylish as well. It’s the Leather Case for iPod Nano 4th (Flip Type), and as the name suggests it’s made out of leather and it’s a flip style case, I love their naming schemes…

The case only costs $13.99, and honestly I’m very surprised by the low price as it is very well made, and it offers excellent protection for your nano. It comes with a removable swivel belt clip as well. The case has a protective flap on it to goes over the front of the nano, while the nano is in the main part of the case.

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To use it you just slide the nano in from the bottom, it has a built in screen protector as well, once the nano is inside it is very well protected from most anything. You’ll have access to all ports and controls, and when the flap is closed you still have access to the audio jack through a hole in the case.

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This is an excellent case all around really, especially for the protection aspects of it, the flipping flap over a second layer of protection for the face of the nano so if you’re wearing in on your belt you won’t damage it if you bump into something. The belt clip easily detaches with the push of a button if need be and the clip part will stay on your belt so you won’t have to re-clip it.

 

Manufacturer / Supplier: USBFever

Product Page Link

Price: $13.99

Conclusion:

This is one of the nicer cases available for the nano really, it’s very well made and it offers excellent protection for your nano and it looks good as well.

Pros:
-Nice looking, stylish
-Excellent protection overall
-Inexpensive

Cons:
-None really

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Well that’s that for the nano case roundup, I hope you learned something and I hope to have more cases for review soon.

At the present time I’ve been using the clear Crystal case from USBfever, but due to the scuffing I think I’ll be switching to another case, though I’m not sure which just yet.

It’ll most likely be the Speck PixelSkin as I don’t really take my iPod with me many places so I’m not too concerned about the lack of screen protector, but it does offer good protection from bumps or falls.

There are many more choices out there from many other companies and I’ve only touched on a very small percentage of them that are available, if you’re looking for a case for your nano you’ll want to make sure it not only looks good but offers good protection for your nano. An iPod is an expensive product and I for one would not want to leave it ‘naked’ and susceptible to any damage, so mine is always in a case even if it’s not leaving my house.

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