I just got a second-generation iPod Nano as a gift, and I want an inexpensive-yet-functional case for it, that will protect it from damage.
Though there have been a number of questions on iPod cases and armbands
, I haven't found anything specifically about cases for the new Nano.
First, perhaps my first question ought to be, will cases designed for the first-generation Nano fit the 2G perfectly? There seem to be a lot of cases for the original models, and fewer for the newer ones, and the ones for the newer model are (naturally) significantly more expensive. But since the first-gen ones seemed to scratch just from looking at them wrong, I feel like I need a case before I start bringing it to the gym.
There isn't a shortage of cases available, in fact there are practically so many options that I don't know how to choose, or separate the quality from the crud. I'm not interested in making a fashion statement here (so no hand-sewn leather or iron-on pockets
here); price and functionality are paramount, looks are a distant third. I need something that will protect the iPod, including its screen, but not keep me from listening to it and charging it / plugging stuff into the Dock Connector. Something that could be used in various configurations (arm band, belt clip, etc.) would be neat.
I would prefer not to spend more than $20, unless there's some really compelling reason to. I could afford it if necessary, it just seems extravagant and overpriced to pay more than that for what most of the cases seem to be.
In my Googling, I've found a few things that look interesting, but nothing perfect. This Digg article
contained links to several, including this slick Lexan job
, which is a no-go because it blocks the Dock/charging connector. If a case for a 1G Nano would fit the 2G well, this aluminum case
is tempting, but I'm leery of getting something that's not designed for the right model, as any extra space could cause the iPod to rattle around inside the case and scratch.
Does anyone else out there with a 2G Nano have a case that they like, and they don't feel was a rip-off?