A few weeks ago I reviewed some optical disc storage cases from the amusingly named company, Slappa. Now I’m casting my eye over a protective iPod case from Slappa, and as Benny will happily tell you while cradling his scratched and deformed iPod, a protective case is definitely a good idea.
Like the disc cases, the iPod case is beautifully tactile, with the whole hard body finished in black suede. Once you put your iPod into the Slappa case, it takes on a solid, smooth and warm feel to it that makes you want to keep holding it. The case is secured by a single magnetic clasp that keeps it snugly closed – the clasp is engraved with the Slappa name. Also emblazoned with the Slappa name is the solid metal, spring loaded belt clip at the rear of the case.
To place your iPod into the Slappa case you simply unclip the magnetic clasp and open the case like a book. The left side has a fabric pocket sewn into it with the Slappa logo embossed onto it – this is where you place the iPod. The right hand side makes up the hard, protective shell.
With the iPod snugly inserted in the fabric pocket, you simply close the case and secure the magnetic clasp. The front of the case has a solid protective bezel surrounding it, but the centre section is made up of clear plastic, so that you can see the controls and the screen. Because this case is for a third generation iPod, there are also four small holes cut in the plastic for the for buttons above the navigation wheel.
At the top of the case you’ll find a section has been left open to give you access to the headphone/remote sockets and the hold switch, while at the bottom is another cut out for the USB/FireWire cable.
Having used a lot of carry cases for personal stereo devices and mobile phones, I can appreciate that Slappa has done a good job with the design of the belt clip. Not only does it feel very secure when attached, but it doesn’t take a huge amount of effort to open in the first place. There are also no sharp edges sticking in your waist when you’re wearing it, which is a definite bonus.