One of the clearest indicators that the iPod is the most successful product since somebody first thought of chopping only a small amount from the end of a loaf of bread, is the sheer amount of third party products associated with it. You can get speakers or all shapes and sizes, but one of the most popular products are protective cases.
It seems that no sooner have we bought our shiny new musical toy that we have to immediately wrap it in the protective walls of a case. One has to wonder if consumers actually realised this whether as many would choose to buy an iPod over its competitors as many purchases are purely based on looks alone. However, the continual reports of scratches and damage seems to have done little to dent the iPods popularity.
Lucky then that there are so many cases to choose from. We've looked at a couple of different cases in the past such as a smart effort from ProPorta and some not so appealing ones from iSkin. However, these iVak cases from Vakaadoo are, at least according to the general consensus in the office - the best case we've yet seen for the iPod.
We were actually sent three cases to look at - two from the Domino series and one from the Soft Feel Series. The former has a smooth lacquer finish, while the latter has, as the Vakaadoo web site has it, a "liquid-rubber coating for an easy-grip finish, available in six bright colours". Our one was pink. Ahem. It was a limited addition set with what Vakaadoo calls a 'Vakwrap', a small plastic piece of plastic with which you can wrap your headphone chord to keep it shorter.
Aside from the finish the two types of cases work in the same way and are the same price so I've reviewed them together. The RRP at the Vakaadoo web site is £24.95, but you can pick them up at www.24-7mobileaccessories.co.uk for only £19.99. If you don't mind not getting Vakwrap you can get it even cheaper at Podzone for only £16.49.
So what's special about the iVaks? It's simply the fact that they provide complete protection for the front, back and sides, including the screen, yet what they don't cover, is the click wheel, or the ports at the top and bottom or the hold switch, which is exactly what you want.
Not only that, but if you get the black of the white variety, from a distance they look almost exactly like the original iPods. Many cases that offer total protection tend to dramatically alter the look of the iPod or require you to life a flap. The ProPorta cases are a case in point - in my opinion they are very fine, smart looking leather cases, but if you want retain the look of your iPod or don't want to have to life a cover then they're not ideal.