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ProPorta Alu-Leather Case for iPod with Video

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There is a certain irony in the fact that when buying a MP3 player, looks are one of our primary buying influences, yet the first thing we need to do after buying them is to hide them in a protective case. Certainly the iPod is the most guilty here being particularly scratch prone. In fact, after carefully unwrapping my new iPod 60GB iPod I found that it even had a feint scratch on the screen before I’d even touched it. Gee, thanks Apple.

The likes of ProPorta can’t be complaining though as it’s does a good line of business in selling myriad cases for iPods, PSP, PDA and the like. I reviewed its leather case for the 4th gen iPod here so I’ve rather randomly decided that now would be a good time to review the updated version for the iPod 5th gen or iPod for video as it’s also known. ProPorta also does the same case for the 30GB iPod though obviously that’s slightly thinner.

In addition it sent me a leather case for the Sony PSP. My sample was black, but it's also available in white. Both of these I can compare to cases that we were recently sent from iSkin so that is what I shall do.
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When closed, at first the new 5th gen leather case looks identical to the 4th gen, but a small section has been opened at the top right to make way for the headphone connector. Opening it up and you’ll notice much more major differences. One of my only real criticisms of the 4th gen case was that it didn’t offer much protection down the sides. On the new case, this issue has been fully addressed and the iPod is covered all the way round. Now instead of sliding the iPod between two clips, you slid it into a pouch with cut-outs for the touchwheel and the screen. This makes the iPod seems more snug than ever before. The clips on the previous model could also potentially scratch the iPod as you took it in and out, but now you don’t have that concern.

When opened the touch pad and screen aren’t protected and arguably it could be improved even further by offering a built-in screen cover. However, I didn’t find this to be an issue as the flip cover, with its built in metal plate, inscribed with the ProPorto logo, offers all the protection you’ll need.

The white overstitching is present and correct as before and with the extra area of the open case and running all the way down the side it’s even more impressive than before.
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As before, a belt clip is provided and you need to remove a small screw in order to attach it. However, when attached it does make the case very bulky, which means that it will stick out a mile when you’ve got it hanging from your belt. In all honestly, if you want to have your MP3 player handing off your belt then buying a 60GB iPod is a pretty poor decision – what you need is a nano or a Sansa e260.




Verdict

Generally then, this new ProPorta case takes an already very well made, smart case and makes it even better. I’d give attaching the belt clip a miss, but if you’re looking for a smart, stylish and effective iPod case this would be my first choice.

When opened the touch pad and screen aren’t protected and arguably it could be improved even further by offering a built-in screen cover. However, I didn’t find this to be an issue as the flip cover, with its built in metal plate, inscribed with the ProPorto logo, offers all the protection you’ll need.

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