These ProPorta cases take a different approach to our current favourite iPod case, the Podgear Icebox, (though ProPorta also seem to sell it). We like the Icebox for three reasons. Firstly, it protects the iPod, secondly, it enables you to get access to the controls and thirdly, it lets you see the iPod in all its glory as it’s doing the first two.
The ProPorta cases however smother the iPod in smooth leather. The iPod is held in place very tightly by a clip and a cover flap is held in place by a large clip. The ProPorta logo is neatly embossed in the corner. This all gives the cases the look of smart wallets, which is added to by the white stitching round the edges.
It’s not just soft leather protecting the iPods however. The front flap in each case contains a plate of rigid aluminium, so you can be sure that even if your iPod takes a substantial knock, there’s little chance of it taking damage. However, the sides of the iPod is still exposed, so it’s not complete protection, though that’s more of an issue with the full size player.
Open up the flip and an elongated oval has been cut out, exposing the plate, onto which the ‘proporta.com’ logo has been etched, which looks cool. The black and sliver really serves to complement the look of the iPod, be it in white, or black on the nano.
The cases are versatile though and don’t have to be placed in a pocket like a wallet. Remove a small hole cover with a small flat blade screwdriver and you can insert a supplied belt clip that clips firmly onto the case. The clip has a wide grip that attached firmly onto my belt.
If you want to revert it back to a more wallet like appearance you can unclip the belt hood and if you grip tightly you can remove its holder. However, if you want to fill in the hole, you’ll have had to have kept the tiny little cover in a safe place.