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Slappa has produced a solid, protective case that looks great, but although much of the iPod’s appeal is aesthetic, the fantastic navigation method has also won it many fans. So, does the iPod remain a beautifully ergonomic device when it’s residing in the Slappa case? Unfortunately not. Viewing the screen is no problem through the clear plastic cover, and accessing the four small buttons through their cut-outs is equally as simple, but using the navigation wheel is severely compromised, and this makes the iPod a far less lovable device.
The main problem with the wheel, is that you have to operate it through the clear plastic cover, which requires a significant amount of pressure. This is nothing short of a sin, as using the wheel with your bare thumb is quite simply a joy. The other issue is that I like to control the wheel using the flat of my thumb, but you can’t do that when your iPod is in the Slappa case – if you try to use the flat of your thumb, you end up getting snagged on the hard bezel and end up having to use the tip of your thumb instead.
The other problem with the Slappa case is that it makes your iPod pretty big. What you’re doing is taking a slim and stylish device and putting it in a pretty bulky casing. That said, of all the iPod cases I have seen, this one looks the best and feels equally as luxurious. I’m also pretty confident that if I did drop my iPod when it’s wrapped up in a Slappa, it would come out fairly unscathed.
Price wise, the weak dollar helps Slappa’s cause. Using the current exchange rate, the Slappa case comes in at around £16, which is pretty good value considering the construction, design and feel of the case. So, when you take cost into account, the Slappa case is about half the price of an official Apple case, and that doesn’t offer any form of navigation access. Even if you add about £4 for shipping, the Slappa case makes a good, well, case for itself.
Ultimately, if you’ve got an iPod you need to put it in a protective case. If you don’t it will end up looking like it has been attacked by a rabid velociraptor – just like poor Benny’s. But there’s a lot of choice out there, and many of them don’t have the problems with the navigation wheel that the Slappa case does. Personally I think that getting rid of the clear plastic completely, or having just the screen covered could be the answer, but I’ll have to wait and see if Slappa heeds my advice when it releases a fourth generation iPod case.
The Slappa iPod case looks great and has a high quality, tactile feel to it. However it does make you’re iPod far bulkier than it should be, and makes the legendary iPod navigation far less slick. You could just cut the clear plastic out with a sharp knife to improve the navigation, but I’m hoping that the fourth generation iPod case from Slappa will address these issues.