Griffin iClear Review

By Dave

With the new iPod nanos released, I doubt the Griffin iClear for the iPod nano would fit the new models, but for those that have the original nano, this is a product you might want to check out.

The iClear was different than I thought it would be. I assumed it would be a thin plastic coating, but instead it was a hard shell.

I put the iClear on a black iPod nano, and noticed right away how odd it looked, but I also could tell that nothing was going to effect the iPod inside. The case looks like it could stand up to an atomic explosion. The odd effect was from putting the clear case on the black iPod. You could tell there was a thick layer of plastic on it. I have heard this effect is much less noticeable on the while iPod’s.

Putting the iClear on the iPod could not be simpler. Where you’d have to worry about alignment and whatnot with a thin plastic film, the iClear snaps in place. If you go to support on Griffin’s website, this is what you get for the iClear:

How do I open my iClear case?
If you have the iClear for iPod Video, just snap it apart. Take your thumbnail or a credit card and run from the bottom of the case to the top along the side seam. Older versions of the iClear for iPod Nano have a removeable back which slides off …

The case is very light weight, and while it does not change how heavy the nano is, the extra bulk it adds is very noticeable.

Changing the lock/unlock switch on the iPod can be a little more difficult, especially for those that don’t have finger nails, like myself. Otherwise it does not pose a problem to any of the normal controls, or inputs.

Protecting your multiple hundred dollar investment for $19.99 USD is a pretty decent deal. I would remind people that this is a thick plastic coating, and is rather noticeable on a black iPod. I still recommend it though, as it will stop scratches, screen cracks and other problems. It is available for the orignal iPod nano, and the iPod with video.

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