I haven’t had the Apple iPod nano all that long, but have already had the chance to test out several cases for it, including a silicon and aluminum case. This will be my first review of leather cases for the nano though. The folks at PDAir sent me their version 1 leather flip and sleeve style cases. These are black leather play through cases that will protect your iPod nano from typical everyday wear and tear.
The sleeve style case is black with contrasting white stitching. The nano slides into the suede lined case from the bottom and when fully inserted, is almost completely enclosed in leather. A physical snap at the bottom keeps the nano from sliding out. Not that would happen, as the fit is quite snug.
A large circular cutout on the front of the case matches perfectly with the click wheel, while the display cutout has a flexible plastic window sewn into it. Sewn into the back of the case is a small D ring that you can attach a lanyard strap (not included).
Once you have the nano positioned in this case, you really don’t need to remove it as there is access to the hold switch and earphone jack. To gain access to the sync / charge port, you have to unsnap the leather tab.
As far as added bulk, this sleeve case really doesn’t add much. The leather isn’t overly thick, and the weight is negligable. This case looks good, is made well and does its intended job as advertised.
The flip style case has the same basic design, but adds a full front cover that snaps closed with a magnetic snap.
A plastic screw in belt clip post is located on the back of the case. Included is a 360 degree plastic belt clip too.
Like the sleeve case, this one also has the circular cutout for the click wheel, and the plastic window sewn into the display opening. There is access to the hold switch, earphone jack and sync/charge cable as well.
The flip case does add quite a bit more bulk to the nano than the sleeve version. It’s a trade off though. For the added bulk, you gain more protection when the case is closed. So, the decision is ultimately yours as to what type of PDAir nano case works best for you.