Marware has been busy creating a whole slew of cases for the Apple iPod nano digital music player. I’m going to give you a peek at their 3 latest creations. A mussilicon cover, leather credit card wallet case and a sporty case that can be worn on your belt or arm.
Left to Right: Pivot cover, Marware cover, Brando cover
There are a couple of difference between the Marware cover and the others that are worth mentioning. First of all, the actual color of this cover seems to be brighter and not as translucent as the others. The silicon material also feels a bit thicker than the Brando and Pivot covers.
All of the cutouts line up with their intended features. The cutout around the click wheel is tapered instead of blunt cut, which is a nice touch.
Included with the Sport Grip are protective clear stickers for the click wheel and display. The adhesive used for these stickers feel very light. I don’t think the stickers will leave any residue when removed.
Connecting with the dock or a charging cable is not a problem.
Access to the hold switch isn’t an issue either.
The only thing that keeps me from liking this cover better than the Brando cover (my favorite), is that lint and dust seems to stick to it slightly more than the others. Despite that fact, the Marware cover is less expensive than the other two.
C.E.O. Card Wallet
If you’re wanting to combine your wallet with your nano case, this one will do the trick as long as you don’t have too much cash or too many credit cards. Available in Black, Tan, Pink and Red, this full grained leather case fits well in a coat pocket.
This is a book style case with nothing to hold the cover closed. The outer part of the wallet is padded and somewhat stiff.
The interior has one vertical slot that can hold folded cash or credit cards. The opposite side of the wallet has a holster for the nano. The nano slides into the holster from the top, where it is held securely. The back of the holster is lined with soft suede and there is a clear plastic protector sewn into the display area.
The cutout for the click wheel lines up just fine, and the earphone jack at the bottom is equally accessible. You will be required to remove the nano from the wallet in order to charge and sync music though.
Although this case would not be big enough to replace my regular wallet, it is made well and will protect your nano from everyday wear and tear.
This is more of a case system than just a case. It can be used with the included hand-strap, belt clip or armband, and is available in Blue, Grey and Black.
The case is made of stretchy orca-skin neoprene, with clear plastic covering the face of the nano.
On the back of the case you will find a Multidapt clip connector like those used on Krusell cases.
The nano slides into the case from the bottom. Once fully inserted, the bottom flap can be tucked up into the case like a shirt tail. A small circular cutout for the earphone is cut into the flap.
You can use this case with the included hardcover by pressing it face first into it. Then the Multidapt spring clip or the arm band clip can be attached depending on the way you want to wear the case. You can also attach the case to the armband without the hardcover.
While it’s cool that you can use this case in different ways, I found actually using the nano while inside it, to be a bit harder than usual. The bottom part of the clear plastic window on the front isn’t quite big enough. As a result, using your thumb to scroll though artists or songs doesn’t feel as smooth as it could. My thumb would brush the bottom of the cutout causing the scrolling to slow down.
There’s also the issue that you have to pull out the ‘shirt tail’ in order to sync / charge with a cable or dock. While this isn’t a really difficult task, it does require a bit of wrestling due to the tight fit.
If you’re an active person, the Sportsuit Convertible will surely be a useful accessory for you and your nano.