I still have and use the 2nd generation Apple iPod touch. I also have the iPad that I use for surfing, email, and a variety of apps, and I find that my iPod touch is still perfect for my music. I’m sure there are many other people who are still happily using their older iPods, so it’s nice that companies are still offering cases for the older units. I was happy to give the Nest case for the 2nd/3rd gen touch a try when they sent one to The Gadgeteer.
The Nest for iPod touch is a two-piece case. It’s made of a shiny, hard plastic (type not identified) and comes in black, white, and Rhodamine red. I received the Rhodamine red, and as you can see from the pictures, the color is by no means red. The color is better described as fuchsia – a medium bluish-pink. It’s a pretty color, but it probably won’t appeal to most men.
To install the case, you pull it apart and slide the iPod in. The case fit snugly. It took a little effort to pull off the bottom section of the case, so I don’t worry that the case will suddenly come apart and dump my iPod on the floor.
There are cutouts for all connectors and controls. I was able to use the power button and the volume rocker with no problems.
I was also able to use the Apple docking cable while the case was on, and I could easily insert the iPod into an iHome charging station while the touch was in the Nest case. If you find that the case doesn’t fit your dock, you could probably remove the bottom portion of the case. I was able to use most of my earbuds while the touch was in the Nest case, but there was one with a thicker plastic piece around the 3.5mm plug that wouldn’t fit into the earbud opening on the case.
The Nest case is hard and dense enough that it should protect the sides and back of your iPod from bumps and scratches. The screen is completely open in this case; there was no screen shield or sticker included.
You’ll have noticed some extra cutouts in the case. These cutouts turn the Nest case into a display stand. Simply pull the iPod out of the case and settle it into the cutouts.
The deepest, curved slots are used as a landscape stand or as a portrait stand. The iPod is angled at 55 degrees in portrait orientation. This angle works well when the device is sitting on a lower tabletop. I imagine it would be ideal if you are using the iPod on an airplane seat-back tray.
The other cuts are also for portrait orientation. They stand the iPod at a 70 degree viewing angle. This would work best when the iPod is sitting on a taller surface, or when you are laying on a bed with the iPod sitting next to you.
The Nest case is a compact, protective case for your older iPod touch. The integrated stands are convenient and stable. It’s nice to have a stand without having to carry around a separate piece. My only caution would be to remember that the red is not red!