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Vakadoo iVak

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Vakaadoo's iVak 5G Domino is a plastic case available in black or white to match your iPod. Sizes for both the 30 and 60 GB versions are available, ensuring a snug fit. The case itself is very simple, comprised of two pieces of hard plastic. The front piece features an opening for the Click Wheel as well as a clear plastic shield portion for the screen. The case includes no way to attach it to a belt or otherwise secure it.

The interesting -- and irritating -- aspect of the case is the way in which the two parts snap together. They form a very strong dovetail, two on the left and one on the right. Although this forms a tight connection, the corners on the right are a tad looser. It's also a bit difficult to open the case: You need to use an included card accessory to pull the two pieces apart. This is inconvenient when on the road.

The iVak provides good scratch protection, adding little weight and maintaining the iPod aesthetic, but the lack of clips or lanyards and the difficulty of opening the case make it less than ideal.--Derik DeLong

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  • Vakadoo iVak

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