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zCover iSA 5G Original

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  • zCover iSA 5G Original

zCover's iSA 5G Original is a silicone case for the 5G iPod (with video). The case comes in six different colors: ice, grey, pink, black, blue, and glow-in-the-dark white. The silicone covers your entire iPod except for the screen, hold switch, and headphone port. The bottom of the case features a flap that allows you to connect your iPod's dock-connector cable, and the portion of silicone covering the Click Wheel is thinner to improve control.

A hard-plastic shield that fits into a groove in the case around your iPod's screen protects that screen, and a removable plastic belt clip, which secures using two pieces that connect through the back of the case, is included. The clip itself rotates so you can use it in any number of positions. Unfortunately, the rotation mechanism relies upon a plastic ring that becomes loose with use, requiring one to periodically push the ring back in to tighten the rotary action.

The iSA 5G Original is a complete case with a mostly solid design. On the other hand, the included belt clip's design has a flaw that could be a hassle if you plan on using the rotation regularly.--Derik DeLong

At a Glance
  • zCover iSA 5G Original

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