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Brenthaven Flip Case

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  • Brenthaven Flip Case

Despite its name, Brenthaven's Flip Case for the 5G iPod (with video) isn't really a flipcase. Rather, it's a rigid-leather slide-in case much like those from Vaja. You slide your iPod into the case through a large opening on the top; once inside the case, your iPod is protected from some scratches and bumps, with the entire top edge, the screen, and the Click Wheel accessible though exposed. A large opening -- almost too large -- at the bottom of the case provides access to your iPod's dock-connector port.

What gives the Flip Case its name is that if you remove your iPod from the case, and then flip the case over, an opening on the back of the case acts as a stand for your iPod -- for example, for watching video or viewing photos. It's a unique idea that has one flaw: Although the thinner 30GB iPods fit very well in the slot, reclining to a good angle for viewing, the opening is a bit too narrow to allow the thicker 60/80GB iPods to recline adequately.

Overall, the Flip Case offers good shock protection and an innovative design. However, its video-viewing slot is a better fit for 30GB iPods, and the case leaves a good amount of your iPod vulnerable to scratches.--Dan Frakes

At a Glance
  • Brenthaven Flip Case

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