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Fruitshop Nano2 Unique

At a Glance
  • Fruitshop International Fruitshop Nano2 Unique

Fruitshop International continues the innovation of its Bone Collection with the Nano2 Unique for the second-generation (2G) iPod nano. Like a number of other cases in the Bone line, the Nano2 Unique combines a silicone skin case with a system for keeping track of your iPod's earbuds.

Despite its name, the Nano2 Unique looks a lot like other silicone skins, especially its brethren in the Bone Collection. The front features an opening for the nano's screen, as well as a Click Wheel overlay that clearly shows the location of all the controls, making them easy to find by touch. The top of the case provides an opening for the iPod's hold switch, and the bottom is open for inserting and removing the nano as well as for accessing the nano's dock-connector port and headphone jack. There's also a thin, adhesive screen-protector film included.

On the back of the case, you'll find one of Fruitshop's cable-wrap and earbud-storage systems which, on the Unique, takes the form of a pair of semicircles with niches in the center for the iPod's earbuds. The earbuds nestle snugly in the little holes and the cable wrap works as expected, though there's no place to put the headphone plug as on some of the other Bone models. One downside is that those who don't use Apple's earbuds may find that their headphones don't fit perfectly, and those who eschew earbuds altogether are out of luck, period. But for those who do use Apple's stock headphones, the Unique is a nifty and compact way to avoid cable tangles and to keep from losing your earbuds.

My major complaint with the Nano2 Unique is the lack of heavy-duty screen protection. The included protector is thin and will prevent casual scratches and dust accumulation, but against anything more severe, it's not likely to hold up very well. A hard-plastic protector would be a welcome addition, especially in a case that boasts of its innovative features.

Other than screen protection and the inability to use third-party earphones with the cable wrap, the Nano2 Unique is another solid offering from Fruitshop, and one that many nano owners will no doubt find enticing.
--Dan Moren

At a Glance
  • Fruitshop International Fruitshop Nano2 Unique

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