The iPod Armor mini is similar to Matias’ full-size iPod Armor in that it’s an hardshell case for the iPod mini. (See our review of the standard iPod Armor.) However, it has a few significant differences. First, whereas the standard Armor is constructed entirely of aluminum, the mini version has only a thin layer of aluminum over ABS plastic, including plastic joints and latches. This makes for a lighter case, but it also means the Armor mini isn’t quite the “tank” that the standard version is. Another difference is that the Armor mini provides a clear plastic window for viewing your iPod’s screen. Again, this reduces the overall “protectiveness” of the case, but many users will likely prefer the added convenience.
Like the standard iPod Armor, the mini version is padded with foam internally for protection from shock and scratches and provides access to the iPod’s dock connector via a rubber door at the bottom. However, while the standard version provides openings for the remote/headphone jack and hold switch, the Armor mini leaves the entire top edge exposed. This is probably not as good for overall protection, but it means that you can use accessories such as Griffin’s iTrip mini while your iPod is in the case. An Armor Clip belt clip — which requires you to affix a permanent “stud” to the back of the case if you decide to use it — is also included.