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.