Not everyone likes “sleeve”-style iPod cases — ones that completely enclose the iPod. The biggest criticism of these cases is that they don’t provide easy access to the iPod’s controls and don’t allow you to see the screen. However, there are situations — such as when the iPod will be in a pocket or bag — where you don’t need such functionality or might not have access to the front of the iPod anyway. For example, when traveling, I usually keep my iPod in a pocket in my laptop backpack and use either the iPod’s remote or Nyko’s iTop button relocator to control playback.
If you’re in the market for such a protective sleeve, Sumo’s line of cases provides a number of attractive options. The Quilted and Stripe models, identical except for stitching patterns, are constructed of tough ballistic nylon on the outside with a soft lining inside. They stretch to fit any standard iPod and offer protection from scratches and mild bumps while leaving the top edge of the iPod exposed so you can still use accessories, such as FM transmitters and remote control receivers, that connect to the remote/headphone jack. A metal belt clip adorns the back of each case; I like the low profile of the clip, which doesn’t add much bulk to the case.
The Stripe model is available in black or navy blue with several white stitching stripes. The Quilted model comes in black and gray with white quilted stitching. With the attractive designs, good quality, and a low price — for iPod cases — of only $20, it’s easy to recommend these cases if you like the “sleeve” style.
(Playlist book readers: For a review of the Sumo Flap Cases, please see the separate review in our Cases section.)–Dan Frakes