At a Glance
Aluminum belt clip for use with TuneWear’s IceWear mini case
We previously reviewed TuneWear’s IceWear for the iPod mini, a silicone “skin” case that offers decent shock and scratch protection while leaving the Click Wheel, screen, and top surface of your iPod mini exposed; the case includes an integrated belt loop rather than a belt clip. TuneWear has recently released their Aluminum Clip, which is basically an aluminum cradle with belt clip designed to be used with the IceWear to provide better protection and a standard belt clip.
To use the Clip, you simply slide your IceWear-encased iPod mini into it. The bottom of the Clip has a metal lip to prevent your iPod/IceWear from slipping out the bottom, but it’s really not necessary — the fit is extremely tight. (In fact, the fit is so tight that you shouldn’t plan on removing your iPod from the Clip/IceWear combination too frequently, if ever. This is probably the Clip’s biggest drawback.) Each Clip is carved out of a solid chunk of aluminum, and is both attractive and well-made: The cut edges are rounded, the brushed surface feels smooth, and the belt clip provides a good grip and has a hook at the bottom to help secure the case on your belt or bag strap. The belt clip also provides a metal loop for connecting a lanyard.