This aluminum shield snaps shut from the side to protect your iPod from scratches and minor damage from drops or compressions. The padded interior comes with extra padding in order to better fit all 4G iPod configurations, including the iPod photo. However, even with the neoprene padding, we could have used a slightly snugger fit.
There’s a plastic shield that covers the display, while an opening in the case provides access to the clickwheel. However, the clickwheel is not left completely exposed, an included iSkin Wheel Cap provides some protection against damage. Openings along the top and bottom provide access to all ports and switches. We liked the removable plastic belt clip, which makes it easier to stick in a pocket.
Compared to some other aluminum cases, this one seemed pretty sturdy. It opens and snaps shut quite well, and didn’t bend under normal-to-moderate pressure. We dropped it from 50 feet, and it suffered no damage whatsover.–Mathew Honan