Case-Mate’s Signature Line case for the 5th-generation iPod (with video) is a slide-on case constructed of padded, textured leather with an open top for easy access to the controls and inserting and removing your iPod. Your iPod’s screen, controls, and Dock Connector are all exposed. To compensate for this exposure, adhesive, thin-plastic-film protectors for your iPod’s front face and Click Wheel are included. Unfortunately, unless one is careful when applying these protectors, dust and dirt can easily get trapped underneath. Should you opt to not use the full-face protector, your iPod’s screen is afforded no protection.
The included belt clip is secured by screw fastened to the back, which means it leaves no protrusions when removed.
Although Case-Mate’s Signature Series case offers good shock protection thanks to its thick, padded leather, and includes a good belt clip, it’s also bulkier than most cases and I wasn’t a fan of its adhesive-film screen protector.–Derik DeLong