If you thought shoes and iPods had nothing in common, then you clearly haven’t met Speck Products’s Canvas Sport case for the iPod nano. Constructed of sturdy, reinforced canvas and rubber, the Canvas Sport case is designed to look like a certain famous type of canvas sneaker. But how does it serve as an iPod case?
Using the Canvas Sport is simple enough. Simply unfasten the snap on the top of the case’s rear and the back hinges downwards. Slide your nano in and snap the fastener and you’re ready to go. The case has holes for the Click Wheel, headphone jack, and hold switch. There’s also an integrated clear-plastic (actually, flexible PVC) screen protector. On the case’s back you’ll find a slim belt clip, also covered in canvas.
The rubber edging on the case is dual purpose; besides mere sneaker-mimicking aesthetics, it also acts as a bumper in case you accidentally drop your iPod. The screen protector is also a welcome feature; its solidity makes it difficult to damage the nano’s display.
My complaints about the case are mainly ones of accessibility. Both the hold switch and headphone jack openings are a bit snug, making it difficult to operate the hold switch and a challenge to fit larger headphone plugs — my third-party headphones didn’t work at all with the Canvas Sport. And an inability to get at your iPod’s dock-connector port while in the case means you’ll have to remove the nano whenever you want to recharge or sync it with your computer. On the protection side, it would have been nice to see some sort of protection for the Click Wheel on par with the screen’s cover.
Overall, I suspect that it’s the look of the Canvas Sport that will attract most iPod users and, as long as you’re not too put off by the accessibility issues mentioned above, it’s a perfectly solid case that will keep your iPod safe, secure, and stylish. –Dan Moren