PowerSupport’s Crystal Jacket for the second generation iPod nano is the kind of case for people who not only want to keep their iPod safe from scratches, but also want to show off its slick metallic exterior. It makes a solid stab at both of those goals and succeeds to an extent.
The Crystal Jacket is comprised of three major parts: clear plastic front and back pieces that clip to the nano — much like Agent 18’s NanoShock and Mophie’s Relo Radura — hugging its curves, and a plastic belt clip that slides onto the closed case. The only openings are at the top and bottom of the case, as well as a circular hole for your nano’s Click Wheel. Also included are clear plastic films for the Click Wheel and screen (the latter of which is actually protected by the case itself), and a small rubber plug that fits into the bottom (dock-connector) opening to keep out dust and dirt.
All of the nano’s features are perfectly accessible through the case, though, as with many cases, you’ll need to take your iPod out of the case in order to place it in a dock-cradle accessory. However, since the bottom of the nano is flush with the bottom of the case, many bottom-mounted dock-connector accessories work fine while your nano is encased. (It’s worth noting that the rubber dock connector plug is unidirectional; it fits correctly only one way.)
I have only a couple concerns with the case. The first is that the detachable belt clip doesn’t grip the case quite as tightly as I’d like; I had trouble clipping it to my belt without the clip sliding off. My second concern is the construction of the case’s material: After having the case, with my nano inside, in my bag for week, I noticed a couple very slight cracks at the top edge of the case’s front piece. The plastic does feel a bit flimsy, especially compared to similar cases like the Relo Radura and NanoShock mentioned above.
Overall, though, the Crystal Jacket is a decent case. The extras, such as the Click Wheel film and dock connector plug, are thoughtful touches. If you don’t mind the shaky belt clip, the Crystal Jacket is an acceptable offering.