Fruitshop’s Bone collection of iPod cases are definitely among the more innovative on the market, and the Nano2 Slim for the second-generation (2G) iPod nano continues this tradition. A silicone skin with some additional tweaks, it’s a well-made case that will appeal to many users.
Like many silicone skins, the Nano2 Slim is a thin, rubberized sheath with openings for the screen and the hold switch, as well as an open bottom that doubles as a place to insert the nano and access its dock-connector port and headphone jack. The front of the case features a faux Click Wheel, complete with embossed controls for the four Click Wheel directions and a textured center button that make it easy to use the nano without looking at it. The package also includes a thin, adhesive film that goes over the nano’s screen
On the back of the case you’ll find a small headphone cable wrap in the middle and notches at the top, conveniently marked for left and right, into which you can slide the “stems” of your earbuds. With the earbuds in place, the case takes on an almost Mickey Mouse appearance, the speakers peeking out over the top of the nano. There’s also a notch in the headphone wrap for the headphone plug. Despite the cable wrap, the case is surprisingly compact, just 1.4cm thick. The downside of the cable wrap is that it’s specifically made for the iPod’s included earbuds. You may have some luck with similar-shaped models, but those who use other styles of headphones are likely out of luck (you can, of course, still use the headphone wrap portion).
If you’re using the iPod’s standard earbuds, the Nano2 Slim is a great way to avoid the unsightly and inconvenient mess of cables that can often result when you need to stow your iPod in a bag. That said, I’d like to see more robust screen protection: the included adhesive film will handle scratches and minor impacts, but little more than that. Still, the Nano2 Slim is a very cool case that competes well with most silicone skins before you even add in the novelty of its cord management system.