Silicone cases range from the gaudy to the simple: Fruitshop’s Nano2 Cube for the second-generation iPod nano falls mainly into the latter category, though its black and white chessboard pattern is, well, interesting. As cases go, though, the Cube is pretty much average.
The Cube doesn’t go in for a lot of extra bulk or features. Made of washable silicone, the case has openings for the iPod’s screen and hold button as well as open bottom so you can slide in your nano and have access to its headphone jack and dock-connector port. There’s also a thin, adhesive film included to protect the screen, as well as a pair of silicone earbud covers. The bottom right corner of the Cube has a hole for attaching a lanyard (not included), and there are markings over the Click Wheel’s controls so you can pause, hit next or previous, or navigate the iPod’s menus by touch. The chessboard design is also formed by raised markings, so it’s less likely to rub off after protracted use.
On the plus side, the case’s simplicity means that the Cube adds very little in the way of bulk to the nano. The case will keep your iPod well-protected from bumps, drops and scratches, with one exception: the screen. The included adhesive film will prevent casual scratches, but it’s a far cry from the tougher screen protection included with many cases. I didn’t find the silicone earbud covers particularly useful or comfortable, but your mileage may vary. Overall, this case runs at about the middle of the pack: it doesn’t stand out, for better or worse.