Simple is nice, but Saunders’ RhinoSkin HardCase is for people who want more than just clear, molded plastic. Unlike some similar case, the HardCase doesn’t enclose the iPod between two plastic panels. Instead, it features a clear-polycarbonate front that leaves the Click Wheel exposed, and an aluminum back with plastic grips on the left and right sides. Your iPod slides down through the case’s open top. The case includes a rotating, plastic belt clip that secures to a removable metal screw on the back, as well as a lanyard for people who like to wear things around their necks. Also included in the package is a StuffBak sticker that offers a reward to anyone who finds and returns your iPod if you lose it.
Because aluminum is involved, the HardCase is slightly heavier and bulkier than the others here (including the iSee), and the exposed top means the iPod isn’t totally secure within the shell–it’s a tight fit, but a good bump will cause the player to slip out a bit, leaving the Click Wheel misaligned with the front opening. That aside, the HardCase is a solid alternative to all-plastic shells for users looking for a heftier case with a little extra protection.