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In-Depth Review

iPod 5G/Video Flip Case

When we reviewed Pacific Design's iPod nano Flip Case last year (3 stars, US$29.95), we were pleased with the materials and design but unimpressed by the craftsmanship. Simply put, the nano's small form factor made it difficult for Pacific Design to make the precise cuts in the polyurethane needed to fit the nano perfectly. It's a different story with the iPod 5G Flip Case, however, as the company proves that it can put together a good iPod case.

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Pacific Design iPod 5G/Video Flip Case

Both flip cases feature a virtually identical design, with a solid color accented by a two-color stripe. The polyurethane looks, feels, and almost smells just like leather. The Flip Case is a switch-hitter, accommodating both 30GB and 60GB iPods. The former fits very well, if just a little bit loose, while the latter is a tight fit initially but with a bit of stretching works.

A hidden magnet keeps the top of the Flip Case securely shut when closed, while a plastic screen protector causes minimal distortion and protects the iPod's display at all times. Unlike the nano Flip Case, the 5G Flip Case features a screen cut-out both good in size and position. A good sized dock connector cut-out is also part of the design.

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Pacific Design's belt clip implementation remains lacking, in our opinion. While the virtually flush design is a perk for when your storing your iPod in your pocket, the belt clip is really only compatible if you're wearing an actual belt—forget about just clipping it to your pants or your pocket, since it's not an actual clip but merely a loop of leather held in place by a button snap and velcro.

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The Bottom Line

Pacific Design has delivered a very good case for your 5G iPod. If the design and features suit your tastes, you should be pleased with the investment.

The Flip Case is available in five color combinations: black with red/white stripe, pink with white/grey stripe, brown with white/orange stripe, red with tan/white stripe, and light blue with dark blue/white stripe.

Just The Facts

Pros:sharp design, durable materials, solid construction

Cons:questionable belt clip design

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