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So after playing with the OtterBox for a few months, what do I think? I think it’s a great case if you tend to be rough with your gadgets. If I wore my iPod on my belt, I’d keep it in this case all the time. (My cell phone, which currently lives on my belt, is scraped and scratched from when I bump into things as I walk.) If I worked in an outdoor environment I’d keep my iPod in the OtterBox as much as possible. And if I were a swimmer, well, how cool would it be to swim laps while listening to your favorite music?

As it is, my wife decided she didn’t like the bulk it added to her Nano. For everyday use she’s going with a smaller case that will still provide scratch protection, albeit not drop, dirt, or water protection. If your main goal with a case is size or style, the OtterBox is probably overkill. But when we go camping and hiking we’ll be sure to use this, and it’s great for keeping your iPod safe while traveling, too.

In the end the OtterBox is probably over-engineered, but for people who need the extra protection it’s a fantastic option. It’s sturdy, well-constructed, and very good at what it sets out to do: keeping your iPod safe, secure, and dry. Just don’t try to fit any real otters in it — they’ll scratch the hell out of you in their attempt to escape.

OtterBox for iPod Nano

MSRP $39.95

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