I recently bought a new case for my iPod (4th gen, monochrome, 20gb) from the company Lime. (www.limelimelime.com
) so I figured I would write up a review for all you ehMacers looking for alternative iPod cases (and I feel the review on iPodLounge is a bit unfair). I bought the “flip case”, and they also offer “peels” which are a lot like the standard black Apple iPod case, but with more funky fabrics. Note that these cases are created to primarily look good, and I realise that some will hate the design, some will love it. This is just a quick review, but if anyone has questions etc. feel free to post and I’ll get back to you.
Lime. peels (the bottom of the page shows the flip case):
(I got the Mr. Robot one).
Not too bad. Some areas on the side are unprotected, but the iPod is largely protected from scrapes etc. The transparent cover inside allows for easy use of the iPod controls/LCD (while the cover is flipped up) while also protecting the LCD and click wheel. It might offer a bit of protection if the iPod were dropped, but its obviously meant to be primarily a fashionable case, although it does provide a bit of protection (mainly from scratches).
Lime. advertises their products as being hand made, which they are. Some of the stitching is a bit uneven (nothing too bad) and there are a few ripples in the fabric where the card backing underneath has formed a ripple (eg- as it bends around the bottom of the iPod). This doesn’t seriously detract from the appearance though, and it doesn’t feel as if its about to fall apart or anything.
The hold button on top is accessible, as is the headphone jack, without opening the case at all. By removing the elastic and flipping up top cover, the iPod’s click wheel and LCD are accessible. The iPod would have to be removed from the case to access the dock connector. The standard iPod functions (eg- listening to your music
) are therefore easily accessible, requiring you only to flip up the top cover. It has no belt "clip", but does have a sort of elastic strip of material that could be used to attach it to something (refer to pictures of back of case).
I really like the cases this company makes, they seem to be more unique and original than most others. I will admit that when I was looking for a case, one of the most important issues for me was that it look cool, which I really think this case does. It’s an added advantage that its easy to use (easily accessible controls) and also protects my iPod quite well.
I bought directly from the site (through the Paypal checkout) and it was a very easy process. They shipped a week earlier than expected, and I received my case very quickly, with very professional communication etc.
Downsides (only apply to some people, but here’s all the ones I can think of right now):
- Adds a bit of extra size to the iPod (about 1 cm in length, 0.5 cm in width, 1cm in height)
- Some might not like having to flip up the case to access the iPod controls
- Some might not like the look of it (but I think its cool)
- Some might not like the fact that its hand made
- No belt clip, only a sort of elastic-y loop (might go around a belt, but not highly convenient)
Protects reasonably well, looks cool/unique (IMO), and allows for reasonably easy access to controls. This is definitely the best iPod case (for me) that I have come across. It’s a bit pricey (about $40 including shipping/taxes) but compared to most other cases, that’s par for the course. I also found the company very professional (fast production/shipping) to deal with.
I have attached some pics of mine if you’re interested (my cell phone cam sucks, but its better than nothing