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by Chris Lawson, http://chrislawson.net
Requirements: iPod video or iPod classic (two different models, depending on thickness)
Compared to many manufacturers, PDO is a relative newcomer to the iPod
accessories market, but that doesn’t seem to have hurt their ability to
produce a quality, functional, and attractive iPod case.
The Flipp is a classic black leather flip-style iPod case in the same
vein as the PodFolio and
LeatherPod. The case is
available in two sizes: one for the thin iPod video and iPod classic
models (30 GB and 80 GB, respectively), and one for the thicker models
(60 GB or 80 GB iPod video, or 160 GB iPod classic).
It’s obvious that PDO took some notes from the competition’s hits and
misses. Like many modern iPod cases, the Flipp is lined with a soft
synthetic material to prevent scratches due to the case and, like many
flip-style cases, the Flipp holds its outer shell closed with a pair of
tiny—but strong—magnets at the base of the flap.
Unlike the PodFolio, but like the LeatherPod, the Flipp has a clear
plastic window over the iPod’s screen for extra protection. PDO went the
extra mile and sandwiched the clear plastic between two layers of
material, holding it off the screen and avoiding the scratch problem
that the LeatherPod had. Another area where it’s obvious PDO learned
from others’ mistakes is the hinge of the flip—the Flipp has a
7/8ths-width hinge that leaves ample room for large third-party
headphone jacks but provides almost as much protection as a full-width
The Flipp has a sturdy-feeling belt clip on the back that easily slips
on and off your waist no matter what your apparel is made of, but
miraculously manages to remain secure even if you’re running. The dock
connector cutout on the bottom is neat and tidy, more so than on many
non-rigid iPod cases I’ve seen, and allows for easy charging of the iPod
via the factory USB cable. The stitching is also very neat and tidy
throughout the case; the overall quality of the materials and
workmanship on the Flipp seem to be far superior to most of the cases
I’ve seen in this price range.
Another nice touch that adds to the classic look of black leather is the
complete absence of any logos on the flap. The PDO logo is on the back
of the case, just below the belt clip, safely out of the way and
assuring you that gaudy logos won’t ruin the lines of the case with your
Armani suit or Wrangler jeans.
I was unable to test the case with any dock connector–based accessories,
but the leather across the bottom of the case is fairly thick, so don’t
expect many accessories wider than the connector itself to work well, if
at all. Of course, this is a fairly widespread problem with iPod cases
and is by no means unique to the Flipp.
There are a lot of $30 cases out there, and there are even a number of
leather cases out there in this price range, but of all the ones I’ve
seen so far, PDO’s Flipp is the highest quality and best looking.
Longtime readers will know I do not hand out Excellent ratings lightly,
but this product truly deserves it.
Copyright © 2008 Chris Lawson. Reviewing in ATPM is open to
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