By Nate Adcock on Sat, 02/12/2011
Previewed some great cases this year at CES, especially at the OtterBox booth. The latest Reflex case samples are still not available, but the OtterBox guys sent me a Defender for iPod touch 4. The Defender case is an exceptionally well designed case/cover combo that protects nearly every surface on the touch.
The case sample they sent is an attractive two-tone Red/Black, but you can select from several color combinations. The interior is a full hard plastic shell that also features a thin built-in screen protector. The outside portion is a silicone cover to add shock absorption and grip.
The bottom has pop-out tabs to cover (or expose) the audio jack and 30-pin connector ports, as well as a small channel to vector out sound from the bottom of the unit. I really like the fact that the touch feels completely protected in this case. Both camera lens openings (and sensors) are perfectly fitted to the Defender case.
Not especially keen on the concept of exposing the Apple logo on the back. The Aegis case I recently reviewed (which is also well-designed) similarly has this round hole in the back. The back of any iPod is sensitive to scratches, so I would probably rather keep it completely covered, but it is kind of cool, I guess. If you want to keep your Touch in mint condition, you probably don't want to go for a case design that includes this feature...Or maybe a small rubberized pop-out insert should be included?
You can check out the whole OtterBox line of case products at their web site here. The Defender series starts at $39.95 (touch G4), and they have models for iPod, iPhone and iPad (also for Droid/HTC, and older iOS devices as well). I definitely recommend this product!