Incipio duroSHOT for iPod touch review

The duroSHOT polycarbonate hard case for 2nd generation iPod touch is one of several solutions from accessories manufacturer Incipio for Apple gadget users. The duroSHOT combines two layers of protection in a three part case yet remains relatively lightweight and bulk free on your travels. Firstly, what Incipio describes as a shock absorbing super thin silicone lining wraps snuggly around your iPod. It's stretchy, comes in two choices of black and white, and is relatively easy to fit compared to the slightly more fiddly 2nd part. The polycarbonate hard case comes in two pieces and clips securely in place with a little effort.

Typically, the duroSHOT also adds an all important screen protector, which you'll need to fit first. Like all protectors it’s not ideal but is much more responsive and transparent than some we've tried that resemble sticky back plastic of old. The Incipio package also comes with a small cleaning cloth and video stand for potentially hands free viewing. Both the silicone lining and polycarbonate hard case can be repeatedly removed but matching up the pair again requires effort and patience to avoid the lining poking out the side of the case or covering your controls.

Once fitted correctly the hard case does feel like a solid choice for your iPod touch, able to withstand, we suspect, a fair few knocks and bumps. While controls are fairly easy to access they are occasionally unresponsive and a third party charger particularly required effort to charge. Available in an attractive range of colours, the Incipio duroSHOT hard case is compatible with the iPod touch 8GB, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models. Incipio also offers duroSHOT cases for the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS and iPod nano 5G.

OUR VERDICT

The Incipio duroSHOT hard case is an attractive solution for iPod and iPhone users that also feels protective in hand or pocket. We'd like to see a little more attention to detail though to ensure the hard case is both an easier and better fit.

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