The 4th-Gen iPod Touch (iPod Touch 4G, or iTouch 4G or whatever you want to call it) has been available for a few months now and there is now doubt that the device will be under several Christmas trees this year and be one of the top holiday gifts of 2010.
If you are looking into getting the latest iPod Touch as a holiday gift for your kids, you are looking into a pretty hefty investment somewhere in the realm of $229 to $399, depending on the model you decide to buy.
That said, you want the device protected. The thin glass screen isn't very resilient to the sudden impact of accidental drops. It's probably a good idea to look into a case, so that the device may be protected in case it takes a spill.
Lets have a look at some of the available cases for the iPod Touch 4G:
HHI iPod Touch 4th Generation Silicone Looper Skin Case
This is one of the most basic cases you can get. It's basically a rubber cover for your iPod Touch. The front is exposed but as with most cases, has a little bit of a lip that serves not only to hold the device in, but protect it should the device land face down. It's not the most protective case around, but it can save an iPod Touch from a minor fall.
Apple iPod Socks
These aren't exactly the most protective cases around, and they seem a bit pricey. However, they do have a nice advantage; they fit various different generations of iPod classics and iPod Touch models, so you can use them just as well for some of the other iDevices in your collection.
iPod Touch 4G Feather Case
The Feather cases are less than a millimeter thin, and are designed to be light and unobtrusive for the user. This particular model is designed for the iPod Touch 4G, and includes two screen protectors and a cloth for cleaning. According to the description on the website, the case is so thin that it allows for you to use the device with most iPod Docks.
ProFit Armband for iPod Touch
This one may look kind of silly at first glance, but it's excellent for joggers. They simply strap the device around their arm, which gives them easy access to the iPod face. The material is designed to keep a sweaty arm dry and is hand-washable. In addition to that, it has a reflective safety stripe that runners and joggers will appreciate.
Verve Folio for iPod Touch
This case type may seem a bit bulkier, but the protection is nice. These cases feature a front flap that can protect the screen of the iPod Touch. This case also has a microfiber lining within the inside which is very soft and works well for protecting the surface of the device.
Overboard Waterproof Case
To be quite honest, this case worries us a bit. We don't know how waterproof it is, and the truth is that we wouldn't try to submerge our device in water to test it out. Where this can come in handy is if we go to an amusement park with rides where you may get wet, like Sea World. We can see this being a nice precautionary measure when boater or angler in the family as well. It has a neck lanyard and claims that it will float "most" devices safely.
This case is the elegant solution. It fits various iPhone and iPod Touch models. While we aren't the type to wear the device strapped to our side, some may dig that. Keep in mind that this offers protection if the case falls, but you will have to pull your iOS device out of the case before using it. Though it's worth noting that the website has 23 customer ratings and this case has five stars. Probably popular among the business-type guys.
iPod Touch 4G Skin
Some iPod Touch and iPhone owners like using skins instead of cases. They protect from minor scratches while the device is in your pocket and rubs against your keys or some loose change. However, they do not protect much against drops other than maybe keeping the device from getting scuffed. If it falls face down, chances are the screen will be cracked. This one is meant for the less accident-prone user who just wants a bit of protection when for when the iPod Touch is in their backpack, pocket or purse.
Gelaskins are some of our favorite. Like the other skins, they don't bulk up your device much if at all. They are higher quality than most skins because the removal is clean and doesn't tend to leave that sticky gunk that many of the other skins do. The Gelaskins line is typically pretty hip with cool designs, and downloadable wallpapers to complete the look. The more artistically inclined iPod Touch owners can opt to create their own skin. Which is extra cool. They also offer gift certificates, which may be ideal for those who want to buy one as a gift, but can't decide on which to get.
Gelaskins (Neo New York Design for iPod Touch 4G Shown Above)
This rubber case looks somewhat like the treads of a tire. It protects the device from drops as well as many of the other cases, but it's somewhat bulkier. Of course that means more protection from falls. It's design walks a fine line between stylish and elegant,meaning that it may serve the grown up in the family just as well as it does the teen in the family.
One final note…
Cases can only go so far to protect a device that drops. We all know that, so it's always best to be careful. When the device does happen to fall, these cases may protect it. You may also notice that we avoided hard plastic cases. Those tend to be cheaper and can crack on impact. A good rubber case will help absorb much of that impact, thus protecting your iPod.
We hope this helps.