HOW-TO: iPod nano Protection on the Cheap

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Date: Thursday, September 8th, 2005, 08:50
Category: iPod

Fellowes WriteRight iPod nanoYou’ve undoubtedly heard the reports of late about scratching and cracking iPod nano screens. While you can’t do much about the screen cracking, except of course to stop stuffing it into the pockets of your tight jeans, you can do something about the scratches until the first wave of nano cases shows up.
The first and best advice I can give is to keep the included screen sticker on the front of the nano. I’m not talking about the “don’t steal music” outer wrapping, under that there’s another thin clear piece of plastic on the front of the nano that you should keep intact to protect against scratches. If you’ve already removed it, you can try putting it back on, but it’s difficult.
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Fellowes WriteRight iPod nanoYou’ve undoubtedly heard the reports of late about scratching and cracking iPod nano screens. While you can’t do much about the screen cracking, except of course to stop stuffing it into the pockets of your tight jeans, you can do something about the scratches until the first wave of nano cases shows up…
The first and best advice I can give is to keep the included screen sticker on the front of the nano. I’m not talking about the “don’t steal music” outer wrapping, under that there’s another thin clear piece of plastic on the front of the nano that you should keep intact to protect against scratches. If you’ve already removed it, you can try putting it back on, but it’s difficult.
Having already removed mine (and suffering a few nice scratches) I decided to take another route and use a PDA screen protector on my black nano 4GB until the real cases start shipping. I picked up a pack of Fellowes WriteRight for the tiny Palm m100 on clearance at Circuit City for only US$2.99 for a pack of 12!
Fellowes WriteRight iPod nanoTo cut it into the shape of a nano, download the iPod nano Origami, print it and use it as a template for the WriteRight. After carefully cutting the WriteRight into the desired shape, simply apply it to your nano and remove the bubbles with the included tool. If you’re a real glutton for punishment you can try to cut out a perfect circle for the click wheel, but I’m not so I just left a square area around the wheel uncovered.
There are some downsides to the WriteRights though, they’re designed for small PDA screens (specifically black and white ones) so they don’t fit exactly and the textured surface causes a weird prism effect on the nano’s color display. But hey, it’s a cheap US$3 solution until the wave of nano cases start shipping.
If you’re looking for something better, pick up an invisibleSHIELD for iPod nano (US$20) or adapt one of the crystal clear Screen It! covers from PurpleMoo Singapore.

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