Fashionable girls have fashionable toys. Pretty little baubles that look as good as their owner. Now the real problem: how to keep them that way. With lives populated by piles of goodies, the Stiletto Jungle Girl Talk panelists are always on the lookout for stylish ways to keep their big girl toys in tip top shape. When they were offered the chance to review Vibe Vault, a new line of nearly indestructible iPod cases that still manage to keep all of the buttons and dials available for use, the Girl Talk panel jumped on it! Would this new line live up to their claims of superior protection?
"When Vibe Vault arrived and I really liked the color-- a bronze look," starts Tina, a San Diego-based attorney. "I had to disassemble it to then put my iPod inside. I finally got all the locks in place and was ready to go. My first impression is that it made my iPod actually feel heavier and seem bigger. Which, if you have the iPod mini, that isn't really what you are after. I like that my iPod is protected, but not sure I would spend the asking price to have that case. I also am more concerned about it coming on in my purse now since there is no face protection. My old case enclosed the iPod so it wouldn't accidentally come on. Altogether, the Vibe Vault is a great option for iPods."
Vibe Vault - 3rd Gen Nano
Available at: vibevault.com
The cover comes with a protective shield and you are supposed to peel away the opaque sides to reveal the clear coating in the middle. This is a task similar to prying those damn plastic grocery bags in the vegetable aisle at your local grocery store. I pretty much gave up and couldn't peel away the film. I did finally get my iPod inside the cover and screwed it back up. It is a good fit, and I think if I ran over it in my car, it'd still be OK (please don't try this at home). And yes, it is probably very scratch resistant. But honestly? It's so much more weighty, and not very comfortable to carry around with me. I'm really disappointed. I say scrap the metal material, use something more malleable. And also scrap the idea of screws and this tiny driver! That was a ridiculous process. We iPod users choose this product because it's super easy to use. I wish this was a better case, but I really could not recommend this to someone else. I'm switching back to my old case and icing my thumbs."
Vibe Vault - 5th Gen
Available at: vibevault.com
Well, there you have it. Vibe Vault offers a very high level of protection for your iPod and a slick look, but the trade off is a heavier iPod-- perhaps too heavy for use during exercise. Don't miss any Girl Talk Reviews. Subscribe to Stiletto Jungle and get free updates by e-mail or RSS. Take Stiletto Jungle with you wherever you surf with the Stiletto Jungle Connect Toolbar featuring Google search.
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