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The iPod must be aligned with the headphone plug so that it inserts into the socket before closing the case.  If the case is closed without inserting the plug, damage to the ipod or the case can result.

When everything was properly positioned, the iPod slid easily into the plug.  The case snapped shut with a positive "click" sound.  The iPod is held securely by the rubber knobs inside the case, and doesn't move.

We were able to turn the iPod on by pushing the "Play" button.  The controller worked exactly as expected.  The action was smooth and positive.  There was no distortion from the window.

Now that we have the iPod in the case, the thing on everyone's mind is...yeah, but is it waterproof?  Well, before we test this setup in the pool, we are first going to test it in a tub...check out the video :-)

The case worked just as advertised in our brief underwater test.  We had no problems with leaks or seepage. 

Our next test will be to take this case to the pool and see if we can get some bikini-clad babes to do the honors for us...

NOTE:  We did notice one small mark when we removed the iPod from the H2OAudio case.  Our iPod nano has the InvisibleShield applied and the case left a small mark which was barely noticeable. 

We have digitally enhanced the contrast so it could be clearly seen.  We would not expect this to be a problem on an unshielded iPod.



Waterproof housing

By Wan Chi Lau

There are many protective cases for the iPod on the market, but this waterproof unit from H2OAudio is the first we have seen which is designed to encase the iPod and still give full access to all of its functionalities.

The engineers at H2OAudio went all out when designing this water-tight iPod nano case: polycarbonate outer shell, silicone seal, stainless steel screws, and piano-style hinge.  If you have seen the type of enclosures for underwater camera housings, then you know what we're talking about.

Making a water-tight case is hard enough; making a case that allows the user to interact with the iPod as expected can be quite a challenge.

In the FirstLook review, we will take a look at the case, its features, and whether the control works as expected.

In the FirstUse review, we will see if it will really work underwater.  If it doesn't, then there will be a used iPod for sale cheap on EBay.


1. FirstLook

2. FirstUse

Review Summary:

Initial Impression- Well constructed

Usability- Same iPod User Interface

Durability- TBD

Price- $80

iPod Reviews:

1. iPod nano FirstLook

2. iPod nano FirstUse

iPod Case Reviews:

1. iKeychain

2. Speck cases

3. Marware cases

4. iSkin Duo case

5. C6 Carbon Fiber case

iPod installation Reviews:

1. iPod Install in a Porsche

2. Drive+Play FirstLook

3. Drive+Play Installation

iPod Speaker Reviews:

1. JBL OnTour Speakers

2. Logitech mm50 FirstLook

3. Logitech mm50 FirstUse

Photography by Wan Chi Lau
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