Vaja flip case itself is well constructed and fits snugly
around my 5G iPod. The first impression the case provides
is that of a beautifully made product, well stitched and
well fitted to the iPod. There is a clear protector for
the iPod screen and the click wheel is easily accessed.
Although an additional protector is available for it, I
couldn't really see the need as the flip case more than
adequately covers and protects the iPod control surfaces.
cutout for the iPod dock cable is well situated and allows
the connector to sit snugly against the iPod without
any physical interference. My only concern with the case
was that although the flip has a cutout to allow the
headphone jack to protrude, it doesn't permit access
to the Hold button when the flip is closed. I found the
case fit comfortably in my hand and when held right,
I could use the flip to shade the iPod display when using
it in bright sunlight. The magnetic closures are well
situated and do not spoil the lines of the case whatsoever.
The closures also perform admirably. Removing the iPod
was easily facilitated by pushing on the bottom of the
device which then pushes up through the top of the case.
offers three different types of clip systems: a high
quality system called the Ultraclip, a rivet-based clip
system, and a metal hook which is sewn permanently to
the back of the case and allows you to hook the case
to a belt loops. I did not bother with a clip system,
as I'm perfectly happy keeping the iPod in one of my
many utility pockets.
the case will not protect the iPod from a fall from a
great height, it has already protected my unit from a
couple of shorter drops. The strength and rigidity of
the flip cover also prevents all but the most concerted
efforts from accidentally activating the unit when the
flip is closed. I did find that I somehow scratched the
case, probably from placing it in a pocket being shared
with a set of keys.
I had no major concerns with the case design, attractiveness
and usability, one general concern may be the price.
It's true that many iPod owners will note that other
leather flip cases retail at between one-third and two-thirds
the cost of the Vaja models. That said, a direct comparison
between iPod case models from Bellagio or EB Cases and
the Vaja AP186 is no contest at all—the Vaja is
functional and remarkable looking, and embodies a unique
design. The Bellagio and EB models are functional enough
but look utterly coarse by comparison.
only sell direct to the public via their web site. They
have no plans at the moment to work with distributors
or representatives as their web presence more than meets
their goals. The web site offers extensive order customization,
with options available for personalization, an embossed
logo, material, color choices for a one color or two
color finish and clip style.
button not accessible when flip is closed. Price is notably
higher than the competition. As with all leather cases,
it's susceptible to minor scratches.
designed, finely made and finished. Performs admirably
and protects your iPod well. Excellent range of colors
available for custom configuration. In all situations
the case performed admirably and I've enjoyed using it
with my iPod. Although the case isn't designed to provide
heavy duty protection, it more than meets my needs. The
AP168 is an all round winner, aesthetically, functionally
and structurally. Vaja could easily produce licensed
versions of their products which people would happily
snap up. I for one will look at picking up a couple more
cases from Vaja—the iVod Video SP looks particularly
nice and I'm also waiting for them to release a cover
for the new Motorola Razr V3i case. Highly Recommended.