I had a hard time trying to find just the right case. I wanted a case that would provide easy access to my iPod's functions, yet the most protection. Leather portfolio cases are nice looking but most provide little to no protection of the screen. Other plastic cases are slippery on hard surfaces providing too great of a chance for it being dragged to the floor. This case proved to be perfect, providing easy access to functions, clear visibility to the screen while offering wonderful protection, and its rubbery outer surface not only helps to keep the iPod from sliding easily, but also adds a little bump protection in case it gets dropped. It's plastic so I don't expect it to be scratch-free after a few months use (just go it today), but it will have served its purpose of preventing my iPod from being scratched or damaged; and it looks cool too.