...please consider your present AND future needs. I have learned the hard way that there is more to choosing a case than style and protection. Here is a summary of what I have read on the boards and my own experience. It is therefore somewhat subjective and I expect (and welcome) differing opinions and viewpoints. Silicon skins/wraps or applied skins like IS, BSE, etc. are great for preventing scratches but do little for shock (drop) protection. Many applied skins which cover the back of the Touch cannot be used in conjunction with hard cases. Both back and screen protection can be used with more flexible cases like Speck's Pixel Skin or other silicon wraps which can usually stretch a bit to accomodate the applied skis. Some applied skins offer great warranties, including lifetime warranties in which they will replace the skins as necessary. Some been reported to yellow over time. Application and resulting bubble/texture are frustrating to some, irrelevant to others. Skins, applied or silicon, usually ignore protection of the dock. They sometimes cover the buttons but do nothing to prevent lint or dirt from entering the dock connector. They can be difficult to remove. I admit I personally have no experience with silicon skins/wraps or applied shields. I use a screen protector that came with one of my cases and two of my cases have built-in protection. The above is a summary of what I have gleaned from posts and reviews. Hard cases offer great protection, but can be bulky. They can also make using accessories like docks or bluetooth dongles difficult. The best hard cases offer protection without bulk, ability to either dock items without taking the Touch out of the case (or easily take out to dock) and come with accessories such as screen protectors, universal docks, headphone jack extenders, stands, etc. Some are hybrids that have pieces that slip off the dock connector or the bottom third/half of the Touch to allow docking. I have owned six different iPod Touch 2G hard cases. My favorite is the InCase Slider for protection, style and ability to dock with accessories including my bluetooth dongle. A close second is the Rebel Touch by Switch Easy. It offers unsurpassed accessories including a screen protector, wipe, squeegee, headphone extender, dock connector cover, stand and universal dock adapter. Unfortunately, I cannot connect my dongle with it, and it is extremely difficult to remove my iPod from this case.