Cases are finally starting to come out for the new 4th generation iPod touch.

There were practically no options when I purchased iTouch about 2 weeks after they came out so I was limited to a silicon skin that wrapped around the back. These are nice, but they’re not suitable for pocket carry and I spent a lot of time being careful of exactly where my iTouch was and what was near it. Cases are pretty personal items, and everyone has different tastes in what they want. I like the “old school” leather PDA flip cases where the screen cover flips over the top and onto the back giving you access to the device.

I found what I was looking for in the Proporta Aluminum Lined Leather Case. It took a while to get here from the UK, but the wait was worth it. This is a very nice quality case with good leather, excellent and precise cutouts for the screen and controls, a nice lining, excellent stitching and a weak magnetic closure that’s just enough to do the job without getting in the way of anything. Oh, and it has an aluminum plate stitched into the lid so I can keep it in my pocket and not worry about any blunt objects beating against the screen. To make it even better, the case is only $39.00. More expensive than eBay to be sure, but much cheaper than similar offerings from EBCases or Vaja.

After I started using the case I quickly found a problem with it. I couldn’t see my screen anymore. It seems Proporta (and a quick Google search will tell you pretty much every other case company) forgot a cutout for the automatic brightness sensor on the 4G iPod Touch. The easy solution is to turn off automatic brightness. I like the automatic brightness feature.

The sensor is very difficult to see on the face of the iTouch, only under extremely bright circumstances can you just barely make out a red dot about 5/8 of an inch to the right of the camera. I had an old leather punch in the garage, I knew roughly where it was so after a quick search it was thawing out inside the house. It was more rusted than I remember it, probably due to it’s origins as a Harbor Freight special.

I really didn’t want to deface my new case, I do think it’s one of the better ones I’ve had. I measured the location of the sensor, then I measured it on the case. I did both again just to be sure and I marked the spot and punched a new hole.

Now it’s perfect.