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SkinIt Review (or How to Dress Up a Pocket PC or Mobile Phone)
Posted on 12-May-2006 16:17 by M Freitas | Tags Filed under: Reviews


Telecom New Zealand, through Telegistics, has launched an interesting service, which I had the chance to try out. SkinIt (www.skinit.co.nz) offers fun printed adhesive vinyl skins that you can use to dress your mobile, laptop, mp3 player or Pocket PC.

The product is available from Telecom New Zealand stores, or directly from their website www.skinit.co.nz. The service is licensed from an American company (www.skinit.com), but operated locally.

You can find some skins in your Telecom New Zealand retailer stores, but a bigger variety of designs is available on-line.

Using the website is easy and quick. You can select from a variety of mobile phone models, but for non-mobile phone devices you are limited to the HTC Apache Pocket PC, and some Apple laptops. The American website covers (no pun intended) a huge variety of laptop models but still only a couple more Pocket PCs.





You can choose from a huge selection of designs, split into many categories, such as Abstract, Alien, Animals, Bling, Camo, CarbonFiber, Clouds, etc. For an extra $5 you can also upload your own design and have a really personalised device.

When using the website you can checkout and pay with credit card, or use prepaid cards. These are available from Telecom New Zealand stores and are great idea as gifts.

After my checkout I saw a message saying that delivery could take up to ten days, but to my surprise an e-mail arrived the next day with the shipping confirmation.

Application is very easy – no tools are required. The sheet of vinyl comes ready to use, with cutouts in the right places. You only need to make sure the device is clean, and slowly peel the skin from the support paper, applying the adhesive part to your device. If you do it slowly it should all work ok – but make sure you don’t stretch the plastic otherwise it won’t fit correctly after this.


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It took me about ten minutes to apply the new skin to my Apache Pocket PC. I have to say I wasn’t sure about this to start with, but it actually looks good. I never thought of having a uniquely personalised device, but here it is…

After having this applied to my Pocket PC I actually wouldn’t mind using the same material on my tablet PC (which is in the list on the American website). I also see no reason why Telecom couldn't expand this service and offer skins for some of the non-Telecom models.

The vinyl does not interfere with the normal operation of my Pocket PC. All holes are in the right place and it does not prevent me sliding the keyboard out.

According to the FAQ page, this vinyl skin is printed with a special process that can last for up to four years, but it is not recommended to remove and reapply, since the adhesive may not provide the same performance as before.

All in all a pleasant experience and a good end result.



More information: http://www.skinit.co.nz...




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