So after my sister mentioning she'd seen these, and a bit of boredom internet browsing (I probably had an essay due!), I came across Gelaskins on Amazon. The best way to describe them is they are adhesives or stickers that you place on to the Kindle (or Ipod, Ipad, or Mac from the range shown on Amazon), and although they don't protect your Kindle in anyway, they do jazz it up from the grey!
Now the first surprise you may get when browsing the Gelaskins is not the range they have (I have just counted, there are over forty Gelaskins, and now a make called Diabloskinz have joined the mix, so there's even more to choose from!), but the price. Gelaskins for the Kindle are sold for £16.99 - which I admit is rather a lot for what is essentially a super sticker. The second surprise is how hard it is to choose between them (well I found it hard). Although there were only two or three that really, really caught my eye, it took me a few days to decide between them. To be honest the two things that swung it was a quick poll with my friends to see which they thought was the best one; and the actual availability of the Gelaskins. I have noticed from time to time, and when I was buying my own Gelaskin that a lot of them seem to be either low on or out of stock. I think this could be a good sign as it could mean they are popular, and it did help the choosing process! But I imagine it can be frustrating when the one you want the most is out of stock!
So Gelaskin finally chosen and bought - but what did I get? I ended up with one that looked like a library, lots of brightly coloured books with humorous names (like a box file with Lord of the Files on it - took me a while to notice the book titles but some are quite clever)(And I've just realised that it's shown in the product picture above!). I thought this was quite fitting as the Kindle holds lots of books, and the bright colours meant that my Kindle would definitely stand out and look quite funky. As usual with Amazon, even though I used the slower free delivery, my Gelaskin arrived very quickly, probably within a couple of days. It came on an A4 piece of not-quite card; I'm not quite sure how to describe it but it had a kind of rubbery plasticy feeling that the Gelaskin itself had. The Gelaskin was laid out on the sheet; a front piece and a back piece, giving you a really good idea of what it would look like on your Kindle.
To place the Gelaskin I peeled off the front piece first and carefully laid it out on my Kindle. There are holes cut out so that the keypad keys can stick through, and there are separate stickers for the page turning buttons. The front took quite a lot of patience to try and get it as perfect as possible, but the nice thing about the Gelaskin is that it peeled off very easily so even though it took me a few attempts, I could remove, reposition and place again without ruining either the Gelaskin or the Kindle. The Gelaskin is quite thick, and slightly textured (I think to help it stick and be removed easily, or it could just be an aesthetic design!). With the back piece, although it was one big piece I had to be careful with it as if it wasn't lined up correctly (even a tiny bit out), the page turning buttons would stick - which is definitely not what you want when trying to read!
So about half an hour later, and not too much frustration (!), my Gelaskin now sat very nicely, and almost perfectly, on my Kindle. It fits absolutely perfectly, and did what I hoped and really brightened up my Kindle. I haven't really seen this on anyone else's Kindle (although my housemate did go and buy the same Gelaskin, just to make things confusing!), so it does make your Kindle a lot more individual and distinguishable from all the grey ones out there! I'd still recommend a cover because even though the Gelaskin does cover your Kindle, it doesn't protect it at all, and I think the Kindle definitely needs some protection for its screen!
One thing I would say about the Gelaskin is that although it is advertised as removable and it did come off easily when I first used it, now I've had it on for a few months it seems so well-stuck that peeling it off may leave some stickiness behind, or damage the Gelaskin - and for the price I paid I'd rather not risk it! Having said that though, I have no inclination to take it off as I love how unique and bright it makes my Kindle look. On the other hand, the Gelaskin has been on a few months, and my Kindle has been used a lot and travelled a lot, and the Gelaskin is still stuck there and not showing any signs of damage at all, so perhaps its robustness rather than reusability is worth the price I paid for it. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who has a Kindle (and I do tend to when I sell Kindles in work), and to people that have some degree of patience - or at least know someone who has enough patience to get it on your Kindle!