Iskins are a great way to prevent heavy scratches and damages.
I currently use iskin for my apple macbook aswel as my ipod, its great. It looks okay stylish for the ipod but it looks very good on the macbooks.
Using it for the ipod really does benefit it. It really does prevent any minor scratches but the most annoying thing is the swirly bit gets dirt trapped there and the screen still get scratches! so not really amazing..but it prevents scratches on the body- however you bought the ipod for the colour right?then why would you want to buy a silicone thing to hide the colour you bought? you can always get clear ones but the clear isnt really that clear its very cloudy looking and all most clumsy looking too. I prefer the ipod sock cases to silicone covers as you can use the ipod as it and keep scratch-free right?
I love my iskin on my macbook i must say- im currently using a green one on my white macbook and i think it looks great and it works perfect unlike the ipod iskins. you really need a skin for your Macbook, not only does it jazz your macbook up but it prevents your button from getting black and yucky. You can always wash you iskins too and clean them up- which is great.
Qualities are great ive used my iskins for over a year and they are still in perfect condition but obviously the colour has started to change from daily using but you can wash the dirts off, you'd be please to see the amount of dirt it has helped your keyboard or ipod to prevent-really reccommend for you to keep clean!
You can check these out on www.iskin.com or ebay. If you are considering buying any iskins i recommend you checking ebay out to see if you can get it for cheaper esp. if you want to buy colours like white or pink!
I recently bought an iPod Video 30GB and whilst it is extremely nice looking it does scratch VERY eaily. The back half that is made from metal scratches very easily and if you are like me (which you probably aren't) and want to keep it perfectly clean all the time it becomes tiresome. As well as the back panel the screen also scratches easily and it will get ruined after a while!
The Speck SkinTight case is very good because it does stop all the scratches with its very thin silicon outer shell and also protects the screen with the screen protectors HOWEVER, you do lose out with the size of the iPod because it does make it noticably bigger and also it makes writing on the screen look a bit dodgy because of the refraction through the plastic screen protector. But it overall is definately worth it especially if you have a black iPod they show the scratches more than the white ones.
The skin is very durable and doesnt rip or anything and is very easy to put on, you simply stretch it over the bottom section and pull it onto it. It also looks good, they are various colours and designs that can be purchased.
Make sure when buying NOT to pay anything around £25. You can buy the product on eBay for £15 including postage.
In life, you often find that a thin layer of rubber can give the very best protection; In childrens playgrounds a little rubber matting can spell the difference between a slight bruise and a broken bone. In the bedroom a layer of rubber (latex) can literally save your life in regards to horizontal shenanigans of the sexual kind and diseases contracted in the act thereof. So we shouldnt really be surprised that those bright sparks at Iskin.com have invented a rubberised covering for that most fragile and expensive of gadgets the i-pod. If, like me, you have paid the best part of £300 in order to store and listen to your music collection on this most iconic of gadgets then you are going to be less than impressed if, while showing off your snazzy MP3 player, you accidentally drop it. So it was that as soon as I recognised the fragility of my new i-pod I scoured the internet for some sort of protection to keep it in one piece.
Availability & Fitting
The i-pod accessory scene is a massive selection of cases, covers, and other must have additions so I had little problem in finding the item I was looking for, the ISkin eVo2 40GB i-pod protector. The price seemed to be around the £20 mark so I handed over my credit card details, chose black as my preferred ISkin colour and waited for the postman to do his stuff. Two to five days later the ISkin arrived and on unwrapping it I have to say I was a little disappointed with the look and colour, still the proof of the pudding is in the eating and it may well look great when fitted to my i-pod, or so I hoped. Which brought about my first problem; the packaging contained a little leaflet advertising ISkins various products but no fitting instructions or diagrams. No matter how hard I looked at the i-pod and the ISkin I simply couldnt see how one was going to fit inside the other. I checked for a hidden zip or some kind of magic trap door to make the fitting process apparent but alas I was at a loss.
With little option I checked the internet and quickly found out that the ISkin is fitted to the i-pod by stretching the ISkin and forcing the i-pod through the screen gap. Once this became apparent I was away and started manipulating my i-pod into the ISkin with a mixture of gentle coaxing, brute force and tender pushing. It takes a little shifting of the ISkin to line up the various sockets and dials on the i-pod with the corresponding holes that are pre cut into the ISkin but this is easily done. The plastic clear screen protector is then placed over the i-pods screen and held by the ISkin to produce a sleek looking and scratch resistant unit. Once this is done the i-pod is ready to be used as it always has been, safe in the knowledge that it will fair a little better if dropped or kicked.
Well, the ISkin is more than just a piece of flaccid rubber and it seems that some clever engineering has gone into its development and production. The rear of the ISkin has unique heat release pores which enable the heat emitted from the i-pod during long playing sessions to dissipate and thus keep the unit cool. A revolving belt clip means that the i-pod can be moved around for easy operation whilst staying on the belt and a plus is that the belt clip can be removed completely if you never intend to attach your i-pod to your belt. The Ultra-clear screen protector has six soft suction cups so that it stays positioned above the i-pods screen with no slippage while an integrated docking port protector fits into position and prevents the docking slot from picking up dirt. Add-ons such as the i-trip (FM radio transmitter) still fit on top of the i-pod without the need to remove the ISkin and the anti-grip durability of the product means that dropping the i-pod just became a whole lot harder.
Whats good about the ISkin eVo2?
Well of course the main point of the ISkin eVo2 is its protective qualities, but I hope you will forgive me if I dont drop my i-pod to see how effective it is at its job. If I do accidentally drop it in the future I will be sure to rush back and update this review. The ISkin has a sturdy well made feel about it and the pre-cut holes and slots fit exactly the corresponding parts on the i-pod. There are a wide variety of colours so you can colour code to match your outfit or room décor and there is even a set of glow in the dark ISkins for those that like to listen to their i-pods undercover of the night. The small suction grips on the screen cover are practically unnoticeable and yet they do the job admirably in holding the screen cover in place. Finally, each model of i-pod has its own ISkin which results in a custom made and good tight fit.
Whats bad about the ISkin eVo2?
A few things are wrong with the ISkin eVo2, starting with the price. £20 seems a little steep to me for what must be a mass produced product costing no more than pennies to manufacture. The lack of fitting instructions was a major annoyance and meant I had to search the internet to work out how it was done. The colours are best described as gaudy with vibrant orange, purple and lime green doing nothing to draw attention away from the unit for potential muggers or ner-do-wells. The colour I chose was described as carbon but can better be described as turgid grey, it also makes your iconic i-pod look like a lump of plastic explosive or tar. Worst of all though is the fact that when the i-pod is ISkin shod it will not fit into the i-pod docking bay thus making the dock a useless piece of kit not what you want to hear if youve recently bought one for the best part of £30!
Its quite hard to decide which side to come down on with regards to the ISkin eVo2 no doubt that if I had dropped my i-pod recently I would be extolling its virtues as a must have piece of kit for i-pod users. As it is it just makes my trendy looking i-pod ugly. If the price was half the £20 it would be far better and if something could be done so that it could still sit in the dock I would be a happier man. The glow in the dark option is nonsense in my opinion as the i-pod itself has a backlight to show you the way after sun down. So in summary it is a good piece of kit if you are planning on dropping your i-pod, personally I shall use it while walking the dogs and when outside but slip it off when I get home rather like a rubberised overcoat for i-pods! Recommended (just) with three stars out of five.