I am a fan of keeping your handheld in a case. I regularly change my cases around, depending on use or mood. When I was offered the ZAGGskin for iPhone to review, I looked at the patterns on the web site, choose one, and thought (incorrectly) that it would be a case with that pattern on the back. I was mistaken. I was sent a flat, spongey sheet printed with the chosen pattern, and backed with an adhesive. It is die-cut to fold around the iPhone and cover most everything, leaving space for the camera lens, volume controller, ringer switch, speakers, and ports. I was not happy, but, in the true spirit of The Gadgeteer, I decided I had to give it at least a week, to see if it is something I could use.
Because of the thickness, I can’t use an external battery during the day, which I usually spend totally unconnected. I am around computers all day, but never stay near one very long, so charging my iPhone is not really an option, except during breaks. I do carry an iPhone syncing cable, since part of my work involves helping users activate their iPhones, so that meant I was not without means to charge, should I run into problems. So, I waited until I had a two day break, cleaned my iPhone, and applied the skin. It went on pretty much as I imagined, even though there were scant instructions.
1. Clean your device.2. Peel the ZAGGskin from the backing.3. Align your ZAGGskin with your device and apply.Tip: If the alignment of your ZAGGskin is not correct after applying, simply peel it off and try again.
There were a few strange places, however, that I could not figure out. On the long sides, at each end, there is a cutout that is a little longer than need be. I tried to figure out a different way the cover could lie so that these closed up, but never arrived at a good answer. All edges have stayed firmly attached for the testing time, however, no matter how narrow they may be. I actually liked it enough to leave it on for two weeks, and never found an edge peeling back or any spots of wear.
In the end, I removed it so that I could have more flexibility in using extended batteries, not for any failing on the part of the ZAGGskin. While it didn’t have instructions and didn’t quite meet flush around some of the edges, where it covered was smooth, even, and neat. And the flashy pattern on the back personalized the iPhone much more than a mere case could.