iSkins for BlackBerry: Review and Giveaway!

By Ryan Blundell on 18 Sep 2009 10:08 am EDT
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Contest details at the end of this article.... keep reading, and good luck!

iSkin

Your beautiful BlackBerry; is there a sexier smartphone out there? I think not, nor would my eyes ever dare to wander. Okay, so my BlackBerry addiction isn't that bad, or else I'd have a whole new set of issues to deal with. You do have to admit that RIM's line up (past, current and future) is quite stunning. Over time and through wear and tear, your device goes from functional and fabulous to functional and frumpy. The trick to slow the aging process? Handle with care and keep it covered. There may be a problem with this. Do you want to sacrifice sexy style for security? Some skins offer great protection, but are damn ugly. Not only that, but you may experience interference when using the keypad or touch screen. The iSkin may offer the best of both worlds.

There’s been quite some buzz lately online about the iSkin. I’ve been lucky enough to try them out for a while now; about a month or so before they hit the CrackBerry store. Their lineup is colorful, and very eye catching. There’s only a handful of BlackBerrys in my office, but mine still stands out with the iSkin. Want to know how well they work after a few months? Read on fashion lover! Warning- there may be a giveaway involved!!

It puts the BlackBerry in its skin, or else it gets the hose again!

Okay, so maybe that was a little creepy to say. Let’s forget it and move on. The iSkins are available for a wide variety of products; from BlackBerrys, iPods and iPhones to MacBook Pro/Air, keyboards and mice (or is it meese?). For the BlackBerry smartphone, here’s what iSkin carrys; Vibes and Vibes FX. Both are promising to bring sizzle and style to your world. The Vibes are available for the Curve 8900, Storm and Bold 9000, while the Vibes FX version is only available for the Curve 8900. Each version captures the essence of each BlackBerry model perfectly. The Bold 9000’s sports the beautiful, luxurious leather pattern we know and love. The Vibes for the Curve 8900 and Storm are smooth as silk, yet offering an edgy style. The Vibes FX are my style, not only do they come in my favourite colours (Green and Orange), but they have an argyle design on the back. Oh how I wish they made those for my Bold…maybe if I ask nicely. All colours can be seen here.

Now, besides keeping your BlackBerry’s bum ding-free, each iSkin comes with an easy to apply screen protector. The Vibes come with clear protectors, while the Vibes FX iSkins come with mirrored ones. Your BlackBerry will look good coming and going, while being guarded from drops, scuffs and scratches. Oh, I almost forgot, for added fun, iSkin also offers stickers you can use to show off your style while, providing free marketing for them!

iSkin
Package
iSkin
Package Contents

Fit and Function

Unlike some skins, the iSkin fits snug and securely, without being difficult to put on (yes on the BlackBerry, not me silly). This fit ensures that the Bold’s bezel is truly protected, without interfering with the keypad at all. We all know how easily the bezel can be damaged. The coverage of the iSkin is amazing! The metal surrounding the camera is covered in a clear, thick plastic, leaving a cut out for the camera lens. The mute/standby key, volume control and convenience keys are completely covered. While the iSkin is supposed to allow for functionality, I found the mute, volume and right convenience key difficult to press, while the left convenience key was very easy to accidentally press. Cut outs are left open for the mic, and a lanyard, while the Bold’s speakers are completely covered. I didn’t mind this, as calls on speakerphone, alerts and other audio can still be clearly heard.

iSkin
The Bold and the "Blue"tiful
iSkin
Openings for Ports, no Media Card love
iSkin
These buttons are difficult to press

What I was really impressed with was the iSkin solution for the USB and headphone ports. Instead of leaving them completely open, iSkin sports two doors designed to keep dust, dirt and debris out. I did find at times that the USB door didn’t always stay completely closed. I was hoping to have a door for the micro SD card slot, but alas, no such luck.

I also gave a nod of approval when I learned that iSkins Microban® antimicrobial protection was built in for increased protection against microbes. That means style without staining, and looking funky without smelling funky. The durability of these iSkins is simply sensational. I regularly used two of the iSkins, occasionally used one, and left one untouched. I wanted to see what would happen with wear and tear. In fact there was none to be seen - each iSkin felt as new as the untouched one. I’m one to also keep my BlackBerry in a case. I did try to use my BlackBerry Koskin Holster, but I ended up splitting the leather in a few places. Now I have to find another solution; does anyone have any ideas?

iSkin
The Bold Line

Conclusion and Giveaway

Despite some design issues, I’m still dressing my BlackBerry Bold in iSkin style. I love the attention grabbing colours (still wish I had an orange or green one) and protection. If you’re looking to add snazzy security to your smartphone, the iSkin is for you. You can pick up the iSkin Vibes and Vibes FX for $29.95 and $32.95 (respectively) at ShopCrackBerry.com. And now for the exciting part; Freebies!!!

There are 10 iSkins up for grabs folks, the winners can choose which of the available colors and models they want. Keep in mind that the iSkins fit the Curve 8900, Storm and Bold only. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post and you are entered. Contest ends Sunday at midnight.

Pros:

  • Microban innovation keeps your BlackBerry practically microbe free!
  • Ports covered, yet accessible at the same time
  • Screen protectors provided with each iSkin
  • Durability and design in mind

Cons:

  • Cost
  • Some buttons not accessible
  • Micro SD card slot also not accessible

Ratings:

Design and Function: 4/5
Fit and Finish: 5/5
Aesthetics: 5/5
Ease of Use: 4/5
Performance: 4/5

Purchase Now:

newlasalz

That green is pretty cool for my new storm3

aera

I am actually in need of a new skin!!

dwain77

I've been considering one of these for the last few days. Winning one would be even better.

squire366

I would love to try this product even though my OEM Blackberry skin works like a charm already.

DawnGP143

I've been eyeing these in the Crackberry store. Are they similar in design to a silicone skin as opposed to a harder case like a Seidio? I seem to have fallen in love with my OEM silicone skin, which I didn't think would happen, but alas I have, and was looking at that pretty Blue iSkin for the Storm.

Anyone???

iEattehberry

Count me in!! Thanks for all the cool contests guys!

v7nguyen

Would love a gorgeous purple iSkin for my Storm...mmmmmmmm :P

greentj

I've been considering buying one for a while but the price keep me from doing so. Winning one woud be great!

jskolm85

Yeah I think I would like one of these. I got through cases like water. I wear them out fast and would like a good one that won't wear out so fast.

marckatz

Seems exactly what I was looking for to dress up my Storm.

turbopup

I would love to try one for my storm, love that red!!

YoungChrisG#IM

Count me in to the contest! :D

jahoobob

Look great. Count me in on the contest.

agirl65

I actually really like these and would love to have one! Great review!

Teksu

for the tour please...

im thinking blue

ka3yan#CB

I would really like to try one of these out on my Bold in gray or purple. They look really good and I am all about protecting my baby!! :-)

DarkArchon

Hi Please pick me for a iskin FX mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

mattmarenic

I wanna some nice colorful GREEN for my Storm...

rion_j

these are really nice cases. i'd like to check 1 out.

ba_hamilton

My Storm needs a new skin.

shalea#IM

I would love this, but I don't see that they are compatible for the Tour. But will be compatible w/my iPod. COUNT ME IN!!!!!

MikeHoncho53

Man, a black skin for my storm would be FANTASTIC!

nvinceble

wow...would love to 'pimp' up my bb!

JTurtle

My 8900 would loove an Iskin!

MetsFan_VI

I'd like to try it on my Storm

vedelo

ohh it's really lovely ! it would be great on my 8900 ! :)

tbk2125

need a new case for my phone love the colors to

CheshireCat379

These look cool! I want one for my Bold!!

jphaunef

Please protect my Storm with a great ISkin

jrock2012

Those are really nice :)

pick me .. hey over here ! lol

mualam

I would love one. thanks!

bizymare

My Storm could use some great color! Thanks!

bdeiters

I like my Otterbox, but it is bulky. I'd give one o' these a try

Jeffdc5

No skin for the tour wtf???

daveyhimself#CB

Do want red skin for my storm!

hayshark7

I'd love one of these! Thanks

RLP

O.K. so I allready have a couple of dings on my bold so I probably should be using one! Shouldn't they have named them "BSKINS" though?

AmIJeremy

Looks good, count me in!

shoeman502

I want one of those! awesome!

mcagayat

I was planning to buy the purple one for my 8900 and then came this! OH man please please please pick meeeee, i want the purple one since it came out! I've never won anything in my life, please let it be this!!! hahaha =D

jamielindemann

The iSkin is exactly what I need for my blackberry! I want to win one!

breadslice

I like the neutral black :D

ihawkeyes

I have tried other skins, but this one looks very nice.
Please consider me. storm 9530
thanks.

DomConway

Would love one of these for my 8900 if UK entries are accepted!

paQ

Am I the only one who doesn't like them that much?

MLE724

The iSkin is the only thing that can make my Bold look even better!

miloszz

My storm would love new suit ;)

jestnut

Good job on the review!! Here is my entry!!

diss

and give me the blue one for my storm

jmgeronimo

Iskins are SEXY, I want the red one for my Storm 1.

Shanicenicolle

lol My storm would look lovelyyyy in a purple iSkin.

Undeniable_Truth

i'll skin my skin for Iskin

IceTrace

It's awesome... I really reeeeeeeeeeeeally want it..

rjbeal23

I am about the 69th entry, shouldn't that count for something??????

blazanik

WOuld love the red or blue one for my storm.

joedirt2217

Would love to see how this looks on my Storm!

Jgallamore

sure put me down for this

darkasknight

those iskins look rather functional.. I'm in

mikecrogan

i love it!
i want one!
have to have it!

Puplovinpilot

I would love to have a chance at winning this! Please pick me! You guys rock and I reccommend you to all my friends who have Blackberrys!

Shadowlore

Definitely count me in for this contest. My poor bold has 1-2 dings already... I wonder if I'd have this issue if the bezel was ACTUALLY metal... instead of plastic painted?

ferdboogie

so much sexier than that silly tire tread one i have now.

jolene921

i've been wanting one for awhile now...

wojtas25

I would like to have one in Pink, but im a boy :D and choose Black for my Bold ^_^

strifu

My storm needs a suit!

tae_254

OH I WANT ONE.. PLEASE.. THEY LOOK SO GOOD..

Sturta

This would be great.

sundevil960

I have been wanting one of these!

mikec8785

I have been looking at these for awhile now and it would be great to win one!

jfig24

I would love an iSkin for my Blackberry Bold. Pick me please!!! ;-)

darchuletajr

Pick Me, Pick Me,Pick Me...

Stormer1122

These look cool. Hope they can be used with a belt clip holder. If I win one, I'll find out. Good luck to all who enter.

burzlurker

id love to win one for my bold

Serpent1189

I would LOVE one for my Curve 8900!

korkie

Maybe i'm blind but I've looked EVERYWHERE in my local area and can't find one for the storm and purchasing online would cost me double.. so winning one would be FANTASTIC and besides that all the other cases I have S U C K!

Stormlos

I have been wanting one of those skins. I hope i win!

AQucsaiJr

I really like this Skin. Looks great, doesn't seem bulky, draws the right amount of attention without looking un-professional. I would definitely give one a try.

usmc_prodigy

i really could use one of these skins

ZebraIII

I'd like one for my Bold!

lwoodsjr

She feels very naked and would need one of these.

Jon_shiflett

I would like to win if that is ok.

muydess

I would love this for my 9530 storm

freddymartinez9

I love the contests on CB.com

Vendettx

Finally a nice looking case for the bold!

MzDiva81

Alright count me in one for the 8900 in that beeautiful blue please!

havok1071

I have been looking for a protector other than ghost armor for my beautiful Storm.....These look slim, sexy and perfect!

May I PLEASE have one?

Sara_cakes

Yo Crackberry, I'm really happy for you and I'mma let you finish but I won't interrupt you because I really need an iSkin for all time...

FOR ALL TIME.

(please can I have a turquoise skin for my BB and to match my nails as well?)

:P luv ya x

ftsbb

I have a OtterBox for my Storm (Thanks you Crackberry!!!) But it does get bulky. I have it off right now cause I'm dealing with some pretty consistent battery pulls and it just takes too much to keep taking off and putting back on the OTB. These look really nice, and I have an iSkin for my iPod and it's the BEST case ever for that, the thing still looks brand new and it's over 3 years old.

pixel8rberry

But is there a shiny black? or white?

BURNT4LIFER

I WOULD LOVE TO WIN!!!!!

BBuser_8330

This is SO AWESOME!

I've been waiting to come around with the moolah for this skin because well, I don't want to be walking around showing off my Tour in a slinky box looking cover and it looks so soft and smooth to the touch!

I must have one *_*

Until then, my Tour will continue being kept in saran wrap. Yes Saran Wrap

AngelaBB

like these skins. Me want (:

Gymcrayzed

Please pick me. I need the red iskin for my storm. It's my baby. It needs protection :-)

preypacer

Ooo! I'd love a new color and protection for my Storm!

gthoffman

this would be a great switch from my basic silicone Storm "case", come on, big money, no whammies!

DaveyyC

Count me in to win a freebie :D

papashawn

Just dropped the Bold a couple days ago...not a good feeling. These skins look perfect!

nwiegand

my poor storm could have used one of these a while ago, but better late than never!

gzub

Great review! I would love one for my Storm!

dsheila

Hi, I have a bold and would love to win one. Thanks

r3g

Id love one of those for my 8900

dukeslb56

Ever since my cheap silicone cover on my storm ripped, I've been looking for a replacement. The iSkin looks like it would do the trick. Hope I can win one of these.

palmxreader

i'd love one of any color for my storm!

electro_cute

I have wanted one of these skins for months but have been too broke to buy one myself. I'd really appreciate it if I got one for free!!

Thanks

scribble

I could use a facelift for my new curve.

timpenz

Great item to have. I have seen them in person. Thanks for the opportunity to win one :)

davec3275

I would so LOVE one of these. They look so cool, and my Storm could use a little more protection.

kay.eye.emm

Saw these at the Rogers store a couple of months ago. Great looking skins, but couldn't believe they cost $34.95 each! However, I will take a free one for my Bold, if offered...

jtntx

I need one!!

thanks!!

sillyfrog

Oh to win something would be awesome!

funk18

these would look awesome on my bold

stunna54960

After not winning tetherberry out of ONE THOUSAND PEOPLE or any other contest on here for that matter. This one is it, I can feel it. And stunna for the win.

habs_fan

i need this to protect my berry!

pkcable

I'm gumby DAMMIT! And I want one!

Geos

My poor storm gets abused. Please help it.

dishchick101

I'm all about color, lol

Thanontos

I was considering the vibes but wasn't too sure about them.

sickflow

wanna get the green and orange one :]

shado

I would really like one of these but they are pricey!

wheelboricua

First time commenting hopefully its a lucky one

gurparit

I'm always up for freebies :D

Count me in for the contest :P

ekyle125

I'm always up for that.

johnmac1952

Looks like a NICE way to protect my Tour !!!!!

rketek4TB

SKIN, SKIN, SKIN to WIN!

DonkeyButtox

oh man those are awesome then my bb wont be so boring... hahah

gwh2001

I would like one for a Storm

joryoung

I like these... They look very nice

gspisak

Me me me!!! PLEASE!! :)

ilefttotoinoz

I LOVE the Silence of the Lambs reference! My friends and I can frequently be caught saying that very line! (minus the berry part of course :P)

I've been admiring the iSkins, but thought the price was too steep ... a FREE one is TOTALLY WORTH IT!

soniatk

So pretty! Would love one on my storm :)

fireeyes53

these skins look hot..... i want one

jaskil1975

very nice skin, would love one!

J.Atkins

I'd be willing to try one of these.

BB: Storm
Colors: Black or Blue

bkybean

My Storm says YES PLEASE!!!!

Antic

Count me in! I'd love one for my Storm.

jdawson420

count me in. ive been looking for a great case.

altd

I'm on my third gel cover. I keep ripping mine! This looks like it would be the best fit!

PossumPete

I'll give one a try. I've already gone through 2 Incipios.

mrKaqz

Nice I should have one.

Aaress

I'd love to win one for my Bold!

Bumble#CB

this would be great for my 8900

SeattleReign

I've been so tempted to buy one of these but the cost is a touch too high for me. For goodness sake, let me win this one.

staberp

I need one. I want one. Pick me!!

johnjuan

My storm needs some skin protection. blue is my choice.More better free!

Thanks
John

NIKSTORM

I WOULD LOVETO WIN A BLACK ISKIN FOR MY STORM THAT WOULD BE GREAT, THANKS FOR HAVING THIS CONTEST.

Spooey

Oh Yeaaaa... I want one, my storm has seen a few drops and the iskin will cover all th right spots :)

StayFly

really need this for my storm i almost dropped it yesterday plus my storm looks bland.

anderpants

Looks nice! Storm cover is pretty good looking.

rethcork

Hey my 8900 would love an iSkin!

:)

howl078

CB, Its a beautiful skin, would love one or two for my Storm.

HeavyToka

I could definitely use one of these!

stlgamemaster

i never win anything. perhaps ill get lucky this time!

Unicorn56

Wow they look great, but the price is a bit of a shock. I'll take a free one though ;-)

fatboy97

Pick me... just one time.

zee921

I would be neat if I won

Paul_Sonnier#CB

I could use one of those asap.

chosen1_88

Count me in on this one, although I hope it goes better than the contests last time around!

mysimba97#CB

Love this product. My friend has it. I hope to have it soon too.

tomcdman

I would love to win a skin......

testanchek

My friend has one and I love it....hopin' I can get one also

juniormesh#CB

My storm would look even hotter in a red skin!

Porkweasel

Would love a free one for my Storm!

dmann96

I love these... Pass it on...

sssarwar

I Want one please////

WIN WIN WIN

jsntree

yeah that was creepy too...

erickdiazj

I want it for my bold please!!! Thank you!!! :-)

stonegateguy

I love blue! Hope I win!

parampreet

I would love one for my Bold !

rolltide78

Hope I can win one of these. Keep up the good work guys. I'm loving the podcasts.

RT

cpclark69

I'm ready for a new case for my Storm!

Hand_O_Death

I would like the Blue for my Tour or if that is not avalible the Purple for my Wife's 8330 please

stepp1927

case looks great and i really need one for my bold!

berrygood909

A black one would be nice.

djdosage

yay i really want one!!!

jackie treehorn

Count me in. I've been looking at these for a little while now. Winning one would be the best

pink2

I would love to get the new Blue one for my Bold!!

altd

I'm on my third gel cover. I keep ripping mine! This looks like it would be the best fit!

Tarhonky

Time for a new skin anyway!!!

SebasCvdB

I Want One, Got to keep my blackberry scratch free from my little daughter!

curve247

I really want one for my 8900 since I have used a BB skin for so long. Need an upgrade.

madups77

*crosses fingers* Hope I win something this time around!

augiedoggie

both of those skins would look beautiful on my 8900, so count me in....

Jerry5k

Can always use a new skin for my BOLD

koldgin

Any color, help me cover the few battle scars on my Storm !

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