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03-16-2011, 02:50 PM #1iCarbons Wood and Carbon Fiber Review [GIVEAWAY]
So if you’re sitting there wondering how you can spruce up your now-half-as-magical iPad 1… we’ve got you covered!
And when we say “we’ve got you covered,” we mean iCarbons does. And when we say “you,” we mean your iPad. Or your iPhone. Or your iPod. Or even your AppleTV!
Actually, iCarbons makes a skin for just about every gadget you have. Yeah, the AppleTV seems a little funny to skin, but have seen how easily that thing scratches?
First of all the iCarbon’s quality is excellent, since it’s cut from durable 3M DI-Noc / Scotch Print vinyl. Installation/Application ranges from easy, to moderately difficult depending on the size of your gadget – skinning iPhones are pretty simple but iPads are tricky.
Luckily that adhesive is just forgiving enough to be removed and repositioned… sort of. It feels like it’s never gonna come off, but just start pulling slowly and it will peel back. Then you can try again.
On our test iPad, we had to peel and reapply the backside iCarbon three times to get it ‘just right.’ Maybe you’re not as picky? But if you aren’t picky, maybe you’re not into the iCarbons.
What really sets the iCarbon skins apart is their authentic texture to match each design. This is not just some cheap paper sticker. The ‘carbon fiber’ design catches light from different angles and really sells the effect. These skins are amazing looking and solid. Most sets include edge strips and an Apple logo in a contrasting color to finish things off in style (see the black/white carbon fiber application above). I left those off and let the glossy black Apple logos on the products shine through the cutouts rather than cover them up.
The material doesn’t just look authentic, it feels authentic.
We received review samples of the very awesome carbon fiber style, but what really blew us away is iCarbon’s new ‘Wood Edition.’ Both light and dark wood designs are beautifully finished with a very convincing textured woodgrain.
“It’s the wood that makes it good.” – Kenny Rogers
And the natural wood combined with the high-tech elegance of an iPad or iPhone is a striking contrast. So striking, that people ask (really) “whoa… how did you do that?”
“Well it’s made from wood. iWood.” Hmm… maybe they should name them ‘iWood?’ I would.
iCarbons can be applied atop screen protectors but they do warn that removing the icarbon skin will “probably remove the screen protector” along with it. For this reason they suggest cutting a screen protector to fit inside the frame of the front skin.
I just put the iCarbon skin (very carefully) right on top of my existing screen protector and it came out great. You do need to be VERY careful peeling and repositioning any areas of the skin that have cutouts (like the Apple logo or front home button cutout), because the vinyl can (will) tear as you try to peel it back, just trust me on that.
Other than that, these skins are an amazing way to freshen up your iDevice and make it your own!
We have a few GIVEWAYS for random commenters so go get to it. 2 wood covers for iPad 1, and a few iPhone 4 wood ones as well.
Review by Larry Wiezycki. Larry works in TV and media production as part of an Investigative Team for a consumer advocacy law firm, James-Hoyer. He’s received 4 Emmy awards and has been an avid iOS and OS X user for years.
08-15-2011, 10:30 AM #2iCarbon Review
"We received review samples of the very awesome carbon fiber style, but what really blew us away is iCarbon’s new ‘Wood Edition.’ Both light and dark wood designs are beautifully finished with a very convincing textured woodgrain."
I have the iPad 2 and iCarbon has come out with some designs for it as well! Have you seen the new light wood version?