Requirements: iPhone 4/4S
TiP Rating: 4/5 stars
The DomeSkin is a 3D skin that not only protects your beloved iPhone from bumps and knocks, but helps you get the individual look you really want in a tech world full of same-looking iPhones. It’s easy to apply, but leaves your display a little exposed.
When I think of phone skins I think of sticky, dust attracting, hard to apply film that proves almost impossible to give you satisfaction. Since I have a young family, there’s no room in the house surgically clean and dust free, so applying anything with an underside adhesive is a rarity. Get one speck of dust under a screen protector or skin, and the dream of a bubble-free finish disintegrates. That’s where DomeSkin comes in handy.
DomeSkin’s skins are fantastic. Thanks to the 3M adhesive (think Post-It Note glue) on the back, applying the skin is pretty straightforward. Once you’ve got all the sides and cutouts lined up, just stick it down. If you get it wrong, peel it off, and put it back again. Unlike screen protectors, it doesn’t lose stickiness, and can be removed and reapplied as many times as you need it to be. The skin itself is made from a “durable slim armor/resin”, which is scratch resistant and smooth. Incredibly grippy too, once put down on any surface. Killer feature for me: being able to place my phone on the arm of my leather sofa and it not slip off, at all.
The skins look great. There are 82 unique designs, I chose Abstract Expressionism. If you’re not a fan of colorful designs, or can’t find one you like, there are three blank designs in black, white or pink. There’s something for everyone. Unless you have hundreds of friends each with an iPhone 4/4S, each with a DomeSkin, you’re phone is going to look unique.
There aren’t many downsides to having the DomeSkin. The big issue for me was that the most vulnerable part of the phone isn’t protected. The display needs protection, but adding a screen protector underneath the skin somehow seems impractical. My only other minor complaint is that because the parts that cover the bezel are very slim, and are difficult to get exactly right. My obsessive side was irritated that I couldn’t get the bezel covering completely straight. Seriously, minor irritations though. Overall the case is a must have for anyone who doesn’t want the added bulk of a case, but wants a protected and unique-looking device. Who says you can’t customize your iPhone?