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Case Review: iSkin Solo FX for iPhone 3G/3GS

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Today I have a review of the iSkin Solo FX. The Solo FX is a form-fitting case for your iPhone 3G/3GS that provides durable protection and a little style to go with it.

Solo FX by iSkin

The Solo FX is an upgrade from iSkin’s Solo line up. The primary difference between the two are that the Solo FX adds embossed designer patterns to go along with the its high-gloss color finish.

The Solo FX is a fairly thick silicone case and does encompass the back and sides of the device completely. This works well against impacts and scratches that usually occur on the back and sides of iPhones. The Solo FX is also hot/cold resistant and is odor-free, both of which are welcomed features, especially the odor-free aspect because as many of you likely know, some silicone cases have that funny-siliconey smell even when they are brand new!

The silicone shell covers the volume rocker and sleep/wake button, but still allows full access to them. You also get clear access to the headphone jack, silent switch, camera, dock connector, and mic/speaker.

For the front of the case, the Solo FX includes a mirror film that is applied directly to the screen of the iPhone 3G/3GS. The mirror film is touch compatible, so you can still use the iPhone touchscreen normally. The film provides protection against scratches and dust mostly and is also quite neat because the film is reflective. However, the reflection feature of the film is only truly useful when the iPhone screen is asleep or off. Ofcourse, this is an optional add on and does not need to be applied if you choose not to.

Overall, the Solo FX provides adequate, durable protection for your iPhone and also throws in a little style with the colors and embossed patterns. I give it a solid 4/5.

I have the translucent blue with me today and I will give it away to someone that posts a meaningful comment below about the case!

Winner chosen at random; contest ends June 28, 2009 at 11:59PM.

The Solo FX is available from the iSkin online store in five different translucent colors (Blue, Green, Red, Orange, Purple) for $32.99.

Contests open to Canada residents only.

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  • Richard

    It gives the iPhone color choices Apple should of gave us from the start. But yet we still can see the Apple logo and show it off 😛

  • Richard

    It gives the iPhone color choices Apple should of gave us from the start. But yet we still can see the Apple logo and show it off 😛

  • Grace Lau

    I really like how the iSkin Solo FX is one piece and isn’t fairly bulky but still offers a stylish form of protection for the iPhone. I looked at a good 10-15 iphone cases today at the apple store and all of them are either made of the dust attracting silicone rubber, clear snap on / clear front &back snap on cases that are bulky but show off the phone.

  • Grace Lau

    I really like how the iSkin Solo FX is one piece and isn’t fairly bulky but still offers a stylish form of protection for the iPhone. I looked at a good 10-15 iphone cases today at the apple store and all of them are either made of the dust attracting silicone rubber, clear snap on / clear front &back snap on cases that are bulky but show off the phone.

  • Grace Lau

    I really like how the iSkin Solo FX is one piece and isn’t fairly bulky but still offers a stylish form of protection for the iPhone. I looked at a good 10-15 iphone cases today at the apple store and all of them are either made of the dust attracting silicone rubber, clear snap on / clear front &back snap on cases that are bulky but show off the phone.

  • Tiger

    i like how its heat resistant. my old silicon case would always get warm if i was using data too long. welcomed feature!

  • Tiger

    i like how its heat resistant. my old silicon case would always get warm if i was using data too long. welcomed feature!

  • Tiger

    i like how its heat resistant. my old silicon case would always get warm if i was using data too long. welcomed feature!

  • Sheeko

    I don’t think being heat resistant is that good for your phone though as this means less cooling for the phone. Keep in mind that the phone’s only means of cooling is to conduct the heat to the back cover.

    How well does the case stick around the edges of the sides and top and bottom of the phone. I can see that it only covers a tiny part around the edges and as silicone is pretty flexible I am afraid that would become too flexible with use.

  • Sheeko

    I don’t think being heat resistant is that good for your phone though as this means less cooling for the phone. Keep in mind that the phone’s only means of cooling is to conduct the heat to the back cover.

    How well does the case stick around the edges of the sides and top and bottom of the phone. I can see that it only covers a tiny part around the edges and as silicone is pretty flexible I am afraid that would become too flexible with use.

  • Sheeko

    I don’t think being heat resistant is that good for your phone though as this means less cooling for the phone. Keep in mind that the phone’s only means of cooling is to conduct the heat to the back cover.

    How well does the case stick around the edges of the sides and top and bottom of the phone. I can see that it only covers a tiny part around the edges and as silicone is pretty flexible I am afraid that would become too flexible with use.

  • Leon

    From looking at the pictures there may be a couple of features which some folks might be interested in. First the case covers the chrome, for me this is huge as i really don’t like how the chrome looks. Secondly it looks like the case forms a slightly raised lip around the entire screen, this is an important protection feature which should not be overlooked. If the phone is dropped face down onto a flat surface this lip will help protect the screen.

    Lastly it seems kinds expensive for a silicone case, but then it is the best looking silicone case i’ve ever seen so it may be worth it.

  • Leon

    From looking at the pictures there may be a couple of features which some folks might be interested in. First the case covers the chrome, for me this is huge as i really don’t like how the chrome looks. Secondly it looks like the case forms a slightly raised lip around the entire screen, this is an important protection feature which should not be overlooked. If the phone is dropped face down onto a flat surface this lip will help protect the screen.

    Lastly it seems kinds expensive for a silicone case, but then it is the best looking silicone case i’ve ever seen so it may be worth it.

  • Leon

    From looking at the pictures there may be a couple of features which some folks might be interested in. First the case covers the chrome, for me this is huge as i really don’t like how the chrome looks. Secondly it looks like the case forms a slightly raised lip around the entire screen, this is an important protection feature which should not be overlooked. If the phone is dropped face down onto a flat surface this lip will help protect the screen.

    Lastly it seems kinds expensive for a silicone case, but then it is the best looking silicone case i’ve ever seen so it may be worth it.

  • Paf

    I would probably like a protection for my iPhone… Curently I don’t use one and I don’t have a scratch on it! It won’t last like this forever 🙁 I think the iSkin is the perfect one for me because it is resistant and the texture seems to be “plasticy”, which I prefer compared to silicone! I’m a good person to win it 😛

  • Paf

    I would probably like a protection for my iPhone… Curently I don’t use one and I don’t have a scratch on it! It won’t last like this forever 🙁 I think the iSkin is the perfect one for me because it is resistant and the texture seems to be “plasticy”, which I prefer compared to silicone! I’m a good person to win it 😛

  • Paf

    I would probably like a protection for my iPhone… Curently I don’t use one and I don’t have a scratch on it! It won’t last like this forever 🙁 I think the iSkin is the perfect one for me because it is resistant and the texture seems to be “plasticy”, which I prefer compared to silicone! I’m a good person to win it 😛

  • Glocknine

    this looks promising but at this moment i like the rebelcapsule, rebelserpent iphone cases from iswitcheasy.com

  • Glocknine

    this looks promising but at this moment i like the rebelcapsule, rebelserpent iphone cases from iswitcheasy.com

  • Glocknine

    this looks promising but at this moment i like the rebelcapsule, rebelserpent iphone cases from iswitcheasy.com

  • Guest

    Pimp color! Always could use a protector case for my iPhone 3GS 😉

  • Dusty

    Pimp color! Always could use a protector case for my iPhone 3GS 😉

  • x00carly

    The iSkin Solo FX looks really neat
    Its style and usefulness can’t be beat
    Warm, sweaty hands – there we be no more
    As the heat-resistant case won’t heat up when you explore
    The wonderful features of the iPhone 3G
    I really really hope that you pick me! 🙂

  • x00carly

    The iSkin Solo FX looks really neat
    Its style and usefulness can’t be beat
    Warm, sweaty hands – there we be no more
    As the heat-resistant case won’t heat up when you explore
    The wonderful features of the iPhone 3G
    I really really hope that you pick me! 🙂

  • x00carly

    The iSkin Solo FX looks really neat
    Its style and usefulness can’t be beat
    Warm, sweaty hands – there we be no more
    As the heat-resistant case won’t heat up when you explore
    The wonderful features of the iPhone 3G
    I really really hope that you pick me! 🙂

  • Edge

    Color choice is always nice! Reflective screen protector is a cool addition. I too wonder about the case. I have used other silicone cases, and they’re just too soft for in and out of pocket use. However this one looks sturdy enough. I also wonder about the heat conduction.

  • Edge

    Color choice is always nice! Reflective screen protector is a cool addition. I too wonder about the case. I have used other silicone cases, and they’re just too soft for in and out of pocket use. However this one looks sturdy enough. I also wonder about the heat conduction.

  • Edge

    Color choice is always nice! Reflective screen protector is a cool addition. I too wonder about the case. I have used other silicone cases, and they’re just too soft for in and out of pocket use. However this one looks sturdy enough. I also wonder about the heat conduction.

  • Mike

    When I got my 3GS, I saw the guy at the store pull his iPhone out and it had the coolest case on it.

    Now I know what that case was. Win this contest or not, that’s the case I want. It looks slick!

  • Mike

    When I got my 3GS, I saw the guy at the store pull his iPhone out and it had the coolest case on it.

    Now I know what that case was. Win this contest or not, that’s the case I want. It looks slick!

  • Anonymous

    Odour-free is always a bonus. It would be embarrassing trying to explain the silicone skunk fart that your iPhone is producing.

  • Anonymous

    Odour-free is always a bonus. It would be embarrassing trying to explain the silicone skunk fart that your iPhone is producing.

  • Phil

    Odour-free is always a bonus. It would be embarrassing trying to explain the silicone skunk fart that your iPhone is producing.

  • This is a pretty cool case from iSkin, made in Canada!

  • This is a pretty cool case from iSkin, made in Canada!

  • Sevael

    That looks like it could give some decent impact protection. Those pictures make me think an iPhone with this case might bounce like a rubber ball if it were accidentally dropped. 🙂

    Is it safe to assume that this mirror film is one of those “permanent” screen protectors, and not just a slip-on/slip-off sort of thing?

  • Sevael

    That looks like it could give some decent impact protection. Those pictures make me think an iPhone with this case might bounce like a rubber ball if it were accidentally dropped. 🙂

    Is it safe to assume that this mirror film is one of those “permanent” screen protectors, and not just a slip-on/slip-off sort of thing?

  • Sevael

    That looks like it could give some decent impact protection. Those pictures make me think an iPhone with this case might bounce like a rubber ball if it were accidentally dropped. 🙂

    Is it safe to assume that this mirror film is one of those “permanent” screen protectors, and not just a slip-on/slip-off sort of thing?

  • Silverkm

    Having recently taken off my zagg case I am getting this. However I am worried about the mirror. My neighbor just got one and he can’t see his screen outside so I may need to pick up a clear one

  • Silverkm

    Having recently taken off my zagg case I am getting this. However I am worried about the mirror. My neighbor just got one and he can’t see his screen outside so I may need to pick up a clear one

  • I had the Solo, and it was great, now I am looking for something else for my new 3GS and I took a look at the SoloFX just can’t get it in my town!

  • I had the Solo, and it was great, now I am looking for something else for my new 3GS and I took a look at the SoloFX just can’t get it in my town!

  • kuma

    i love the color! i’ve always liked iSkin products for all of my ipods and iphones – iSkin products are always of great quality. Now that I’m anticipating the arrival of my 3GS (should arrive someday hopefully), I need a new case, hope to try out one of these.

  • kuma

    i love the color! i’ve always liked iSkin products for all of my ipods and iphones – iSkin products are always of great quality. Now that I’m anticipating the arrival of my 3GS (should arrive someday hopefully), I need a new case, hope to try out one of these.

  • kuma

    i love the color! i’ve always liked iSkin products for all of my ipods and iphones – iSkin products are always of great quality. Now that I’m anticipating the arrival of my 3GS (should arrive someday hopefully), I need a new case, hope to try out one of these.

  • snowy

    The designer patterns five the case a fun personality. The reflective screen paired with the patterns makes for a great update to the original iSkin solo that my wife has.

  • snowy

    The designer patterns five the case a fun personality. The reflective screen paired with the patterns makes for a great update to the original iSkin solo that my wife has.

  • snowy

    The designer patterns five the case a fun personality. The reflective screen paired with the patterns makes for a great update to the original iSkin solo that my wife has.

  • Bud Colby

    Always good to see someone promoting a good Canadian product!

    The skin looks great, and it looks like it would repel lint rather than collect it. Like other silicone skins.

    As for the mirror screen protector, unless it is different from the three pack I purcased on eBay, I wouldn’t find it useful. It worked good indoors, other than cutting back on brightness and contrast, but when I went outside into the sunlight it became almost impossible to see.

    I flipp my hat into the ring for a chance at winning.

  • Bud Colby

    Always good to see someone promoting a good Canadian product!

    The skin looks great, and it looks like it would repel lint rather than collect it. Like other silicone skins.

    As for the mirror screen protector, unless it is different from the three pack I purcased on eBay, I wouldn’t find it useful. It worked good indoors, other than cutting back on brightness and contrast, but when I went outside into the sunlight it became almost impossible to see.

    I flipp my hat into the ring for a chance at winning.

  • Bud Colby

    Always good to see someone promoting a good Canadian product!

    The skin looks great, and it looks like it would repel lint rather than collect it. Like other silicone skins.

    As for the mirror screen protector, unless it is different from the three pack I purcased on eBay, I wouldn’t find it useful. It worked good indoors, other than cutting back on brightness and contrast, but when I went outside into the sunlight it became almost impossible to see.

    I flipp my hat into the ring for a chance at winning.

  • Maddy Colby

    I just recently acquired my husbands 3G as he has purchased the 3GS. Yes, he always gets the new, I get the hand me downs. Don’t give him the new blue FX silicone case. I should be the Lucky winner as I think it’s a great idea to have the product to protect my appreciated used phone from Bud. I want this phone well protected and it sounds like a great product to me. Besides, he’d be awfully jealous if I won it.

  • Maddy Colby

    I just recently acquired my husbands 3G as he has purchased the 3GS. Yes, he always gets the new, I get the hand me downs. Don’t give him the new blue FX silicone case. I should be the Lucky winner as I think it’s a great idea to have the product to protect my appreciated used phone from Bud. I want this phone well protected and it sounds like a great product to me. Besides, he’d be awfully jealous if I won it.

  • Maddy Colby

    I just recently acquired my husbands 3G as he has purchased the 3GS. Yes, he always gets the new, I get the hand me downs. Don’t give him the new blue FX silicone case. I should be the Lucky winner as I think it’s a great idea to have the product to protect my appreciated used phone from Bud. I want this phone well protected and it sounds like a great product to me. Besides, he’d be awfully jealous if I won it.

  • Tim

    I’m not really a fan, because the case looks like it provides minimal protection to the front of the iPhone. There are so many silicone cases out there now, the bar has been raised significantly, and with no included headphone or dock protector, this case doesn’t really stand out IMO.

  • Tim

    I’m not really a fan, because the case looks like it provides minimal protection to the front of the iPhone. There are so many silicone cases out there now, the bar has been raised significantly, and with no included headphone or dock protector, this case doesn’t really stand out IMO.

  • Tim

    I’m not really a fan, because the case looks like it provides minimal protection to the front of the iPhone. There are so many silicone cases out there now, the bar has been raised significantly, and with no included headphone or dock protector, this case doesn’t really stand out IMO.

  • Juan Espinoza

    After reading this post, I went to my local Rogers Plus store located inside the Rogers Centre. I asked the sales person to show me the Solo FX and noticed they only had the red and green in stock.

    He allowed me to carefully take it out of the box and I noticed many of the points in this post were very accurate. There was no silicony smell, there is a nice embossed pattern on the rear side of the skin.

    I asked them to allow me to place it on the iPhone 3G model that was on display and they too were curious as to how it would fit. After a few minutes, it changed the overall look to have the red skin on the iphone.
    It felt good on my hands and I did not feel that the skin was preventing me from enjoying any of the features of the phone.

    Carefully we also looked inside and noticed that the manufacturer had neatly included the protective screen film.

    After holding the iPhone with the red iskin Solo FX, I was sold!
    As of yet I have not been able to upgrade to the 3GS because most of the Rogers stores are sold out, but I plan on buying the blue version of the Solo FX when this store finally gets in stock.

    Thank you for taking the photos you posted, for me the blue skin is my colour of choice.

  • Juan Espinoza

    After reading this post, I went to my local Rogers Plus store located inside the Rogers Centre. I asked the sales person to show me the Solo FX and noticed they only had the red and green in stock.

    He allowed me to carefully take it out of the box and I noticed many of the points in this post were very accurate. There was no silicony smell, there is a nice embossed pattern on the rear side of the skin.

    I asked them to allow me to place it on the iPhone 3G model that was on display and they too were curious as to how it would fit. After a few minutes, it changed the overall look to have the red skin on the iphone.
    It felt good on my hands and I did not feel that the skin was preventing me from enjoying any of the features of the phone.

    Carefully we also looked inside and noticed that the manufacturer had neatly included the protective screen film.

    After holding the iPhone with the red iskin Solo FX, I was sold!
    As of yet I have not been able to upgrade to the 3GS because most of the Rogers stores are sold out, but I plan on buying the blue version of the Solo FX when this store finally gets in stock.

    Thank you for taking the photos you posted, for me the blue skin is my colour of choice.

  • Juan Espinoza

    After reading this post, I went to my local Rogers Plus store located inside the Rogers Centre. I asked the sales person to show me the Solo FX and noticed they only had the red and green in stock.

    He allowed me to carefully take it out of the box and I noticed many of the points in this post were very accurate. There was no silicony smell, there is a nice embossed pattern on the rear side of the skin.

    I asked them to allow me to place it on the iPhone 3G model that was on display and they too were curious as to how it would fit. After a few minutes, it changed the overall look to have the red skin on the iphone.
    It felt good on my hands and I did not feel that the skin was preventing me from enjoying any of the features of the phone.

    Carefully we also looked inside and noticed that the manufacturer had neatly included the protective screen film.

    After holding the iPhone with the red iskin Solo FX, I was sold!
    As of yet I have not been able to upgrade to the 3GS because most of the Rogers stores are sold out, but I plan on buying the blue version of the Solo FX when this store finally gets in stock.

    Thank you for taking the photos you posted, for me the blue skin is my colour of choice.

  • Congrats to Maddy for being our winner of the Solo FX!

  • Congrats to Maddy for being our winner of the Solo FX!

  • Congrats to Maddy for being our winner of the Solo FX!

  • Bud Colby

    NO!!! not Maddy! She’s just gonna gloat! And rub it in my face!

    Well, I’ll get over it. 😉

  • Bud Colby

    NO!!! not Maddy! She’s just gonna gloat! And rub it in my face!

    Well, I’ll get over it. 😉

  • Bud Colby

    NO!!! not Maddy! She’s just gonna gloat! And rub it in my face!

    Well, I’ll get over it. 😉

  • Maddy Colby

    Thanks so much X1Zero for choosing me as thw winner. I am very pleased and excited to have won this iSkin Solo FX. Thanks again and in closing I only have 1 last thing to add. Sucks to be you Bud. The prize is all mine!

  • Maddy Colby

    Thanks so much X1Zero for choosing me as thw winner. I am very pleased and excited to have won this iSkin Solo FX. Thanks again and in closing I only have 1 last thing to add. Sucks to be you Bud. The prize is all mine!

  • Maddy Colby

    Thanks so much X1Zero for choosing me as thw winner. I am very pleased and excited to have won this iSkin Solo FX. Thanks again and in closing I only have 1 last thing to add. Sucks to be you Bud. The prize is all mine!

  • Well, I am not a fan of any of these skins. From my eyes, it destroys the whole style of iPhone Apple spent tons of time designed. But that doesn’t mean I don’t use them to protect my iPhone. I do actually but I choose invisible skins instead. This site also has a review of this type but referred to a store that sells a lot more expensive. I got mine only $7, and it totally blew my away. It’s just like the name said, totally invisible.

  • Well, I am not a fan of any of these skins. From my eyes, it destroys the whole style of iPhone Apple spent tons of time designed. But that doesn’t mean I don’t use them to protect my iPhone. I do actually but I choose invisible skins instead. This site also has a review of this type but referred to a store that sells a lot more expensive. I got mine only $7, and it totally blew my away. It’s just like the name said, totally invisible.

  • Well, I am not a fan of any of these skins. From my eyes, it destroys the whole style of iPhone Apple spent tons of time designed. But that doesn’t mean I don’t use them to protect my iPhone. I do actually but I choose invisible skins instead. This site also has a review of this type but referred to a store that sells a lot more expensive. I got mine only $7, and it totally blew my away. It’s just like the name said, totally invisible.

  • djvred

    As I have gone through MANY cases (power-extenders, silicone, claimed durability, polymer/polycarbonate-schmarbonate…etc.), the only thing that I really need, is SIMPLICITY. This iSkin Solo FX epitomizes just that! Ideally its durable, flexible and low profile; which fits MY style…

    As a traveling DJ/businessman, I guarantee at least a 10-second stare and many inquiries to follow in which I will confidently advertise!!!

  • djvred

    As I have gone through MANY cases (power-extenders, silicone, claimed durability, polymer/polycarbonate-schmarbonate…etc.), the only thing that I really need, is SIMPLICITY. This iSkin Solo FX epitomizes just that! Ideally its durable, flexible and low profile; which fits MY style…

    As a traveling DJ/businessman, I guarantee at least a 10-second stare and many inquiries to follow in which I will confidently advertise!!!

  • Weiner_catrina

    I bought this case 6 months ago, and it's been amazing. The only complaint I have is that if you don't put the screen protector on just right, the sides of the case will peel it up once in a while, but that's mostly my incompetence.
    In terms of durability, it is great. My iphone has actually fell out of my pocket while I was running across the street, landed on the cement, and then I proceeded to kick it and bounce it a couple of more times across the cement (crap!), not a scratch! Also not a scratch when it slipped out of my purse, bounced off the frame of my truck and then landed on the cement. The silicon doesn't stretch out and loosen either. I am extremely happy with this case.

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