Product Review: Gelaskins for iPhone 4

Phew! iPhone 4 is finally here in Canada. To those of you who braved the lines, the past Friday, and got your iPhone 4, congratulations! I happened to be one of the lucky ones. I was first in line, where I went to purchase mine. They only had 2 32GB models in stock there, and I got one.

Something most people do when they get a new phone, is put it in a case or of skin right away. One of my favourite skins is Gelaskins, and they have a full line up of iPhone 4 skins, in many different designs, from many different artists. They install easy, and uninstall even easier, leaving no sticky residue, or any sign that they were there at all.

GelaSkins are removable covers for protecting and customizing your portable devices. They feature stunning, photo-quality graphics ranging from fine art prints to contemporary urban images designed by our growing family of artists from around the globe. Stand out in the crowd with personalized protection from GelaSkins.

They sent us a couple of Gelaskins to look at, and I decided to install the”Ink Pond” design, by Nananmi Cowdroy. This artist does some very cool black and white and pen & ink designs, and Gelaskins features a few more from this artist.

Installation is super easy, as it is basically a series of stickers that you just need to put in the right place. The back goes on great, and perfectly lines up with camera and flash. You just line up the edges, and smooth it out. It’s a good idea to wipe down the suface of the device, before installing, to avoid little bumps in the finished install.

It also comes with strips to cover the sides of the stainless steel antenna. This should help to negate the attenuation issue that has been widely reported, and adds a little touch of extra style. One downside, for some people, is that it completely covers the microSIM tray. If you plan on switching SIM cards, for some reason, you’ll have to peel back the skin on that side.

The Gelaskins also includes pieces for the front. It doesn’t include clear protections, for the touch screen, itself, but brings the style of the back skin, to the front.

For that finishing touch, you can download a wallpaper to match your skin, right from Gelaskins. Just search for your design and device, then click “Download Wallpaper”. Gelaskins is a great way to customize your iPhone 4. Check out all the designs, as I’m sure there’s one that will suit you. If you’ve browsed every image, and nothing is appealing, just create you own skin, by uploading your own images.

Gelaskins are just $14.95 for the iPhone 4. One of the more affordable ways to protect you new device. They are available at some retail outlets like London Drugs, but if you want to get the best selection, or customize your own, you have to order online, at