iPhone Skin Review: DomeSkin Energy Red Blue for iPhone 4S/4 Review
Editor's Ratings (1-5): 4.5
What's Hot: Attractive images with matching screens, thicker than normal vinyl skins, easy to use and re-use.
What's Not: Doesn't protect the sides and corners.
Reviewed by Tong Zhang
DomeSkin is a very different kind of skin compared to the usually thin vinyl sheet skin. It's thicker with more padding for your device, but comes with the same residue free 3M adhesive technology and in a large collection of designs that are eye-catching in different genres. The DomeSkin is easy to apply, and you can re-use it a lot more time than the normal thin skins.
The material is what sets apart the DomeSkin products from the rest of the skins. The thick and shiny armor/resin material has noticeably thicker padding, and when you press the skin you can feel the padding contract and expand back. It certain provides much better protection against scratches, nicks and bumps for your iPhone 4S than the thin skins. The surface of the DomeSkin is shiny and smooth, yet it's not slippery. In fact, if you slide your finger across the surface, it actually feels very grippy and can stop your finger from sliding off easily.
The DomeSkin for iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 includes dozens of designs ranging from sports, famous art pieces, music themes and a lot more. These designs have bright colors and the Energy Red Blue used for this review is among a few that have more abstract yet intriguing images. The skins cover the entire back and the front of the iPhone 4S/4 (minus the display), but don't cover anything on the sides. When you buy the skin from DomeSkin, you will automatically get a notice to download the screen saver image that matches the skin.
The DomeSkin covers for the iPhone 4S is very easy to install. Make sure you clean your iPhone 4S or iPhone 4 thoroughly, then peel the skins off its storage sheet, and push them onto the iPhone's surface. The DomeSkin covers use 3M non-residue adhesive that's very sticky when you firmly push the skins onto the phone, but it's also extremely easy to peel them off and put them back on the storage sheet. You can certain re-use the skins a lot more times than the thin regular vinyl which gives you more than 2 uses. The adhesive doesn't leave anything on the iPhone 4S after you peel them off.
The DomeSkin covers for the iPhone 4S has a cutout for the camera and another tiny cutout for the flash. These cutouts are useful landmarks against which you can align the back skin to the phone perfectly. The front cover has cutouts for the earpiece, front camera and sensors as well as the Home button. These cutouts also have perfect alignment and the front skin covers the entire bezel surrounding the screen. This means you can put your phone face down on a flat surface, the 3D like padded skin will touch the surface, not your iPhone 4S.
If you are into skins and need a bit more protection for your phone than a thin sheet of vinyl, the DomeSkin covers are perfect. You get the large collection of designs just like the normal vinyl skins, but you also get the padded and thicker material for better protecting the phone. The thicker and stronger material also allows you to re-use the skins for many more times than their thinner vinyl counterparts. As with vinyl skins, the DomeSkin covers don't protect the sides of the iPhone 4S, and you will need to get your own screen protector.