Unpaid Product Endorsement: Best Skins Ever

Full Disclosure: I am not being paid in any way by Best Skins Ever. I just love the product.

The iPod is a shiny, pretty device, but it is notorious for picking up fingerprints and scratches. As a result, a lot of companies are selling protective cases and other products designed to protect the iPod from minor damage.

The problem with most of these products is that they make the iPod "fatter." One of the selling points of the iPod is that it is so thin and small. If you have to put on a thick outer shell to protect it from damage, it loses that appeal; it ends up looking like a Zune.

That’s why I’m such a big fan of BestSkinsEver. They sell "skins," pieces of clear plastic film that you attach to a device to protect it from scratches. Unlike other products I’ve seen, they’re actually thick enough to prevent all but the most serious damage to a device, but they don’t significantly add to the width of the device.

I’ve bought two of their skins, one for my Blackberry and another one just recently for an iPod. Both are just fantastic. I just finished applying my new one to my iPod, but the one on my Blackberry has kept it completely free from scratches for months.

They are almost totally invisible. You have to closely examine the devices to see that there is a skin on them.

My biggest complaint is that they can be challenging to apply to the device. You have to use a little soapy water on each piece of the skin and then get it positioned just right and then squeeze the water and air bubbles out from under the skin. It’s a bit of pain, but it’s worth it in the end.

It also takes a couple of days for the adhesive in the skin to "set." Until then, the screen will look a little grainy.

The other minor complaint I had is that the skin that covers the click wheel on the iPod is exactly the same as the rest of the skin, so you lose a bit of tactile feedback. I would have liked it better if the click wheel skin was a slightly different texture from the rest of the skin.

Overall though, I have to say that the skins from BestSkinsEver are fantastic: nearly invisible, cheap ($7 each for my two skins), and durable. Considering how much the iPod costs, $7 for protection from the inevitable scratches and fingerprints of everyday use seems like a bargain.

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