Most people like to protect their iDevices with a case. For some, it’s all about protection, while others prefer something that reflects their personalities. Ideally, a case does both. Several manufacturers allow customers to choose from a variety of pre-made designs from sports logos to works by renowned artists, as well as the ability to create their own designs by uploading images or pictures. Here are some options for preventing scratches and dings with style:
Skinit – Offering minimal protection, skins are adhesive vinyl stickers that are cut to precisely fit on the back of your device. The advantage Skinit presents is skins for nearly the full spectrum of iDevices including the Classic, Nano, all generations of iPod Touch, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPad. Prices for skins for the iPad are $29.99 with the option of an additional clear hard shell for $15. Skins for the iPhones run $14.99. Hard shells in black or white are $15.
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Case-mate – Long regarded for the quality of their cases, Case-mate offers customized cases only for the iPod Touch 2G/3G (that’s right – no 4G!) iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4. The cases are made of Lexan and the ink is embedded into this material. The price for most cases is $34.99. There are two case choices for the iPhone: the Barely There sells for $34.99 and the Tough case runs $39.99. The orders take 2-3 days to be processed and shipping is free.
Zazzle – Better known for their custom t-shirts, Zazzle has leapt into the fray of iDevice accessories by partnering with established case maufacturer Speck. Provided by Speck, the cases are fitted, hard-shell cases wrapped with soft fabric. Available for the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPad, prices start at $39.95, with iPad cases running $49.95. Cases with artwork provided by graphic artists can be more.
Uncommon – Uncommon’s cases are similar to the Case-mate’s as they are hard plastic cases with the design embedded within. There are currently three models of customizable cases available for the iPhone 4 ($34.95-$39.95). Cases can be designed for the iPhone 3G/3GS, iPod Touch 3G and 4G ($39.95). Products for the iPad are “coming soon.” Uncommon has a singular advantage: cases can be designed and ordered right from your iPhone or iPod Touch using their free proprietary app.
Dockability is not an issue with a simple skin, and Uncommon advertizes its cases as being supremely dockable.
As for the fingerprint case shown above, the image is a generated fingerprint on an Incase WIRED Snap Case. I suppose if one really wanted a truly unique design, the same could be accomplished by taking one’s fingerprint, scanning, enlarging and uploading it to one of the above manufacturers.