Phantom Skinz (Matte) Review w/ Pics

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by Kelped, Sep 11, 2010.

  1. Kelped macrumors member

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    I ordered the Phantom Skinz Matte fully body kit a couple weeks ago. Shipping was very quick. I've installed the back; not sure yet if I'll do the front and sides. Application was difficult for me, but it was my first time installing a phone skin. Maybe I didn't use enough Johnson's Baby Wash in the solution.

    Overall, I'm pretty happy with the way it looks and feels, although I was initially disappointed with the cut of the skin.

    The skin is not cut perfectly. In order to line up the camera cut-out properly, I had to apply the skin slightly off-center to the right, leaving the top, left and bottom edges slightly exposed. Approximately .75mm of the bottom edge is exposed, and maybe .3-.5mm of the top and left edges. This is noticeable from certain angles and lighting conditions, especially since the skin is matte and the phone is glossy/shiny. You can see this in the last pic below.

    I was disappointed at first, but I think i've gotten used to it. I really like the look and feel of a matte iPhone, even if it doesn't fit perfectly. Pretty unique, I think. I try not to look at the edges. Maybe it's only noticeable if you look for it.

    Anyway, here are some pictures, taken with another iPhone 4:

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  2. ref26 macrumors 6502a

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    I love mine :) You can stretch it out a bit when you apply it to make it a perfect fit, too!
     
  3. SchneiderMan macrumors G3

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    It does fit properly. The reason why it isn't cut all the way to the edge is so it won't peel off easily from cases and daily use.
     
  4. Kelped thread starter macrumors member

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    That makes sense. But the skin sits flush to the right side edge of the phone. If I had centered the skin (ie, moved it slightly to the left), the camera cutout would not have fitted properly. The edges of the skin would overlap the metal rings around the camera and LED flash.
     
  5. plusonechoi macrumors member

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  6. spencers macrumors 68020

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    Love mine too!

    Just keep it away from dry, hot surfaces. It'll stick to a hot surface and peel away from the iPhone!
     
  7. ryan0402 macrumors 6502

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    I wish the iPhone came Matte I love the finish btw
     
  8. Statusnone88 macrumors 65816

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    I love it too, but the Apple bumper seems to be peeling up the right side a bit.

    But when it's peeling up, I throw it in my PixelSkin HD with the backing still on and it seems to flatten it back out... Go figure.
     
  9. alleyooptroop macrumors regular

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    Does anyone make a dry install matte skin that has a similar look?
     
  10. SchneiderMan macrumors G3

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    I think SGP does but I'm not sure..
     
  11. mokeiko macrumors 6502

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    OP, You did a great job and I really like that matte look too.

    mokeiko
     
  12. tourneur macrumors member

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    I had one on too. The look is great though it does give the back a rubbery feel.

    Unfortunately mine started to peel in one corner after a months' use. Perhaps I'm gonna use the second one but I guess it will start to peel again after some period too.
     
  13. LeroyTheGreat38 macrumors member

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    Do you have a bumper or case on it?

    I really like this skin and don't really plan on getting a case or bumper and just want to know if it still peels.
     
  14. LeroyTheGreat38 macrumors member

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    EDIT---Sorry for the double post, my computer is acting up.
     
  15. Kelped thread starter macrumors member

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    no, i don't use a case or bumper, and I keep my phone in my pocket

    no peeling so far, but I occasionally get tiny air bubbles near the edges. i can push them out easily with my finger, and they go away without leaving a trace.
     

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