Not everyone wants a case, and that’s fine. However, if you want the absolute basic level of protection while giving your device some flare, then a skin would be the obvious way to go. iCarbons is one of the go-to destinations for skins, carrying skins for a number of devices, including smartphones, tablets, game consoles, smartwatches, and more.
For $24.95, you can get their “Build Your Own” kit for the iPhone 5, allowing you to choose which color and material combinations that you’d like for each piece, of which there are 5 (sides, accents, front, back, home button). All skins come neatly packaged in iCarbons’ straightforward packaging. What else is straightforward? The installation process.
While the installation is pretty self-explanatory, iCarbons still recommends people to watch the installation videos that are available on their website. Simple put, you start with the top accent, move onto the back piece, and then the bottom accent. The other pieces are then even more straightforward than the rest. For my review, I opted not to install the front piece, as I didn’t want it to interfere with my anti-glare screen protector. The side strip, however, I had problems with, with only me to blame. While I had it installed well, I wanted to adjust it slightly. So, I lifted up some of the strip, a bit too fast, causing it to rip off near the volume buttons. I scrapped it, unfortunately.
My intentions were to use the skin with a bumper (I have them available on Choice Case for as little as $2.50 each). Before I ruined the side strip, the bumper fit just fine, albeit the volume buttons weren’t as clicky as before. Without the side strip, everything fit just a tad better. Nevertheless, the bumper ultimately worked with the skin installed, and everything looked quite sharp.
Overall, iCarbons has a great little kit on their hands that’s fortunately set at a pretty reasonable price. The skins themselves are high quality and work really well. If you get any of their skins, you’ll most likely be quite satisfied with them.