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Thumbs up Review/Pics: Skinomi carbon fiber skin, tab & dock

Got my Skinomi skins today and after applying I have to say I'm impressed. I was eager to see if it would fit in the dock with it on too, and it does. It's just a little tight but it does fit fine.

When the skin arrives it comes shipped in a tube, since it's rolled up in the tube the ends of the skin want to peel up. If it was rolled the other way it would of been much better. After learning from the tablet skin I re-rolled the dock skin the other way and put it back in the tube for 30 minutes or so and that helped.

My advice when putting the skin on is to only use the application fluid on the large main skin parts (top for the tab and bottom for the dock), and be sure NOT to get any fluid on the small edging/side parts of the skin. Once the main back part is on, bubble free and aligned it will be easy to stick down the sides if there's no fluid on them. In my case I put the fluid all over and the smaller side parts kept peeling themselves up and it took a lot of holding down till they were stuck (the whole process took me about an hour for the tablet).

Lesson learned, on the dock skin I only used a small amount of fluid on the main bottom part and none on the little parts and it was a much faster process. Using a hair dryer will aide in the drying time and also makes the skin more malleable so it doesn't want to peel itself back.

The tablet skin comes with a clear screen protector that I'm not using. I use an anti-glare screen protector (3 pack available on Amazon for $14.95) and I like this set up a lot. A few other reviews for this skin said because the clear screen protector is a bit sticky when you close the tab the screen sticks to the skin on the dock and it cause bubbles in the screen. With the very non-sticky screen protector I have, this isn't an issue.

All-in-all I'm impressed with the skin. It's a very tough vinyl, has a great texture to it (actually feels like carbon fiber and makes for a nice feel in the hand) and provides good coverage on almost all of the tablet and dock.

The only down side is the set up (especially if you use a different screen protector) is a little pricy... But, if you want to protect your tablet and dock while making the setup look bad @ss this is the way to go!!

UPDATE: A small part of the corner of the skin (a very thin strip that covers the corner on the top of the tablet) came off, was torn by the case. I contacted Skinomi as the skin has a lifetime warranty and they're sending me a whole new skin for free. Prompt customer service too. Good company...

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Tablet skin on Amazon, $26.94 with shipping
Dock skin on Amazon, $18.94 with shipping.

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If anyone wants pics of any specific part of the tab or dock to see exact fitting just let me know and I'll take it and post here!
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how do you feel about this vs a case? if you were to drop this i dont see where it would help. its more for scratch proofing ?
 
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how do you feel about this vs a case? if you were to drop this i dont see where it would help. its more for scratch proofing ?
This would do absolutely nothing in the event of a drop!! lol. But, I don't like to always have my tablet in a case and this will help prevent scratches when I'm using it around the house out of the case (sometimes I take the tablet with me while it's docked too and I only have a neoprene case for this, this skin helps once I pull out the tablet in this situation). Great scratch protection, no protection for drops... And it looks cool, and feels cool, and is cool
 
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lol ugh maybe you can help me decide between this skin and these 2

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o02_s00_i01
http://www.amazon.com/Poetic-Transfo.../dp/B008LM04T6

i have the dock, but do not care about protecting it, dont have a screen protector, just want a case for when i take the tablet out to school or meetings
 
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lol ugh maybe you can help me decide between this skin and these 2

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o02_s00_i01
http://www.amazon.com/Poetic-Transfo.../dp/B008LM04T6

I have the dock, but do not care about protecting it, dont have a screen protector, just want a case for when i take the tablet out to school or meetings
I have a case very similar to the Poetic case (2nd link) although it doesn't rotate. I didn't need to rotate the screen as I rarely use it in portrait mode and wanted as slim a case as I could get. I got the Blurex Slim Folio Case on Amazon for $21.99 and I think it's a great case! Slim, good fit, and I think it provides about as much protection as you can get with a case of this nature.

I actually have the 1st case you linked to on order, it will be here tomorrow. Not so sure about it but I guess I'll find out tomorrow. I'll update this reply once it gets in!

UPDATE: Got the Poetic Tablet/Dock case today and I like it. It does add a LOT of thickness to the whole setup but it provides good coverage and I like the little pockets for business cards and other notes. It also has two pen holders (good for styli). Looks professional too. If you don't mind a thick setup I'd recommend this case!
 
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Thanks for the review. After debating for some time, I ended up ordering the brushed steel one. I hope it looks decent
 
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How does it feel when holding the tablet(without the dock)? Does it feel like it might peel where you hold it on the edges?
 
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This would do absolutely nothing in the event of a drop!! lol. But, I don't like to always have my tablet in a case and this will help prevent scratches when I'm using it around the house out of the case (sometimes I take the tablet with me while it's docked too and I only have a neoprene case for this, this skin helps once I pull out the tablet in this situation). Great scratch protection, no protection for drops... And it looks cool, and feels cool, and is cool
ACTUALLY....it will do alot of good in a drop. The innitial impact won't be saved, however when you drop something it usually bounces and/or slides. The full skins will mitigate most of the damage from all the scuffs, dings, and scratches that come after the initial impact. I dropped my Galaxy Note and the corner has a pretty good ding, but the skin was skuffed to hell and looked like ****. I was ticked that my phone looked like it was worn as a shoe down a gravel road. I peeled the skin off and was taken back at the fact that there wasnt a single mark on it other then the corner where it landed. I immediately ordered a new skin from ArmorSuit telling them it saved my phone, they refunded the purchase I just made and sent me one for free telling me they were glad it worked and the lifetime warranty covered it. The only reason my tf700 doesnt have a full skin yet is because I use the rooCase snap on that is a little too tight. Full skins pay you back exponentially when the day comes to sell it and you peel it off to see nearly brand new device.
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Does the skin cover the sharp edges of the tab next to the bezel ? I can't really find out from the pics I've seen.
I find the tab quite uncomfortable to hold for a long while because of those rather nasty edges...
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My Skinomi Clear Skin arrived today but I'm not going to install it yet. I'm going to send my tablet for repair or swap for new unit because of bad quality on glass/screen installation on lower left corner...

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