In just a little over a week, Apple's iPhone 3G will hit the stores. Unfortunately, I seem to always manage to get scratches on my iPods within the first week getting them.
Not this time though, since I decided to do research and order a skin for my new iPhone ahead of time. After reading forums, visiting websites, and asking friends, I put in my order for the invisibleSHIELD for the iPhone 3G (with bestskinsever as a close second). Many other skin companies have prettier skins, but their quality didn't look as good, and most didn't have any for specifically the 3G anyway (which is shaped differently than the original iPhone). At invisibleSHIELD, all pre-orders for the 3G are 20% off, and receive free shipping. The free shipping takes 1-2 weeks though, but if you order now you should have your shield to put on your iPhone 3G immediately when you get it! Even though it's a pre-order, they aren't waiting until the 3G is out to start shipping; they will ship in time for you to receive the skin by July 11. The shields are industrial strength as the videos on the website show, and they are semi-permanent, meaning they are made to stay on, but are removable if you want to remove them. Putting the invisibleSHIELD will not void your warranty, and taking it off will not leave a scratch. If ever you have to take off the invisibleSHIELD for repair or replacement from warranty, invisibleSHIELD will send you a new skin for free; there is a lifetime guarantee on the product!
invisibleSHIELD also makes skins for laptops and other phones. I ended up ordering two iPhone 3G skins (one for my brother), and a skin for my Macbook Air. Buying 3 products at once, they gave me a 30% discount on the whole order! That made it so one of the skins was practically free.
Applying a Skin to a Laptop or Phone
Having done research on skins on several forums, it sounds like applying the skins will only take 5 minutes for phones and 15 minutes for laptops. I took notes on the tips they gave on these sites. First, it's good to work in a steamy bathroom, to prevent dust from getting trapped between your product and the skin. Wash your hands and make sure your device is off when applying the skin. Apparently some skins come with sprays to use. Instead of using a spray, make a mixture of warm water and baby shampoo (or another mild soap but looks like baby shampoo works best). If bubbles form from making this mixture, wait until they go away before using it. Dip your hands into the solution and pick up the skin. Remove the backing from the skin (but remember which side the backing was on) and dip the skin into the mixture. Remove the skin from the mixture, letting the excess water drip off of it. Hold it above your device and let it attach itself to one side and slowly let it contact across your whole device. If your skin has flaps, don't worry about pushing them down yet. Now take a rubber squeegee and dip it into the solution and squeegee the bubbles out of the skin. If the squeegee gets dry, make sure to wet it again. If you don't have a rubber squeegee, you can use the edge of a credit card. If there are small bubbles or water under the skin still, don't worry; just let the skin sit until dry and they will go away in the evaporation process. Let the skin set for 24 hours. After it dries, push down the flaps.
If you are interested in buying one of the other skins on the website and would like a 20% discount, please let me know; they sent me 2 one-time use 20% coupons after I placed my order and I can pass on those coupons to you.