While the iPad 2 is certainly a sleek-looking machine, the plain black or white design may not be for everyone’s tastes. Fortunately, there are a number of companies producing decorative “skins” that can be used with the both the iPad 2 and the original iPad , giving them a colorful new appearance. Check out the recommendations below, and you’ll have no trouble finding something that suits your particular device.
GelaSkins is one of the premiere skin manufacturers for both the iPad and iPad 2, mainly because of the number of pre-designed selections. Over 100 artists contribute new works on an almost weekly basis, so there’s always something new to choose from. (Pictured above is “Los Luchadores”, drawn by Joe Sorren.) What’s more, GelaSkins also provides a free downloadable wallpaper, which is used as background setting on the iPad, so that it seamlessly blends in with the skin without blocking the view of applications.
These skins go for $29.99 apiece (plus shipping), and GelaSkins also provides the option to create custom designs, either from pre-existing photos or art pieces. It’s truly the cream of the crop, and the 3M technology allows for easy application and removal, without any sticky residue left behind.
Like GelaSkins, iStyles has a variety of interestingly designed skins that can be used with the iPad, along with downloadable backgrounds so it all comes together into one smooth appearance. The iStyles skins come in two pieces, front and back, which seamlessly stick onto the device without the addition of any bulk. They also provide scratch protection, a huge plus for travelers on the go. Plus, the unique weaved adhesive makes removing the skins easy, without any residue being left behind.
Though the number of skin designs is somewhat smaller than GelSkins, iStyles still has plenty of offer for $19.99 on up. Pictured here is the Apocalypse Green Apple color, which kind of makes us feel like the Incredible Hulk in a way. (Hulk smash!) Other designs include the decorative Bali Hai and the gorgeous Bayou Sunset, among others. Better still, iStyles produces skins for a number of Apple devices – including Apple TV! Stop by and take a look.
SkinIt is one of the premiere skin manufacturers for the iPad and iPad 2, using state-of-the-art digital presses to provide vibrant photo quality graphics. Using Durable Automotive grade 3M Vinyl, they’re easy to stick on and remove at will, without leaving any marks on the device itself. The skins are priced at $29.99 (plus shipping), and provide scratch protection.
What’s more, SkinIt also provides a number of official sports-licensed skins, including teams from the National Football League, NBA and Major League Baseball. (Die-hard fans of the Red Sox and Lakers will definitely want to take notice, though Cooperstown fans will like the image we’ve included.) Various skins from the entertainment world are also available, including classic Looney Tunes characters and images from such films as Pirates of the Caribbean (because everyone loves Captain Jack), Kick-Ass and Disney’s remake of Alice In Wonderland. If nothing suits you, a customization option is also available for an additional fee.
iPad owners looking for something a little more “out there” in skin design will want to check out what Infectious has to offer. The company offers a number of off-the-wall artistic choices for iPad skinning purposes, with everything from a pink Darth Vader (pictured) to a huge shadow beast stomping through the city. These skins are made from strong materials and use 3M vinyl, not only protecting the device but also allowing for easy removal.
The skins start at $19.99 apiece, and Infectious has many categories to choose from, including Characters, Cityscape, Happy, Pretty Ladies and, for those who don’t mind something more risqué, PG-13. These include the awesome-looking Bear Attack and the sultry The Next Big Wave. Nothing beats a little Community Designed Goodness, as the website states.
Finally, let’s say you’re not a fan of the synthetic, new wave skins, but prefer something a little old school. Well, how about wood? Karvt provides a number of skins for iPad, along with other devices and skateboard decks, in eight different types, ranging from Natural Pine to Chocolate Walnut. All of them are generally straight grained with a moderately coarse, uniform texture, complete with coats of sealant to keep the device protected. What’s more, no two skins are alike, since they’re made from genuine wood. No pre-set patterns here.
What’s more, these skins won’t set the wallet back too far. Karvt is currently selling iPad/iPad 2 skins for the low price of $30, a ridiculously cheap cost considering the materials at hand. Naturalists and rugged worker types take note – wood might just be the way to go. Stop by and see what Karvt has on hand.