For the most part, you can have your tablet in any color you want, as long as it’s black or white. SlickWraps is an option for those looking for more colorful or interesting options for customizing the appearance of their tablet without adding any bulk at all.
Build and Design
There are a great many options for SlickWraps skins. There are ones designed to make a tablet look like its covered in gold or brushed copper, alligator skin in a variety of colors, wood in an array of grains, or just solid colors like green, orange, or purple.
People typically change the appearance of their devices with cases, but these inevitably make the tablet thicker and heavier. SlickWraps skins, on the other hand, are so thin and lightweight they they can don’t change the formfactor of the iPad Air or other model at all. For example, many add-on keyboards like the Logitech Ultrathin require the tablet to sit in a dock that has been designed for a specific model, and can’t be used with devices that are in cases. Skins are so thin that they don’t interfere with these accessories.
A SlickWraps skin is a sheet of plastic that is adhered to the metal case of the back mobile device as well as the glass front. The glue used is heat sensitive – using a hair dryer on a skin will loosen the glue and allow it to be reapplied.
The skins don’t deal well with rounded areas of some models, such as the ones on each corner of the iPad Air, and so these areas are left exposed. This significantly reduces the illusion that the tablet is covered in genuine wood, leather, etc. As a result, a SlickWrap skin on an iPad can look very realistic from the front but less so from the sides and back.
There are skins available for every Apple tablet since the iPad 2, including both iPad mini versions. SlickWraps also offers them for the Google Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire, but no other models.
The SlickWrap skins are surprisingly rugged. The one TabletPCReview has been testing has been in place for over a month on a device that is heavily used and it essentially looks like new. There are no signs of wear, nor is it peeling off anywhere.
Skins are not cases – although they can help prevent scratches to the metal casing of the tablet they are primarily for just for decoration.
Correctly putting on a SlickWraps skin takes patience and very good hand/eye coordination. The skins are designed to exactly fit the tablet, with no room for error. The presence of openings for cameras and tiny microphone holes makes the process even more difficult, as failure to line the skin up precisely will partially or even completely cover these.
The variety of colors and patterns that SlickWraps’ skins offer is a good way to help users make their tablets relatively unique. However, the skin’s inability to completely cover some tablets, and the difficulties that come with applying them, limit their appeal.
They are available for $26.95 on the SlickWraps webstore.