Skins

Today we're taking a look at some of our most popular cases and covers for the Nokia Lumia 920 including hard cases, skins, hybrids and even covers designed to accommodate your fitness routine.

There's quite the selection here at the WPCentral Store, so join us as we dive into further detail on what's available for your Lumia 920.

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A little while ago we took a look at the Cimo S-Line Back Case for the Nokia Lumia 920. This go around we're focusing in on the same Cimo case but one fitted for the HTC 8X.

The Cimo S-Line Back Case is a skin styled case that wraps around the HTC 8X to protect it mostly from nicks and scrapes. The case may protect the 8X from some bumps but I wouldn't count on it to protect the Windows Phones from drops of any height.  There's just not enough to the Cimo case to add any cushion to things.

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Windows Phone Central's Roundup of Skin Cases for the Nokia Lumia 900

Over the past few months, we've taken a look at a nice assortment of skin cases for the Nokia Lumia 900 Windows Phone. We had a request to roundup all these cases under one roof and felt like it would be a good detour from the apps and games.

So this week we'll take a break from our typical roundup to take a look at some of the better skin cases for the Nokia Lumia 900.  Some of these cases offer a considerable amount of protection while others are more for cosmetics.  Some are hard shells, some are gel skins, and others are a combination of the two. Next week we'll get back to the games and apps, but for now on with the accessories.

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Minimalists will appreciate the simplicity of the BodyGuardz Protective Skin for Windows Phone. Those looking for a bit of protection for their Windows Phone may want to look elsewhere.  

The skins are offered for a wide range of Windows Phones including the HTC Radar and Nokia Lumia 710. We took the BodyGuardz Skin out for a test drive on the Nokia Lumia 900 and while the skin is well made and durable, it doesn't offer any padding and essentially a barrier to protect your Windows Phone from scratches.

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Geert van der Cruijsen, a Windows Phone development enthusiast, has created a skin switcher which can be used to easily alternate between community created themes when developing apps for the platform. The software is beta, so all feedback is welcome (comments on his blog or via Twitter). The download package includes not only the skin switcher, but the following skins too:

  • Default skin (Microsoft)
  • Nokia Lumia 710 Black Blue (Geert van der Cruijsen)
  • Nokia Lumia 710 Black Yellow
  • Nokia Lumia 710 White Black
  • Nokia Lumia 710 White Blue
  • Nokia Lumia 710 White Pink (Georg Kalus)
  • Nokia Lumia 800 Black (Pedro Lamas)
  • Nokia Lumia 800 Blue (Georg Kalus)
  • Nokia Lumia 800 Pink (Geert van der Cruijsen)

Head on over to Geert's blog to download his tool, and hopefully your time spent developing feature-rich apps will be more aesthetically pleasing.

Source: vdcruijsen, via: @gcaughey

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Gelaskins - Review

We mentioned the Gelaskins last week, liked what we saw and ordered a pair. Gelaskins are adhesive, protective skins for your Windows Phones that comes in a wide assortment of patterns. You also have the ability to order custom skins using your images.

First, the ordering experience went smooth. We ordered a stock skin and a custom skin for the Samsung Focus. Creating the custom skin was simple using Gelaskin's online wizard. The order shipped within twenty-four hours of placing it and, shipping UPS ground, the full turn around was six days. Not too shabby considering the order involved a custom skin.

The order arrived packaged with the skins in cardboard envelope that was inside another cardboard envelope. Sturdy enough to significantly reduce the chances of the skins being bent or folded in transit.

To read about the fit and feel of Gelaskins, slide on past the break.

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We ran across an interesting case for your Windows Phone. Gelaskins are a removable cover for protecting and customizing your Windows Phones. I guess it wouldn't qualify as a "case" but it looks as though it will offer some level of protection from scratches and scuffs.

The skin is attached to your phone by 3M adhesive that leaves no residue and allows for repositioning so you can get the most perfect fit possible. The skin has the appropriate cut-outs for microphones, ear speakers, volume keys and the what not.

Gelaskins has a decent selection of skins available for a nice selection of Windows Phones including the Samsung Focus, HTC HD7, HTC Trophy, LG Quantum and the Samsung Omnia 7.  Gelaskins also makes skin covers for laptops, gaming consoles, tablets, and other electronic devices.

If you can't find a skin design that suits your fancy, you can always create a skin from scratch using your own photograph or art work. Most skins will run $14.95 and will include the wallpaper to complete your skin appearance (emailed to you once your skins ship).

For more information, head on over to Gelaskin's website. We've got two skins ordered and we'll get a review up once we get them in hand.

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FuzeBerry Theme for TouchFlo 3D


One thing I like about Windows Mobile devices is the ability to customize the appearance to match your personality and tastes through themes. The one thing that I can live without is the gray color scheme of the AT&T Fuze. To call it drab is an understatement. Fortunately, with the introduction of the Touchflo 3D interface it was only a matter of time before someone figured out a way to easily customize Touchflo’s appearance and add a little spice to the Fuze’s appearance.

Enter MobileMatt.net where you can find Touchflo 2D, 3D, Touch Command and Windows Mobile themes. Touchflo 3D users take particular note of the Touchflo 3D skin. MobileMatt just posted the 3D Skin (Fuzeberry) v3.0.2 in our forums and adds a few extras to Touchflo including a Calendar, Call History, and Comm Manager Tab. The Skin will accept any wallpaper for the background to add more customization. The Skin does require .NET CF which is downloadable from the website. It's a theme that's similar to the BlackBerry wireframe themes, which we point out here in the spirit of the Smartphone Round Robin -- maybe it will make Kevin like TouchFlo a bit more.

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