What are Cell Phone Skins?

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Cell phone skins are fun and decorative ways to add style to cell phones, while also offering a small amount of protection. They are not the same as cell phone cases, which are usually more focused on function and less on style. The skins attach directly to the surface of the cell phone and make it possible to achieve a more unique look than most cases can manage.

Sometimes referred to as skinz or cell phone skinz, the typical phone skin is manufactured with vinyl products. The material provides a glossy finish and can make use of a wide range of colors in the design. It is possible to purchase skins that are solid colors or make use of a number of different patterns and color combinations. In all instances, the skins fit snugly on the body of the phone without interfering with any of its features.

One advantage of using decorative skins is that they are not permanently attached to the phone. This means that it is possible to purchase several different ones and change the look of the phone to match the occasion. For example, they can be used to decorate the phone for holidays, seasons of the year, or for special events such as birthdays, wedding receptions, and any other occasion that can be imagined.


Today, cell phone skins are manufactured to fit just about every type of cell phone. It is possible to purchase ones that are configured to fit on flip top phones and phones with sliding keyboards with equal ease. The skins are relatively inexpensive, making it easy to purchase several different models and change the look of the phone in the same way that many people match shoes or jewelry to match clothing.

While many companies that sell phone accessories carry a wide range of colors and patterns, it is also possible to special order a design. Manufacturers can create ones featuring company logos as well as different types of visual images and graphics. Some manufacturers will take original designs developed by customers and use them to create unique skins as well. While more expensive than mass-produced skins, the custom types are still usually affordable.


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Post 10

So is it a sticker or like a really thin cover?

Post 9

Will a cell phone skin stick to a Life Case?

Post 8

I too am wondering if glossy cell phone skins are stickers or some other material.

Post 7

I think it's a sticker. I'm not sure though. That's what I'm trying to figure out.

Post 6

is this just like a sticker or is it actually a case?

Post 5

Do these skins stick to your phone, like a sticker?

Post 3

XO Skins sells the protective skins.

Post 2

Where can I buy these from?

Post 1

Cell phone skins are awesome to hide scratches and damage.

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