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iSkin rolls out fuze for iPhone 3G [updated]

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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Wednesday, October 29, 2008
News Categories: iPhone Accessories

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iSkin has introduced its new fuze case for the iPhone 3G. Like the company’s prior fuze case for the original iPhone, fuze for iPhone 3G blends a soft inner rubber layer with a hard-shell rear and front covers. The case features a built-in Dock Connector cover, complete button coverage, open access to the ring/silent switch, an included screen protector, and compatibility with iSkin’s revoClip. The iSkin fuze for iPhone 3G is available now in black, red, and silver, and sells for $45.

imageUpdated: In addition to the fuze, iSkin also announced new Vibes and Duo cases for the fourth-generation iPod nano and second-generation iPod touch. Vibes for iPod nano 4G are soft, flexible cases featuring a glossy finish and one of seven original artistically-designed patterns to complement the nano’s existing color. Other features include integrated screen protection, an adhesive-free Click Wheel protector, and an included Dock Connector cover and custom Universal Dock Adapter. iSkin Vibes for iPod nano 4G are available now for $25. iSkin’s Duo case for iPod nano 4G combines a silicone case with a hard polycarbonate ViSOR screen guard to offer improved protection. It includes a Click Wheel protection film, a Dock Connector protector, a custom Universal Dock Adapter, and a removable low-profile belt clip. iSkin’s Duo case for iPod nano 4G is available in 3-pack combos of white, clear, and black, purple, clear, and blue, or red, clear, and pink, each selling for $35.

imageThe iSkin Vibes for iPod touch 2G, like the Vibes for iPod nano 4G, is a soft, flexible case featuring a glossy finish and a finely-detailed design in the case itself. It offers open access to the headphone jack, coverings for the volume and sleep/wake buttons, and includes a screen protector, a Dock Connector guard, and a custom Universal Dock Adapter. Available in five different colors, it sells for $30. Based on the iSkin revo for iPhone, the Duo for iPod touch 2G combines a premium two-tone silicone case with a clear ViSOR screen guard that can be flipped to the back for access to the touch’s screen. It features a textured surface for added grip, open access to the headphone port, covers for all buttons, and an integrated Dock Protector, and includes a clear screen protector. Available in four colors, the iSkin Duo for iPod touch 2G sells for $35.

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1

Ok really, why was this announced and none of the other new iSkin products have been? I also can’t find a first generation iPod Touch iSkin review. Why is iLounge so partial to iPhone news!?

Posted by Anonymous on October 30, 2008 at 11:47 AM (PDT)

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Try a search for “iSkin.” It took about 30 seconds to find this review:

iSkin touch for iPod touch.

We’re not partial to iPhone news. iSkin just decided to announce the iPhone case first and separately, for whatever reason.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on October 30, 2008 at 12:09 PM (PDT)

3

45 bucks!!!!! Holy cow… I was interested til I saw the price. That’s about 1/4 of the amount I paid for the phone!

Posted by Paul Smith on October 30, 2008 at 12:44 PM (PDT)

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There you have it guys. Vibes for iPod 4G. That’s called innovation. That’s the result of real, effective, crisp brainstorming. Not just another crystal case with protection and clarity yada yada, this is what’s really different yet pleasing. Respect to whoever at iSkin thought about it for the first time.

Posted by Sayambhu Choudhury on October 30, 2008 at 1:53 PM (PDT)

5

my iskin broke after one week.  Cracked near the power button and headphone jack and now does not clip together anymore. 
Iskin doesn’t seem interested in replacing it and have not returned my emails.

Don’t be fooled

Do not buy this.

Posted by RKG81 on November 3, 2008 at 7:52 AM (PDT)

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Dear RKG81

My name is Kristian Ward - Marketing Manager for iSkin.  I am sorry that you have experienced such service from us.  It is our goal to ensure that we take every matter to heart to make sure it gets dealt with appropriately. 

If I may - can you please email me directly and i will personally see to it that you receive a replacement.

I do apologize that it came to this to have your needs met.  iSkin soon will have instant online customer service available to all its customers.  i know that this will greatly improve our connectivity between you and our Service Departments.

thank you and look forward to hearing from you

Kristian

Posted by Kristian Ward on November 3, 2008 at 10:13 AM (PDT)

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Unfortunately, I have to be added to the list of customers with issues with iSkin’s latest product offering.

I received the wrong item - instead of a pink/red/clear Duo pack
(as ordered), I received the blue/purple/clear pack. The order confirmation clearly states which set was ordered.

In addition, the rotary belt clip was covered in some sticky, nasty, substance that had gunky fingerprints in it (quick! Call in a CSI team!). It appears to be like rubber cement, and will not wash off.

I subsequently discovered that the polycarbonate Visor shield seems to be peeling apart / is split at the top - despite the product not having been used (due to the belt clip being covered in disgusting gunk). So, this is not a wear issue.

I don’t feel that I should have to pay for return shipping and wait when iSkins made the error - and my only error was in ordering from them.

I indicated in my initial correspondence that I would be willing live with having the wrong color case (though not happily, as the point of buying a red case was to match my red iPod).

However, when I asked to have a new, goo-free belt clip assembly sent to me, as the product is not usable in its current condition, I received a standard “send the whole darn thing back at [my] expense, wait up to 30 days for processing of your exchange” email.

This was my third order from iSkin, and I have recommended their products to other iPod owners, since the quality of their cases is (or rather, WAS) superior to any of the other case lines that I have purchased.

Needless to say, I was quite surprised at the error in product shipped, and very disappointed in finding the that product was defective - in more ways than one.

Here’s hoping that Kristian Ward is a real representative from iSkins, and that I get a better solution than “send us everything at your own expense, even though iSkins fouled up”.

Posted by Seeking Nessie on November 7, 2008 at 10:22 AM (PDT)

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As an update to my last entry, I’ve been contacted again by iSkins, and they have “made right” by the defective (and incorrect) product 100%. 

Things easily can go wrong in transactions. If the standard is how well the problems are handled, then iSkins remains on my recommended products list, even though it required a repeat contact to get the problem sorted.

Posted by Seeking Nessie on November 7, 2008 at 3:16 PM (PDT)

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Has anyone purchased and received the new fuze for the 3G? I know it is for sale now but all they have on the site is computer gen pics…i need real pics!!! Also, from previous comments about the first gen iphone fuze case, it tends to break around the power button. Worried about this….Any possible date for the ilounge review of the 3g fuze?

Posted by GeauxTigers on November 13, 2008 at 10:23 AM (PDT)

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I have purchased several iSkins, both for my iPhone, my 2G iPHone and now for my 3G iPhone.

While I find the protection the skins offer to be excellent, I have a few warnings to offer:

One, I purchased a replacement semi-clear (white) to replace one I got that was damaged by the clip they offer for the revo. The clip requires the phone to be put in facing inward to accomodate the curve of the 3G’s back. They make it sound like it is for the sake of convenience, but the fact is that if you don’t do it that way it fits extremely tightly. If you want to use the clip as a stand, it works poorly for that reason.  Plus, the dock plug would get caught on the clip, eventually tearing. I did not want to deal with up to 30 days without a case, so I bought a replacement and was going to send the old one back for a refund. Before I did I asked if the Fuze would be coming out soon. I was told nothing had been decided yet, but one was in the works. (I wanted to get the Fuze instead of the Revo, given a choice with regards to how I got a replacement for the damaged case.)

Anyway long story short, the day after the new case arrived, the email announcing the new Fuze hit my inbox. I was furious, and felt burned.

Plus, the new iSkin I got is somewhat yellowed, like old tape or something. I feel like I’ve had it a long time already and the yellowing is from dirt on my hands, but this is how it looks new. If you want the clear Revo 3G case, be aware. (There is also some particles suspended in the latex, making it look like I have some particles between the case and the phone.)

That being said, I still like the products’ style and protection. This has just been a frustrating experience. I suggest not buying direct, but from a store where it can be easily, and locally, returned if it does not meet your expectations.

In addition

Posted by Jeff Melrose on November 13, 2008 at 1:47 PM (PDT)

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Glad I’m reading this now.  I’ve been considering the Iphone 3G case but was very curious/suspicious why Iskin doesn’t have any product photos of it on their site (yet continues to add new photos of other brand new products.)  Sounds like the new Fuze is a major dud or something.  What a shame - Iskin is the company that I have trusted all along, but took too long to get a case out for the Iphone.  I bought a Griffin Wave a while back and hoped to replace it with the Iskin solution when it came out.  I guess I’ll either have to keep waiting or just keep the Wave. 

I hope Kristian Ward is keeping track of these comments - your company is losing sales!

Posted by Tom on November 13, 2008 at 2:11 PM (PDT)

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I have purchased the iskin fuze with the revo clip for the iphone 3g and am very satisfied with it.  In my opinion it is the best case on the market to date.

Posted by Steve Lipson on November 13, 2008 at 6:30 PM (PDT)

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