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Sony Reader Skins

3.8/5 rating - 4 Reviews


While iStyles have a good customer support service and great delivery speed, I'm obliged to give only 2-stars for the following reasons:

1. The two Skins I had ordered for my Sony Reader and 3DS XL, while very pretty, were not as good as shown on the website. Their colors are much darker, with a lower image quality/resolution.

2. They are also very, very difficult to apply and they can be scrapped very easily. I scrapped mine, so I asked for a replacement and I got them again.

3. Those Skins leave a strong, old plastic-like odor on the device they are put on as soon as you remove them. I had to leave my Sony device at ’free air’ for one full day to remove the odor. Not very pleasant.

4. If you are carrying your device in a hard case for protection, like the book-style case for the Sony Reader, the skins will peel and get scrapped will the constant removal/put back the device in.

In the end, I did not keep my replacement Skins. The one for my Sony Reader was peel off my device in less than a day (explained in #4), and the other, for my 3DS XL, were too difficult to put on without scrapping it again. That’s why I’m leaving only 2-stars for iStyles and furthermore I do not recommend it. Beside, you cannot get refunded, so I lost some $$$ in all of this.

iStyles responded:

Thank you for the feedback. We're glad that you liked the service but sorry to hear that it did not work out for you in the end despite the free replacement of Skins that were damaged during the Skin application process.

The Skins have a special weaved adhesive that allow for easy repositioning and bubble free application. However, the actual application mileage varies from person to person and it can indeed take a little more effort for some devices depending on the layout. The final result will be well worth the effort. It is important that the device is well cleaned prior to application. If applied properly and subject to normal wear and tear, a Skin will last for years.

It is indeed possible that the Skins had a "freshly baked" smell as the products were made on demand, they were packed and shipped immediately after production, and you received yours just a week after they were made. We've not had complaints of "odor" from other customers but this "smell" will go away rather quickly as you've experienced.

We are just as disappointed as you are that it did not work out. Thank you for stopping by anyway.

This e-reader skin is even better than I had imagined, in every way. It was a little tricky to apply, but well worth the effort. It perfectly fits every curve and button of the reader, and looks just stunning once it's on! It arrived sooner than I expected as well. My first purchase with iStyles was a stellar 5-star experience, all around.

i`m very satisfied with the printed sticher set for ebook reader sony. thanks

Hi guys

Just got my skin.

it nice

but it have few cons

1. it too rubbery. When you try to detach it it can get stretched. I recommend you to use more steady materials

2. Color patter is ok, but can be bit less pink

3. it can be more open. especially on metal insertion but all in all it good mate skin thanks

iStyles responded:

Thank you for the feedback. We're sorry to hear about what happened to your Skin. The Skins are made from high quality cast vinyl and are generally rather sturdy, but they can get stretched (especially so at the thinner stripes) if they are pulled with excessive force. Standard calendared vinyl (cheaper) will be a little more sturdy but standard vinyl is much thicker (not aesthetically pleasing, will cause slight bulk), does not conform well to curved surfaces, shrinks over time, is more prone to displacement at the edges and is less resistant to heat. More information is available here.

The cast vinyl used for our Skins results in a much better product and the laminate that protects the artwork strengthens the overall material but care must still be taken during the application process. We will be sending you a replacement for you to give it another try. We hope that the new set works better for you!

An email notification will be sent when the new package goes out.