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DecalGirl Review!

I already mentioned how I changed the screensaver of the kindle, but yesterday I finally got my kindle skin from DecalGirl!  Yay!

Here’s how my kindle looks like now…

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Soooo pretty, no?  I love it!  It turned out great, and the quality of the skin is perfect, so slick!

I also bought a skin for my Toshiba Thrive (I’m still learning how to use my Thrive – it’s an android based tablet, so a steeper learning curve, but woot had a great deal, I couldn’t pass up!).

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Looks pretty sweet instead of just a black cover!  And here’s with the customized screen saver…

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And lastly, my iphone…  Yep, I used the same picture as the one from the kindle.  I love the back of it, but still getting used to the front, a bit too dark compared to the usual white.  I might remove it and just keep the back instead, because the back?  Looks great, specially with my black bumper!  (I took the iPhone picture with my Thrive, while I took all others with the iPhone – there’s no doubt the iPhone takes better quality pictures…)

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I bought the glossy print for everything, and am really happy with my decision!  The colors are vibrant and it all looks and feels slick!  I was surprised at how easy it was to apply, it really doesn’t stick until you press on it, so you can adjust it quite well.  And they promised no bubbles and it was true to the promise – no bubbles on anything!

If you ever seen the Toshiba Thrive in person, you know it has a textured back, and it applied perfectly to the back, I really wasn’t expecting it to work.

The only thing I had issues with was the front of the iPhone.  I have a full screen protector, and based on their customer service I had to apply the skin on top of the screen protector – and it stuck to it pretty well, so it was harder to adjust, and there’s a couple of spots that could look better but I couldn’t fix without removing the whole thing (I’ll probably need a new screen protector  if I do remove the front skin, as it’s pretty stuck on there).

If you want a quick way to personalize your gadgets, I definitely recommend DecalGirl!

And if you’re wondering, I bought everything with my own moolah – no freebies on this review, but I like it so much I thought I share if you were ever considering it.  Now I’m thinking of buying one for my laptop too, but since it’s having issues, I’m not sure I want to invest in it anymore…  Our netbook might be the next victim, however!

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I personalized my Kindle!

Now how is it that after a year of my love affair with my kindle (I have read over 60 books in the last year, that’s some pretty good quality time spent with the kindle, no?), I only now found out that there’s a way to have your own screensavers on it?

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Sure, you need to hack it, but it took me all of 15 minutes to do it (and then another hour or so going through pictures, choosing them, and changing their settings so they would be just right – if you’re wondering: 600 x 800 pixels, grayscale, 8 bits).

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And yes, some of the diptic pictures I created made the cut too, which made it a lot easier choosing the finalists… 

Now when I turn my kindle off, I no longer have to stare at dead authors!  I get to look at these memories instead…

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It’s waaaaay better, no?  It makes me smile every time I look at them!  It seems like there’s a maximum of 20 pictures you can use, so I put 19 to allow myself another one this year without having to decide which to delete.

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You can even set a random mode, so it’s a different picture every time you turn your kindle off!

If you’re baffled like I was when I found out this was possible, just google “changing kindle screensaver” and you should be able to find the right instructions for your model – as long as you know how to use windows explorer (you know creating folders and moving files around), you won’t have a hard time either. 

Or, if you’re being lazy and you have the Kindle 3G with the newest update, shoot me an email and I can send you step by step directions (since it took a couple of times to get it to work – turns out I had to rename the screensaver update file to match with the first one I used).

To complete the new look, I just bought a “skin” for my kindle from DecalGirl – they look so freaking cool, and the facebook pictures from happy customers look awesome!  I chose this one:

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My kindle is in the case for the most part, since it has the built in light, but once in a while I remove it and put it in its waterproof case if I’m near a pool, beach or the tub.

Now, I’m a bit clumsy when installing these things, so I admit I’m nervous that I’ll mess it up, so I’ll post an update after my order gets here and everything works out (or not, but let’s be optimistic and not assume I wasted 15 bucks, k?). 

Anyone else has “skins” on their kindle (or laptop, iphone, etc?).  How do you like it?  And did you do a little squeal when you found out you can change your kindle screensaver?  (Wait, was that just me?)

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