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Installation Tips For DecalGirl Skins

This is the 4-th post in  the series of weekly giveaways sponsored by DecalGirl.com here on BlogKindle. Here is the answer for the question – who is the lucky man? His tweeter name is @LGM777. I’ve sent the redemption code via Twitter. To be in the game you need to do the following: click on the twitter button on the left to retweet this post and follow @BlogKindle so that I can send you a personal message on twitter with redemption code in case you win. A winner will be randomly chosen next Friday and announced in the next post. A tip – tweet more and you will have more chances.


I hope everyone’s Halloween spirit was stimulated by last week’s post! We’re definitely in the mood for some trick or treating here at DecalGirl. As I write this we are preparing for our annual Halloween costume contest. Right now there’s Edward Scissorhands, a Hula girl, Gumby, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, Raggedy Ann, a mad scientist, a jellyfish, and lots of other interesting characters roaming our halls!

But now on to something new….

DecalGirl skins are amazingly easy to install, and when you decide you are ready to change your look with a new one, they come off clean as a whistle, with no residue left behind. People occasionally ask “Are they reusable?” The answer to that is “no” for a couple of reasons. First, most anything made from vinyl is going to stretch a bit when it is removed from something, especially if it has adhesive on it and you have to peel it off. Second, our proprietary adhesive is designed to come off of your device with no residue, but, like most adhesives, it will not be as sticky and it will not adhere in the same way a second time.

Having said that, you should know that our adhesive does give you a “do over” if you try to place your skin and you don’t get it quite right the first time. If things don’t line up quite right for you, you do have a short time window to carefully remove the skin, line it up, and try again.

If you need some help installing your skin, you are in luck! There is a page on the DecalGirl website that is filled with installation tips. Or, if you are the type of person who prefers audio/visual help, pay a visit to YouTube.com, do a search for “DecalGirl skin installation” and you will find several pages of videos showing skins being installed on various devices. Please note that some of these are official DecalGirl productions; those are the ones that are by “DecalGirl Support.”

There are also a lot of others made by third parties. While most of them are pretty good and you’ll hear a lot of positive comments about DecalGirl skins, when it comes to installation advice you should probably stick to the ones that are officially from DecalGirl.

Just a quick note in closing today… We are already getting questions about skins for the new Kindle Fire. We would like everyone to know that we are planning to have skins available for it within hours of its release. Scattered through this post are some of our more recent skin offerings for Kindles. All of these, as well as any other design you find on our site will be available for the Fire. Talk to you next week!

Apple May Be Bringing 7″ iPad To Compete With Kindle Fire

Could Apple be feeling a bit threatened by the arrival of the impressively popular Kindle Fire?  If certain rumors coming out of Taiwan are true, then the answer seems to be “Yes”.

The most recent set of rumors, which as always should be taken with a grain of salt, indicate that Apple has been looking at samples of 7.85″ screens.  Presumably this would be an effort to design something along the lines of a budget iPad to compete with the sudden wave of affordably priced iPad alternatives hitting the market.  Such a device would have the advantage of Apple’s excellent reputation and superior presence in the tablet market while also allowing purchase by customers who aren’t quite ready to drop $500+ for their newest piece of narrowly useful electronics.

This would not exactly fit with prior declarations from Apple regarding the usefulness of a 7″ tablet, of course.  Steve Jobs came out emphatically against such devices, declaring that extensive testing had shown anything smaller than the iPad to deliver a sub-par user experience when using fingers as pointing devices.  This doesn’t rule a smaller iPad out entirely, though.  One, with the passing of Steve Jobs his company will naturally have to choose their own course.  If the market demands smaller, more affordable tablets then there is every reason to believe that Apple will rise to the challenge.  Two, Apple does have some history of declaring things pointless or unfeasible right up until the moment they feel they are in a position to do those very things.  Whether this is due to clever PR trying to throw off the competition or simply Apple’s desire to give their customers what they want regardless of what seems to be a smart move at first is open to interpretation.

Clearly nothing is set in stone yet.  At best, somebody at Apple thinks that the idea of a smaller iPad is something that should be explored to some extent.  As far as anybody knows, orders have not been placed and plans have not been made.  We have more substantial speculative information floating around about the iPad 3 than this, by a fair margin.  Even if it did happen, would it really be able to outshine the competition anymore?

A smaller iPad competing with the Kindle Fire would almost certainly come in at $250-300 and be unavailable until at least mid-2012.  Where Amazon is pushing media, Apple is making most of their profit on the hardware end and would have to scale back the power of their device accordingly, likely eliminating a great deal of their edge along those lines.  On top of that, the Kindle Fire will have had time to gain a following.  Assuming that the real value is in the content that a tablet has access to, Amazon is certainly offering enough to keep their users happy and the low price is clearly attractive.

We’ll see what happens in the months to come, but I question the potential for a move like this.  Apple already controls the performance tablet market and would be better off without a disappointment on the budget tablet end of things.