You’ve probably seen numerous “Skin” products for cell phones and whatnot which are basically specially cut stickers that add some interesting custom graphics to your phone, laptop, etc. You can usually order these types of things online, but the problem I have with that is having to apply the stickers to your phone yourself. What if you can’t get it to go on straight or you get a wrinkle in it or tear a piece accidentally? Then you’ve ruined it and might have to send away for a new one and wait for it to ship again. That’s no fun!
Well, the other day at the Microsoft Store, we realized that they’ve got an in-store service that you can take advantage of for creating great looking custom skins for almost any kind of Microsoft product right there in the store. All you have to do is find the touch screen PC with the SkinIt software installed. Find the device you want to customize and then you can choose from a bunch of different pre-existing artwork, or if you bring a USB stick with some other pictures on it, you can load those right into the computer. It will show you how the front and back custom graphics will look on your phone along with a price at about $10 for a cell phone. Above you can see Ray Doan making a selection for his white Nokia Lumia 900. After pressing the check out button on the PC, he found a Microsoft Store employee, paid for the skin with a credit card and then waited for the skin to be created in the back room. Some one brought him a soda since the wait would be about 20 minutes. Then when it was all printed out, he handed them his phone, they took it into the back and perfectly applied the skin.
I don’t know if you can tell which baseball team our friend Ray likes.
Another store employee had his cyan Nokia Lumia 900 skinned with a great looking Superman theme.
The Microsoft Store’s professional skinning services are a partnership with SkinIt who also makes custom graphic decals for a wide variety of electronic devices. Mostly only Microsoft related products such as Windows Phones, laptops, Xbox 360s and Xbox controllers are available for skinning at the Microsoft Stores.