A Galaxy S6 With (Almost) Stock Android Sounds Like a Dream Come True

There are some pretty unsubstantiated and vague rumors that Samsung's new Galaxy S6 won't just have a new Note-inspired hardware design; it'll also have less ugly TouchWiz skinning than ever. Who knows if this is true! It's probably not. But man, it still sounds fantastic. » 1/13/15 10:15am 1/13/15 10:15am

Easily Turn Your iPhone 5 Into GTA V's iFruit

Grand Theft Auto has long been known for parodying everything from vehicles, to advertising, to pop culture, to even the technology that dominates the time. So it's not surprising to see one of the characters in the recently released GTA V using an iPhone parody called the iFruit. And now you can actually get your… » 9/30/13 1:08pm 9/30/13 1:08pm

HTC One Google Edition Brings Stock Android to the Best Android Phone

On Stage at the D11 conference, Google's Android chief Sundar Pichai confirmed rumors that an HTC One Google Edition running vanilla Android will be available on June 26th for $600. That means the best Android phone in the world will be available unlocked and without the often clunky HTCSense skin. Heck yeah. » 5/30/13 11:55am 5/30/13 11:55am

Iridescent Skins Let You Just Tilt To Change Your iPhone's Color

If you're tired of the iPhone's boring black or white color options, but would also like to avoid a bulky case or letting Colorware have at it with your device, you might want to check out Clear-Coat's new color-changing Aurora skin. » 4/05/13 6:20pm 4/05/13 6:20pm

HTC Sense 5.0 Review: Better! But Also Worse

HTC's Sense UI has evolved over the years from a laggy train wreck in its early incarnations to something quite lean and serviceable in Sense 4.0. The newest version, Sense 5.0—which will be launching on the HTC One—is yet another departure. But different isn't always better. » 3/12/13 5:47pm 3/12/13 5:47pm

What's the Point of Android Skins?

Manufacturers just can't leave Android alone. When they build Android devices, they've got to customize. There's Samsung's TouchWiz, Motorola's MotoBlur, HTC's Sense, and others. These customizations have come to be known as skins. » 12/05/12 12:00pm 12/05/12 12:00pm

Every Major Android Skin Compared

Android 4.0 (a.k.a. Ice Cream Sandwich) is the prettiest, most intuitive version of Google's mobile OS yet, but hardware manufacturers still insist on dirtying it up. Android skins are inevitable, but who does it best? See for yourself. » 6/26/12 2:00pm 6/26/12 2:00pm

We All Live in a Watercolor With These New OpenStreetMap Skins

Google Maps is mighty useful, but not everybody's a fan—including Apple, who seem to be ditching it. But OpenStreetMap isn't the nicest looking thing, and let's not discuss Bing. This new OpenStreetMap skin, however, is hands down the best looking digital map I've ever seen. » 3/22/12 4:41am 3/22/12 4:41am

Coat Your iPad With This Beautiful Moleskine-Like Skin

For those turned off by the scaly metal rearsides of their iPads—but don't want to hide the whole thing in a bulky case—Dodocase's Bookback skin provides a sleek, leathery skin to give that back some grip. » 2/24/11 8:40pm 2/24/11 8:40pm

Make Your iPhone an iOS/WP7 Love Child

Oh, hey, look another Windows Phone 7 handset, looks pretty norm—wait what? That's running on an iPod, you say? Well, yes. And this cunning mimic can run on your jailbroken iOS device as well. » 1/31/11 8:40am 1/31/11 8:40am

The iPhone-Polaroid Cross Pollination Continues

Other iPhone 4 Polaroid skins were fine, but this one is far superior. Why? Because it offers a subtle reminder to turn your phone sideways when taking a photo. And it's only $7 (compared to $15). [Laughing Squid] » 1/12/11 3:20am 1/12/11 3:20am

iPhone 4 Polaroid Skin: Shake Your Love

Technological advances are wonderful! But that doesn't mean we have to abandon up on retrofabulous design. And there's not much more tempting than walking around with an iPhone-sized Polaroid in your pocket. » 12/29/10 9:00am 12/29/10 9:00am

Pretend Your iPhone Is Naked with This Teardown Skin

We're very tolerant here at Giz—if the thought of your iPhone 4 without its clothes on gets you excited, by all means! But it's probably not very good for the phone. Slap on this exposed-guts back decal instead. » 12/20/10 2:00pm 12/20/10 2:00pm

Samsung Transform and Friends Make Personalization Simple With Sprint ID

Like dogs, smartphones grow to look like their owners—if those owners are tech-savvy enough. Sprint ID offers curated "packs" of apps, widgets, and themes for simple customization, starting with the Samsung Transform, Sanyo Zio, and LG Optimus S. » 10/06/10 5:15pm 10/06/10 5:15pm

These Old VHS Tapes Are an iPad

If you positively insist on putting a skin on your iPad, might I recommend cloaking them in old VHS tapes? And if you like the underlying concept of Hollis Brown Thornton's VHS Heroes, you're going to lurve the detail. » 9/15/10 6:00pm 9/15/10 6:00pm

Locate iPhone 4s Faster with This Glowing Decal

This handy iPhone 4 decal does double duty as an antenna-protecting film and a glow stick. You know, just in case that reception issue persists, you chuck it into a dark closet and need to find it in a pinch. » 7/11/10 5:00pm 7/11/10 5:00pm

You Haven't Left the Office in 5 Years, But These Nat-Geo Gelaskins…

Realizing that tech nerds like space, the environment (well, in small doses—and only on a 1080p monitor) and everything else that Mother Nature supplies us with, National Geographic has teamed up with Gelaskins for some natty nature covers. » 2/24/10 12:00pm 2/24/10 12:00pm

Frank Miller GelaSkins iPhone Cases and Laptop Skins Make Me Want To…

Frank Miller, the comic god behind Sin City and 300, has licensed his wares to GelaSkins for some awesome-looking iPhone cases and laptop skins. I want them all—and I don't even like cases! Or have an iPhone. » 2/05/10 8:00am 2/05/10 8:00am

Skin Your Dell Laptop With These Amazing Emil Kozak Designs

Designer Emil Kozak has knocked together some graphic Dell skins which will help out the (Product) Red charity. There's four different designs, with 23 color variations to choose from, and conveniently help disguise the fact that you own a Dell. » 1/14/10 8:32am 1/14/10 8:32am

Philips E-Skins Could Have Your Gadgets Changing Colors Like a Chameleon

This isn't the first time the concept of color-changing electronic skins has been tossed around, but Philips is a big name, and they have big plans that extend beyond your portable gadgets. » 12/10/09 12:09pm 12/10/09 12:09pm