Quick look: Carbon fiber vinyl skin for HTC EVO battery door
G&E reader Hrshycro recently sent over some of his carbon fiber vinyl-skinned battery doors/back doors so I could check them out on my HTC EVO 4G. I always thought they looked great in the photos but when I saw them in person, my knees immediately turned to jelly. Wow! Hrshycro sent me the black and white doors, and after I put the black one on my EVO, I knew that I had just replaced the stock cover for good. Even my husband, who examines accessories with a very critical eye, was impressed.
Hrshycro is using the same OEM battery door that ships with the EVO, so you don't have to worry about the quality or fit. It's perfect. Check out some pics I took of the covers below and if you like what you see, you can buy one from carbonfiberskins.tk ($25 pre-made, $5 vinyl only for DIY project).
Like I said, these are the OEM battery doors.
The speaker pinholes shown in the earlier photos aren't on the covers I got. Whether or not it was an oversight, I actually like the way it looks without the holes. The sound is softer since the speaker is covered, but it's still loud enough for personal use. I usually plug in my Ultimate Ears Triple.Fi 10s, anyway, so it's no big deal. It's also easy enough to make the holes myself if I ever want to.
The cutouts on the white cover are a little jagged, as you can see above, but the black one is perfectly smooth.
I like that Hrshycro offers the covers in black and white (you can't argue with choice!), but the black one looks way better to me.
The vinyl gives the back cover a different feel, of course, but it's smoother and less textured than you might expect. I thought it would have more of a woven basket kind of feel to it for some reason, but it doesn't feel like that at all. I don't know how to describe it other than to say that it's nice and smooth in a textured sort of way (if that makes sense). It isn't soft-smooth like the OEM cover, but it still feels good. Let's just put it this way: it's something that you'll probably end up petting/stroking.[carbonfiberskins] Thanks, Hrshycro!