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Review: Vinyl skins for HTC EVO earpiece, logo, and kickstand

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Want a better look at those laser-cut vinyl skins for your EVO's earpiece, HTC logo, and kickstand before paying $8.99 for a set of your own on eBay? Update: Buy one, get one free for G&E readers only! Details below.

Thanks to the maker/seller of the vinyl pieces (customengravingmiami on eBay, jeff v on G&E), who generously sent me a sample of all eight colors—red, yellow, white, orange, blue, green, brushed gold, and brushed copper—you'll find what you're looking for below.

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My husband and brother-in-law used to run a small home-based vinyl decal business, so I'm familiar with what's involved in making something like this. It's not difficult or expensive, but it's tedious, especially considering the size of these pieces for the EVO. So although the "C" in some of the logos was a little crooked on the backing, I was still impressed with the quality when I first took the small sheets out of the shipping envelope.

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Upon closer inspection, however, I noticed that some of the edges of the logo letters were a little fuzzy/jagged. They reminded me of the way ink looks when it bleeds into the fibers of paper.

Update: Jeff says that he has "perfected the power and speed of the laser cutter" so that these letters don't have this "fuzzy" edge.

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The rest of the pieces looked good, with nice outlines and clean lines.

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The vinyl is very easy to apply, particularly with the help of a toothpick. It peels off of the backing and sticks to the EVO with no problems.

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It's also quite thin, so I noticed no difference in call quality after I applied it onto the earpiece. The LEDs are still visible through the vinyl (photo above supplied by jeff v); note that the green LED cannot be seen through red vinyl.

The jagged edges of the logo were also less noticeable once the pieces were in place.

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An alternative use for the logo vinyl is to use it on a different back cover/battery door, though the material will affect how well the vinyl sticks to it. You'll also have to eyeball the placement if you don't want to take the time to measure it out. Oh, and of course you'll have to be comfortable with the somewhat ghetto look of a DIY logo.

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The vinyl leaves behind no residue when removed and comes off easily once you can get the corner lifted up; I used a toothpick to dig the pieces out of the logo and earpiece. It's likely that the vinyl will be wrinkled and creased after removal, though, so don't expect to be able to reuse them unless you're extremely careful.

These custom vinyl pieces may not be for everyone, but they offer a unique way for people to personalize their EVO.

Three complete sets of vinyl pieces in a single color normally costs $9 and can be purchased on eBay. However, G&E readers can now get two complete sets for the price of one! Just mention this site when you pay for your order on eBay and specify which colors you want.

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Jenn K. Lee

Jenn K. Lee is the founder of Pocketables. She loves gadgets the way most women love shoes and purses. The pieces in her tech wardrobe that go with everything are currently the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Sony Tablet P, and Nexus 7, but there are still a couple of vintage UMPCs/MIDs in the back of her closet.

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19 thoughts on “Review: Vinyl skins for HTC EVO earpiece, logo, and kickstand

  • I ordered the red set mostly for use with an extended battery door. I originally was very impressed with the quality, but the adhesive on the set I got was very weak. Being familiar with vinyl graphics and decals I thoroughly cleaned the surfaces before applying but the kickstand and htc pieces still came off within an hour under normal use. I did leave the earpiece in for a day but not being able to see the led lights (including my wimax notifier) was a deal breaker for me. Overall a quality product visually but not so much for durability. Considering the money I have spent in accessories, $9 didn’t seen like that much of a risk to me.

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  • only the green LED can not be seen through the red. red and orange on wimax and left side LED can still be seen. yellow and white vinyl allows you to see the green LEDs however

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  • as far as the orange “h” you see pictured. i perfected the power and speed of the laser cutter and no longer have that “fuzzy” edge.

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  • @jeff what can i do to make the “htc” stick better to the battery cover on my phone. I have the “official” sprint 2600 extended battery with the black door if that helps. i really loved the look when it was on for that short time

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  • i put the red on my original EVO case and it has stayed on since. i used a brand new sharp razor blade to grab just the tinniest part of the letters off the sheet it came on and then placed on to the phone. did you screw up all 3 from the set i gave you? email me and i will get another set out to you to try again. [email protected]

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  • by “screw up” i dont mean you did something wrong. i meant placed on it and no longer have the sticky to re use.

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    It’d be nice to cover the red ring around the lens too.

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  • Avatar of jeff

    @sarah. ask and you shall receive. i am in the process of perfecting the cuts so it fits around the red ring. stay tuned. i will most likely add this piece to the sheet i currently sell and keep the price the same. great idea!

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  • Avatar of Greg

    How about a buy one get one free for goodandevo readers. I would be in. I could pay pal today.
    Thx Greg

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  • Avatar of jeff

    sounds good. when you make the purchase, just tell me color or colors and that you are from here. if the moderator can edit that into the review that would be great.

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  • @jeff I only used one set so far I just haven’t gotten around to trying again yet. The first time I did use a pair of tweezers though. I think because if the texture if this aftermarket batt door it may not work too well. Do you carry yours in your pocket? That’s part of the reason mine came off so fast i think

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  • mine is on stock back plate, in my pocket, no case or skin on it. just bare evo. maybe try using a blow dryer after applying to add a little heat and maybe set it in more?

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  • Jeff, just wanted to thank you for the offer. After I placed the order I couldn’t believe how fast you responded. Great customer service. If the product is have as good as your service, you have a winner. Thanks again and I will be sure to shhot you some pictures.

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  • awesome! can you make one to cover the red part behind the kickstand? i would love to cover all the red parts, but it seems like you are already working on covering the red ring around the camera! :)

    i would also like to request HOT PINK! thanks!!!!!!!!

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  • Avatar of MOOTOO

    Once you get the camera ring I’m in, not a big fan of the red on the EVO its just too loud for me so this would be awesome! Maybe some sports teams?

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  • i have camera ring and under kickstand pieces now. order a set of the normal ones and i will send these extra pieces as well.

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  • Avatar of Tim H.

    I know it seems like an odd request, but Is there any way that black could be an optional color in the near future? If so, That would sell me alone.

    Also, maybe not at all possible, but could there be the possibility of say, outlined pieces as well, like black pieces with red outline, now on the back with the kickstand and with the red stripe from scraping off the black paint I think that would look AMAZING.

    However, I’d settle for black :D

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  • Any chance you could get a black color option in the near future?

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