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TUAW review and giveaway: iSkin Duo iPad skins

TUAW's holiday weekend giveaways continue, this time with protection for your iPad.

We first talked about the iSkin Duo iPad (US$49.95) in a post a couple of weeks ago; it's the iPad skin with built-in Microban® antimicrobial protection. iSkin was kind enough to send three of the units to review and then give away to TUAW readers.

The Duo gets its name from the two-tone color scheme applied to each of seven different models, but the fact that it protects your iPad two different ways (from scratches and from bacterial buildup on the skin) could have also factored into the product naming.

Made of silicone, the Duo skins provide a non-slip surface. The bezel cover (which is black on all of the models) and the back of the lower back panels (about where you'd grip the iPad in your hands in portrait mode) are given a slight texture to make them even more easy to grip. The silicone is thick enough to protect the iPad from day to day bumps and scratches, and even covers the volume, power, and home buttons to keep moisture or dirt from getting in.
iSkin did one other brilliant thing -- they included a Microfiber screen cleaning cloth with each of the Duos, perfect for getting all of those finger smudges off the screen quickly. If the screen looks as bad as mine does right now, don't worry; iSkin thought about that and they threw in a pre-moistened screen cleaning towel as well. Much like Apple, iSkin also provides you with stickers with your purchase!

Putting the iSkin onto an iPad is actually very easy. The silicone material stretches just enough to allow for installation and easy removal, but otherwise creates a tight fit on the iPad body. To show what the iSkin Duo looks like when it's installed, I temporarily installed the Sky (blue) model on my iPad. You can see a few photos in the gallery at the bottom of this post.

I liked the feel of the Duo, and I feel it would do a good job protecting my iPad. I'm not sure I'm really concerned about microbes growing all over an iPad skin, but for parents of young children who are playing with your iPad, this might be a must-have feature. iSkin's packaging of the Duo is great, I love the added goodies, and all in all the Duo has a very high quality feel to it.

Now, on to the giveaway. TUAW has three of the Duo skins to give away; one in Night Hawk (dark brown and black), one in Arctic (see-through clear and black), and one in Sky (light blue and black). All you need to do to enter is leave a comment telling us which of the three you'd most prefer to win. We can't guarantee that you'll get that color if you win, but we'll try our best. The rules follow:
  • Open to legal US residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are 18 and older.
  • To enter, leave a comment telling us which of the three colors -- Night Hawk, Arctic, or Sky -- you'd prefer
  • The comment must be left before midnight on Monday, July 5th, 2010, 11:59PM Eastern Daylight Time.
  • You may enter only once.
  • Three winners will be selected and each will receive an iSkin Duo iPad skin (Value: $49.99)
  • Click Here for complete Official Rules.

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