Review #31: dbrand Carbon Black skin for iPhone 7

If you have come down the road of a dbrand skin, then I assume that looks and profile are a priority for you. At least that is how it has turned out for me. I went from a shock-absorbing case to a slim case to a point where I no longer wanted the bulk or ugliness of a case.

I already have a 3D tempered glass up front to account for the screen shattering experiences, so at the back it was all down to the grip and scratch protection more than anything else. dbrand was on my mind since long when I purchased my previous phone - OnePlus One, but purchasing from their website wherein the shipping was more than the product price itself made it an improbable prospect. I settled for the bamboo case with the OPO, but this time I got the opportunity to apply it on the iPhone 7 due to its availability on Amazon India.

Since there are cases of some fake skins being sent for some other phone models, I should clarify that I purchased it from Jindal trading who happen to be the importers for the product. As a result, the price of ₹490 (and additional cashbacks amounting to 25%) made the skin much cheaper than what it is available for on the dbrand website itself. The product received was the original one, though it had a slight fold to it, probably on account of how it was handled during shipping. It contained the "precision fit" back skin with a cutout for the Apple logo and wraps around the camera.

For someone applying a skin for the first time, the installation, at least as seen in the official video, can seem to be a bit daunting. However, once you start applying the skin, you realize that it is nothing more to it than applying a sticker with the added fun of using a hair dryer. The lining up the cutouts with the ports, buttons and logo takes some effort and patience but it certainly works out well if you go through the application process systematically. As is the case with self-application of any skin or tempered glass, there is bound to be some variation resulting in a small gap or bulge but for the most part such imperfections are seldom visible.

While my idea of elegant protection for the iPhone 7 seems to be evolving with time, this is (as Apple would put it), my best decision till date. The feel of the material is really good, resistant to scratches and looks every bit as a part of a F1 chassis. I will leave you with a picture depicting the end result of my latest dalliance.



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