[Update: It's too late to get your skins in time for the draft, but SkinIt has just offered a draft day special. Use the code DRAFT2012 when ordering a large skin (MacBook, iPad, etc.) and you can get a small skin (iPhone, iPod touch) for free.]
When Apple announced they’d picked up Sprint as a carrier for the iPhone, my first thought wasn’t about data plans or download speeds or this G or that G, it was about the NFL. Finally, after a couple years as an iPhone owner, I’d be able to get a Seattle Seahawks skins for my iPhone 4.
Sprint holds the NFL license, you see. And since there was no Sprint iPhone, there were no iPhone NFL cases. Now that Sprint’s on board, so is the NFL, and SkinIt has a collection of skins ready for your iPhone so you can take calls with pride during your NFL Draft parties this coming weekend. Or, if you’re actually going to be drafted, hurry up and order all 32 teams. When you get that call from your new coach, get that skin on and let the photo ops begin.
Each of the 32 teams comes in a variety of styles, or you can create your own. Some of the bigger names get action shots, jerseys or caricatures, but you’re smarter than that, right? You’re not a fan of a player, you’re a fan of a logo. Players come and go, as do owners, the logo remains…with the occasional change, of course.
Take my beloved Seahawks, for example. Two different logos are available in three different colors schemes, none of which are currently accurate.
But that doesn’t matter. What matters is that you’re a fan, and you want everyone to know it each time you take a call or play another round of Team Canada Table Hockey (football’s great and all, but come on…it’s hockey). SkinIt makes a quality product that’s quite easy to apply to your iPhone, allowing you to make multiple attempts at perfect alignment. Thankfully, that’s pretty easy to do on the iPhone 4, which is small, flat and straight. SkinIt’s website even shows you what the skin will look like when fitted to your specific device.
I went with the distressed option, largely because that’s how I spend the regular season as a Seahawks fan. I got the back skin applied evenly and bubble free with only having to restart once.
And SkinIt includes top and bottom skins for the screen of your iPhone to pull the design around. Unfortunately, they don’t include wallpapers, which is a shame; I think that distressed blue would make an excellent wallpaper. Instead, I grabbed an image of the Internet and made my own, which you barely see below.
If you want your NFL skin in time for the draft, you’ll have to hurry; the skins take about two days to print, and you’ll have to overnight it. Friday and Satuday’s drafts will be easier to reach, or you could just take it easy and be ready to go come September.
Regardless, the NFL is finally officially on the iPhone, so fly those colors proudly.