Amosu Wants to “Colour” Your BlackBerry, iPhone, Wii…Whatever
Designer Alexander Amosu has launched the Colour Couture service for BlackBerry, iPhone, computers and Nintendo and PlayStation gaming consoles...but it sure ain't cheap.
By Al Sacco
Managing Editor, CIO
Author’s note: Since publishing this story, it has come to my attention that ColorWare may in fact be manufacturing colored parts for Amosu. ColorWare won’t confirm or disaffirm the information, and I’m still waiting on a response from Amosu, but it looks like ColorWare may still be the only major player in the custom-color-parts game.
Move over, ColorWare. There’s a new custom-color-kid on the scene.
A couple of weeks ago, I stripped down my trusty BlackBerry Bold and dressed it up with some new, custom-painted parts from ColorWare. Overall, I was pleased with the results–though my “ColorWared” device was far from perfect. (Read my full ColorWare review here.) At the time, ColorWare was really my only option for high-quality custom-color parts for my Bold, besides buying an airbrush and prettying the handheld up myself. No more. Today, U.K. luxury designer Alexander Amosu is offering his own high-end parts for gadgets, and they sure are snazzy…and even more expensive than ColorWare. Yikes.
Amosu’s brand new Colour Couture service is available for a few BlackBerrys, including the Bold 9000, Curve 8900, and Storm 95xx, as well as Apple iPhones, iPod touch, shuffle and classic devices, computers, Nintendo Wii and DSi, PlayStation consoles and PSP.
The company claims that Colour Couture is available “in any color the customer wants,” though there’s currently no way to preview colors and combinations on its website. You can also further personalize your Colour Couture device with your name, initials, logo, whatever for an additional charge.
“Personalization is key to stand out from the crowd,” says Alexander Amosu, in a release. “[N]ow you can do it at an affordable price.”
Considering the service starts at £650 (approximately US$1052) for brand new handhelds–you can send in your existing device for £300 (roughly US$486)–I’m not exactly sure who’s definition of affordable Amosu is referring to, but like everything the company makes, the Colour Couture products certainly grab the eye.
Unfortunately, there’s no information available on replacement warranties, as Colour Couture likely voids your manufacturer’s warranty. I’m still waiting to hear back from Amosu on this and will update this post as soon as I can.
Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for CIO.com and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed CIO.com writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.