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kriista1234
Mar 7, 2011, 03:17 AM
After selling my iPad1 (but before seeing the iPad2) I had already decided to go a film route with the iPad2. The Apple case, as protective as it is, is really big and bulky and just didn't feel great. It was always dirty and would get the screen dusty (it would leave a nice stripe of dust where the fold was).

Now seeing the smart cover, that seems like the way to go, but like many others, I'm concerned about the back of the iPad2 while it's on tables and such.

What are the brand choices for protective film?
I definitely don't want something that starts peeling off, or looks like crap, and it would be nice if it came up the side a bit (to protect it when it's standing like a book).



Mac21ND
Mar 7, 2011, 08:50 AM
I haven't tried them, but I've seen this:

http://www.zagg.com/

They have skins for the back - like faux leather and such. I don't know if they'll be much for the sides since the iPad 2's sides are tapered as opposed to flat like the iPad 1.

GoCubsGo
Mar 7, 2011, 08:53 AM
Invisible shield is nice, they offer a lifetime warranty. However, I found that their product pricing is a bit higher than Best Skins Ever, which offer the same product (in my opinion) minus the ******** packaging, etc for a nicer price.

ajvizzgamer101
Mar 7, 2011, 09:35 AM
BestSkinsEver has provide me great products and great service over the years. I will again use them for my iPad 2 :)

http://www.bestskinsever.com/ipad-2-skin

hitekalex
Mar 7, 2011, 09:43 AM
I have also ordered BSE skin.. But one thing that concerns me about these films is the speaker grill.. I wonder if the skin covers it completely, or leaves it open. Obviously, covering it would muffle the speaker sound, so I hope they have come up with something more clever than that.

troop231
Mar 7, 2011, 10:00 AM
I have also ordered BSE skin.. But one thing that concerns me about these films is the speaker grill.. I wonder if the skin covers it completely, or leaves it open. Obviously, covering it would muffle the speaker sound, so I hope they have come up with something more clever than that.

Maybe they have laser cut holes in the film to line up with each speaker hole?

You're right.. I doubt that too. lol

kriista1234
Mar 7, 2011, 10:09 AM
The lifetime warranty is nice and I don't mind paying a bit more for it if it's going to stay put and not peel off, that's my biggest concern really.

GadgetAddicted
Mar 7, 2011, 11:13 AM
The lifetime warranty is nice and I don't mind paying a bit more for it if it's going to stay put and not peel off, that's my biggest concern really.

Trying to decide between the Zagg & BSE. I have always used Zagg and am thoroughly pleased with them. But the price is ridiculous. Especially since I plan on picking up the black leather smart cover...

Think about it this way. Zagg has lifetime replacement warranty:

Zagg
Initial buy ($40 + $12 shipping) = $62
Replacement $12 shipping

Say I wanted to get it replaced three times throughout it's life..that would end up being $62+(3*12) = $98

BSE
Order 3 times = $60 + $10 shipping = $70.

Suggestions anyone??

kriista1234
Mar 7, 2011, 11:17 AM
I assumed it would have cutouts for the speaker and camera, otherwise that would be ridiculous.

That is a good point on the BSE thing.
So BSE are definitely as good as the zagg ones?

troop231
Mar 7, 2011, 11:21 AM
Trying to decide between the Zagg & BSE. I have always used Zagg and am thoroughly pleased with them. But the price is ridiculous. Especially since I plan on picking up the black leather smart cover...

Think about it this way. Zagg has lifetime replacement warranty:

Zagg
Initial buy ($40 + $12 shipping) = $62
Replacement $12 shipping

Say I wanted to get it replaced three times throughout it's life..that would end up being $62+(3*12) = $98

BSE
Order 3 times = $60 + $10 shipping = $70.

Suggestions anyone??

Go with the BSE! Right now they have 25% off for all iPad 2 skin pre-orders! http://www.bestskinsever.com/ipad-2-skin

jedolley
Mar 7, 2011, 11:31 AM
I've tried Zagg, BSE, Bodyguardz, and Phantomskinz. Personally, my favorite has been Phantomskinz, especially for touch screen devices. Their skins have less of the orange peel effect (pretty much non existent) and are smoother, your finger just glides. My niece got Zagg on her phone, because that's what they have at Best Buy... I showed her the Phantomskinz on my phone and she could immediately tell the difference how the Zagg was much tackier.

With that said, if you are only going to be covering the back, BSE is also a good choice. If you want full body (including screen coverage) I say Phantomskinz.


So BSE are definitely as good as the zagg ones? IMO, Zagg is overrated. There is better stuff out there. They are just more well known due to advertisements and being available at retail locations like Best Buy.

firteen888
Mar 7, 2011, 11:34 AM
Just picked up a full body BSE skin. Can't go wrong for under $17 shipped from such a reputable company!!

Mac21ND
Mar 7, 2011, 11:39 AM
BestSkinsEver has provide me great products and great service over the years. I will again use them for my iPad 2 :)

http://www.bestskinsever.com/ipad-2-skin

Thanks for the suggestion, just placed my order.

Toiletpapers
Mar 7, 2011, 12:04 PM
Does bse cover the sides? If not, is that a problem?

mark34
Mar 7, 2011, 12:19 PM
Ghost Armor is awesome.. they have kiosks in malls so it can be put on properly... no bubbles, replacement warranty. I get it on every iphone and ipad now.

GadgetAddicted
Mar 7, 2011, 01:39 PM
Does bse cover the sides? If not, is that a problem?

iPad2 has no sides haha

Toiletpapers
Mar 7, 2011, 01:45 PM
iPad2 has no sides haha

Fair enough, but I mean what about all the buttons, are they covered? Or does it stop before it reaches them.

GadgetAddicted
Mar 7, 2011, 02:09 PM
Fair enough, but I mean what about all the buttons, are they covered? Or does it stop before it reaches them.

More often than not, the buttons on the side are not covered.

geko29
Mar 7, 2011, 03:15 PM
Really odd that only the BSE for the WiFi model are on sale...

icecrystal23
Mar 7, 2011, 05:00 PM
I plan on getting a DecalGirl skin to protect the back of my iPad2. Customer service said they should be available to order within a week of the iPad2 launch:

www.decalgirl.com

I find that I prefer the matte finish generally. Coupon code "GOMATTE" used to work for a free upgrade (I haven't tried recently, but assume it would still work).

kriista1234
Mar 8, 2011, 09:38 AM
Do BSE ones come with a spray or anything to get them on there?

jedolley
Mar 8, 2011, 09:43 AM
Do BSE ones come with a spray or anything to get them on there?

No, but the solution is easy to make. It's basically water with a little bit of soap. From my experience from installing Phantomskinz (similar product), I use water with a drop of baby wash or baby shampoo.

kriista1234
Mar 8, 2011, 09:59 AM
Is that the best way to get these things on there?
I would imagine it's very easy to get a finger print on the sticky part and mucking the whole thing up.

arthursiew
Mar 9, 2011, 05:32 PM
Do you need water to apply BSE for both the screen and back? I really hate applying water ones and would like to avoid them.

dread
Mar 9, 2011, 05:57 PM
Do you need water to apply BSE for both the screen and back? I really hate applying water ones and would like to avoid them.

yes

appleguy123
Mar 9, 2011, 06:20 PM
Maybe they have laser cut holes in the film to line up with each speaker hole?

You're right.. I doubt that too. lol

Think about how hard that would be to line up...

nightfly13
Mar 10, 2011, 10:04 AM
Gruber's review at daringfireball.net has me convinced in Smart Covers, and you guys have convinced me to partner this with a BSE. Leaning toward the RED SC, let's see when I get to touch them in person.

BlondeLocks
Mar 11, 2011, 02:54 PM
what's the difference between the total body and screen skin for BSE?

if I want to cover the front and back - what shall I buy? i ordered the Ipad 2 64G - WiFi

3goldens
Mar 11, 2011, 03:00 PM
I haven't tried them, but I've seen this:

http://www.zagg.com/

They have skins for the back - like faux leather and such. I don't know if they'll be much for the sides since the iPad 2's sides are tapered as opposed to flat like the iPad 1.

zagg is terrible. feels like a rubber coating. Complete crap!

Tobster3
Mar 11, 2011, 03:23 PM
what's the difference between the total body and screen skin for BSE?

if I want to cover the front and back - what shall I buy? i ordered the Ipad 2 64G - WiFi

Total body skin includes a skin for the screen and the back. The screen skin only has a skin for the screen.

h00ligan
Mar 11, 2011, 07:19 PM
My experience with bse is that it yellows drastically more over time than other 'name' brands.

Uabcar
Mar 11, 2011, 09:14 PM
My experience with bse is that it yellows drastically more over time than other 'name' brands.

Interesting. I've bought several (like 6+) skins from them over the last few years and have never experienced this. Wonder if its more environmental - possibly sun exposure or something.

3goldens
Mar 12, 2011, 11:04 AM
My experience with bse is that it yellows drastically more over time than other 'name' brands.

Lifetime replacements?

glen e
Mar 12, 2011, 11:07 AM
Rediculous.....water to apply a film....wait for power support to do it right dry.....

pocketdoc
Mar 12, 2011, 11:39 AM
I wonder how these skins will affect the magnetic cover?

I just oredered a Gelaskin. They are the only one (besides the clear stuff - which I cannot appy without screaming) that ships Monday or has any ready.