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Chef Medeski
Dec 14, 2005, 04:19 PM
So, I took the dive and purchase the Clear Film set the first day it came out. It just arrived today, so I should be the first to have it for the 5th Generation iPod. iLounge has gaven it its top rating for a skin and here is my take.

It came it a quite large packaging, I bought another item, but it was nearly twice the height and quadruple the width than both products put besides each other. Neverthless, it came out as so:

http://www4.head-fi.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=6641&stc=1&d=1134596970

No installations in product, but enough online. It looks kinda cheap the packaging but thats fine with me, I only care about the product.

Installation:
The website says to just tear back the piece of paper the skin is stuck to and place it on your iPod upon cleaning of course. Well, for my life a week after getting my Black iPod and not taking it outside the house it still has scratches. it has plenty hairline invisible scratches and a couple small more prominent but still quite inivisble at most agnle scratches. I tried all I could with my eye glass cleaning kit to get them off but to no prevail. Here is how it looks:

http://www4.head-fi.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=6642&stc=1&d=1134596970
http://www4.head-fi.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=6643&stc=1&d=1134596970

So, its not in that bad of shape, but not prisitne. I merely did like the instructions. Peeling off the film and then placing it on the iPod, unlike the Invisible Shield don't worry too much about placing badly because you can take it off and rearrange it. The sticky side doesn't actually contain a glue or adhesive, it just clings to the iPod the same way as screen protectors for PSP. So, it does not lose adhesiveness after removing as long as dust or other such items don't get caught in between. Now, the biggest problem with instalation is air bubbles, they don't happen if you just slowly apply the skin while pushing a cloth over it. So, I was able to get no air bubble except a few on the edges, which are usually easy to remove. Those that won't come out with simple pushing with a cloth, will come out if you just lift the skin with a little piece of paper and then reapply that little piece. So, it is very nice and the first peice covers the front except for the wheel. An additonal sticky is added for the clickwheel, but I found that the color alteration, bad feel, and added air bubbles created by the wheel weren't worth it, since its not the clickwheel I worry about scratching. I did put the rear one on. It is a lot smaller than the back, so it doesn't cover the full area, it barerly covers the flat area. I wasn't as careful with it and there are air bubbles, but who cares on the back, actually it looks kinda cool. The whole thing took about 5 to ten minutes. So, depending on how good you are with your hands and how many times you have to redo it (3 times for me) it should me more than a bit of your time.

After:
http://www4.head-fi.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=6644&stc=1&d=1134596970
http://www4.head-fi.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=6645&stc=1&d=1134596970

So, how does it look and feel. Well it feels a bit plasticky, but who goes around caressing your iPod.It doesn't scratch easily and it is much easier to whipe of smudges and grease than the iPod material. It looks stock, completely stock. I can't even notive its on except for the lack of scratches on a black iPod. From the side nothing can be seen. Now, all those hairline scratches and miniscule things? Gone, thats right gone. They don't even show up with it. So, if you have some very miniscule scratches and worried about applying the skin, don't because they don't show. My iPod now looks just like when I bought it and luckily this time its staying that way. The best part is the ability to reaplly the film. Since, iPods are notorious for needing to be replaced its good that Power Support has a solution that doesn't cost $25 for each new iPod, and thats not including the time needed to apply the stupid thinnk wasting all that time with liquids. Now, the sides aren't covered, but whoever cares about that is crazy, lol j/k.

Pros: Beautiful look, unscratchable, no added bulk, easy instalation, can be taken off and replaced without losing adhesiveness. Only $16.
Cons: Air bubbles take a little time to work out, but very minor issue and some might even like the look. Anything else..... free shipping....ohh wait thats good too.

Conclusion:
As you can see I am quite pleased with this product, ok estatic. Its great, its not too expenisve, its unnoticable, tis everything I wanted! Anybody looking for a way to keep their iPod looking brand new without added bulk or hinderances to its natural beauty, the CLEAR FILM SET IS THE WAY TO GO!!!

http://www.powersupportusa.com/products/ipod/ip_5Gfilmset.php



puckhead193
Dec 14, 2005, 09:38 PM
thanks for the review, i will have to decide which one i want

1rottenapple
Dec 14, 2005, 10:53 PM
Cool. I have the Martin Fields set too and clear films are definitely the way to go.

Piarco
Dec 15, 2005, 10:53 AM
I've got the crystal film set for my nano, and its so effective I'll be getting one before I order my 5G iPod so to protect it from the moment its out of the box!
I've just been showing a colleague my Core Case for the nano, and opened it up, and told her that as extra protection I've got a film on it. She couldn't see it at all.
That's the other reason for loving the crystal film - it is more invisible to the eye than the Invisible Shield..

TheMasin9
Dec 24, 2005, 05:11 PM
it may look slicker than the invisible shield, but, how is it protection wise? i highly doubt it can stand up to the abuse that an invisible shield can.