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Hoopdy
Dec 2, 2007, 03:21 AM
I'm currently in the market for some protection on my Ipod Touch and was wondering what most of you use, and what you experience with the installation and use of it. The three main brands I've heard of are BodyGuardz($25), Invisible Shield($25) and BSE($8).

All of these shields are full-coverage protection, but which is best?



supercooled
Dec 2, 2007, 07:15 AM
Griffin Reflect is nice but there are some issues with the flimsy screen protector I read. It's too flimsy.

I'm in the market for one as well so hopefully some otehrs will chime in.

TheSpaz
Dec 2, 2007, 08:06 AM
I just went to Wal-Mart and picked up the XtremeMac Tuff Shield for the iPod touch and it is AWESOME! The package came with 5 of them... which I thought was excellent because sometimes I have troubles putting them on and end up ruining it in the process but, this time the first one worked on the first try. It is completely clear (no bumps or anti-reflective coating) and when you look through it, it looks like the original iPod touch screen. I just wanted to be clear that it does not distort the pixels on the screen with the orange-peel effect, it truly looks as if nothing is on your screen. I got no bubbles or dust under this one but, you may go through a couple to get this part right. Also, it comes with a cleaning cloth.

cujoca
Dec 2, 2007, 09:04 AM
iSkin for Touch, enough said! It is unbelievable!

dellavoce
Dec 2, 2007, 09:14 AM
Ive used invisible shield and best skins. They are both excellent and virtually indestructible protectors. The best skins are cheaper and ship faster so I would go with that. I throw mine in my purse pocket whatever with no damage

Ipodtouchmaster
Dec 2, 2007, 09:38 AM
Ive used invisible shield and best skins. They are both excellent and virtually indestructible protectors. The best skins are cheaper and ship faster so I would go with that. I throw mine in my purse pocket whatever with no damage

My favorite skins for all my ipods is iSkin... its silicon instead of hard leather, but still durable enough to absorb the accidental falls. Go www.iskin.com for more info. I ordered mine last tuesday should be getting it on monday... ill tell you guys how it looks :D

lozanoj83
Dec 2, 2007, 07:20 PM
I suggest the iClear..
Got it today, its wonderful. Comes with cleaning cloth and a screen protector, and yes it looks nice...

may post photos later on...

asmallchild
Dec 2, 2007, 07:44 PM
I too use the iClear.

Plastic case? Awesome

Wiping cloth? Awesome

Screen protector? Not so awesome. Leaves lots of air bubbles and becomes quite hard to use if you keep pulling it off and re-applying (which I did three times before finally saying to heck with it)

Verdict thus far? Awesome protection. Not one inkling of damage to the iPod Touch exterior. As for the screen itself, it is still unprotected and I am still looking around for something to protect it with. Ultimately, I may end up not doing a thing as I've had it for 2 weeks+ now with nary a scratch. The YouTube videos and iPhone Stress Tests have also reassured me that if manually keying the screen isn't going to cause damage, then keeping the iPod Touch in a pocket with nothing in it is probably not going to cause damage either.

Hoopdy
Dec 2, 2007, 08:03 PM
What are the iPhone stress tests and Youtube videos and where can I find them?

asmallchild
Dec 2, 2007, 08:13 PM
What are the iPhone stress tests and Youtube videos and where can I find them?

1) http://youtube.com/watch?v=kzbxpSwDetk

2) http://www.pcworld.com/video/id,545-page,1-bid,0/video.html
(Yes, this is the iPhone. But I figure their screens are built with similar if not identical materials)

Kkatyboo
Dec 2, 2007, 08:22 PM
oooo good... my dad got me the iskin in pink and i wasnt sure how good it was and its nice to hear good reviews

maestrokev
Dec 2, 2007, 10:01 PM
I used to use the Invisible Shield on everything but I find it's a lot of work to apply correctly - very difficult to get a perfect fit without any bubbles or wrinkles. Anything other than perfect takes away from the clean look of the iPod.

The Griffin iClear is my favorite, easy to snap on and off later if dust gets in. Silicone shields always attract dust over time.

Here are my iPods in iClear cases.

dagored
Dec 3, 2007, 10:00 AM
I use the iClear and have just applied the XtremeMac Tuffshield. Fits perfect. Crystal clear and real easy to install. I did not like the shield that came with the iClear.

Found them a Wal-Mart. 5 in a pact for $15.

DavoMrMac
Dec 3, 2007, 10:12 AM
I also agree the Griffin iClear is a superb choice.

I can also recommend the use of an Exim Screen Protector, and a sock.

lany
Dec 3, 2007, 11:04 AM
I too use the iClear.

Plastic case? Awesome

Wiping cloth? Awesome

Screen protector? Not so awesome. Leaves lots of air bubbles and becomes quite hard to use if you keep pulling it off and re-applying (which I did three times before finally saying to heck with it)

Verdict thus far? Awesome protection. Not one inkling of damage to the iPod Touch exterior. As for the screen itself, it is still unprotected and I am still looking around for something to protect it with. Ultimately, I may end up not doing a thing as I've had it for 2 weeks+ now with nary a scratch. The YouTube videos and iPhone Stress Tests have also reassured me that if manually keying the screen isn't going to cause damage, then keeping the iPod Touch in a pocket with nothing in it is probably not going to cause damage either.

same thing here. i really like the iclear case. i couldn't get the screen protector that comes with it on without air bubbles or dust underneath though. i was going to get another protector for it, but now i think i'm just going to leave as is. plus, with nothing on the glass, it just feels smoother!

OrangeCuse44
Dec 3, 2007, 11:25 AM
i ordered the iClear as well. glad it has so many positive reviews. what other screen protectors are you all using for the touch? could you supply a link to any that are recommended?

LordEntropy
Dec 3, 2007, 11:54 AM
I am looking at the Xtrememac Microshield which comes with a tuffshield.

http://www.xtrememac.com/cases/touch/microshield/index.php

Not sure how good this will be compared to the Iclear, don't think it is out yet either.

Anyone know anymore about this case?

dagored
Dec 3, 2007, 12:08 PM
I am looking at the Xtrememac Microshield which comes with a tuffshield.

http://www.xtrememac.com/cases/touch/microshield/index.php

Not sure how good this will be compared to the Iclear, don't think it is out yet either.

Anyone know anymore about this case?

They are out and hanging on a rack at Wal-Mart. $14.95. Comes with a Tuffshield. I had an iClear, so I bought a 5 Pack of the TuffShields. See my above post in this thread.

OrangeCuse44
Dec 3, 2007, 12:24 PM
Are the Tuffshields like all other screen protectors that just stick to the screen? If so, how does it handle air bubbles?

dagored
Dec 3, 2007, 01:06 PM
Are the Tuffshields like all other screen protectors that just stick to the screen? If so, how does it handle air bubbles?

It has a front (B) cover and a back (A) cover that protects the adhesive. You clean the screen of the Touch then peel off side A and align the bottom edge with the Home button. Not hard at all. The shield is for lack of a better term "stiff". It is flexible, but as you work your way up to the top, it is easy to flatten out the shield and keep bubbles from forming. I had 1 on my wife's Touch. Worked it to the side with a credit card and none on mine. You then peel of the front film, side B, and you would swear it is glass.

I dare someone to be able to tell you have something over the screen of your Touch.

OrangeCuse44
Dec 3, 2007, 01:12 PM
Wow, strong words. Ill give it a go.

GrimmGreen
Dec 3, 2007, 02:35 PM
right now i'm using a DLo-JamJacket , the one with the ear bud management system on the back , kinda flimsy silicone , but not bad for now , but I'm really waiting for the iSkin for the Touch

Kkatyboo
Dec 3, 2007, 04:03 PM
i thought my dad got me an iskin... oops my bad! :)
he got me this instead
http://goincase.com/products/detail/protective-cover-cl59033/1

in... pink!
howre these?

dagored
Dec 3, 2007, 04:08 PM
i thought my dad got me an iskin... oops my bad! :)
he got me this instead
http://goincase.com/products/detail/protective-cover-cl59033/1

in... pink!
howre these?

He got you an iPhone case?

Kkatyboo
Dec 3, 2007, 04:44 PM
ooo sorry, wrong link
http://goincase.com/products/detail/protective-cover-cl56136/4


It's the same type of case anyway.

GrimmGreen
Dec 3, 2007, 05:25 PM
ooo sorry, wrong link
http://goincase.com/products/detail/protective-cover-cl56136/4


It's the same type of case anyway.

it looks really flimsy , especially around the dock connector area. Is the silicone thin?

mrg6290
Dec 3, 2007, 05:35 PM
I just picked up the TuffShields and would recommend them to anyone looking for a screen protector. Don't waste ur money on the $15 PowerSupport films that they sell at the Apple Stores. They only come with a front and a back. You can get the TuffShields at Walmart and it is $15 for a pack of 5, and the quality is great. Also, they are not too difficult to apply, and if u happen to mess up, u have plenty of extras. I applied one and had a small piece of dust under the corner, so I just decided to break out another one and re-apply. It looks great. You practically cannot tell it is on except for around the home button and the edges if u do not have them covered by a case.

asmallchild
Dec 3, 2007, 06:07 PM
You can get the TuffShields at Walmart and it is $15 for a pack of 5, and the quality is great.

Any other place we can find these besides Walmart?

Hoopdy
Dec 3, 2007, 06:27 PM
Glad to see everyone sharing their experiences with different brands and variants of protection for the Touch. But, I think I've decided to go for the Best Skind Ever, which is only $7.99 because Invisible Shield is 3x the price and shipping to my house would be $15.

Here's a link: http://www.bestskinsever.com/servlet/the-75/iPod-Touch-Skin/Detail?sfs=908ff852

Been using my Touch for a few days now and the front seems to be holding up strong, with no scratches at all, but the back has gotten some unpreventable scratches...So, should I even bother using the front shield that comes with that Skin package? My Touch is usually in my jacket pocket.

Kkatyboo
Dec 3, 2007, 07:18 PM
it looks really flimsy , especially around the dock connector area. Is the silicone thin?

it looks flimsy??? really? i thought it looked the same as an iskin except with funk designs on it!

legacyb4
Dec 4, 2007, 01:15 AM
iClear here although I might take a fine sandpaper to the back piece to roughen it up ever so slightly for a little more grip.

Stang68
Dec 4, 2007, 03:49 PM
BSE, invisible shield, iSkin, they're all the same. Just pick one of those and I'm sure you'll be happy.

Jack Flash
Dec 4, 2007, 03:51 PM
BSE, invisible shield, iSkin, they're all the same. Just pick one of those and I'm sure you'll be happy.

iSkin is a silicone case.

endomac
Dec 4, 2007, 05:17 PM
I had many cases for iPods from iskin or Speck, after I got the new iPod touch last week, I went to covercase.com (http://www.covercase.com) based on some reviews here and iLounge. I got the Snake leather case with suede leather case for the ipod touch. For under $20 it's simply the best there is. They had the iSkin as well but it was on back order at the time. Good luck!:apple:

mavis
Dec 4, 2007, 06:07 PM
I've had an InvisibleShield on my 1st gen Nano for two years, and there still isn't a single scratch on it. I throw it in my pocket with a zippo and a stainless steel money clip, every day - after two years, still not a single scratch. ANYWHERE. I've also demo'd the InvisibleShield probably ten-twenty times over the past two years by mashing my keys into it rather aggressively - still, it's flawless.

Needless to say, I already ordered one for my new iTouch (it arrived yesterday and I'll finally be able to put it on this Friday) ... I've been nervous using the iPod without it, because I'm so used to the level of protection it provides.

Minh
Dec 4, 2007, 08:54 PM
The Invisible Shield full body protector is the best!

Kkatyboo
Dec 4, 2007, 09:04 PM
http://goincase.com/products/detail/...over-cl56136/4

so nobody has any good reports on this case?

maestrokev
Dec 4, 2007, 11:25 PM
I had many cases for iPods from iskin or Speck, after I got the new iPod touch last week, I went to covercase.com (http://www.covercase.com) based on some reviews here and iLounge. I got the Snake leather case with suede leather case for the ipod touch. For under $20 it's simply the best there is. They had the iSkin as well but it was on back order at the time. Good luck!:apple:

Whatever you do, DON'T order from covercase. They pulled a bait and switch on me with defective products then didn't reply to any emails for weeks claiming they were "moving offices". Do a search of the forums here and all you'll find are "newbie" userid's posting 1 or 2 and only positive reviews of covercase, and then these userids never post again. Does that sound reputable to you?

mrg6290
Dec 4, 2007, 11:50 PM
http://goincase.com/products/detail/...over-cl56136/4

so nobody has any good reports on this case?

Link did not work for me, but I assume its the incase silicone sleeve aka "protective cover." I just purchased that case and I am very happy with it. I liked it because it maintained the clean look of the touch while covering the scratch prone metallic backing. Fits snug and secure, only problem I see is that around the dock connector the front edge is slightly thin and therefore flimsy. I would recommend it.

The Destroyer
Dec 5, 2007, 10:07 AM
BSE and iskin for me. Used to use an ipod sock. They work for me as I like the extra grip the iskin provides.

DavoMrMac
Dec 5, 2007, 11:26 AM
I use my own skin on the back, made of a cling type material, and an Exim screen protector on the front.

LordEntropy
Dec 5, 2007, 03:01 PM
I use my own skin on the back, made of a cling type material, and an Exim screen protector on the front.

:eek:

MacBlackBook22
Dec 5, 2007, 11:17 PM
I have the leather case for the 30G ipod
http://goincase.com/products/detail/leather-sleeve-es86040/1

Its been great protection. I thought of going for one from them for my touch but as its going to be used as my pda I wanted a case that could carry a credit card and some money so that I don't have to carry a wallet or purse at times

lislim
Dec 21, 2007, 03:22 PM
Whatever you do, DON'T order from covercase. They pulled a bait and switch on me with defective products then didn't reply to any emails for weeks claiming they were "moving offices". Do a search of the forums here and all you'll find are "newbie" userid's posting 1 or 2 and only positive reviews of covercase, and then these userids never post again. Does that sound reputable to you?

I got my covercase iphone case from J&R in NY and didnt have to deal with their website. It's a fantastic case for $20