Expecting my ipod any day now : screen protection?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by afroahmed, Oct 30, 2005.

  1. afroahmed macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2005
    Hi, i ordered my black 30gb 5th gen ipod about a week and a half ago.. expecting it soon.

    Should i invest in any screen protection? i am scared of it getting scratched to hell.

    Should i get the full works? (the skin that protects EVERYthing ... front,back clickwheel etc).. or should i just get the screen protection one?

    Im thinking of ordering this:


    is it worth it? its fairly cheap compared to the other ones.

    will it look cheap/ tacky?

  2. afroahmed thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2005

    can someone please advise? my cousin also is expecting his 5g ipod soon, so we will probably end up ordering the shields together... does that link look good?
  3. iIra macrumors member

    Oct 19, 2005
    Atlanta, GA
    I've never had an ipod before, but this looks good.

    Edit: You beat me to it Konradx.
  4. khisayruou macrumors 6502a


    Aug 21, 2004
    There are lots of people unhappy with decal girl for one reason or another.
    Check out the dicussions over at apple, there are lots of posts about it.

    I have theinvisibleshield, I like it a lot but it is rather pricey and does have a slight orange peel texture to it.

    If you think you are going to ever drop it by accident, then get a silicon skin like iskin with screen protector.
  5. BurtonCCC macrumors 65816


    May 2, 2005
    Wheaton/Normal, IL
    The iPod comes with a protective film over the screen and click wheel, similar to that found on cell phone screens when you first open them... I'm just keeping that on until a case worth buying comes out. I store it with that screen film, with the iPod on top of the included case (not inside) and then I put it all inside the plastic wrapping that the case comes in... I'll put a picture up if you can't visualize what I'm talking about.

  6. afroahmed thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2005
    thanks for your reply's guys.

    can someone please link me to the post on apple forums about decalgirl? i couldnt find it...

    I ordered socks with it... for a laugh. will theese protect my ipod from damage? it will live in them 99% of the time.
  7. clayj macrumors 604


    Jan 14, 2005
    visiting from downstream
    Well, they should protect your iPod from externally-caused damage.

    But there's no telling what the inside of the sock will do to the outside of your iPod. I hate to be a cynic, but I have a hard time believing that a Gen5 iPod in a sock isn't gonna get the bejeezus scratched out of it by the sock itself.
  8. Loge macrumors 68020


    Jun 24, 2004
    I've used the sock with the nano for over a month. No scratching, beyond some very minor ones that you can only see if you shine light on it at the right angle.
  9. afroahmed thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2005
    thankyou for your replies.

    wow, that has put my mind at rest. I will use my socks for a while and if i notice some visible scratches ill start thinking about a screen protector.

    Thanks for your help.

    p.s - Update. my ipod is in amsterdam... not long now!:eek:
  10. HardHatMac9 macrumors regular

    Jun 2, 2004
    I just ordered a Martin Fields brand shield for my 5G iPod, any experience with this one?
  11. devilot Moderator emeritus


    May 1, 2005
    I like it for my Nano; preserves the same OEM glossy look and feel. I haven't tested it for durability and I don't intend to either. :p
  12. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    Mine should be in my mailbox today, so I'll let you know. ;)

  13. Konradx macrumors 6502


    Oct 19, 2005
    Toronto, Canada
    I got my invisible shield today in the mail. Gonna put it on tommorrow!
  14. MacTruck macrumors 65816


    Jan 27, 2005
    One Endless Loop
    Go to Target and get the $1.99 roll of scotch Packaging Super Strength tape. Its crystal clear, tough, smooth and cheap. Just put it on my 60gb video and it works perfect. Way better than anything out there in my opinion. $25 for invisible shield is a joke. Plus if you mess up with scotch you can re-apply like a thousand times until you get it right.

    Just lay it over the screen on your ipod, turn it over and use an exacto knife to trim away the excess. Easy.
  15. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    As expected I received my MF screen protector for the 5G in the mail today, and just finished applying it.

    Pros: Crystal clear, doesn't change overall appearance of iPod, stiff, relatively less prone to air bubbles than flimsier protectors. Looks very durable. Much easier to apply than invisible shield (no water).

    Cons: hard to remove backing without touching the sticky side, particularly with the big cutout for the clickwheel. The edges also don't seem to be as well adhered as the rest of it.

    It would be really nice if the backing had a tab on it that would facilitate removal.

    I managed to trap two small fibers in the display area that created small air bubbles around them. These are much less visible than a scratch would be, but are nevertheless annoying. I'll keep this one on for the time being, but when I decide to remove it and reapply the spare I bought I'll do so in the clean room at work, and not late a night when my cat loves to roam near whatever I'm doing.

    Overall score 8/10.


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