iPad2 + Smarcover + film on back? (Which film)

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by kriista1234, Mar 7, 2011.

  1. macrumors regular

    Jan 12, 2008
    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).
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 6, 2007
    I haven't tried them, but I've seen this:


    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.
  3. macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    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.
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 3, 2008
    United States
  5. macrumors 68000


    Feb 4, 2008
    Chicago, USA
    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.
  6. macrumors 603


    Jan 20, 2010
    Maybe they have laser cut holes in the film to line up with each speaker hole?

    You're right.. I doubt that too. lol
  7. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 12, 2008
    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.
  8. macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2009
    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:

    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

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

    Suggestions anyone??
  9. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 12, 2008
    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?
  10. macrumors 603


    Jan 20, 2010
    Go with the BSE! Right now they have 25% off for all iPad 2 skin pre-orders! http://www.bestskinsever.com/ipad-2-skin
  11. jedolley, Mar 7, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2011

    macrumors 68000

    Sep 18, 2009
    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.

    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.
  12. macrumors regular

    Sep 2, 2008
    Just picked up a full body BSE skin. Can't go wrong for under $17 shipped from such a reputable company!!
  13. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 6, 2007
    Thanks for the suggestion, just placed my order.
  14. macrumors newbie

    Mar 5, 2011
    Does bse cover the sides? If not, is that a problem?
  15. macrumors 6502a

    May 18, 2006
    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.
  16. macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2009
    iPad2 has no sides haha
  17. macrumors newbie

    Mar 5, 2011
    Fair enough, but I mean what about all the buttons, are they covered? Or does it stop before it reaches them.
  18. macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2009
    More often than not, the buttons on the side are not covered.
  19. macrumors 6502

    Nov 10, 2008
    Really odd that only the BSE for the WiFi model are on sale...
  20. macrumors 6502

    Jul 18, 2010
    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:


    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).
  21. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 12, 2008
    Do BSE ones come with a spray or anything to get them on there?
  22. macrumors 68000

    Sep 18, 2009
    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.
  23. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 12, 2008
    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.
  24. macrumors 6502


    Sep 13, 2008
    SF Bay Area
    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.
  25. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 16, 2009

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