Don't know if Stealth Guard is worth it? REVIEW on Stealth Guard HERE

Discussion in 'iPod touch Accessories' started by BJB Productions, Sep 21, 2010.

  1. BJB Productions macrumors 65816

    BJB Productions

    Nov 10, 2008
    Hey everyone. So after the three week Stealth Guard extravaganza, I decided it was time to make a full review on these suckers.

    Alright, so let me first start off with pros and cons
    (Sadly, there are more cons than pros)

    Cheap in price
    Feels good in your hand
    Ok quality material

    Backing does not FULLY cover back!
    Bad costumer support
    No instructions
    No "solution" (you must make your own)
    Collects fingerprints easily
    Distorts screen
    Comes in an envelope, which could easily be bent.

    Ok so, when you order from Stealth Guards you feel like it's a scam. You don't get any notification of when it's shipped, and there is no way to contact them via phone. Only email. I never got a shipment notification, the only way I knew it had shipped was by emailing the company.

    Alright, so here's my thoughts.
    First off, while there are cutouts for the cameras, home button, etc, you have to punch them out manually which is very hard.

    MAKE SURE: You do not get any finger prints on the protector when taking it off, you cannot get these off and it will look bad.

    Sadly, they do not include any instructions on how to install the product. The only thing by way of instructions they have is a horrible youtube video on their website which is hard to find.

    In the video they say you need to use "solution" well they neglected to tell you anywhere on the website what the heck the solution is and how to get it. After hours of reserach, I found that you must make your own solution.

    Here's how to make it:
    1. Get a spray bottle
    2. Fill it with cold water
    3. Add 1-2 drops of liquid soap and shake well.

    There! Now you have your "solution!" :D

    Other notes:
    Make sure not to use too much when spraying the solution on the sticky side of the shield. You don't want to soak your iPod.

    Now at first, after applying the shield, give it AT LEAST 24 hours. I repeat, AT LEAST. It will look like crap at first; but don't give up. It must dry. It will start to look better after even a few hours.

    Should you get this product?
    Alright, so you read all that and are still probably wondering, is it worth it?
    It is ONLY worth it if you do the $2 deal. DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT pay anymore for this product. It's a knockoff of zagg and is overall very horrible.

    You get what you pay for.

    Closing comments
    So I ended up taking off the front because it distorts the retina display. It's amazing the difference on and off. Also, the backing shield you get does not cover all the back. I was very disappointed about this. So you will still want to get a case along with the shield.

    •Installation is hard
    •No Instructions
    •Distorts retina display
    •Does not fully protect iPod body

    Here's some pictures to show a comparison on and off.

    Picture 1:
    Stealth guard (note how distorted it is):
    Stealth guard on and off:
    Thickness picture:

    I hope this helped.
  2. rohit6060 macrumors member

    Jul 22, 2010
    Plz also post some high quality pictures of your chrome back wrapped up in stealth guards...Especially how r the cut outs for camera,mic and how's the coverage on the sides & borders...
    I'm planning to use it along with a waterfield pouch and install only the back piece..Will that be enough?
  3. BJB Productions thread starter macrumors 65816

    BJB Productions

    Nov 10, 2008
  4. rohit6060 macrumors member

    Jul 22, 2010
    Sleep,camera,mic seems to be neatly done.
    Bottom is really disappointing...How's the overall feel at the back?
    Do u think I can slide it in and out of a suede pouch easily?
    Also u mentioned that u have removed the front piece..right?
    So how was the adhesiveness?Can it really hold onto the device?
    Any suggestions?
  5. BJB Productions thread starter macrumors 65816

    BJB Productions

    Nov 10, 2008
    Good questions. :)

    Yes, I'm happy with the top, but the bottom is disappointing. The overall feel on the back is great. Gives great grip. For instance take a look at what I did in this pic:

    I am able to hold it almost vertically without it falling, and without gripping it.
    (It should still slide very easily in and out of a pouch.)

    I removed the front without much problem. It was very sticky, but I just took my time and it came off like supposed to. Left no residue.

    I guess my only suggestion would be, yes, only use the back part. Just take your time applying it. It also takes a small pin to punch out the mic punch out.
  6. rohit6060 macrumors member

    Jul 22, 2010
    A big THANKS for ur help,
    I ordered mine on 17th and also sent them a mail requesting to send me two of the back pieces instead of the a complete set...
    There has been no reply as of now...
    How many days do they take to ship it?
    Also If i use just water (or may be warm water) will that be better?I say this because phantom skinz suggest us to use only warm better..
    I guess without any soap solution it would stick well as there is so slippery soap chemicals,
    also it would dry faster as its just plane water...
    What do u think?
  7. BJB Productions thread starter macrumors 65816

    BJB Productions

    Nov 10, 2008
    It took them a while to reply to my email. It took about two weeks from the time I ordered it to the time it arrived. (Very slow)

    Sure, I guess you could try no soap. All the solution really does is make it so you can place it better on the iPod.
  8. rohit6060 macrumors member

    Jul 22, 2010
    R u aware of any more similar brands which makes these cheap "skins"?May be I could find a better fit...
  9. BJB Productions thread starter macrumors 65816

    BJB Productions

    Nov 10, 2008
    I don't know of any besides Zagg, but look around on the forums.. There are others.
  10. rohit6060 macrumors member

    Jul 22, 2010
    Thanx for ur help and support...
    Enjoy ur ipod,
    I'll be getting mine soon...
  11. BJB Productions thread starter macrumors 65816

    BJB Productions

    Nov 10, 2008
  12. Josh0806 macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2010
    Zagg, Bodyguardz, BestSkinsEver are the others. I'm sure there's another popular one but I can't think of their name.
  13. fertilized-egg macrumors 68020

    Dec 18, 2009
    I got mine today and other than the fact it doesn't cover the whole back, it seems to work well enough. I didn't completely get rid of water spots in time so there are some rough patches but otherwise it looks great and the improved grip is a nice bonus.

    I mixed in a few droplets of handwash soap into a shallow plate full of water and dunked the whole thing into the plate. Then I shook off excessive water and put it on the iPod.
  14. tablo13 macrumors 65816


    Jul 29, 2010
    Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
    I got my stealth guards today, ordered on 7th. US$ 2.85. Will be putting them when I get a replacement (do I save shsh blobs to recover?) because of the scratches afterwards.
  15. BJB Productions thread starter macrumors 65816

    BJB Productions

    Nov 10, 2008
    Sorry, what exactly do you mean "save the shsh blobs"? :)
  16. tablo13 macrumors 65816


    Jul 29, 2010
    Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
    Will SHSH blobs restore everything? :p I guess restore from backup on iTunes will work, since I'm on the same computer with everything on it... hope it doesn't take away the jailbroken apps :( Or can I just copy all the folders in my current iPod touch via SSH to my new iPod touch? :D I don't wanna recustomize everything again :(

    It's really disappointing at the bottom dock connector area... I got a lot of scratches there trying to fit it into a dock.
  17. supermassive macrumors regular


    Sep 15, 2010
    The shsh is only required for a downgrade to a deprecated Firmware-Version. If Apple suddenly stops signing 4.1 Firmware you will not be able to downgrade to 4.1 any longer. If you backed up your shsh, you can still downgrade, despite of Apple not signing it.

    You'll have to JB and reconfigure your new iPt.
  18. TripleGem macrumors newbie

    Nov 10, 2010

    Thanks for your post, it's helpful.

    I got a screen protector and a case for my HTC Desire before I knew about Stealth Guard (SG) but decided to get SG anyway.

    From your experience with SG, is it better that I just use the back protector for now and only use the front protector when my current one is damaged? Or should I stick with the case I have?

    Does SG attract dust? Difficult to clean finger prints? (I read this somewhere else)

    Thanks in advance for your reply.
  19. BJB Productions thread starter macrumors 65816

    BJB Productions

    Nov 10, 2008
    I would just stick with what you have now, and save the SG for when you need to replace what you currently have on your phone.

    I have no problems with it attracting dust. It does collect finger prints fairly easily, but it's on the back so I don't care. A damp cloth or even a little bit of windex (be careful not to get on the phone) will clean it up quite nice.

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