Final Verdict: Screen protectors + Shields

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by Dr. Cabrera, Sep 24, 2008.

  1. Dr. Cabrera macrumors 65816

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    I have tried the following products and will give you my final verdict ( save your money :p )

    Invisible shield
    + Very tacky ( good for the back, annoying for the front) very resistant against scratches
    + When applied properly sticks very well to iPhone 3g corners
    - Extremely tacky for glass screen causes way too much drag, not 100% optically clear ( rainbow lines)
    - After a while there is a slight yellow tinge ( slightly noticeable on white iPhones)
    - Orange peel texture looks nasty on front glass


    Bodyguardz
    + 100% optically clear front glass ( no rainbows, no lines, no haziness )
    + VERY EASY to apply, much easier than Invisible shield ( just put a bunch of solution on)
    - Rear shield could be grippier, but still grippier than naked phone
    - After 3 tries, the rear corners refuse to stick ( you can clip the corners with a nail cutter)
    - Surprisingly not very scratch resistant ( small scratches show up, but they heal after a few days)

    Best Skin ever

    + Cheap !
    + easier to apply than invisible shield
    - Its a mediocre product, between Bodyguardz and Invisible shield
    - Orange peel texture looks nasty on front glass


    Power Support Crystal shield

    +Fool proof to apply ( and extra incase of mess up)
    + 100% optical clarity
    - Not very scratch resistant
    - Unlike the previously mentioned shields, any scratch on this protector WILL NOT HEAL itself

    Power Support Anti glare

    + LOVE THE FEEL, very slick
    + Fool proof to apply, hides smudges very well
    - Adds a very annoying frost look
    - Like other power support products scratches do not heal
    Final Verdict ( and current setup)

    My recommendation is the Bodyguardz front glass, and the Invisibleshield rear shield

    The reasons for this are

    + Bodyguardz has THE BEST optical clarity, very easy to apply, and relatively ( but not the best) scratch protection. Very little orange peel compared to Invisible Shield, and there's less "Drag" compared to the Invisible shield.

    + The rear Invisible Shield, when applied properly gives the best "feel". Sure it doesn't look as good as the Bodyguardz, but I love how scratch resistant it is, and love the added grip.


    If you only have the money for a single product for the front and back then I would recommend the Bodyguardz full shield package
     
  2. GeneticFreak84 macrumors regular

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    Sweet review.

    I personally have the Invisible Shield on the rear of the phone. I love the grip and the protection it gives. I don't think it looks bad at all and I don't understand why people complain about the "orange peel" effect. It adds so much grip!

    On the front I have the SGP Anti-Fingerprint film. I'm assuming this is very similar to the Power Support Anti-Glare film.

    Overall, I'm very satisifed with my current setup and I don't think I'll be changing it anytime soon...I hope :eek:
     
  3. Dr. Cabrera thread starter macrumors 65816

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    oh fyi

    do not clean any of these screen protectors with

    goo be gone or any alcohol products

    you can "soften" the material and cause small abrasion marks
     
  4. dauerhippo macrumors regular

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    It's all personal preference, because I have a different setup

    I use BSE for everything. Believe me, I've tried everything and every combo. For me, i like a backpiece that is one piece. IS and SGP shields have separate stickers for the chrome, which adds seems and there is inevitably overlap which is ugly.

    Bodyguardz is OK, but I could never get the front screen part on, without irregularities. Also, I kinda like the tackiness on the screen as well, and I think BSE is similar to IS, in that regard.

    My rank order would be:

    BSE > IS > SGP > Bodyguardz
     
  5. Dr. Cabrera thread starter macrumors 65816

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    IF you are concerned about overlap, parts not sticking, etc you can use

    a nail cutter + a dull exacto blade to cut the parts of the shield you do not want

    The bodyguardz rear is a single piece so im confused by your comment


    Great minds think alike

    here's a video of someone else that found that a nail cutter works great for cutting parts of the shield that do not stick that well


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgJs63U9IiQ
     
  6. Dr. Cabrera thread starter macrumors 65816

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    as you can see others agree exactly with my recommendations

    If you want the front to look great and have a slick feel Bodyguardz is the best

    as the reviewers mention, some people really love the tack, i really like that it stops it from sliding around in my car aswell :p ( I have the IS rear)

    so the choice is clear

    Front- Slick feel, Scratch protection, Optical clarity - Bodyguardz
    Back - Grippy feel, scratch protection - BSE or IS
     
  7. GeneticFreak84 macrumors regular

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    How difficult is it to install the Bodyguardz for the LCD screen? Do you have to spray the LCD screen with liquid or is it a static film like the Power Support film?
     
  8. Heimlich macrumors member

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    No it's not the static film kind. You get a liquid solution with it. But it's sprayed on the film itself first. Don't spray it directly on the iphone.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yjTlqs4fBM
     
  9. neesh0 macrumors 6502a

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    sweet, thanks i was wondering which was better
     
  10. sye46 macrumors member

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    I've used BSE, IS, and Bodyguardz

    IS (the 1st version) - Hardest to install (back). Same material as BSE

    BSE - Super easy installation front and back. No bent corners. material is kinda "sticky" which helps grip the phone better. Super cheap

    Bodyguardz - Easy to install, but the corners are impossible to install without it popping up. Collects dust in the corners, also the front skin... I had "tiny" little bubbles that never went away. Other brands didn't do that. The skin itself feels smoother, but there is a "orange peel" look to it still, just not as much as BSE and IS.

    My final verdict. 1. BSE 2. Bodyguardz 3. IS
     
  11. queshy macrumors 68040

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    Meh, although I understand the demand for screen protectors, I see no point. My iPhone screen, which began to be used on launch day, still looks brand new today. If the screen gets a scratch or two, it won't be the end of the world, anyway, since next year, iPhone V3 will be out lol.
     
  12. Heimlich macrumors member

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    I can't live with scratches on my screen for a few months..
     
  13. Dr. Cabrera thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I have yet to insult anyone on these forums, but you sir are a fool

    The screen is scratch resistant, not scratch proof.

    When i had my first iPhone 3G ( before it was dropped) after owning it for 10 days it had already developed tiny scratches. The cost of a screen protector FAR OUTWEIGHS the cost of replacing the iPhone's glass

    But it is a personal choice, so I respect your choice not to have one ( but i believe even you will admit that your iPhone currently has scratches on it )



    So let me get this straight

    You installed your Bodyguardz shield incorrectly, and you are basing your final opinion on that ? How is that a fair assessment

    I agree with you that the IS or BSE are better for the rear shields

    Again, a properly applied Bodyguardz FRONT SHIELD, is the BEST front shield protection money can buy

    If you had air bubbles, that is because you did not apply it correctly. My front Bodyguardz shield has zero dust, and zero air bubbles, it is 100% optically clear.

    The only other shield that was 100% optically clear was the Power support Crystal Screen protector.

    The Anti-glare protectors cause the screen to have a frosted look

    Both the IS and the BSE shields, even when properly applied still have a bit of "haziness"
     
  14. Dr. Cabrera thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I am glad you appreciate the review

    You are the reason I posted the review

    Look I didn't judge the protectors on ease of install (Power support wins ) , I didn't judge them on cost (BSE wins), I judged them based on the premise of " Best money can buy"

    For everyone who doubts this, try my setup ( bodyguardz front, IS/BSE rear). If you are unsatisfied then feel free to respond.
     
  15. Dr. Cabrera thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I totally agree with this post I found

    The Power support crystal film looks good, but due to the fact that it is a harder plastic it will scratch a lot easier, and the scratches do not heal compared to the Bodyguardz material.

    BSE and IS have shields that are thicker, and thus are able to heal better than the Bodyguardz shield, but the optical clarity degradation ( weird rainbow lines) and excessive tackiness is not worth the trade off
     
  16. queshy macrumors 68040

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    I wouldn't go as far as to call me a fool. I owned PDAs in the past (zire 71, axim x50v) and I always put screen protectors on and I always got bubbles even though I was very careful in applying it (although yours may not have bubbles). Also, the screen quality would be slightly reduced by having it on and since then I just don't see the point. I haven't tried "new" iPhone screen protectors so I can't comment on their quality, but my phone is a few months old and the screen looks great. And yeah, I agree that the screen is not scratch proof, but it is PRETTY resistant, as shown by PCMag's stress tests (check them out if you haven't seen them). I take excellent care of my iPhone, and let's face it, if you don't have a case, and you drop the phone, screen protector or not, if the angle is right, the screen will shatter. It's happened before to the best of us.
     
  17. Dr. Cabrera thread starter macrumors 65816

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    When I get my camera I will take a few pictures of the screen

    I understand you're reservations on not having a shield when the results would degrade the optical quality of the iPhone's screen.

    I would highly recommend you give the bodyguardz shield a try if you have yet to try it. You get two shields per pack, so the worse that can happen is you screw up the first one and try again :)
     
  18. queshy macrumors 68040

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    Thanks, maybe one of these days I will give it a try.

    My Dell X50V had a great screen and once I put a screen protector on it, it just turned really grainy.

    Pictures would be great!

    If people don't want to buy screen protectors, at the very least they should get a good quality case.
     
  19. Dr. Cabrera thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Here you go, I took some pictures ( I recently replaced the IS shield rear, for a Bodyguardz... its much more photogenic :p )

    check out the first picture, its 1600x1200 you can see how optically clear it is
     
  20. queshy macrumors 68040

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    looks great...can hardly tell it's on. Thanks!
     
  21. doctajay macrumors member

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    Is there any place locally to buy the Power Support screen protector besides the apple store?
     
  22. Dr. Cabrera thread starter macrumors 65816

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    moderators can you please delete this post, it has nothing to do with my thread

    I don't reccomend any of the power support shields

    go with the bodyguardz front shield
     
  23. err404 macrumors 68020

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    Did you use the revised IS shield for the 3G? I don't understand how the current version could end up with any overlap, unless it was very poorly applied. I find the separate top and bottom chrome strips to work out very well and is an elegant solution for easing the installation around the the speakers, dock connector, headphone jack, sim card and power button. I sounds like you have not seen the IS in person, but the cut on the IS does not increase the seams beyond what is needed for securely sticking corners.

    I completely agree with the OP's option of the IS. I might have to buy a Bodyguardz for the front.
     
  24. Dr. Cabrera thread starter macrumors 65816

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    it sounds more like an improper application ( which is unfair for a proper review)
     
  25. dauerhippo macrumors regular

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    Yes, i did use the new version. Currently, I have the BSE on my phone, but it's starting to yellow, after only a couple weeks, so I may switch BACK to the IS. I have one sitting in my drawer at the moment, as well as two SGPs.

    As for the separate chrome pieces and overlap, it's not a matter of poor application. The reality is that edges tend to fray over time, and the more edges the screen protector has, the more fraying (and dirt getting in, and lift etc). So, I prefer the design of the BSE, where it covers everything, with just one piece. I think it is slightly harder to apply that way, but once it's on, it looks better (JUST MY OPINION).
     

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