My iPhone 4 and the protection i chose. (pics)

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  1. bibbz macrumors regular

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    Before i get too far into this, i just want to say I'm a user who's very easy on wireless phones. I've had the original iPhone, iPhone 3G, and now the iPhone 4(3Gs wasn't enough of an improvement over the 3G for me to justify buying it.). At the end of each of those phones lives, they were decently scratched up, yes even the glass on the front. So with my iPhone 4 i really want it to be in great shape when its life is over. Now knowing that, i really really really hate cases. I absolutely hate the way phones feel in a case. They were designed to be used naked and that's how i chose to use them, until now. I feel i must also mention, i started out using screen protectors on my original iPhone, and 3G, but kept peeling them off once the slightest bubble/peel formed, I'm a tad OCD. So with that said, this solution may not last long for me. Here's hoping it does.

    Knowing all that about me, i was really intrigued by the bumper case. It protects the most vulnerable part of the phone, the squared off glass edges. I also fully intended on running a screen protector and just dealing with my OCDness. Now since the phone is glass back also, i wanted a screen protector on front and back. Now i am very good at applying these, so i wanted a completely clear pair for front and back, but i decided on the Zagg InvisibleShield to protect what my bumper leaves uncovered. Yes, even though it inst smooth. This may change later, but so far, i am really digging this combo. I took a few pics for anyone else contemplating the same solution.


    This first set of pics is my iPhone 4 with just a basic screen protector on it waiting on my bumper and zagg shields to come in...
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    This next set is of the phone about 3 hours after the Zagg InvisibleShield was installed.
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    This next set is unboxing the bumper
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  2. bibbz thread starter macrumors regular

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    Then finally, with the bumper and Zagg InvisibleShield fully applied...
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    In my hand. :
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  3. Rayfire macrumors 68020

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    Nice set of pics there, looks like a perfect application for the IS.
     
  4. Goaliegeek macrumors 6502a

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    Right on. I'm looking to do the same once Apple calls me that my iPhone 4 is ready. Doing a Zagg IS and a bumper. Already got the Zagg, and looked at it. I'm just going to do the back though. When you installed it, did you have any issues of the solution getting on the camera & flash? That's my main worry. Guess I'll just use a q-tip to soak any up.
     
  5. nfl46 macrumors 603

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    This is what I'm aiming for, but I won't use a screen protector, only a back one with a bumper.
     
  6. bibbz thread starter macrumors regular

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    The back i wasnt concerned about, so it was ok.

    Now the front, specifically the earpiece had me worried. i just used that as a starting point, and worked my way out front there, rather than the center like Zagg says.
     
  7. falcon26 macrumors member

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    Cool thanks for the pictures. That is pretty much exactly what I intend to do. I already have the bumper, the zagg comes on thursday. Does the Zagg mess up the pictures of the iphone at all or the flash?
     
  8. bibbz thread starter macrumors regular

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    nope, and if its too close to the flash, you can "work" it away some.
     
  9. Apple Expert macrumors 65816

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    Nice install. Too bad it was a Zagg you installed. :rolleyes:
     
  10. coelacanth macrumors 6502

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    My solution (for now) is similar. SGP Ultra Crystal on front and back (will be replaced once they send me new one with flash cutout) and Bumper.

    Downside of this solution is that the rear camera lens doesn't have enough recess from nearby surface so I need to watch out scratches more. Oh well, slight coating loss on front glass shouldn't affect picture quality so I guess I can live with that.

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  11. VSMacOne macrumors 601

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    OP, exactly what I'm doing with mine. Just finished installing the IS and waiting for it to cure over night. Then I plan on getting a Bumper this weekend.
    Did you install the Complete IS or just the front and back?
    I'm wondering at this point if I should email Zagg and get the side pieces as well... Worried that the Bumper will collect crap and scratch the sides.
     
  12. fanth0m macrumors newbie

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    what is this 'basic screen protector' you are referring to? it looks like a matte screen protector, which i am desperately looking for.

    i have a bestskinsever arriving soon and i plan on doing the back skin + bumper combination as well. if the bestskinsever back doesn't have the flash cut out then i intend on using an exacto to remedy the issue.
     
  13. mer4343 macrumors newbie

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    Wish I had done the same thing sooner. :( My iP4 screen now has a gash in it so deep you can run your fingernail through it. It's only about a 1/4" long, but I have no idea what caused it. I have never scratched a phone screen before and I'm easy on my phones.

    I will be ebaying this one and getting a new one that will have an IS and bumper installed the minute it comes out of the box!!! Nice pics---thanks for posting!:apple:
     
  14. thetonyclifton macrumors regular

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    Griffen sell matte screen protectors in a set of 3 - I bought them to tide me over as I usually love matte screen protectors - but in this case I think they have a detrimental effect on the new screen - I also didnt like that the home button had an arch cut and not a circle. But griffen do have a matte if you have your heart set on that now.

    I have the same set up as the OP at the minute - the IS went on easy - perfect install - it does have some orange peel but only when a reflection is on the screen.

    I also have one of these ordered for the sides - dont like the look of the IS side panels.

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    and intend to use that and the IS with the bumper or the sena ultraslim I have ordered too.
     
  15. fanth0m macrumors newbie

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    so i've chosen the black bumper. there's that other thread with the nice white bumper photos, but the black ones ship in 5-7 days (according to the apple store site) and i'm sure that the light grey bumpers on the white ones will undoubtedly get dirty over time.
     
  16. mzd macrumors 6502a

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    thanks for the pics and write up. i'm leaning towards this solution as well (only with Bodyguardz for the skin). i'm still holding out to see what SwitchEasy offers though.
     
  17. S1njin macrumors 6502a

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    I was originally going to do this (and still might), however this doesn't give any real drop protection. I mean, if you drop this on the ground (lets say, gravel or concrete w/ pebbles on it) face down the screen is probably done for.

    At least w/ a candyshell you are getting 3/4 protection.

    I don't know anymore - I'm thinking about this entirely too much.
     
  18. frozencarbonite macrumors 6502

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    Did you apply the dry Zagg or the wet Zagg?
     
  19. djransom macrumors 68040

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    Same combo that I'm currently rocking and it looks pretty good :cool:
     
  20. frozencarbonite macrumors 6502

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    wet or dry?
     
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  23. Icarumba macrumors newbie

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    Interesting...so there's no removal of the invisible shield as you put on the bumper? I purchased a ifrogz luxe..and when I try to slide it on, it also pushes the invisible shield off creating massive air bubbles.
     
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  25. VSMacOne macrumors 601

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    What do you have on the edges of your i4? It looks cool!
     

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