Peel Vs. a Tozo/Benks Combo

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by puma1552, Jan 29, 2018.

  1. puma1552, Jan 29, 2018
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    puma1552 Suspended

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    So, I previously was using the Peel thin case along with their edge to edge glass screen protector on my iPhone 8:

    https://buypeel.com/products/super-thin-iphone-8-case

    https://buypeel.com/products/iphone-7-screen-protector?variant=32750742087

    However, while generally happy with their products, I was having some problems getting a case that fit well, and there were a couple areas where I felt that the screen protector could've been better. That said, Peel's customer service is outstanding and I would recommend them as a reputable company to do business with.

    Nonetheless, I decided to branch out and try a couple new products. I decided to try Tozo's thin case, and Benks's edge to edge screen protector.

    Case:

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075P287NC/ref=twister_B075P23GF8?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

    I saw so many reports that the Tozo case on Amazon was identical to the Peel case so I decided to give it a try. It absolutely is identical. It isn't close, it isn't similar - no, it is identical. The Tozo costs $9 on Amazon while the Peel costs $25.

    This one fits well, I have no complaints. Cutouts are precise and fit is nice and tight. I have no doubt whatsoever that this case and the Peel came out of the same factory and the same mold, and just stuck in different packaging at different prices. Would highly recommend the Tozo.

    Screen Protector:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XHFQX4Y/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    I decided to give the above Benks protector a try, and I'm glad I did. Complaints I had about the Peel were that the protector covered a sliver of the active screen around the entire border, and that the white color was ever so slightly warmer than the white face of the phone.

    The Benks came nicely packaged and with the usual nice array of pack-ins that you get from more expensive protectors. It cost a mere $10 on Amazon, vs. $30 for the Peel.

    The Benks solves the 2 issues I had with the Peel - the color is definitely whiter/truer to the phone color, and while this one also covers a sliver of the active screen, it covers slightly less. Whereas on the Peel the right edge of my scroll bar in Safari was right up to the edge of the protector, I can see a slight bit of active screen to the right of the scroll bar with the Benks.

    The Benks clarity is excellent, oleophobic coating does the job, and the installation went perfect. The proximity sensor cutout is a bit higher than it should be, but the Peel was the same way (albeit maybe a hair less). Would highly recommend the Benks for the price. Between the two, the Benks is the better product.
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  2. puma1552 thread starter Suspended

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    Also it could just be me but I swear the Benks has better clarity.

    I didn't feel that the Peel reduced clarity at all at the time I installed it so it could just be a placebo effect, but after a few hours with the Benks it really does seem clearer to me.
     
  3. daynoock macrumors member

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    I was going to get a peel case but went for a couple of Tozo cases instead, got a black and white one, the white is just a frosted clear one really so I’m just using the black one, I’m really happy with it but it does collect dust around the cutout for the camera and whenever I take it off to clean I’m worried the case will snap, so was tempted to go for a peel one but I won’t now if they’re just the same
     
  4. puma1552 thread starter Suspended

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    So I figured I'd give the screen protector a more in depth review, as I just had to replace it.

    Couple weeks back I noticed a piece of lint got in front of the ambient light sensor. I figured no biggie, I'll pull up the protector and slide a piece of tape in there and get it. I had done this many times before upon install of new screen protectors with great success. However this time it was a disaster. All I managed to do was push more and more lint under the screen protector as I pushed the tape under there because there is no adhesive under the curved edges of the protector so after a few months there was a lot of lint in there you couldn't see. I believe all curved edge to edge protectors are made this way. I had never seen the underside of one of these though, because I had never turned it over during install, nor had I ever removed/replaced one in the past.

    For those wondering, here's what the underside looks like:

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    Naturally you can see how lint worked it's way under the ambient light sensor (surprised it didn't happen sooner):

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    Upon removal of the old one, no adhesive residue was left behind and the iPhone's oleophobic coating seems to be intact and did not pull off with the adhesive as the naked screen was extremely fingerprint resistant.

    So how did the old one hold up? Freaking excellent. No scratches or scuffs, no lifting, oleophobic coating stayed intact, it was just a great protector that would still be on the phone had that piece of lint not got in there.

    So anyway I ordered up a fresh one, and it was now even cheaper on Amazon at $7.50, AND there was a buy one get one so I got two. Figured I'd show the pack-ins this time (though I did forget to show the little white 2.5" x 2.5" microfiber that came with it, it was in the box when I took the pic). You get the little microfiber, an alcohol wipe, an anti-dust/static sticker, a piece of tape for removing lint after install, a piece of tape to remove an old protector, the protector itself stuck to glass backing in a nice little bag, and even a home button cover (which I didn't use so can't comment):

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    This is as good or better than any other $30-$60 name brand protector. It truly is. 2 of these for $7.50 is just absolutely mind boggling.

    The install on this one, like the last one, went flawless. In fact this time I didn't even get a single piece of lint under it that I had to pull out with tape. I did have two small slivers along the screen edges that took a few days to lay down
    and adhere, but eventually they did and it's now flawless. No rainbow, no orange peel.

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    The ambient light sensor hole could be slightly lower than it is, but no biggie - doesn't affect anything (and you can see how perfectly I have the earphone hole lined up so it's a protector issue, not an installer issue):

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    Ultimately I can't recommend this protector enough. My only gripe is that just like the issue the Peel had, I wish I could see the entire black inactive border around the screen as mentioned in my OP, but not a big deal at all.
     
  5. warrenal macrumors newbie

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    Does this combo protect iPhone 8 front and back glass from falls?
     
  6. puma1552 thread starter Suspended

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    Definitely not, just scratch protection.
     

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