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MTBlogBot2000
2nd June 2010, 02:08 PM
You’re probably familiar with the Bodyguardz range if you’ve owned an iPhone, chances are you’ve seen this video of the iPhone being attacked with a sander and surviving the process:

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It's a pretty impressive demonstration, but not one I was prepared to test on my iPad. I’m just going to focus on installation and final look, ok? <!--more-->

<strong>Installation</strong>

Putting the thing on is pretty easy. I’ve previously used Bodyguardz on my first generation iPhone way back when and found it incredibly annoying - I think I destroyed three films before applying one correctly. Thankfully Bodyguardz now ship with an ample tube of lubrication for the screen, so as long as you follow the directions and err on the side of “applying too much lube” <em>(heh)</em> then you should be fine. It took less than a minute to line up and apply the screen guard.

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The Bodyguardz instructions warn that your screen will look frosty for 24-48hrs after application and you shouldnt panic if this is the case. I think they’re being overly cautious with their estimates, my screen was frosty after application, but the iPad was usable within an hour. I applied the film before going to sleep (hence the sexy mood lighting below) and by the morning the streaks were barely visible.

I tried applying the back cover next:

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While the result was damn sexy, I just couldn’t get the screen to line up perfectly with the edges and perhaps I used too much lube, because just when I thought it was almost perfect, I’d breathe too heavily and the screen would move. After about 20 minutes wrestling with the back cover installation, I gave up and threw it out. My iPad lives in the much maligned official Apple iPad cover, which I happen to love, so protection for the aluminium back is not that important to me.

<strong>Final Look</strong>

It’s now been 48hrs since installation. So the final verdict? Well, all streakyness and clouds have disappeared leaving a screen not too different from a naked iPad. The texture of the Bodygaurdz feels warmer and slightly squishier on the fingers than the cold glass of the iPad. Looking at this picture, you can see the 4-5 tiny specks of dirt that I missed on the screen before installing:

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I guess thats annoying, but it's not a deal breaker for me, and if you’re more patient cleaning your iPad before installation then you can probably avoid this.

Take another look at the above photo though - what else stands out? If you don’t own an iPad yet, you probably can’t spot the key part of this review. If you do, then you may notice a complete lack of fingerprints on the iPad screen. That photo was taken after a full day of use and without wiping the screen for fingerprints!

Let me just say that once again in bold; <strong>The Bodygaurdz screen seems to protect the iPad from fingerprints!</strong>

This alone is worth the $39 price. I rarely allow portable sanders to get too close to my gadgets, but since getting the iPad I’m sick of the constant jokes about how dirty it looks and “fingerprints magnets” from people I'm showing it to.

The Bodygaurdz for iPad range come in <em>Screen Only</em> or <em>Full Body</em> covers. Considering I gave up with the backing screen and didn’t even bother trying to apply the sidescreens, I’d say save your cash and buy the <em>Screen Only</em> cover. If you’re the kind of person that shows off the iPad to friends constantly (and you’re an early adopter, so you are - don't deny it) then the time you’ll save wiping the screen of fingerprints will pay for itself.

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ozerus
2nd June 2010, 02:19 PM
Hmmm damn I was thinking of getting this I'll still get the screen but I'd have loved to know if the iPad would still fit in the dock if I had the back film on

schmidty
2nd June 2010, 03:08 PM
I ordered one of these from the US on eBay (about AU$11, including postage), from the same seller from whom I purchased my Marware Eco-Vue case. Both arrived yesterday (only 6 days after I ordered - awesome!).

I tried for an hour to get the Bodyguardz (screen only) cover on. Positioning it was easy, but every time there were bits of dust/lint on the screen. I tried applying it 3 or 4 times before I gave up. I've saved the cover (put it back onto the backing sheet). I am hopeful that I'll be able to wash it, and then have another crack at it in a less dusty environment.

For now, though, I'm leaning towards my earlier view on screen covers: that they're more trouble than they're worth.

I'll see, though.

Phunky
3rd June 2010, 12:44 PM
Does the back piece wrap around to cover the sides and bezel?
Have you had any problems with dust/lint collecting at the edges of the film?

Tzortst
3rd June 2010, 01:01 PM
I ordered one of these from the US on eBay (about AU$11, including postage), from the same seller from whom I purchased my Marware Eco-Vue case. Both arrived yesterday (only 6 days after I ordered - awesome!).

I'll see, though.

How did u manage to get for for $11? Looking and most are around $40

Peter Wells
3rd June 2010, 01:24 PM
Does the back piece wrap around to cover the sides and bezel?
Have you had any problems with dust/lint collecting at the edges of the film?

it comes in a front piece, back piece, and ridiculously small side piece..

i havent had any dust collecting around the edges, but my ipad lives in the apple case...

schmidty
3rd June 2010, 08:53 PM
How did u manage to get for for $11? Looking and most are around $40

Looking at the page again, I may have been sent the wrong product. I just saw a screen protector for a few dollars, and was ordering my case anyway, so I ordered the protector, not caring about the brand.

As I said, it may have been a mistake, but here's the page on which I hit the Buy It Now button:

Screenguard crystal screen protector for iPad Front - eBay, Cell Phone PDA Accessories, Cell Phones PDAs. (end time 01-Jul-10 21:04:33 AEST) (http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Screenguard-crystal-screen-protector-iPad-Front-/370374462314?cmd=ViewItem&pt=PDA_Accessories&hash=item563c09cb6a#ht_2040wt_824)

This seller does not seem to list the Bodyguardz protector separately, though, so perhaps it's just what he sends. I don't know.

BodyGuardzOz
5th June 2010, 02:12 PM
Hmmm damn I was thinking of getting this I'll still get the screen but I'd have loved to know if the iPad would still fit in the dock if I had the back film on

Hi there,

Yes it will still fit in the dock!

tt4960
7th June 2010, 11:30 AM
Does the back piece wrap around to cover the sides and bezel?
Have you had any problems with dust/lint collecting at the edges of the film?
I got the Bodyguardz iPad film as is was discounted and with free shipping on the MacTalk site. Have put it on and it is good but the front and back films are about 5 mm to short and I had to cut the side strips to prevent them from covering the various openings. No lint gathering in the corners. I would rate it 6 out of 10

Rant
22nd June 2010, 12:37 PM
Film is the way to go! I've had one or other of the name brands of film since the Fat Nano and they protect the device and retain the look and feel of the Apple product.

I went through half a dozen cases for my Fat Nano, each failed within months. Silicon skins stretch, hard cases have mechanical problems and all of them turn a beautiful Apple product into a $35 plastic ugliness.

Film keeps the device looking like new and maintains the Apple beauty of the device. As the review stated, it's worth it for the finger print protection & that's a big deal with iPad.

Film has a downside, the edges can lift or accumulate dirt if the device is being shoved in your pocket for example. But frankly replacing a film every couple of years is no more expensive than changing ugly cases, which you will definitely do.

You can try getting the edges 'just right' with a hair dryer. I've only done that once and I'm not mechanically inclined, so I can't confirm any improvement. In the U.S. they have kiosks in shopping centres to install the film for you. They use hair dryers and reportedly get excellent results.

I'd like to hear if the BodyGuardz lifetime warranty includes lifting edges, because that would significantly increase customer perception of the product.

Still a much more pleasing result than any 'case' solution. The review seems spot-on. That Apple case has so many uses and makes iPad look thinner (and in my opinion feel better in the hand), and the film on the screen is a godsend. If you're determined to use iPad au naturel, a total body skin will keep it in perfect condition.