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#82462 29-Apr-2011 18:42
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just ordered a white iphone 4, and wanting to get a screen protector for it (just the stick on ones, dont want a case this time (had one for my iphone 3g)).

wondering if the cheap ones on trademe were any good?  are the more expensive ones worth the extra dosh? (considering the cheap ones are about $5 delivered and expensive around ~$25).  

the biggest problem i had with my 3g cover was air bubbles and dust, are there screen protectors out there that are better with these than others?  is there any stores in auckland (south/east to central ideally) where i can take in the phone for them to apply the cover?

also has anyone had any negative experiences just using a screen protector and no case/bumper with the phone (eg damage/broken phone)?


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  #463811 29-Apr-2011 19:01
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The real question is does it make a difference. I haven't used screen protectors in years. Has anyone actually ever managed to scratch an iphone screen?
Unless you like glare filters and stuff.


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  #463845 29-Apr-2011 21:18
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Most screen protectors come in packs of 2 or 3 from the likes of belkin or incipio, I always find it best to go this way in case the first attempt fails.

VF stores generally sell better quality ones for around $20 for a pack.

The guys at the local VF store have been known to apply them but I can't guarantee it.

I always have a screen protector on just in case, it would annoy the crap out of me if the screen ever got scratched.

Pick up a cheap back screen guard off trademe though as I believe the back glass is weaker.

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  #463849 29-Apr-2011 21:31
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far better than the ones you buy at dse/noels etc. And can cover the entire phone.
After a number of screen protectors I would use no other.

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  #463854 29-Apr-2011 21:53
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I am trialling a $3.83 NZ screen and rear protector now. Just put it on.

A little tricky to apply the rear one. Bit for $3.83 I'm not gonna grizzle. Will see how it goes for the week. Is a little more shiny than the Belkin Clearshield ones we usually use.

Pays to protect the screen. The Belkin one I just replaced had plenty of marks and scratches on it. Better the screen protector than my screen!



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  #463855 29-Apr-2011 21:54
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I have tried four or five different screen protectors on the iPhone 4.... 

By far, the best I have found that protects the screen, without any impact on swiping etc is Crystal Film Set from PowerSupport.

However, if you dont mine the screen feeling a little different, get the HD Anti Glare from PowerSupport.  These are not quite as rugged as the Crystal Film Set, but they do not slow the finger prints, smears etc on the screen, and hence have become my screen protector of choice now!

The Power Support website is - the Anti Glare set can be purchased directly from the Apple Store -

Also, finally, the installation - piss easy, comes with cleaning film...  it took less than 1 minute to install, no bubbles, etc...


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  #463885 30-Apr-2011 00:17
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Another vote here for the Power Support protectors! I've had a crystal one on my 3GS for something like 18months or so now and it still looks perfect - most people dont even realise it's on there. My partner has done the same with her iPhone4 and is similarly impressed.

I used to absolutely hate putting screen protectors on as the slightest spec of dust could ruin it, but power support make it easy. They are a little on the pricy end yes, but I'll absolutely be using their product in future.

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  #465641 5-May-2011 10:28
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+1 for Power Support. Had a BestSkinsEver on my iPhone4 for about a month but couldn't stand the orange peel effect.

After that I bought a Power Support HD Anti-Glare. It felt great and didn't show fingerprints etc but I liked the clarity of clear protectors.

Now I'm finally on a Power Support Crystal and been using it for months with no problems.


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  #465650 5-May-2011 10:49
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thanks guys, my brother had a spare set of mercury av ones, and a spare mercury rubber case.

the screen protectors went on well, no dust or bubbles, but after putting on the rubber case its made the top edge of the front slightly lift off and lose its stickyness. just at the very top, not a big deal.

ill probably change it later on, but for now im happy that theres no dust or bubbles, and the top issue is really hard to see and only if you focus on it (like i do...).

all and all im happy, phone still looks good in the case (its a clear one, not 100% clear, but 80%ish).

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  #466404 7-May-2011 10:04
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Over the last 4 years I've tried quite a few. Having a toddler around means that I do need one as it gets slammed around a fair bit.

I've tried the power support crystal, anti-glare, and all sort in between. All were terrible - fingerprint magnets and generally made visibility worse.

Then I happened upon zagg invisible shield. Installation was a pain - and scary too - requires some spraying of water. The result was great. Pretty much fingerprint resistant and tough.

But this started peeling off.

So I tried a bodyguardz. This required spraying but only took me 5min to apply. Super easy to position and thanks to the small amount of water - guaranteed no bubbles and lint.

The result is awesome. Pretty much invisible. And tough.

I've put one on both my iPad and iPhone(s). 12 months of hammering by a toddler and they are still scratch free (both screen and bodyguardz).
And I get to use my devices without any bulky cases or dodgy screen protectors.

Highly recommended.

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  #466694 8-May-2011 11:16
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I think the one's from trademe are as good for the price, it's just a matter of applying them correctly. I've found that if you attach a piece of post-it or some tape on each opposite corner, remove the film and then align it before applying, usually it works and regarding bubbles & dust, any screen protector will show that if there was dust on the screen before applying.  Also, you can get rid of bubbles by applying some tape on the bubble covering a wider area(to the nearest corner) and rubbing very hard with a credit card & try to take the bubble out form the nearest corner.

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  #466704 8-May-2011 12:13
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My $1.83 US protector from Deal Extreme arrived. If you're not fussed over 'look' and more concerned with protection, then its fine. :) Comes with front and back protector (Clear film). Does the job and for $1.83 USD I'm not complaining. Using with a Pixelskin HD bumper.



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