Review: invisibleSHIELD for iPod

Pockets and scratches are no match ... (November 18th, 2005)

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Product Manufacturer: Protective Solutions, Inc.

Price: MSRP $24.95 US (Full Body)

The Good

  • Available for most of your electronic gadgets. Enjoy scratch-free devices. Lifetime warranty.

The Bad

  • Application process takes time and may require more than one try. A steady hand required.

A well-functioning product that fulfills all its promises is rare indeed. The full body invisibleSHIELD, wrapped carefully around my iPod last July, has protected my iPod unobtrusively for months. I was only reminded of it when my beloved iPod appeared in my son's peanut butter smeared hands. The invisibleSHIELD and a simple wipe down averted disaster.

Total Protection

The invisibleSHIELD is uniquely able to protect your iPod from scratches and sticky stuff because it is manufactured from a material developed to protect helicopter blades. It adds no perceptible bulk to the iPod, so you can still use any carrying or fashion case you want. Unlike static cling protectors, the invisibleSHIELD is really tough and it will take the scratches and nicks that normally find their way onto iPods.

One of the reasons the invisibleSHIELD is superior to static protectors is that it has an adhesive on the inside that is activated during the application process. The adhesive is not permanent and is said not to leave a residue should you choose to remove it. The directions caution to remove it by peeling it off slowly. I like mine so much, it will remain on my iPod as log as I own it and I'll be ordering a new invisibleSHIELD to protect my next iPod.

invisibleshield

The full body invisibleSHIELD is a thin film cut perfectly to surround all but the corners of your iPod. A version is available for every 3rd, 4th, and 5th generation iPod, plus a case protector for the 12" PowerBook. If you'd rather not cover the whole iPod, a Screen Protector and a Click Wheel Protector are also available.

Install with Care

The one downside of the invisibleSHIELD is the application process. First, you must carefully wash your hands, then soak the invisibleSHIELD in soapy water, and slide it onto your clean iPod until it slips into place. They recommend you use a credit card to squeegee away any bubbles. Once dry, the invisibleSHIELD loses the matte texture and the iPod resumes its glossy appearance. The water used in the installation process does not damage an iPod, but let it dry for 24 hours before turning your iPod on. Complete instructions come with each product.

The invisibleSHIELD is also available for digital cameras, PDAs and laptop externals, so there is no reason to allow your equipment to suffer the ravages of daily use. The invisibleSHIELD protects from key scratches, food and drink spills, and even the sticky fingers of children.

Edited by Ilene Hoffman, Reviews Editor

by P.A.M. Borys


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