Like an expecting mommy nesting and preparing for the arrival of her baby, I, as someone who was soon to be eligible for a mobile phone upgrade, prepared for the arrival of my very own baby, the iPhone 3GS, by doing a bit of research on iPhone accessories, including a case to protect it from scratches.
Enter ZAGG's invisibleSHIELD iPhone cover. I Googled "best iphone cover" and came across several forums. A few folks recommended ZAGG. On their website, there was a video of the cover being scratched by keys and on eBay, sellers posted pictures of it being pressed onto pens and even knives (totally reminds me of those Tony Little informercials where he rides a motorcycle over pillows to show how durable they are). They also mentioned that this was the same military grade material used to protect chopper wings. Wow.
I was a bit skeptical over all these ridiculous demonstrations, and this wasn't exactly the type of cover that I was looking for since I was initially looking for something as drop-proof as possible, so I consulted my buddy @chriscut, aka Mr. I've-Gotten-The-Last-Three-Top-of-The-Line-iPhones-the-Day-They-Were-Released, for suggestions. His first answer was, "ZAGG", so I was sold. He recommended that I get the full body case at Best Buy and have them install it for me for an extra $12 since it was apparently a pain in the neck to do.
I ended up buying it online after watching a couple Youtube videos and deciding that the installation was was a feasible task that I could tackle. What arrived in the kit were die cut stickers for the front and the back, a mini squeegee and the application fluid. I turned off my iPhone before applying it because of the application fluid. Once I started applying, I could see why @chriscut paid someone else to do it; it took me half an hour to apply! 10 minutes for the front, and 20 minutes for the back and the sides.
I kept my cellphone off for the next several hours to let the application fluid dried. It looked pretty terrible right after I applied it, but after it dried, I was really proud of myself for the near perfect application. It really looks like there's no cover on it at all! I've had it for a few weeks now and it still looks great.
I totally recommend this cover for all iPhone users. I applied the ZAGG full body shield even though I had planned on using another cover on top of it. For iPhone users who have silicon cases or hard cases, I would still recommend at least getting the front piece to protect the glass. I should add that this supposedly indestructible cover has a lifetime warranty, so if it ever gets scratched or damaged in some way, ZAGG will replace it. I'm holding them to it, even though it doesn't look like I'll be taking advantage of that anytime soon! They'll keep your iPhone looking pretty and scratch-free for a long time.
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ZAGG Inc. (OTCBB: ZAGG) is a publicly traded company based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Their primary efforts are in manufacturing, designing, and distributing protective coverings for consumer electronics and hand-held devices under the brand name invisibleSHIELD, and other mobile accessories and services to a worldwide market.
The company's flagship product, the invisibleSHIELD was created by Phillip Chipping, who then formed Protective Solutions, Inc. in March 2005 and started selling the invisibleSHIELD product online, as well as pursuing locally-owned gadget retailers. A few months later, in September 2005, just 2 weeks after Apple Inc. had released the first iPod nano, Protective Solutions sent out a press release announcing their new idea of protecting gadgets with a patented clear protective film and a new alternative to a bulky case. Due to the immediate and overwhelming response, Protective Solutions began releasing many full-body invisibleSHIELDs for many different types of electronic gadgets.