How does one visually demonstrate something that is invisible? I am still trying to divine an answer to that very question, and until either any of you or I come up with a viable solution? You’ll have to trust me on this. So what is this invisible item I cannot show you? Why it’s BodyGruardz, and invisible film that can wrap your iPad front to back. Now for those of you unfamiliar with this product, I am sure you are saying “Hilty, those films look like crap. They’re all bubbly and obvious. They peel easily and just make my phone look awful”. Under normal circumstances I would agree with you. But I can tell you from personal experience that after using BodyGuardz on my iPhone for the last 2 years, you’re just plain wrong.
Let me explain to you What BodyGuardz are. BGz are made from the same material autocompanies use to laminate the bumpers of their cars. Every wonder why the paint seems difficult to scratch or chip on car bumpers? It is because of the use of the same plastic film used by BGz. So if you have any question as to how well BGz will look on your iPad, just step out on to your street right now and take a look at any cars bumper that has not been in an accident recently, go on…I’ll wait….Ok, see? Clean and invisible. Bet you did not even know that car had a film over the bumper, did you? That’s BGz, or at least what they use for us. There are other Film companies similar to BodyGuardz like Zaggs, Invisible Shields. I can tell you here and now. I don’t like Zagg. Why? Because, while their product is similar, the gage of plastic they use is thicker and used on the blades of helicopters. This thickness causes a higher likelihood of corner peeling as their film sticks up and out more making it more likely to catch corners and it also seems to be more prone to that unsightly “Orange-peel” look. Add to this the fact that the thickness makes it impossible to use with any cases in tandem with each other at all. So for me personally, it’s a loser. Sorry Zagg, you’re just too thick to hang with the smart kids.
So BodyGuardz are cool, invisible and make your iPad look all pretty. How tough is it though? Well I can tell you now, tearing them is nigh impossible on an accidental basis. Scratches and scoring are deflected with ease. To put it simply, this stuff is tough and I mean TOUGH! So how does it look on the iPad? Well, like I opened this article up with, pretty much invisible. Application for the iPad is a lot easier than it is on the iPhone. The front which protects the glass on both devices is easy to do since it is a simple one piece with no corners to bend around. The BGz back design for the iPad is also as easy for exactly like the front, it’s only one piece. While the iPhone requires the film to be bent around the rounded edges and corners, the iPad has the same shape and design as the front film without the need for bending or maneuvering as was necessary for the back of the iPhone. The front is one piece of film, while the back has six. The back and the sides while protecting everything also allows for all the openings, controls and ports to still be uncovered and available.
One thing that was a surprise to me however, was the front was not a picture perfect fit. Yes, the BGz on the glass front of the iPad did not occupy 100% of the glass. This was a surprise to me as the iPhone was so perfect in fit, lining things up was simply never an issue on the front because any deviation would be aparrent. However I’d estimate about 2% of the glass on the iPad is sill exposed. Does this affect any of the protection? I do not think so, as the most often used area and then some of the iPads face is covered and protected extremely well. How does this evident issue look? Remember invisible? You’d have to look for it to notice.
So what’s the conclusion here? BodyGuardz, for those of you who hate cases and like the OEM look of your iPad and want to keep it as slim/sleek/clean and pristine as possible while protecting it at the cost of $29.95 (free lifetime replacements) is your universal answer