Wrapsol Ultra iPhone 4S Review and Install Tutorial [Video]

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  • @Weltenfeind218
  • @joelolandesca
  • @Chopperguy2009
  • @ilikeweb
  • @GlenGallagher
  • @alanleung604
  • @merrikin
  • @larrylarry
  • @qzilver
  • @kalbopapi

Wrapsol offers screen protectors for smartphones and we received one to review for my iPhone 4S. The Wrapsol Ultra front + back (their top of the line product) dry application contains the following inside the box:

  • Detailed instructions
  • Microfibre cleaning cloth
  • Front, back, and side protection
  • Cardboard squeegee

 
 
The application process is relatively simple. Remove the front/back films and just apply onto your iPhone 4S. Since there is no spray involved, once you place the film down you cannot move it, so ensure you line it up properly the first time. At the top and bottom of the film are tabs you hold to place down onto your iPhone. This eliminates fingerprints on the actual film itself during installation. Brilliant.

 
 
Once down, you use the cardboard squeegee to push out the air pockets, which can be tricky if you’re not good at this stuff. There’s a protective sheet you squeegee on, so this protects the actual surface of the film underneath, and also makes for smooth glides along the surface.

Once the film has been applied, and the protective layer and tabs removed you will be left with a smooth application that will have some air bubbles. These will disappear in 24-48 hours, as long as you did a decent install. Afterwards, you’ll be left with a film protector that is has almost zero ‘orange peel’ effect compared to the invisibleSHIELD.

The Wrapsol’s thin sheets are hard 100% polyurethane, and when placed on my iPhone 4S I could barely notice it was even applied since the final product is so smooth, and adheres so well (no corners have lifted yet). You can ding and scratch the sheets but they have regenerating qualities and will morph back into shape. The side protection leaves room for your microSIM slot and covers all of the sides (there’s also a longer strip for Verizon CDMA iPhone 4s). There are gaps missing between the volume buttons and ring/silent switch, but this is no big deal.

Using my iPhone 4S, the Wrapsol Ultra have no negative effect on the gorgeous Retina Display. Taps, drags, and swipes felt more natural as the film retains the sensitivity of the iPhone’s multi-touch, and the shield feels almost like glass. After a month of usage, the Wrapsol application has held up nice and strongly, with no discolouration whatsoever.

Since the polyurethane sheets adhere so well, and the sheets are relatively thin (the invisibleSHIELD is still thinner), my iPhone 4S was able to fit into the iPhone 4 Mophie Juice Pack with no issues, and Apple’s Bumper. If I had tried this with the invisibleSHIELD, my phone would have gotten stuck and the application ruined.

Check out my install video tutorial below:

Some gripes? The front and back films appear to be cut too narrow, as they could be extended out a bit to the sides of the iPhone’s screen by another half millimetre or so. It’s not a huge gap or anything, but I would have liked the entire surface area covered throughout (the side pieces are cut perfectly though).

During the installation, it did take me a couple of tries line the sheets up perfectly. The more time you spend on this, the greater the chance dust has to stick to the exposed film (there are a few tiny specks on the front and back of my install). This goes for any film installation, but it’s something to consider. There’s no protection for the home button, and as mentioned above since Wrapsol feels like hard plastic, it’s slippery compared to the extra grip offered by the invisibleSHIELD.

Wrapsol claims their high strength films can prevent damage from a six foot drop, which I am skeptical to test (as you can imagine). But so far, from my experience with the film on both my iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, it is my favourite film protection right now.

It’s a relatively easy to install, goes on very clear, and doesn’t affect the way my screen looks and feels. As much as I love the invisibleSHIELD, the Wrapsol Ultra is staying on my iPhone 4S for now. I’ll report back with how durable it is six months down the road. There’s also a 30 day money back guarantee and lifetime warranty.

Later on, I’ll post a gallery of pictures comparing the invisibleSHIELD versus Wrapsol, so you can decide for yourself.

The Wrapsol Ultra is $29.99US. Shipping to Canada is $13 via FedEx Ground, your only option. It’s not exactly ‘cheap’, but you get what you pay for.Click here to visit Wrapsol.com.

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  • http://twitter.com/Weltenfeind218 Weltenfeind

    I tweeted this for the contest.. :)

  • Jesse Halperin
  • Canuckdaneh

    Just tweeted :)  I loved my Wrapsol until the edges started unsticking and had to remove it.  Took a long time before it happened though so it’s quite good.  It’s good that the films are now cut a bit narrow, that way they should be less likely to unstick.  Please let me win, I love your site Gary! :)

  • http://twitter.com/joelolandesca Joel Olandesca

    First tweet! Looking forward to trying this one out on my 4S.

  • http://twitter.com/kylelynch kyle lynch

    :) tweeted i did 

  • http://twitter.com/larrylarry laurence

    I tweeted!

  • Kevin

    I tweeted!

  • Bvan37

    Thanks for the review, I’ve been looking at the Wrapsol for a while, tweeted it!  Good luck to all in the contest :)

  • Ankit

    Tweeted!

  • Anonymous

    i tweeted

  • Anonymous

    Perhaps they made it a bit narrower so clip on cases won’t push the sides of the film up. This happens to invisible shields quite regularly.

  • http://www.iJailbreak.com Mike McKinnon

    Curious to know if you get the same “grey” effect, (as the InvisibleShield) after using it or a while. REALLY notice this on the white iPhone 4S.

  • Frankie

    Tweeted! It’s good to try something other than Zagg. I bought 2 Zagg products (1 for 3GS and 1 for 4) and wasted both as soon as I tried to put a case or a bumper on, not to mention the wavy texture and the scary wet install. I’m looking forward to trying something that works and looks better. If I win of course.

  • http://twitter.com/Chopperguy2009 Greg Pajak

    Confirmed!  Cant wait to win. :)

  • http://twitter.com/alanleung604 Alan Leung

    Tweeted!
    Hope that i can get ripe of my invisible shield soon!

  • Graeme Larue

    Tweet has been done! Looking forward to trying this product out!

  • Squiggly

    Tweeted

  • kelvin

    Sometimes Wrapsol offers discounts on their products, I happens to get a fullbody shield for my iphone 4 half a year ago for 50% off.  Also becareful with their lifetime warranty, they still charge $13 shipping for replacements to Canada via FedEx.  And when I ask them for an alternate shipping company or method, they told me they ship to Canada thru FedEx only.   So I paid around $15 for the shield initially, but getting a replacement I have to chip in another $13, the shipping charge is too expesnive in my opinion. 

  • Anonymous

    Tweeted! This is awesome. I’ve been dissatisfied with the zag invisibleshield because of the orange peel effect. It just does not compliment the beautiful glass of the iPhone 4 and 4S. I would love to give this a try. If I win I’ll offer up my own appraisal here. Good luck to everybody and hats off to iphoneincanadablog.

  • http://deejaydoubleyou.com/ Deejaydoubleyou

    Tweeted.  If it is better than the Invisibleshield then I need one as I thought it was hard to beat.

  • Chevroletmb

    tweeted

  • http://twitter.com/GlenGallagher Glen Gallagher

    Tweeted! I’ve been debating getting wrapsol for awhile but couldn’t find any decent reviews for the iphone 4/4s version. This comes at the perfect time!

  • Hydim

    Tweeted. how does it compare to the SGP protectors?

  • Will

    I tweeted! Plzz must have one of these!

  • Khanh

    Tweeted! Please Gary let me win something for once! I’m using the Best Skins Ever right now but I’m really don’t like the orange peeling effect going on!

  • Momin

    RT’d!

  • Matthew Demski

    Tweeted it! I hope I win!!

  • http://twitter.com/ivvyyy Ivy

    Tweeted :)

  • DrJapan

    I did the same as the previous person.

  • Anonymous

    Tweeted.  Wish I could get prybar back on twitter…should have never closed it years ago and lost it to some spam monkey…prytoo will have to do!

  • Tha_shan

    Tweeted for real

  • http://twitter.com/qzilver Charles L

    tweeted! looking forward to trying it out! =)

  • Lee Peltz

    Done and Done! @rizulli:twitter 

  • http://twitter.com/bildo86 Billy Lam

    Hope i get it, I’m afraid to go nude with my iphone

  • Bullzdogz

    Can’t tweet it via iPhone. Can turn off iPhone theme. Tweet is too long to share this.

  • lon

    Just tweeted via @ilikeweb 

  • http://twitter.com/kalbopapi Jan Sevilla

    Tweeted. Looks sexy…  

  • http://www.merrikin.ca Shawn Merrikin

    I think its about time for me to get some kind of shield on my shiny new 4S. Hope to win. I was tossing between this one and an Ishieldz
    @merrikin:twitter 

  • http://twitter.com/nigelhenzie Nigel Henzie

    I’ve been considering an invisishield but this looks pretty good too. (tweeted it)

  • http://twitter.com/alienzed Michael Schmid

    tweeted!

  • sp

    tweeted, liked, favourited… what else can i do…. i need me one of these  ^_^

  • Anonymous

    Done. This looks like a great cover. Love to have it!

  • Wynncy Manalad

    Tweeted…..I’ve been wanting this since I saw the review.

  • http://twitter.com/Scott_IAm Scott Robb

    Done, I love the look of some cases but I always end up with a naked iPhone and could use the protection on it.

  • Shawn Tew

    Tweeted. Just brought one. Awesome

  • Stephan

    Tweeted :)

  • Achtungpop77

    Tweeted!

  • Cordy Matt

    Tweeted

  • http://twitter.com/icanhazcookies Andrew

    tweeted this awesomeness

  • Anonymous

    Shared it on both Twitter and FB….

  • http://twitter.com/Chopperguy2009 Greg Pajak

    My winning Wrapsol has been delivered and installed. So far I’m loving it! Super easy installation and I love the more naked feel of my Iphone now while still being protected.  Will see how it lasts,  as it is always in and out of my pocket. The Zagg shield started to lift quickly.
    Thanks Iphoneincanda.ca!  my favorite tech site.

  • Raist3001

    I love the wrapsol,product but like every skin it will discolor. Mine has turned an ugly muddy color. Thankfully wrapsol will replace it.