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Case-Mate Clear Armor for the iPhone Review–CONTEST/GIVEAWAY!

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Good morning ladies and gentlemen! Hope your Monday morning is going well so far. Today we have another review coming your way. It’s the new Clear Armor protective film for the iPhone, made by our friends from Case-Mate.

There are a lot of choices for those “clear armor” fully body film protectors. With the iPhone in mind, I’ve reviewed the invisibleSHIELD, BodyGuardz, and BestSkinsEver. I have personally tested and installed all three of these films on iPhones (I have some lucky friends and family members I tell ya) and they have all worked great. Let’s see how the Clear Armor from Case-Mate fares against the others.

What’s included in the Clear Armor box?

After opening the package of the Case-Mate Clear Armor I found the following inside:
– 2 sets of Clear Armor–manufactured by 3M Scotchguard Protective Film
– bottle of spray solution, application card, microfiber cleaning cloth (a Case-Mate standard!), and installation instructions

Immediately I like how Case-Mate included two sets of Clear Armor (BodyGuardz does the same), because you never know when you’ll mess up your initial install and need to start the process all over again. Case-Mate always includes the microfibre cloth which is a nice touch. I found the application card to be a bit thin for my liking. It was just a thin sheet of plastic, whereas the invisibleSHIELD offers a durable plastic squeegee.

How did the Clear Armor installation go, compared to the others (invisibleSHIELD, BodyGuardz, BestSkinsEver?

I’m going to fill you in on the secret involved with applying these “skin” on your iPhone. It doesn’t matter what brand of plastic protector you’re installing, the premise applies (no pun intended) to all three. Here it is: spray, spray, and spray!

Yes, that’s right folks. Most people don’t spray enough solution on their iPhone when they are starting out with these installs (including myself in the beginning). By spraying more liquid, it makes it easier to apply the film and align it into place. Squeeging out air bubbles is a cinch since they will roll right out with the solution. Don’t forget to spray your fingers plus he freshly peeled plastic too (to prevent finger smudges and dust accumulation).

With my super tip out of the way, I found the install of the Case-Mate Clear Armor trickier than the other installs. The reason for this? Well, for starters the pieces of the Clear Armor are not fully cut all the way around so removing it from the backing sheet caused the “leftover” plastic to peel off too. Also, some of the cutting is not precision-cut to fit the iPhone perfectly (the invisibleSHIELD comes to mind). I found large gaps in the top area near the SIM card tray in the corners.

Also, there is a separate “optional” back piece that fits over the black bottom part of the iPhone. I am curious as to why the back film wasn’t cut in one sheet like the ones from Zagg, BodyGuardz, and BestSkinsEver. In the end, I installed the Clear Armor but the final install job definitely wasn’t up to my standards. My friend Greg’s iPhone was the guinea pig for this install! haha. Take a look at these pictures and make your own decision:

The Clear Armor’s plastic felt very tough and strong. It felt thinner compared to the invisibleSHIELD (win a free iPhone 3G–they have a contest!) and was similar to the feel of a BodyGuardz install. There are so many companies out there making these protective films, it is definitely a competitive market. These experienced plastic film makers are on top of their game (think of Zagg’s lifetime replacement warranty) so when new entrants come in, it can be a challenging scene in the marketplace.

Case-Mate makes some of the highest quality iPhone cases out there. You might have remembered my review of their Phantom Black leather case, Naked Case, Leather case with holster, and their unique Privacy Screen Pro. However with their Clear Armor protective shield, I think it maintains their high standard, but the problem is the other guys have already had a jump start to perfect their skins to almost perfect specifications. With that in mind, I would expect that possibly a second generation Clear Armor could be coming in the near future for the iPhone 3G.

Selling for $19.99, the Clear Armor can be a great alternative to other sets, considering you will receive two sets. Maybe your installation experience will differ from mine. As a bonus, every Clear Armor purchase comes with a 15% off coupon inside the box. That’s a very nice touch to reward customers. Click here to visit the Case-Mate website. Check out this video to show you just how strong this 3M plastic really is:

Case-Mate Clear Armor Contest/Giveaway!!!

You read that right folks! Another giveway to the lucky readers of iPhoneinCanada.ca! I used one Clear Armor set for the review install, but there is another set leftover. I even used leftover spray from the invisibleSHIELD and a different squeegee for my review, therefore keeping everything still in its packaging–to give away (how thoughtful huh?)

How to enter? I’m going to keep it simple this time around. Post a comment here to win–that’s it! The contest will run for one week and end on June 30th at midnight PST (can you believe it’s almost July?!). Good luck everybody!

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  • Jean-Francois

    Oh, I want one, I want one!

  • Jean-Francois

    Oh, I want one, I want one!

  • Nizam

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  • w00t! great review, very detailed. really helps out people who aren’t sure which skin thing to get.
    lemme win. πŸ˜€
    t

  • w00t! great review, very detailed. really helps out people who aren’t sure which skin thing to get.
    lemme win. πŸ˜€
    t

  • w00t! great review, very detailed. really helps out people who aren’t sure which skin thing to get.
    lemme win. πŸ˜€
    t

  • w00t! great review, very detailed. really helps out people who aren’t sure which skin thing to get.
    lemme win. πŸ˜€
    t

  • alim Kanani

    yeah hooo! i love case-mates!

  • alim Kanani

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  • alim Kanani

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  • LoWd0Wn

    pretty interesting video. I think I still like the Invisible Shield better.
    Better overall look after it is installed and protection is just as good, I am sure.

  • LoWd0Wn

    pretty interesting video. I think I still like the Invisible Shield better.
    Better overall look after it is installed and protection is just as good, I am sure.

  • LoWd0Wn

    pretty interesting video. I think I still like the Invisible Shield better.
    Better overall look after it is installed and protection is just as good, I am sure.

  • Momin

    I hope I win this one !!!

  • Momin

    I hope I win this one !!!

  • Momin

    I hope I win this one !!!

  • Momin

    I hope I win this one !!!

  • appledude

    I want one !!!

  • appledude

    I want one !!!

  • appledude

    I want one !!!

  • sam_kesh

    man that skin is really strong

  • sam_kesh

    man that skin is really strong

  • Great site- you gave me the confidence to buy a used jail-broken iphone for $500, then provided the links to the write tools to unbrick it when a 3rd party app messed it up! I expect this site will truly take off after July 11- just because it will be legit to own one after that, I don’t think anyone should expect Rogers or Apple to be as good as the iphone community in providing tech support!

    KEEP IT UP!!

  • Great site- you gave me the confidence to buy a used jail-broken iphone for $500, then provided the links to the write tools to unbrick it when a 3rd party app messed it up! I expect this site will truly take off after July 11- just because it will be legit to own one after that, I don’t think anyone should expect Rogers or Apple to be as good as the iphone community in providing tech support!

    KEEP IT UP!!

  • Great site- you gave me the confidence to buy a used jail-broken iphone for $500, then provided the links to the write tools to unbrick it when a 3rd party app messed it up! I expect this site will truly take off after July 11- just because it will be legit to own one after that, I don’t think anyone should expect Rogers or Apple to be as good as the iphone community in providing tech support!

    KEEP IT UP!!

  • Great site- you gave me the confidence to buy a used jail-broken iphone for $500, then provided the links to the write tools to unbrick it when a 3rd party app messed it up! I expect this site will truly take off after July 11- just because it will be legit to own one after that, I don’t think anyone should expect Rogers or Apple to be as good as the iphone community in providing tech support!

    KEEP IT UP!!

  • Nathan Paquette

    I WANT A Case-Mate SO BADLY!!!! THE WAIT FOR iPhone 3G IS KILLING ME!!!!!!!! BUT IT WILL BE SOOOOOOOOOOO WORTH IT! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  • Nathan Paquette

    I WANT A Case-Mate SO BADLY!!!! THE WAIT FOR iPhone 3G IS KILLING ME!!!!!!!! BUT IT WILL BE SOOOOOOOOOOO WORTH IT! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  • elliot p

    Please put me down!

  • elliot p

    Please put me down!

  • elliot p

    Please put me down!

  • elliot p

    Please put me down!

  • elliot p

    Please put me down!

  • elliot p

    Please put me down!

  • elliot p

    Please put me down!

  • Albert

    i need this for my naked phone!

  • Albert

    i need this for my naked phone!

  • Albert

    i need this for my naked phone!

  • Albert

    i need this for my naked phone!

  • Albert

    i need this for my naked phone!

  • Albert

    i need this for my naked phone!

  • Pawel Chomicki

    I’m in it to win it!

  • Pawel Chomicki

    I’m in it to win it!

  • Pawel Chomicki

    I’m in it to win it!

  • Pawel Chomicki

    I’m in it to win it!

  • Pawel Chomicki

    I’m in it to win it!

  • Jorelle

    Awesome thing. Though I wonder if the Invisible Shield would withstand being in a blender as well.

  • Jorelle

    Awesome thing. Though I wonder if the Invisible Shield would withstand being in a blender as well.

  • Jorelle

    Awesome thing. Though I wonder if the Invisible Shield would withstand being in a blender as well.

  • Jorelle

    Awesome thing. Though I wonder if the Invisible Shield would withstand being in a blender as well.

  • paul

    me too, count me in!!

  • paul

    me too, count me in!!

  • Suk

    Yes…I want one to go with my Iphone on July 11….

  • Suk

    Yes…I want one to go with my Iphone on July 11….

  • Suk

    Yes…I want one to go with my Iphone on July 11….

  • Suk

    Yes…I want one to go with my Iphone on July 11….

  • Suk

    Yes…I want one to go with my Iphone on July 11….

  • Tony

    Are people really getting fooled by the video? They took out the blade in the second blending which is why the phone wasn’t being catapulted out of the way. Geez. How desperate can a company be to sell a product.

  • Tony

    Are people really getting fooled by the video? They took out the blade in the second blending which is why the phone wasn’t being catapulted out of the way. Geez. How desperate can a company be to sell a product.

  • David Darling

    I would love one, please sign me up. Love your site! πŸ™‚

  • David Darling

    I would love one, please sign me up. Love your site! πŸ™‚

  • Andrew Orr

    I think I like the Invisible Shield better still. That being said, whichever is cheaper I will probably get πŸ˜›

  • Andrew Orr

    I think I like the Invisible Shield better still. That being said, whichever is cheaper I will probably get πŸ˜›

  • Andrew Orr

    I think I like the Invisible Shield better still. That being said, whichever is cheaper I will probably get πŸ˜›

  • Andrew Orr

    I think I like the Invisible Shield better still. That being said, whichever is cheaper I will probably get πŸ˜›

  • Andrew Orr

    I think I like the Invisible Shield better still. That being said, whichever is cheaper I will probably get πŸ˜›

  • funcman

    Count me in!

  • funcman

    Count me in!

  • funcman

    Count me in!

  • funcman

    Count me in!

  • Albert

    this way

  • Albert

    this way

  • Albert

    this way

  • Albert

    this way

  • Albert

    this way

  • Albert

    this way

  • Shan Khan

    Awww, I wish i could win this!
    This case seems really great. πŸ˜€

  • Shan Khan

    Awww, I wish i could win this!
    This case seems really great. πŸ˜€

  • Shan Khan

    Awww, I wish i could win this!
    This case seems really great. πŸ˜€

  • Shan Khan

    Awww, I wish i could win this!
    This case seems really great. πŸ˜€

  • Shan Khan

    Awww, I wish i could win this!
    This case seems really great. πŸ˜€

  • Guest

    It looks great, I want one!

  • Guest

    It looks great, I want one!

  • Guest

    It looks great, I want one!

  • Guest

    It looks great, I want one!

  • Alex

    It looks great, I want one!

  • Alex

    i’d love u forever if i win this πŸ˜€ it would be cheap for u too cause i’m in vancouver πŸ˜€

  • Alex

    i’d love u forever if i win this πŸ˜€ it would be cheap for u too cause i’m in vancouver πŸ˜€

  • Alex

    i’d love u forever if i win this πŸ˜€ it would be cheap for u too cause i’m in vancouver πŸ˜€

  • Anthony

    Figured I might as well take a shot.

  • Anthony

    Figured I might as well take a shot.

  • Alex

    pick me! my iPhone is bare and getting scratched!

  • Alex

    pick me! my iPhone is bare and getting scratched!

  • Raj

    I really need this, hope I win Goodluck everyone.

  • Raj

    I really need this, hope I win Goodluck everyone.

  • M C

    This case makes my current case look ghetto! I got a hard plastic cover case for my iPhone at Meritline just to ensure the screen won’t crack if it fell but does it ever add bulk to the phone. And the bigger size makes it a nuisance to stuff the iPhone into my front pocket not to mention how awkward looking it looks bulging out. If this thing works and protects as well as it says then I can’t wait to shed off the excessive weight. Thanks for letting me know about this product.

  • M C

    This case makes my current case look ghetto! I got a hard plastic cover case for my iPhone at Meritline just to ensure the screen won’t crack if it fell but does it ever add bulk to the phone. And the bigger size makes it a nuisance to stuff the iPhone into my front pocket not to mention how awkward looking it looks bulging out. If this thing works and protects as well as it says then I can’t wait to shed off the excessive weight. Thanks for letting me know about this product.

  • M C

    This case makes my current case look ghetto! I got a hard plastic cover case for my iPhone at Meritline just to ensure the screen won’t crack if it fell but does it ever add bulk to the phone. And the bigger size makes it a nuisance to stuff the iPhone into my front pocket not to mention how awkward looking it looks bulging out. If this thing works and protects as well as it says then I can’t wait to shed off the excessive weight. Thanks for letting me know about this product.

  • Adam

    I’m 99% sure I’m getting an iPhone on the 11th, and some protection would be nice. The 1% uncertainty depends on how bad Rogers wants to screw me, I guess.

  • Adam

    I’m 99% sure I’m getting an iPhone on the 11th, and some protection would be nice. The 1% uncertainty depends on how bad Rogers wants to screw me, I guess.

  • galaktobot@gmail.com

    I will probably be on the line outside Fido Store very early in the morning to get (my precioussssss)iPhone 3G. This case would be a good acquisition too.

  • galaktobot@gmail.com

    I will probably be on the line outside Fido Store very early in the morning to get (my precioussssss)iPhone 3G. This case would be a good acquisition too.

  • Jeffrey Perra

    Count me in!

  • Jeffrey Perra

    Count me in!

  • Jeffrey Perra

    Count me in!

  • Marie

    Loved the video. Watched carefully as the hero shield was being blended and didn’t observe any special treatment, so I’m sold. A bit nervous about the application of the shield, but I’m up for the challenge.

    I’m an iphone neophyte, and I don’t want to sound stupid, but if I were to buy an unlocked 3G, insert my sim card, could I just use it as a phone and organizer without having to change my current plan? The rates aren’t in my budget at this time, but I love the phone, and use all of the applications in an antiquated way now (cell phone plus Palm Pilot), so for me, the iphone is the best of both world’s in one in a super cool package. Basically, I just want to use the contact list, memos, calendar, notes, reminder options, and phone – don’t need the internet access at this moment… Thanks in advance for any replies…

  • Marie

    Loved the video. Watched carefully as the hero shield was being blended and didn’t observe any special treatment, so I’m sold. A bit nervous about the application of the shield, but I’m up for the challenge.

    I’m an iphone neophyte, and I don’t want to sound stupid, but if I were to buy an unlocked 3G, insert my sim card, could I just use it as a phone and organizer without having to change my current plan? The rates aren’t in my budget at this time, but I love the phone, and use all of the applications in an antiquated way now (cell phone plus Palm Pilot), so for me, the iphone is the best of both world’s in one in a super cool package. Basically, I just want to use the contact list, memos, calendar, notes, reminder options, and phone – don’t need the internet access at this moment… Thanks in advance for any replies…

  • Marie

    Loved the video. Watched carefully as the hero shield was being blended and didn’t observe any special treatment, so I’m sold. A bit nervous about the application of the shield, but I’m up for the challenge.

    I’m an iphone neophyte, and I don’t want to sound stupid, but if I were to buy an unlocked 3G, insert my sim card, could I just use it as a phone and organizer without having to change my current plan? The rates aren’t in my budget at this time, but I love the phone, and use all of the applications in an antiquated way now (cell phone plus Palm Pilot), so for me, the iphone is the best of both world’s in one in a super cool package. Basically, I just want to use the contact list, memos, calendar, notes, reminder options, and phone – don’t need the internet access at this moment… Thanks in advance for any replies…

  • Transonic

    Screw Rogers.

  • Transonic

    Screw Rogers.

  • Transonic

    Screw Rogers.

  • wayne

    Glad I got an unlocked iPhone…..

  • wayne

    Glad I got an unlocked iPhone…..

  • wayne

    Glad I got an unlocked iPhone…..

  • Marie

    Hi Wayne,

    I see you have an unlocked iphone. I’m two comments above yours (see “Marie”)…

    If I were to get an unlocked 3G, could I use the phone and the applications and NOT have to subscribe to the data service? AI don’t need to access the internet or my messages on my mobile just yet. The catch is, I will definitely want to access data services within 6 months or so, when, hopefully the prices come down. Could I do this with an unlocked iphone??? Thanks.

  • Marie

    Hi Wayne,

    I see you have an unlocked iphone. I’m two comments above yours (see “Marie”)…

    If I were to get an unlocked 3G, could I use the phone and the applications and NOT have to subscribe to the data service? AI don’t need to access the internet or my messages on my mobile just yet. The catch is, I will definitely want to access data services within 6 months or so, when, hopefully the prices come down. Could I do this with an unlocked iphone??? Thanks.

  • Marie

    Hi Wayne,

    I see you have an unlocked iphone. I’m two comments above yours (see “Marie”)…

    If I were to get an unlocked 3G, could I use the phone and the applications and NOT have to subscribe to the data service? AI don’t need to access the internet or my messages on my mobile just yet. The catch is, I will definitely want to access data services within 6 months or so, when, hopefully the prices come down. Could I do this with an unlocked iphone??? Thanks.

  • Al

    Another entry

  • Al

    Another entry

  • Al

    Another entry

  • Dev

    love the comic strip from joyoftech…hillarious! keep up the good work iphoneincanada.ca!

  • Dev

    love the comic strip from joyoftech…hillarious! keep up the good work iphoneincanada.ca!

  • Dev

    love the comic strip from joyoftech…hillarious! keep up the good work iphoneincanada.ca!

  • SMS

    Would love to try it out. I have Invisible Shield on my existing phone – would like to see how this compares.

  • SMS

    Would love to try it out. I have Invisible Shield on my existing phone – would like to see how this compares.

  • SMS

    Would love to try it out. I have Invisible Shield on my existing phone – would like to see how this compares.

  • Flowingmetal

    Interesting product

  • Flowingmetal

    Interesting product

  • Flowingmetal

    Interesting product

  • Miche

    Looks good

  • Miche

    Looks good

  • Miche

    Looks good

  • Jesse

    seems to work great

  • Jesse

    seems to work great

  • Jesse

    seems to work great

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