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Old 05-25-2006, 10:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Product: InvisibleSHIELD Full Body Protection for 8700c/r
Price: $24.95
URL: www.shieldzone.com

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This is a full body set of skins from The InvisibleSHIELD company, also known as ShieldZone.com. These are the same materials as The Best Skins Ever, with two major differences:

1) The InvisibleSHIELD has just upgraded their product to actually cover every section of the 8700c/r, using 13 pieces of shield, while The Best Skins Ever only has 5 pieces, leaving all 4 panels of the side sections and the thin back sections adjacent to the battery cover without protection.

2) The Best Skins Ever are only $6.99 (for the 5 pieces), and the InvisibleSHIELD skins are $24.95 - but these come with a 30 day satisfaction guarantee AND lifetime replacement guarantee. (guarantee details here) The Best Skins Ever must be repurchased should you need a replacement.

The InvisibleSHIELD skins come in a new package with a spray bottle of SHIELDspray application solution, a fully illustrated instruction set, a thick plastic squeegee, and the skins themselves. Installation videos are also available on their website.

After turning off my BB and removing the battery, I got to work. I sprayed a little SHIELDspray in my palm, then placed the skin piece in my hand, sticky side up, and sprayed it as well. Then I positioned the piece lightly in place and maneuvered it into place gently with my fingers. Once it was just right I smoothed out the bubbles using the squeegee and my fingers until it became stuck in place. Each piece went on very easily, with a little patience, of course. The screen went on well, the second time I tried it! The first time was a disaster, completely my fault. I placed it on the screen too fast, not using the squeegee properly, and there were tons of bubbles and wrinkles, so I quickly removed it, re-wet the sticky side and tried again. This time was perfection. Using the squeegee, starting from the top and smoothing it down, it went on just right, covering every millimeter of screen space.

The instructions say to let the skins remain undisturbed for 24 hours, but that's not going to be possible with an avid Berry user like me! So I will be very light and gentle with it until tomorrow evening. This is my second set of these (only replaced for this review), so I know about the quality of their protection. These skins provide excellent resistance against dings and scratches, you can feel assured you are protected with them on your BB. They do not peel off at the sides and edges, and the bubbles disappear after only a day or two on the screen. These are simply the best available option for low profile BB skin protection on the market. This is a very smart, and in my opinion required, investment for your device. Don't be caught naked!

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Rating: I give these skins 5 out of 5 Berries.




Conclusion: These are the best available skins you can get. I have used others in the past, and these beat them all, in my experience.

Pros: Full body protection on all sides and back, includes application spray and squeegee for simple installation, lifetime replacement guarantee, 30 day satisfaction guarantee, no peeling off, strong adhesion to the device.

Cons: Expensive, a little tricky to install.
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Nice review but I have a question, which I emailed ShieldZone about but haven't gotten a reply. I have a 7105t. I see they have a full body set that fits the 7100t. Will this fit the 7105t? I got fed up with my screen guardz and used them all LOL

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Do the edges of the shields ever collect lint / pet hair / dust / etc? If not, I think I'm finally sold on these damn things if/when the G-version is available.
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Do the edges of the shields ever collect lint / pet hair / dust / etc? If not, I think I'm finally sold on these damn things if/when the G-version is available.
Actually, for some odd reason, the G version came out before the C version! Linkage And no, there is no lint collection as with other screen protectors. The material is very different from the others, you have to see them to understand. They are more like a second skin, fully adhered to the plastic - like tank armor. Hard to describe - get them, you'll thank me.
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Nice review but I have a question, which I emailed ShieldZone about but haven't gotten a reply. I have a 7105t. I see they have a full body set that fits the 7100t. Will this fit the 7105t? I got fed up with my screen guardz and used them all LOL
I had screen guardz, they kept peeling up on me after a week or so. As for the fit on your 7105t, I really have no clue, sorry. I looked at a web site and it appears as though there is very little difference, but I don't know if they will fit. I will email my contact over there and ask mthis question for you, and will reply here when I get the answer.
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Thanks. You're lucky you got a week out of them. I found myself changing the Screen Guardz every 2-3 days and got FED UP. I guess I'll be SIM swapping for 24 hours if I decide to get them. I have a backup BB LOL

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Nice review but I have a question, which I emailed ShieldZone about but haven't gotten a reply. I have a 7105t. I see they have a full body set that fits the 7100t. Will this fit the 7105t? I got fed up with my screen guardz and used them all LOL
Erica,
I got the following response from my contact at ShieldZONE:

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Hi Marc!

It is good to hear from you. Typically our e-mails are responded to within
24 hrs, most times we respond the same day. I apologize for the delay your friend has had in receiving an answer.

Currently it is not on our website but we do have a 7105t full body wrap. We are updating our website on Tuesday or Wednesday of next week so please let your member know that it will be available for him to purchase on our website at that time.
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Thanks.

Update: I am having problems with my BB Browser so I may be holding off on ordering the shield until I figure out what's going on.

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Found out what was causing the problem. I had a link missing and my BB wouldn't access the site without it. I will be waiting for the release of the skins now.
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It's hard to tell but from picture 1545 it looks like the pieces don't actually wrap around the side edges. True?
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It's hard to see in the picture very well, but there are two pieces there. Instead of one piece folding over an edge, there are two, one on each portion of the corner, top and bottom, so to speak.
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I wish they'd make a set that actually wraps around the sides. The reason I like the Best Skins is that their top and bottom pieces actually wrap over the top and bottom instead of splitting at the case seams. I buy this material in bulk for other applications and it can do amazing things, form fitting wise.
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I found it Seattle. Thanks. Gonna see if they will give me one for review.
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Had an invisble shield on my 7100, also on my digital camera, now got a new 8700c and the first thing I did was order a shield.

These are amazing. I used screenguardz and they are a mess, with peeling etc. The shields STAY PUT. My 7100 had one for 6 months, and no sign of peeling.

TAKE YOUR TIME putting in on - its a little tricky, but no too bad. Use the spray fairly generously, have a bright light and clean workspace. Worth a few minutes of your time for lifetime protection.

I highly recommend the invisible shield - fantastic product for all devices with screens.

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I installed mine last night on the 8700. Still a few bubbles, but they are flattening out.

What did you do about the recessed Blackberry logo on the back of the battery cover? Currently I have a rather large bubble there where I could not force the air out.
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Does anyone if the shield will cover the extended battery on the 7130e. I have this product on my ipod video and works very well
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Anyone have any idea when they're going to come out with products for the 7130c?

The local mall (North Shore Mall, Peabody, MA) has a InvisibleShield cart. The guy who owns it cut a 7130e screen protector down to fit the 7130c and only charge me a sawbuck. But I would love to get some full body protection.
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For my money I prefer the Best Skins Ever to the Invisible SHield. I found Best Skins Ever to be not only cheaper (albeit without a warrantee like Invisible Shield), but much easier to apply than the invisible shield. I got too frustrated trying to apply the invisible shield, even when liberally using the spray they provided. The corner pieces just wouldnt stick, so I abandoned the effort after a couple of hours, and waited for my Best Skins Ever to arrive. Much better luck with the application of those.
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For my money I prefer the Best Skins Ever to the Invisible SHield. I found Best Skins Ever to be not only cheaper (albeit without a warrantee like Invisible Shield), but much easier to apply than the invisible shield. I got too frustrated trying to apply the invisible shield, even when liberally using the spray they provided. The corner pieces just wouldnt stick, so I abandoned the effort after a couple of hours, and waited for my Best Skins Ever to arrive. Much better luck with the application of those.
They are the same material.
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The Invisible Shield for the 8700 is a bit tricky to install with its 13 pieces, but it does cover the 8700 really well. My only concern is with the back pieces that cover the sections directly to the left and right of the battery door (you can see the right one in the next to the last photo in Seattle18's review). These pieces taper down to a very narrow point which looks like it could easily begin to peel up after time and wear. Guess I'll find out in the long run as I haven't heard on anyone having this problem so far.

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