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Appletell reviews Wrapsol protection cases for iPad, iPhone 3G

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wrapsol LogoProvides: Protection from scratches and drops
Developer: wrapsol
Minimum Requirements: iPhone 3G or 3GS, iPad
Price: $29.95 for iPhone case, $34.95 for iPad
Availability: Now

iPads, iPhones, and almost anything with a touch screen certainly are expensive these days. That’s why it is important to protect the most used part of these devices: the screen. Regardless of how clean and scratch free you intend to keep it, accidents happens and fingerprints appear. Wrapsol aims to fix this problem with their variety of protective, shock absorbent screen and device covers. They provide clear, adhesive covers for all sorts of technological devices such as cameras, notebooks, iPods and many more.

iPhone

Before receiving wrapsol’s products to try out, my iPhone had a Belkin case and screen protector on it. Once I got these, I immediately took both of these off hoping I wouldn’t have to use them again. Here’s what happened:

Upon opening the wrapsol cover box for the iPhone 3G and 3GS models, you’ll receive a set of six simple instructions, a moist towel, a cloth, a squeegee, and the covers. The first thing to do is clean your phone so that once you put the case on, no dust or fingerprints are stuck underneath. After this begins the not-fun-at-all part of applying the protector to the screen.

iPhone wrapsol

As with all screen protectors, this part is kind of a pain. For one, simply aligning the cover itself is difficult. Then, once it’s aligned, you must deal with the fact that no matter what you do, air pockets will exist under the case that need to be squished out. Both of these were true for the wrapsol protectors.

Thankfully, once the screen protector was aligned to the front screen it stuck pretty well to the device itself (and keep in mind, wrapsol claims these can be reapplied if need be). Furthermore, the squeegee was more helpful that I would’ve imagined at getting a majority of the bubbles out. However, a couple annoying ones still managed to stay no matter what I tried.

As part of the wrapsol package for iPhone, though, you also get a protector for the back. The corners of this one are tabbed, though, so that you are able to cover the entire back of the device, even around the rounded edges the iPhone 3G has. As with the front, it certainly took a while to get this aligned in a manageable way, and air pockets still existed once again.

Wrapsol iPhone 3G

Once I was completely finished getting both of the cases on (the whole process took about 15 minutes), I was somewhat disappointed in how my iPhone looked. Yeah, it’s hard to get cases like this perfect, but my phone did look sort of strange with the air pockets and noticeable edges of the protector (and believe me, I did try numerous times to apply the protector sans air pockets).

Wrapsol iPhone 3G

I decided to put my Belkin case back onto my iPhone over the back protector, which I was hoping I would not have to do. I’m sure it will at least help to keep some of the dust that gets trapped inside of my case off. I did leave the wrapsol protector on the front, and it feels very good to the touch. The texture is a bit different from the glass on the iPhone, but the touches aren’t messed up at all.

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iPad

The iPad protection case came with a bit more stuff than the iPhone model. Not only was the case built to protect the front and back, but side pieces were also included, as well as a mister (which is used on your hands to avoid fingerprints). Also, the instructions for this product were much longer than those for the iPhone. However, the application process was just as frustrating as that of the iPhone, if not more.

Not only did the larger protection case size cause even more bubbles, aligning it was much more difficult. Furthermore, the part of the product for the back was made so exact in terms of dimensions that it doesn’t fit very well with the contours of the curved back of the iPad. In other words, large air bubbles were also present, and making the protector fit flush to the back and sides was near impossible, especially considering how sticky it was. The sides also were cut to the appropriate size, but they were simply too thin to be able to stay stuck to the sides through normal use for any decent amount of time.

wrapsol iPad Diagram

If you ask me, the most important part about the protector would indeed be the side that goes over the screen. From there, I wouldn’t even worry about the back and sides (which in fact, I didn’t end up keeping on due to bubbles and annoyances). I would just put on the screen protector and then purchase a nice case for the rest. Not only would they protect it just as well in my opinion, they can also be more functional.

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Basically, I’m not a fan of these sorts of protectors much at all. To me, they are too hard to apply and don’t end up looking as seamless as in all the online and marketing photos. Simply purchasing a case and then being careful would be a better way to spend your money and time in my opinion.

Regardless of how I felt about these specific screen protectors, I think it’s extremely hard to get any screen protector right. Making the correct balance between ease of application, quality of protector, and appearance requires a lot more work than many models on the market today have. I’ve found them all to be quite hard to apply despite how simple the directions may be. Perhaps I’m just bad at using them, but I just don’t find them all that enjoyable.

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  1. After spending an hour just to get the bubbles out, and waiting another 3 days to be able to use my ipad again, I saw that Wrapsol doesn't even protect against scratches like they say so, the product is really weak. The same thing with Invisiblesheild. I started to think that screen protectors are just useless, maybe my ipad is better without one. However, it's not good to put all screen protectors under the same bus. I bought Gadgetshieldz, and I have to say, I was really impressed. I think Gadgetshieldz is the only product out there that actually works the way they say it would.

    Sclim
  2. I have an i-pad and bought a Wrapsol screen protector (actually 2). I applied the first as directed and ended up with about half of the screen looking like there was lint on it. Thinking that there was something wrong with the first iremoved that one and applied the second following the instructions EXACTLY. Same thing. These are crap. BTW they'll replace the product for $6.95 but the protectors aren't worth $6.95!

    Mike Shannon