Poking around on your iPod touch can be fun but those who have owned one know that it’s a horrible fingerprint magnet especially the chrome back panel. But then the fingerprints at the back are the least of your problems. The front display, being glossy and bordered in black makes for annoying smudges that can obscure your view.
I can see those rolling eyes and those thought balloons saying you could just wash your hands before you use the damn thing. Yeesh!
Anyways, I previously had a screen guard that I purchased when I first bought my iPod Touch. My mobile phones always have sticker-type screen guards so obviously, I’d get one for a screen as large as the iPod Touch. But I had earlier just picked a regular glossy type screen guard from Capdase that only covered the screen area and not the surrounding black border. And at some point it got a scratch from God-knew-where.
While we were at the Apple store in Greenhills yesterday, I saw an iPod Touch 3rd Gen on display and it had a matte finish screen guard. I asked the lady in the store if they had it on stock and she said yes. It was a bit expensive but I willingly forked over the money just so I could have the matte finish surface on my iPod Touch that I had always wanted. I don’t like glossy computer screens and prefer a matte finish especially on my laptop monitor. And since I use my iPod Touch pretty much like a pocket computer while I’m walking around the house, I wanted the same surface on it. So there, a good amount of cash less, but with a matte finish surface iPod Touch.
So here’s the screen guard that I’ll be installing onto my iPod Touch. There are other types of screen guards being sold by Capdase like the privacy guard which darkens the screen if you view your iPod at an angle so they wouldn’t be able to watch your dolphin-care videos while they sit beside you on the bus. But I had that on my PSP before and it darkened my screen too much it was annoying.
Removed the clear plastic hard case and gave the screen a good rub-down. Need to make sure the surface is completely dust-free before I apply the new screen guard.
Removed the previous screen guard I had on. There was some accumulated dust around the screen guard and I had to clean that off too. >_<
Once I had my screen completely cleaned, I got the new screen guard and began applying it onto my iPod Touch. As you can see in the image above, the surface is different from the iPod Touch’s glossy surface. Also, it covers the entire face of the iPod Touch which is neat. No more dust accumulating around my screen.
Since I was still a newbie on applying screen guards (I normally have the store people apply it so if it gets messed up, it would be on them), there were a couple of times where some bits of dust got in between the iPod screen and the screen guard. I had to get some scotch tape to remove the dust particles without smudging the adhesive part of the screen guard.
After a couple of tries, I finally managed to put the screen guard on properly (making the hole on the screen guard match the home button on the iPod took up most of my time. >_<
So now, Winslow, my iPod Touch, has a nice matte surface on the screen. It kinda dims my view when I’m under direct sunlight but I prefer that over strong glare and fingerprints every where. In the image above, I have already replaced the clear plastic case. I was thinking of getting a different colored one but I also liked the chrome finish at the back so I stuck to the clear plastic version.
What do you use to protect your iPod Touch/iPhone?