1. JHBThree's Avatar
    I'm getting pretty desperate to replace my Zagg (HATE, HATE, HATE the texture), and I've been looking at the alternatives. From what I've been reading, AT&T's branded screen protectors are actually repackaged case-mate models. Can anyone confirm this for sure?

    Also, do any of you have experience with them? They're cheap ($10 for 3), but I didn't know if they were crap.
    07-31-2010 02:23 AM
  2. Chris_c81's Avatar
    Avoid. If they're the same Case Mate ones I had, they are absolutely awful. Get yourself either PoweSupport or Steinheil SGP protectors, anything else and you'll be disappointed.
    07-31-2010 02:55 AM
  3. JHBThree's Avatar
    Avoid. If they're the same Case Mate ones I had, they are absolutely awful. Get yourself either PoweSupport or Steinheil SGP protectors, anything else and you'll be disappointed.
    Are the Steinheil ones any good? I've had the Power support for my 3Gs, but they've gotten more expensive.
    07-31-2010 03:46 AM
  4. Chris_c81's Avatar
    Steinheil are, IMHO, second best to PowerSupport.
    07-31-2010 04:42 AM
  5. JHBThree's Avatar
    I guess I'm just trying to avoid spending the $20 on PS protectors. I've heard mixed things about the Case-mate models, and I'm still considering them. (against my better judgement)
    08-01-2010 01:02 AM
  6. Chris_c81's Avatar
    Mini Reviews: CaseMate Screen Protector & Griffin Matte Finish Screen Care Kit In a Tiny Nutshell

    That was my feeling on the Case Mate protectors. Can't believe I wasted 10 on them. Absolute rubbish.
    08-01-2010 05:47 AM
  7. awtryau89's Avatar
    Well, I have actually had good luck with the Case-Mate. I have never purchased one but only used the ones that came with cases. I just purchased the new Tough case for my 4 and the included SP was decent. Its not as good as either mentioned above but it does have some nice features. The cut outs are a bit larger so they are easier to align. Also the SP is smaller so it fits inside the screen a bit better and makes room for a case like a bumper so it doesn't bubble.

    Now, as far as the other 2 mentioned, they are the best. My thoughts are from 3GS usage but I did use an SGP Crystal on my 4 included with one of their carbon fiber skins. I actually would rate the SGP better than the Power Support (antiglare models). The SGP just fits better for cases. Like the CM above, it is a bit smaller and allows you to use more slider type cases. Also, I think the SGP has a better translucency. Its not quite as thick and the matte finish is not as dense.

    I am on the verge of ordering some of the SGP oleopheobic(sic) ones. They supposedly have the same coating as the screen and resist fingerprints while being clear. Also they are cheaper. I would go SGP if you are ordering.
    08-01-2010 11:49 AM
  8. JHBThree's Avatar
    Went to Walmart for kicks to see if they had any cases, and they not only had some hard to find Belkin cases, but they also had Case-mate screen protectors for $8. Since they were that cheap, I just decided to pick them up and take my chances. I'm not expecting them to be as good as SGP or Power Support (the latter of which I think are easily the best protectors available), but they'll do for the time being. Hopefully apple store's will start stocking the new power support models soon so I don't have to pay for shipping.
    08-01-2010 04:26 PM
  9. JHBThree's Avatar
    Went to Walmart for kicks to see if they had any cases, and they not only had some hard to find Belkin cases, but they also had Case-mate screen protectors for $8. Since they were that cheap, I just decided to pick them up and take my chances. I'm not expecting them to be as good as SGP or Power Support (the latter of which I think are easily the best protectors available), but they'll do for the time being. Hopefully apple store's will start stocking the new power support models soon so I don't have to pay for shipping.
    And I'm ordering the PS model today. The Case-mate ones are fine, I guess, but they have a design and manufacturing defect in the cut-outs for the earpiece. Instead of having one cutout, they have two, which results in the piece between the two cutouts unable to sit flat and 'adhere' to the phone.
    08-01-2010 06:52 PM
  10. farawayfromhome's Avatar
    Does a carrier also make protective films?
    08-02-2010 03:09 AM
  11. vicky222114's Avatar
    Well, I have actually had good luck with the Case-Mate. I have never purchased one but only used the ones that came with cases. I just purchased the new Tough case for my 4 and the included SP was decent. Its not as good as either mentioned above but it does have some nice features. The cut outs are a bit larger so they are easier to align. Also the SP is smaller so it fits inside the screen a bit better and makes room for a case like a bumper so it doesn't bubble.

    Now, as far as the other 2 mentioned, they are the best. My thoughts are from 3GS usage but I did use an SGP Crystal on my 4 included with one of their carbon fiber skins. I actually would rate the SGP better than the Power Support (antiglare models). The SGP just fits better for cases. Like the CM above, it is a bit smaller and allows you to use more slider type cases. Also, I think the SGP has a better translucency. Its not quite as thick and the matte finish is not as dense.

    I am on the verge of ordering some of the SGP oleopheobic(sic) ones. They supposedly have the same coating as the screen and resist fingerprints while being clear. Also they are cheaper. I would go SGP if you are ordering.
    Supports! i hope there is no such troubles when using your Phone
    08-02-2010 09:51 PM
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