bodyguardz skin for the HTC Evo 4G

The Bodyguardz Protective Skin for your Sprint Evo 4G's 4.3 inches of glass definitely brings the protection.  Many of us (myself included) do not like a case interfering with the pocketability of our phones, especially when it's as big as the HTC Evo, so a full skin is the answer.  

Made from the same material used to shield the front of automobiles from stones, the Bodyguardz skin is tough and durable, and will keep your Evo 4G free from scratches.  Cut to fit the Evo, it provides screen and full body protection without adding in bulk, and best of all there is no case to grab all that pocket lint or interfere with docks or chargers.

It's also a pretty easy install, and comes with all the materials needed for two applications on your HTC Evo 4G.

Take a look after the break to see a video of the installation process, as well as a few pictures showing off the finished product.

Inside the Bodyguardz package is everything you need -- minus a quiet place to work, a microfiber cloth and a suitable work area.  Check out the installation video below.  Don't mind the bandage, Alligator Gar have sharp teeth :)

As you can see, as long as you're patient and follow the easy included instructions, the Bodyguardz skin goes on without a hitch.  A few things to stress (while it's fresh in my mind)

  • You will be using liquid to install the Bodyguardz.  Be smart -- turn off your phone and remove the battery!
  • Watch that any of the installation fluid doesn't run down beside the user controls.  For the most part, if the pieces are dripping wet you're using too much fluid.
  • Watch you don't cover the microphone hole :)
  • Don't be afraid to keep re-positioning the skin pieces.  Until the installation fluid dries, the skin can be lifted and re-applied until you're satisfied with the placement.  Just mind the dust and lint.
  • Make sure there's no more dripping bits before you power your phone back on!

Once you're finished installing the Bodyguardz protector, don't be alarmed at the way it looks on your screen.  See the series of images below:

applied and wet

This is the screen immediately after application.  Don't worry, the streaks and bubbles dry nicely.

starting to dry

This is at the end of the installation process.  You can see it has already started looking much nicer.

24 hours later -- screen off

Here's a look 24 hours later, with the screen off.  A few small bubbles, but well worth it for the amount of protection without a bulky case.

24 hours later -- screen on

Finally, here's the Evo all fired up 24 hours after installation, ready for all the abuse a pocket or purse can throw at it.

My impressions of the Bodyguardz skin?  It's a must have.  The protection it offers (even in my wife's purse with keys, coins, and all manner of pointy trinkets) is second to none, it's optically clear, and much less of a fingerprint magnet than an unprotected Evo is.  The installation process was simple, I did it on the porch while smoking a pork shoulder.  The hardest thing about the whole process is leaving your phone off for the first 12 hours.  you can get the Bodyguardz protective skin ( two per package) for your Evo at the Android Central store for $24.95.

 
There are 27 comments

kenjancef says:

how does it compare to the ZAGG Invisibleshield??

duckdive117 says:

I also would like to know I didnt like the invisibleshield even though it protected well I did not like the feel at all.

MOE-GUNZ says:

Pretty cool, but too much work for me lol.

crzycrkr says:

Nice review, but I'll stick with my boxwave screen protector. They are much better then all that require liquid that I've used.

chrisd#AC says:

+1 on the BoxWave screen protectors. I've got the ClearTouch Crystal on my N1 and you can't even tell it's on the phone. I like it better than the liquid-applied BSE I have on another device (though that's really my only point of reference).

Floridadomer says:

I would like to know also how it compares to Zaggs invisible shield.

Writermind says:

I was going to ask about how they were compared to ZAGG too.
At one point and time I considered ZAGG to be the absolute best all over protection available, but I'm not so sure anymore.

ZAGG's product, as of late has been difficult to center and place, has some degree of distortion/streaking inherent in the material used, and worst of all, it doesn't adhere well to the device.

I've used it on my IPOD Touch, Helio Ocean, Palm Pre and and on a couple of friends devices and with the exception of my Touch, every other device shows some degree of peeling where the protective material won't stay stuck to the device any longer. The Touch was the first device I put it on and so I think the quality was a little more heavily enforced back then. Now, I think ZAGG would rather have 800 different patterns/pictures than one clear, properly adhered protection skin that's tough as hell.

My friend who is a Radio Shack Manager put a skin I'd never heard of on the face of my EVO the day I bought it and I've loved it since. It has none of the tackiness or blurriness of the ZAGG shield. I've ordered a Phantom Skinz for the back in Carbon Fiber. Gonna give them a try.

Tattrpuff says:

I purchased a Zagg Full Body protection for the EVO and it was very easy as long as you're patient and you look into a couple of videos so you know what you are getting into. I did it on my first try and do not have one bubble, streak or blemish on the entire thing. Let it sit overnight to cure and came out perfect! WASH YOUR HANDS!!! This tip pertains to all skins for EVO...take the battery out, do the screen first set phone aside. Then pop the back off and you have free reign to soak it as much as you want as it has curves on it, it won't just fit like a flat surface will. The more you liquid you have on the skin and the surface, the easier it is to place.

crzycrkr says:

Yes, the more liquid you spray on your $500 piece of electronic equipment, the easier it will go on. This is 1 of my 2 big reasons for hating this type of shield, especially the ZAGG InvisibleShield.

Tattrpuff says:

Oh, no I was just talking about the back...when you take the back off you can really hose it down...since it's not connected to any part of your phone any more. I needed very little on the front and did not spray the device at all, just my hands and the shield itself. Now the back I would suggest spraying it down, but again once you take it off, you just have a plastic piece. When you get done, you dry it off and let it sit...I had very little liquid touch anything on the electronic device.

benthe1 says:

You know, I knew exactly what you were saying about the whole battery cover yet this fool had no idea. Thanks for the descriptive instructions. I might actually get a ZAGG now that I read your comment.

talbano1 says:

I'm gonna try box wave static screen protector..liquid adhesion is not my cup of tea and the invisishield I had before was horrible

kcchiefmatt says:

Wrapsol Ultra is by far the best and it's a dry installation

jnl813 says:

I have Tech Skin by Skinomi, and I have to say its better than Zagg's. It does not leave a "rubbery" feeling like Zaggs ( my friend has Zagg on his Evo ), and it does take about 24 hours for all the bubbles to go away, I got it for $9.99 on Amazon with lifetime free replacements.

gbhil#AC says:

I have a zagg screen protector on my Hero. IMO the bodyguardz is less tacky and plastic feeling under my thumb. Both take some getting used to when compared to unprotected glass.

As for installation, I let the girl at the kiosk in the mall put my zagg on the hero, so I can't compare that part.

After a few months I had to remove the zagg from the body of my Hero, the was it was cut caused the corners to collect tons of dirt. So far (after two weeks) the bodyguardz on the Evo isn't showing this -- but the phones are shaped different so the protectors are cut different.

devoprz says:

The bodyguardz is good but with people having issues with scratching or cracking the back camera lens. I am still using the gel skin that lifts the back enough to prevent it from resting on it.

Which gel skin are you using that lifts the back camera lens?

adave says:

Mine does the same. EVO doesn't rest on the camera lens. I bought the gel skin directly from Sprint store. It has the HTC logo imprinted on the back as was $15.

It pissed me off spending $15 on a gel skin, but its not a knock-off and I liked the fact that it fit the EVO like a glove.

wrecklass says:

Hmmm, hard to apply and it leaves the phone looking like that? Pass.

crzycrkr says:

If I could make a suggestion, why not write a big review on all the major screen protectors out there? I am personally amazed at the amount of people that still use these types of shields that require liquid. I think a hood head to head review of the different options would be great for all the readers.

These types of shields do give slightly better protection then dry shields, but at the cost of feel and screen clarity. I ordered a 3 pack of boxwave protectors for around $27, and between the 3 of them, my screen will be safe as long as I own my EVO while looking like there's nothing on the screen.

freddyc says:

Let me chime in. I've used both the the BodyGuardz and the InvisiShield, and I prefer the BodyGuardz product hands-down. Yes, it can be tricky to install, but nowhere near impossible. The trickiest part was installing it on the back because of the curve, but once it was on and dry, people can't tell there's a skin on your phone. I had one on my Pre, and took it to the Sprint store. The woman was trying to tell my wife about another product, and I told her that she was going to use the same one that's on mine. She didn't believe that I had something on my phone until she looked VERY closely. It doesn't effect the touch screen sensitivity at all; smooth as glass. I'm telling you, this is one of the best skins you can have for your phone.

Guidoracer says:

I have had a Bodyguardz face set on my Pre since July of last year, and it has been great. Much smoother and clearer than the Invisishield. I haven't compared to the Zagg product, but Bodyguardz' warranty and free replacement program can't be beat. When I eventually get an Android phone (Epic 4G?), I'm definitely at least putting a Bodyguardz face shield on it.

Davest says:

"Bodyguardz' warranty and free replacement program can't be beat."

I paid ~$30 for my Zagg shield at Best Buy. If it's ever damaged, all I have to do is bring it back to the store and they'll install a new one for me.

The problem is that, even with this, I'm not really happy with the Zagg...the feel is all wrong. I'm looking for a replacement, but can't seem to find any unbiased comparison reviews.

Davest says:

"The protection it offers...is second to none"

Which other protectors were you comparing this to? I currently have a Zagg shield on my Droid, and I'm not happy with the feel. Does the BodyGuardz protector have a smoother feel than the Zagg?

Also, were you really satisfied with the result? I'd never settle for a protector that ended up with big bubbles under it. Seems that it must be second to at least *some* given the way it turned out.

JagoX says:

$25? Are you kidding me? Just buy a similar skin from bestskinsever.com for $8 and that will cover the entire device:

http://www.bestskinsever.com/htc-evo-4g

I've bought skins from this site for my original iPod Touch and then later when I purchased the iPhone 3G (which I am about to ditch in 2 weeks to go to the Droid X :)

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Dan4 says:

Many of these products are costly for no reason. I mean after you break the bank and buy an Android do you still wanna waste on a useless product like Bodyguardz. I went in search of a product that really made a differnce to my Android...that's when I found
Gadgetshieldz,a phone protector that was worth buying. Gadgetshieldz is surprisingly cheap, and is really effective.