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Windows Phone Case Review: BodyGuardz Protective Skin

BodyGuardz Protective Skin for Windows Phone

Minimalists will appreciate the simplicity of the BodyGuardz Protective Skin for Windows Phone. Those looking for a bit of protection for their Windows Phone may want to look elsewhere.  

The skins are offered for a wide range of Windows Phones including the HTC Radar and Nokia Lumia 710. We took the BodyGuardz Skin out for a test drive on the Nokia Lumia 900 and while the skin is well made and durable, it doesn't offer any padding and essentially a barrier to protect your Windows Phone from scratches.

The BodyGuardz Protective Skin is a thick plastic/PVC sticker that wraps around your Lumia 900. The skin offers no padding to protect your Windows Phone from drops but it will prevent the phone's case from being scratched up. The carbon fiber texture adds a little grip to the Lumia 900 but I kept seeing the protective skin more as a fashion statement than a way to protect your Windows Phone.

The BodyGuardz skin is packaged with the skin itself, a cleaning cloth and a screen protector. With the Lumia 900 having Gorilla Glass, I'm not sure if the screen protector is necessary. If something is going to shatter Gorilla Glass it is highly unlikely a plastic screen protector will do much good.

BodyGuardz Protective Skin

The plastic skin is thick enough that you really don't need to worry about air bubbles and applying it to the phone becomes more of an issue of alignment than anything else. I found lining up the camera cut out first, then wrapping the skin around the sides of the Lumia worked best. There are two thin strips that can be applied above and below the screen but I think the Lumia 900 looks nicer without.

With regards to the top and bottom of the Lumia 900, there are three stickers that could be applied to one of these areas. However, if you apply these to the top, you cover up the headphone jack. Applied to the bottom, you cover up the phone's speaker. The fit of the skin is nice but I'm a little concerned the edges of the skin may begin to peel back as you use the Lumia 900.

Could the edges of the skins peel back with use?

Once applied, I would be hesitant on re-usability. My concerns are that the adhesive wouldn't last long and if you're not careful in removing the BodyGuardz skin it will stretch and become useless.

All in all, the BodyGuardz Protective Skin is a nice skin but it won't appeal to everyone. The protective value is limited to preventing scratches to the body of the Windows Phone. Beyond that the BodyGuardz gives the Lumia 900 a splash of color and texture. If you're desire is to add a little color to your Lumia 900, I'd lean towards the Gelaskins simply for the wider selection of artwork and colors.

The BodyGuardz Protective Skin comes in black, white, and red colors. They are currently running $17.95 and up depending on which Windows Phone you have.  You can find a listing of the BodyGuardz skins here at the Windows Phone Central Accessory Store.



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KustomAU says:

The vid is a video review for Smashing Planets..

btgusto says:

watch the entire video or skip ahead a few seconds

Not sure what's going on with the video.  Will fix.

BudaAlien says:

I had a similar carbon fiber wrapping for my samsung focus s. It was terrible! The worst part was all of the interference it caused with the antennas. I almost returned the phone as defective until I took the crap off and my signal strength return to normal!

Agree about Gelaskin - I have two for my N8, and I've seen the variety of Gelaskin choices for the Lumia 900 and they look fabulous!

gerrymad says:

Got a Gelaskin for my wife's HD7 and customized it with a photo of our son. The lock screen photo continues right onto the skin. She loved it and it protected the phone from scratches. Only downside it is did not potect the screen when she fell down while trying to roller skate for the first time in 15 years - no scratches on the HD7 but a shattered screen and a slightly scratched wife. Oops.

ChrisLynch says:

Now the video is marked as Private.

ChrisLynch says:

Or just remove the video entirely from the post!

Video will be back up in a few.  Not sure how the two were merged.

I got a skinit on my lumia 900 cyan its a blue and cyan Dallas Mavericks sticker it blends in with my phone its awsom 14$ free shipping on amazon

The video is back up... apologies for the technical difficulties.

When is somebody going to make a clear protector for the camera metal???!!!!

jmerrey says:

Just my personal opinion, but when I see people with stickers and sticker protection on thier phones, it just looks so cheap to me.  I don't mean cheap/inexpensive, but I mean cheap/cheesy/lame.  Clear body coating I don't mind on most phones, but this just looks awful to me.  Like something you would buy at Walmart at 3:15 in the morning, and wake up with regret...

og-gq says:

I use Ghost Armor.  I had it for my Focus, and now for my Lumia 900.  It's definitely scratch resistant, and also has the small portion for the camera metal, which I put on ASAP.  What would be really cool, is if they brought back that whole laser etching that they had for the Zune's for the back of the Lumia 900's.  There is plenty of space for this.

Looks impressive. I read that it takes a couple of days for it to dry and look good. Now, I plan to go the Apple store and see if they can install one for me. -