BodyGuardz Carbon Fiber Armor for the BlackBerry PlayBook - Installation Video and Review!

By Kevin Michaluk on 23 May 2011 10:16 am EDT

Installation and Review of BodyGuardz for the BlackBerry PlayBook

I've been having a ton of fun this past month accessorizing my BlackBerry PlayBook. I've been experimenting with different cases, trying to decide which one is the best for everyday use and specific situations. And while I have been finding a lot of good solutions, I have also found there are times when I prefer to use my PlayBook naked, without any case at all. Not wanting to ding up my precious PlayBook when going caseless, I was excited to see the release of BodyGuardz Carbon Fiber Armor for the PlayBook.

The PlayBook BodyGuardz kit comes with a clear screen protector to protect the glass and beyond that features a carbon fiber skin that covers the back and sides of the tablet form factor (available in black or white). With both skins installed you have a PlayBook that is protected from scratches and minor dings, is still compatible with other cases and maybe most importantly, looks cool! Check out the video above to get see the installation process and get a good look of BodyGuardz Carbon Fiber Armor for the BlackBerry PlayBook. Overall I've been really pleased with the BodyGuardz experience. Installing skins and screen protectors on mobile devices can be a little intimidating and stressful, but as you'll see in the video the process was quick and simple. 

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BodyGuardz Carbon Fiber Armor for the BlackBerry PlayBook - Installation Video and Review!


Thanks for the vid, Kevin! Do you notice any difference in response to your gestures with the screen protector on there?

my question about this case. what happens when you want to take it off? will the playbook have a sticky residue left all over the back? or is it kinda a perminent case?

This is quoted from the description on the BodyGuardz website.

"Installation is simple and, when removed, the BodyGuardz Armor Carbon Fiber will not leave any sticky residue."

How do you avoid getting specks of dust in there? I ALWAYS seem to get 1 speck dust no matter HOW careful I am with screen protectors. :(

Got my PlayBook yesterday and after setup I installed the BodyGuardz shield. The carbon fiber look is very nice and I actually like how it feels when compared to the original rubberish backing of the PB. The screen protector feels nice and smooth, not grippy like other protectors I have used on different devices. A tip for keeping dust off the screen protector; have a roll of masking tape handy! If you spot a speck of dust just lift the shield and dab at the area with a bit of tape and it will pull the dust off. Took me the better part of 30 mins to install (I'd remove some dust but more would appear elsewhere) but well worth it!

First, thanks for the great info and video Kevin, it is very much appreciated. I do however have one question for you: Based on NinjaBread's comment, is the skin slick thereby possibly slipping out of the hand? I prefer a rubbery grip myself, like on the Playbook and my Torch as I don't want to drop it. Again, thanks so much for everything you do support us CrackBerry Addicts.

kwkid, IMO the carbon fiber still gives it a grippy feel but doesn't feel 'soft' like the original backing does. I just prefer the solid feel so I guess it is really down to personal preference.