Closely following the release of the iPad, RadTech has unveiled ClearCal, a protective film for the iPad. The purpose of this Mylar film is to protect the device from scratches and surface dirt. It can be removed and reapplied several times for adjusting or cleaning and the adhesive sticks to the ClearCal and not the iPad, leaving no residue. The protective film also reduces finger smudges and friction.
It is available in Clear Transparent surface finish for an invisible look or Anti-Glare to reduce reflection and eyestrain. They are sold in sets of two and a polishing cloth is included for $19.95.
These pair of thin soft silicone rubber pieces slides onto the left and right buds of your Apple earbuds and covers the entire outer shell and stem while slightly recessing the speaker grilles. The good news is that I found them easy to slide on and to remove, and more importantly, they didn’t make wearing the Apple earbuds any less comfortable or block the grilles in a way that would affect the audio. The flipside is that my experience in testing thin silicone products is that they’re more adept at protecting against cosmetic scratches than impact-related damage, meaning that this product is realistically more about styling than it is about protection. This might be best evidenced by the fact that while the simple silicone Deos that I’ve tested here sells for a mere ten dollars, the company also offers sparking and diamond-studded versions of the product at higher prices.
My advice on iPhone and iPod earbuds remains the same: spend a few bucks and get a pouch to carry them in. Or better yet, spend twenty bucks on in-ear earbuds, and then carry them in a pouch. But if you’re more interested in making your existing earbuds look more stylish, while adding a layer of possible protection, I can report that the Deos does indeed work as advertised.
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