Tech 21 shows Impact Shield screen protector

The manufacturer of rugged smartphone cases shows a new screen protector at CTIA.


LAS VEGAS -- A press event the first night of CTIA gave me the opportunity to see a new screen protector from Tech21. If you haven't heard of the UK-based company, it makes some pretty durable cases for popular smartphones like the Galaxy S3 and the iPhone 4/4S.

The Impact Shield strips device protection down to the bare minimum with just a thin clear film to lay over your handset's display. It's composed of three materials, including a polymer that's also used in bulletproof glass. Also, since it uses a silica material to affix to your phone, it won't leave any smudgy adhesive.

In my quick demo the Impact Shield did appear to absorb the scratches from a tablet from a heavy brush. I'll explore it more when I get a review sample.

The Impact Shield is available for the iPhone 5, the iPad Mini, and the Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3 Mini, Galaxy Note 2, and Galaxy S3.

In the United States, you can buy the Impact Shield in T-Mobile stories. Prices vary by device, but a shield for the iPhone 5 runs $34.99.

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