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Pacific Rim intros Opticover for 5G iPods

Pacific Rim Marketing has announced the iDiddy Opticover for the new fifth-generation iPod. Made from aerospace polyurethane, the covering will “protect your iPod from scratches with a tough barrier so durable that its offered in the aftermarket for use on the front of Ferraris and Porches and other high end cars to protect the paint from rocks and road rash.” The Opticover, which requires application with an included squeegee, covers both the front and back of your iPod. It is priced at $14.99.

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I just received mine yesterday and it’s brilliant. Pretty easy to apply and it fit’s the new 5G iPod perfectly.It also comes with a huge cloth for cleaning the dirt & dust off the iPod before applying the screen protector. I’ve used a lot of screen protectors for both the iPod and my PDA’s and I am extremely pleased with this one.

Posted by Dan H on October 26, 2005 at 11:51 AM (CDT)


Does it protect the clickwheel as well?

Posted by Ezra on October 26, 2005 at 2:45 PM (CDT)


What’s it feel like? Is it tacky, like Saran Wrap, or does it feel hard, closer to the regular uncoated iPod?

Posted by NG on October 26, 2005 at 2:52 PM (CDT)


The front part of the protector covers the entire front of the device, but not the clickwheel. It DOES have a small piece that covers the center of the clickwheel. It looks like they’ve decided to cover any of the plastic parts that could easily be scratched.

It does not have the soft, plastic feel that some covers have. Once it’s applied it doesn’t feel significantly different from the unprotected iPod.

Obviously the sides of the iPod are not protected, but that’s not a concern for me.

Posted by Dan H on October 26, 2005 at 3:29 PM (CDT)


Anyone know how this compares to the Invisble Shield?

Posted by Mac C on October 26, 2005 at 3:45 PM (CDT)


Interesting.  From their website:

“This product was originally designed for use on helicopter blades to prevent sand and debris from ruining the finish. Of course the product used on helicopters is 4 times thicker. Don’t be fooled by other products on the market that claim the same. Similar products are used in the automotive industry and have an “orange peel” look that distorts the look of your Nano and screen.”

Sounds like the same material as the invisible shield because of the helicopter blade comment, but they say a similar product has an “orange peel” look, which the invisible shield does have.  Not sure what to make of this.

Posted by mpb2000 on October 26, 2005 at 7:37 PM (CDT)


So it covers the screen as well, and you can still put the iPod in the dock without removing the protection? Once removed, can you put in back on your iPod?

Posted by Ernie on October 26, 2005 at 8:30 PM (CDT)


when you go to buy, from their “secure purchase” section it’s hosted at which is a weight loss website.  does that sound legit to you?

Posted by chris on October 27, 2005 at 12:16 AM (CDT)


Don’t get ripped off.  I bought a 12"x24” thick sheet of Scotchgard film for <$20 shipped and it’s enough to cover 20 Nanos or 10 iPods.  I applied it the other day and it’s working pretty well so far.  The cheapest site I found:

Posted by bobics on October 27, 2005 at 4:48 AM (CDT)


I went to order it…pulled out my card…and closed my browser window.  The site just didn’t give me the impression that I would be satisfied with the product.  Not good looking.  I thought, ‘if they can’t design their site, what will the product look like’?

Regarding covering the entire iPod face:  Why not?  The entire front surface is completely flat now.

Posted by Gordy. on October 27, 2005 at 9:08 AM (CDT)


Bobics - do you apply he scotchguard film the same way (w/water) you do for invisibleshield?

Posted by blah on October 27, 2005 at 12:35 PM (CDT)


Yes, you need to use soapy water.  The reason for this is so you can get the bubbles out.  The water is *not* to make it adhesive (the adhesive on a stamp vs. a sticker).

Basically it’s the same as the InvisibleShield.  A good review of the InvisibleShield with steps is here:

Posted by bobics on October 27, 2005 at 3:32 PM (CDT)


Cool, thanks for the info.

I may just go this route instead.

Posted by blah on October 27, 2005 at 9:07 PM (CDT)


Btw, bobics, which item on that site did you buy?

I assume it’s one of the “Aerogard 8 Mil Thick Bulk Film” ones, but would the “12 Inch Wide (per Running Foot)” version work? I have NO idea what I’m looking for here ...but did notice InvisibleShield uses 8 mil thick sheets so I assume it’s this one.

Posted by blah on October 28, 2005 at 12:14 AM (CDT)


nevermind, found out the site doesn’t ship out of the States. Oh well.

Posted by blah on October 28, 2005 at 12:21 AM (CDT)

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