BodyGuardz Armor Carbon Fiber for iPhone 4 - accessory review

BodyGuardz Armor Carbon Fiber for iPhone 4 - accessory review

The BodyGuardz Armor Carbon Fiber for iPhone 4 is a skin that sticks to the glass black and stainless steel antenna to change up the look and protect from scrapes and abrasions. They're not the same as the thin, clear BodyGuardz films we've shown you how to apply before, and are actually even easier to apply. (Check out the video below to see just how easy.)

Now that I've been using them for 10 days, how are they holding up? Did they stay on or did I go running back to my favorite case? Read on to find out!

First things first. BodyGuardz Armor aren't really made out of carbon fiber. (Shocking!) So they won't stop a bullet (and no, they wouldn't actually let me test that! Grrrr!) They're printed to look like carbon fiber, however, so if you want protection and style and don't actually need real fibers made from carbon, this could be the skin for you.

Overall I really like the look of the BodyGuardz Armor. A lot. The black on dark gray colors and woven texture have a sweet, apocalyptic vibe to them and make a really nice change of pace from the glass Apple look. Combine it with a pink bumper and it looks Hitman hot, I kid you not! (And no, you can't see the logo through the skin so if you're a hardcore Apple lover, you might want to steer clear.)

There's also some function to the BodyGuardz Armor form -- the texture is kind of grippy. It's much easier to hold onto than a naked iPhone. It may not sound like much but if you're precious iPhone ever slipped out of you hand, or off a chair or table, you know what a difference a little drag coefficient can make!

Since it's just a sticker, the BodyGuardz Armor has almost zero profile, which is great for slipping into and out of pockets and purses alike.

So am I still using it? Mostly. I ended up taking off the side stickers but keeping the back sticker on. I prefer the feeling of the stainless steel antenna to the sticker cut outs, but I really like the look and protection it offers the glass back of my iPhone 4. I might go back to the security of a case eventually, but for right now I'm absolutely loving the BodyGuardz Armor. (Note: It's not so thick that you couldn't use it with some of the looser pouch cases if you wanted added protection when traveling or for just keeping it in your bag.)

So bottom line, if you need protection but want the minimum bulk possible, check out theBodyGuardz Armor Carbon Fiber for iPhone 4, available from the TiPb iPhone 4 Accessory Store.


  • Really hot looking
  • Protects both back and sides from scratches
  • Almost no added bulk


  • Side stickers can feel a bit annoying
  • No real protection against impact

TiPb iPhone 4-star rated

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BodyGuardz Armor Carbon Fiber for iPhone 4 - accessory review


4/5 rating?? Looking at that PROs and CONs list it should be no more than a 3/5. If it 'feels annoying' then how is it a 4/5. Feel is everything, since it will be held and thus felt in your hand everytime the phone is in use...
Not to mention it's just a sticker.. If I made a case using stickers from a craft store it'd be equally scratch resistant.. wouldn't be a 4/5 case though. Also by the looks of it, the side sticker that meets the top where the silencer toggle is, seems cut too long.. not good quality and not even cut properly.. not worth half the 17.00+shipping...
my 00.02

I picked up the cf skin from lucky labs and its awesome protection and has a cut out for the apple logo fitted with a black bumper it feels awesome and i love it

I have a leather version of this, it's from SGP, that I use with a knock off bumper (multi-colored!) and I dig this combo.