Review: myFlipShade Aims to Reduce iPhone Screen Glare & Increase Privacy

Screen glare and people looking at sensitive information on your iPhone screen are both problems. Amazon and Barnes & Noble have sold many Kindles and Nooks precisely because they are easier to read in the sun, thanks to e-ink. The folks at myCharge think they have an answer for screen glare on other devices with their myFlipShade ($9.99).

myFlipShade

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The myFlipshade is a stick-on device that attaches to the back of your iPhone (or case, as I would recommend) and when needed, folds into place to block the sun and block other viewers to increases privacy. You almost look like Captain Kirk, with a flip-out lid for your communicator. It can also fold to act as a phone stand; and don't worry, it doesn't block the iPhone's camera. However, it might be better with Velcro or magnets or extra adhesive if you want to put it on a different case. The entire thing is way more bulky and complicated than a screen protector meant to block glare and keep your screen private.

Pros

  • Block sun glare
  • Increases privacy
  • Acts as a phone stand
  • Folds away
  • Doesn't block camera

Cons

  • Might be better with Velcro or magnets
  • A glare-blocking privacy screen protector would be less awkward.

Final Verdict

The myFlipShade from myCharge solves several issues in a compact, clever form factor but a screen protector might be less awkward.

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.