ThePhoneCoat provides an ‘invisible’ protective wrap for your smartphone [Sticky or Not]

A screen protector, but for more than your screen

Like a screen protector, but for your entire phone.

That’s the general concept behind the ThePhoneCoat, which is now fundraising on Kickstarter for about $30 CAD per skin.

The team behind ThePhoneCoat says its 0.2mm-thick high density protection film is auto-healing (“due to nanotechnology”), a process that can be accelerated by applying heat from a hairdryer.

To apply it, the user needs to do a fairly standard screen protection application process. Spray it with a gel, position it, then scrape out all of the air bubbles with an included tool.

ThePhoneCoat has an estimated delivery time of July 2018. The fledgling company says the wrap-around protector is available for all devices, though it also reports that it has plans to frequently add new models.

Given that, it’s likely safe to say that it will attempt to service most device owners, but won’t provide skins to the more obscure devices out there. For instance, it probably won’t offer a skin for your ancient BlackBerry Curve — but, hey, it never hurts to ask.

Verdict: Not sticky.

For those us of us who have painful flashbacks to desperately squeegeeing at steadfast bubbles when applying a screen protector, the very prospect of covering a device’s back and sides with one as well is a complete and utter nightmare.

Perhaps this could be worth it for those who are strongly against the aesthetic look of smartphone cases, but that matters very little to me. Therefore, in my books, these fussy little anxiety-inducing sheets are not sticky.

Note: This post is part of an ongoing series titled Sticky or Not in which Senior Reporter Rose Behar analyzes new and often bizarre gadgets, rating them sticky (good) or not (bad).