[Mini-Review] Zagg InvisibleShield Screen Protector
After swooning over my Amaze's screen for a week, I decided it would be wise to "not be a fool and cover your tool" as they so cleverly reminded us in sex ed. This in mind, I set out to find a screen protector that would keep my screen scratch free while showing off all 4.3 inches of it's beauty.
As it happened, my brother managed to snag me a Zagg InvisibleShield for somewhere in the range of $3 on a staff promotion. Normally InvisibleShields run you a pretty penny so naturally, my expectations were high.
As is rather apparent, the product is well packaged and comes bundled with some nice additions including an oversize cleaning cloth, a rubber squeegee and a bottle of application fluid. Of course, packaging doesn't protect your phone so let's get to it shall we?
The application process is rather different from your run-of-the-mill screen protector. This tedious process involves spraying the solution on your hands as well as the actual protective film. Upon applying the wet film onto your screen, you can slide it into place while it's still wet; which is rather nice if you're OCD about placing it perfectly. Once in place, the squeegee is used to squeeze out the applicator fluid and any air bubbles; this bit makes me a bit nervous as electronics and liquids don't get on rather well. Nonetheless, once applied the underside of the screen guard appears cloudy though this clears up overnight.
So what about the actual performance of the product, you ask. Well, this is were it falls short. I have no doubt about the protective qualities of the InvisibleShield, it seems like it can hold up to some pretty harsh treatment, my issue however is with the actual appearance and feel. Unlike traditional screen protectors, Zagg's offering seems to take on an "orange peel" texture once applied and while it's not blatantly noticeable, it's rather unpleasant when visible. Worse yet, the product is rather prone to smudging and not the easiest to clean. The deal-breaker for me however is the actual feel of the product, it's noticeably more "tacky" than the naked screen and makes dragging your finger around a bit difficult and at times rather annoying; this however is a matter of personal preference so don't take my word as the gospel.
Overall, I'm rather disappointed with the InvisbleShield from Zagg. While at $3, I'll bite my tongue and use it, I certainly wouldn't be happy paying the full $19.99 for it!
As I mentioned, your mileage may vary and while I'm not a fan, you may well be so take my opinion for just that, an opinion.