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Not happy with Zagg Invisible Sheild...

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26th February 2010, 12:04 AM   |  #1  
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I realize its the most popular amongst the people on this forum, and I purchased it based off of the pole for protectors here. Here are my complaints though.

First of all, the package containing the sponge broke open in shipping and leaked everywhere. But I added some water as the directions say and proceeded with the install.

My second problem was with installation. It seemed no matter how many times I wet my fingers they would either leave a fingerprint or my fingers would stick to the shield. Centering each piece a pain. Maybe I didn't wet it enough? Not sure. But I had to peel it off and start over several times on certain pieces. The corners were the hardest, and even with the "palming" method, It still bubbles out a bit on the edges.

This next part is not so much a complaint I guess. I was drunk in Vegas at a Rugby tournament, and I put my N1 in the same pocket as my wallet which has a metal money clip on it. Needless to say the money clip scratched the phone on the face, but the Zagg Shield DID do its job here. It protected the phone from what otherwise would be a deep scratch. However, there is now a slight bubble where the impact happened. How do I get that bubble out? Can I peel off and re-apply?

In any case, I do manual labor and I think I want something more likely to protect the N1 in case of a drop. Possibly a silicon case? any of you guys have any ideas? Price is not really on object. I have no problem paying $20-$30 for a good case.

Thanks in advance for your help.
26th February 2010, 12:24 AM   |  #2  
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I've been looking at the Case-Mate Nexus One Tough case potentially. I've been happy with hybrid cases in the past for other phones. Should be well protected if you put on the screen protector as well. I've been waiting for someone to put up a review on here before committing to buying cuz it's $30 it but it sure looks like the nicest N1 case I've seen so far.
26th February 2010, 02:45 AM   |  #3  
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I have a similar zagg clone (clear-coat). I like it, but you are right about them being hard to install. Mine came defective with dents in them, but the company is unreachable to cash in on the guarantee. I had to dispute charges.

Zagg has local stores here that will do the install, so I will be getting one of those soon. It should solve the installation and defect problems.

Overall, I like the shield, but dents like you have require replacement since the glue has set. You cannot reapply after removal.

As for cases, be careful. I bought a case from pdair.com and got screwed. They thing did not fit and it costs 3X more to ship it back to china for a refund. I am waiting for cases to show up in stores.
26th February 2010, 03:48 AM   |  #4  
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I'm pretty unimpressed with my Zagg screen shield as well, it seems to have reduced screen visibility a fair amount. I also had the same problem with the sponge packet bursting in shipping. The card you use to smooth the screen over seems to have caught a couple of times on the uneven surface causing it to look... splotchy. And with the final product my finger grips the screen too well making it difficult to draw/drag smoothly over the surface.

Even with a silicon case you're still going to need a film shield to protect the screen if you're knocking your phone around a lot. I'm using the Innocase II which fits really well without making the phone huge (which will annoyingly dig into the sides of any full width film screen shields too).
26th February 2010, 03:56 AM   |  #5  
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the zagg skin is alive! it will heal itself over time :P

When I applied mine, the spray prevented any fingerprints (so weird/cool) but that was for my magic, no need for nexus screen protector
26th February 2010, 05:05 AM   |  #6  
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i just had the invisibleshield installed today at my local mall kiosk (baybrook mall in clear lake Texas) it was 21.65 with tax, shield, and install cost included. not bad so far. its a great deal and i have one on my iPod Touch, G1, myTouch3g as well as my N1 now.

only complaint about the screen protector from today is that it was defective. im gonna wait and see if these imperfections go away, if not, thats why Zagg offers the invisible shield warranty.
26th February 2010, 05:16 AM   |  #7  
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I use to be a supporter of zagg.

Now that I have had a couple of touch screen phones, I am no longer a happy supporter.

Yes, zagg does it's job BEAUTIFULLY. I've had my phone jump from my hands and skid across gravelly concrete. Not a scratch on it. And the one time I actually managed to scratch zagg, still not sure how--some combination of fluid and fingernail trying to clean a smudge.... which leads to why I will no longer purchase zagg.

With use, where you touch the most, black smudges start to form on the zagg. These DO NOT come off. They are uncleanable. And they get darker and darker with use. I've had my Nexus now for a month and a half and black smudges from left to right in the middle of the screen and from top to bottom on the right hand side of the screen. This happened on My G1 and my MyTouch as well.

I can find no solution to this issue and since they are not scratches, zagg does not honor the lifetime warranty. I no longer recommend zagg.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Bagman530

I realize its the most popular amongst the people on this forum, and I purchased it based off of the pole for protectors here. Here are my complaints though.

First of all, the package containing the sponge broke open in shipping and leaked everywhere. But I added some water as the directions say and proceeded with the install.

My second problem was with installation. It seemed no matter how many times I wet my fingers they would either leave a fingerprint or my fingers would stick to the shield. Centering each piece a pain. Maybe I didn't wet it enough? Not sure. But I had to peel it off and start over several times on certain pieces. The corners were the hardest, and even with the "palming" method, It still bubbles out a bit on the edges.

This next part is not so much a complaint I guess. I was drunk in Vegas at a Rugby tournament, and I put my N1 in the same pocket as my wallet which has a metal money clip on it. Needless to say the money clip scratched the phone on the face, but the Zagg Shield DID do its job here. It protected the phone from what otherwise would be a deep scratch. However, there is now a slight bubble where the impact happened. How do I get that bubble out? Can I peel off and re-apply?

In any case, I do manual labor and I think I want something more likely to protect the N1 in case of a drop. Possibly a silicon case? any of you guys have any ideas? Price is not really on object. I have no problem paying $20-$30 for a good case.

Thanks in advance for your help.

If you want something that will protect your phone from serious impact I would go with this high-duty case. Its kinda expensive but from what I can tell by far the sturdiest out there. Case Mate Google Nexus One Tough

If you want something a little thinner with still pretty sturdy protection I would go with the Seidio Innocase II

If you are looking for something that might not protect as well from serious drops but still offers great bump and scratch protection at an affordable price I'd order the Nexus One Candy Skin Case That's the one I just ordered. Hope this helps. Do us a favor and post an update/review once you've gotten your case.
26th February 2010, 03:30 PM   |  #9  
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I really wanted to be happy with the Zagg on my iPhone. The material was such an interesting piece of tech. I ordered the full phone skin - front and back.

The installation is, of course, a pain. I wasn't really worried about that. You only have to install it once.

I was religious about following the directions, and installed it with no particular problems, then let it dry for 12 hours or so. After this, there were thin vertical lines running up the phone's screen. Looked like some of the liquid got trapped under the screen protector even though I was extremely careful with the squeegee and pushed quite hard to get everything out.

I contacted Zagg, and they gave me B.S. about not letting it cure for 24 hours. They claimed that using the phone without letting it dry for 24 hours was the cause of it. Which isn't even logical, but to their credit, they offered a one-time complimentary replacement if I paid shipping.

So I was now out the cost of the skin, plus shipping times two. But I was again okay with this if it worked as well as they said.

The second installation had no problems with the lines on the screen. It only took a few days, though, before dirt and debris began working their way under the protector. The back was the worst - the edges began peeling away and there was nothing I could do to get them to stick. The front skin got crap under the edges and the edges never properly stuck back down after they were cleaned. But, of course, you can't remove it and re-apply. Couple all of that with the orange-peel effect of the screen and the reduced sensitivity and I was just thoroughly unimpressed with the whole setup. Protection was fine but it was constantly peeling up and dirt was getting trapped under it. I gave up and ditched it.
26th February 2010, 06:05 PM   |  #10  
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Originally Posted by legend0fthefall

With use, where you touch the most, black smudges start to form on the zagg. These DO NOT come off. They are uncleanable. And they get darker and darker with use. I've had my Nexus now for a month and a half and black smudges from left to right in the middle of the screen and from top to bottom on the right hand side of the screen. This happened on My G1 and my MyTouch as well.

I can find no solution to this issue and since they are not scratches, zagg does not honor the lifetime warranty. I no longer recommend zagg.

Soap and water, bruh.


Not on the Zagg, but on your hands like once or twice a day.

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