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Old April 24th, 2010, 06:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Screen Protector Reviews. Zagg vs Phantom vs Stealth.

Well I have seen threads on the best screen protector, and I have some of my own conclusions. I have had every single one I am listing, I have used them each for about 1 month to 2 months, so I know what I am talking about. Here they are.

With each one, at the end I will include scores ranging from 0-5. And the overall, average of each one.

Grip- How well each one is set down on something and able to remain put during a drive or something, and how it feels in the hands.

Screen Feel- How close and nice it feels to the screen.

Protection/Scratch Test- How it preforms to the normal keys in the pocket and nails etc, hitting the screen and phone.

Price- Worth the price paid? How well of a deal it is.

Installation- How easy it was.

Overall- The average of the 5.

Background= All were installed using Zagg Spray. I used each for about 1-2 Months Each. I only bought the Full Body Protection. The Zagg Cost me 19.99 for one. The Phantomz Skinz cost me 25 for Two. And Stealth Guard cost me 9.99 for TWO. Took my time with installations and all. Thanks and have a good time reading this.


I HAVE HEARD OF GHOST ARMOR, STENHIEL, AND BSE, but didn't have the time, nor wanted to spend the money.



Zagg Invisible Shield
- I have used Zagg since I owned my first smartphone. The feel is a little rubbery, and yes, it has amazing grip, which also accounts for the rubber feel on the screen. Close to screen touch, but not quite. The install was ok, although there were annoyances with the little strips. And the screen I found needed to be stretched to fit over my phone, which was NOT ok. Overall it did great during the scratches, i kept my phone in my key pocket, and all them went away. I guess 1 month wasn't enough to see the orange peel as i didn't see any,but, the worst thing happened, it seemed that lint in my pocket was getting under my zagg, once I peeled it off, it was true, the zagg collected lint from my pants, wtf? So I did away with it.

Pros: Great Communication, great "shield" for the phone, grip

Cons: screen felt rubbery, lint problem, orange peel for some, and parts ended up falling.

Overall : 4/5
Installation: 3/5
Scratch Test: 5/5
Grip: 5/5
Screen Feel: 3.5/5
Price: 3.5/5

Phantom Skinz- Phantom Skinz. Price was better than Zagg, cms was alright, and the product, well, read on. Their skin claims to provide protection, and well, that isn't what I got. The keys totally screwed the screen protector up, the scratches never dissapated, there was problems with the damn thing sticking, and well, overall it sucked. The install was better than zagg, no scretched peices needed to be preformed. The screen was a better feel than zagg, it had the best touch of them all actually. Close to the screen feel. OK grip. That was all, just a bad experience with it.

Pros: Feel, Look, price, you get two. Install process

Cons: protection, false advertisment-doesn't heal scratches AT ALL, cms isn't very respsonsive, and grip wasn't too good.

Overall:3.3/5
Installation: 4.5/5
Grip: 3/5
Protection/Scratch- 1/5
Screen Feel- 4/5
Price: 4/5



Stealth Guards- Pretty new company from what I've seen, but from the prices I went with it. You get two full bodies for 9.99. So the box was just a white cardboard box.Shitty packing if you ask me. Well let's move on. The installation was just like Zagg's, with the exception of the streching, the screen fit perfectly!! The little peices just sucked to put on, as usual. The screen felt great, like phantom skinz, it was good, almost the real screen. No rubber feel. Then the protection was great! I really liked it, it offered Zagg's protection and proved up to the scratching. There was one problem, well three. The website seems like a scam, the cms sucks ass, and the thing is a dust magnet, really, it attracts more dust then all them, but nothing a wipe won't fix. It had alright grip, better than Phantomz.

Pros: Screen feel, price!! price! Price!Protection, and did I mention price? You get two!

Cons: Website looks like a scam, shipping isn't tracked, the thing all seems shady, grip wasn't at Zagg's par.

Overall: 4.4/5
Installation: 4/5
Screen Feel: 4/5
Protection: 5/5
Grip: 4/5
Price: 5/5


Yes, as you may have guessed the ranks were Stealth Guards, then Zagg, then Phantom Skinz. But it depends on what you want. The easy install and best feel? Phantom, the BEST protection and grip? Zagg. Then overall, like a combination of both, buy Stealth Guards.

I currently use Stealth Guards, they are the best for me, and 10 for 2 is an impressive bargin.

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How does the Stealth Guard feel on the fingers compared to the Verizon screen protector? I have had one on my droid since December and it slides really smooth.. I have no issues with it.. but if these are that much better than I may pick one up. I had invisibleshield on my Voyager and didn't like the gritty feeling it gave me.
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yikes, stay away from all of them. they're all junk. any of the rubbery ones that go on with water stink. used to use them all the time but can't stand them now. especially for screens. get a static screen protector and a decent case.
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How does the Stealth Guard feel on the fingers compared to the Verizon screen protector? I have had one on my droid since December and it slides really smooth.. I have no issues with it.. but if these are that much better than I may pick one up. I had invisibleshield on my Voyager and didn't like the gritty feeling it gave me.

I have had the verizon wireless one on my dare, they feel about the same.
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Btw guys, if your considering the Zagg shield, I would go with BestSkinsEver (Same material, different cuts, huge price difference). Stealth Guard seems nice. I might try it out in the near future.
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I got a Zagg full body protection for my desire on friday and i am not impressed. It took me forever to install, I still have tiny bubbles all over the phone after spending literally an entire weekend using the squeegee card on it. Also that very night i had my phone and keys in the same pocket, and i now have massive scratches in the shield! The website is rediculous, have tried to register the product at least 5 times. Finally managed to try and sort out my free lifetime replacement, only to find out i have to pay for postage and packaging AND the cost to send the old screen protector back. If i dont return the old screen within 60 days, they will charge me for the full product. Never using Zagg again
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I got a Zagg full body protection for my desire on friday and i am not impressed. It took me forever to install, I still have tiny bubbles all over the phone after spending literally an entire weekend using the squeegee card on it. Also that very night i had my phone and keys in the same pocket, and i now have massive scratches in the shield! The website is rediculous, have tried to register the product at least 5 times. Finally managed to try and sort out my free lifetime replacement, only to find out i have to pay for postage and packaging AND the cost to send the old screen protector back. If i dont return the old screen within 60 days, they will charge me for the full product. Never using Zagg again
You don't have to use the card to get the bubbles out. Its almost impossible. What you do is wait a week (you can use it after the 1st day) and then the bubbles will disappear slowly but surely.
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Yeah, the air bubbles, just get the big ones out of there first, and the little ones will leave after 2-4 days.
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Has anyone tried Expert Shield on a Droid? I used them on my Tilt and they were great, I have one on order now, though they're in Japan I believe and take forever to get here.
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I like the Zagg personalized skin for my droid. It went on easily and I like the grip on it. And it is pretty.
Stealth Guard is OK for the screen protector but the full body protector is the same as with all of them. A pain to install and not going to look good no matter what. I ordered mine when they were offering it for half price so I got four full sets for $10 and I should be set for the next 2 years even if I just use the screen protector parts.
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I HAVE HEARD OF GHOST ARMOR, STENHIEL, AND BSE, but didn't have the time, nor wanted to spend the money.
That's too bad. The Steinheil Crystal is about as close to glass, IMO, of the ones I've tried. I'm only using the screen protector though. Not bothering with a full body kit on my Droid.

As much of a fan as I have been in the past of the Invisible Shield, I'd hardly call their protector "close to screen feel" (unless your screen somehow has a tacky feel). The subjectivity of these assessments as well as the fact that not everyone is looking for the same thing in a screen protector (some want clarity above all, some want the feel of glass above all, some want the toughest screen protector, some want anti-fingerprint, etc) are the problems I see with the OP's reviews.
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Yeah, the air bubbles, just get the big ones out of there first, and the little ones will leave after 2-4 days.
I know that, however the bubbles are still there, this is a week now. Have ordered a free replacement because it's scratched badly, and I have to pay for postage and packaging! Also i have to send the shield back, at MY EXPENSE! this is rediculous, not happy and will be making a complaint.
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i just got my Stealth Guard they just look like standard 3M film cutouts (they even have the 3M watermarking). Is this correct?
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I got the phantom full body but I'm only using the screen back and sides made it slippery.

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I bought these for my Droid. From HandHeldItems.com


Motorola Droid Screen Protector ( 3Pack )

They work very good. Much better than the VWZ ones. They installed much easier, and have a better feel, and 3 for $6.99 aint bad. They came individually packaged, each with its own cardboard squeegee. They DO cover the buttons on the screen too.

Also got these cases at the same time. I just needed something CHEAP till I could decide what REAL case I wanted to spend my money on. I was suprised how good they were. I have not had them fall off or fail yet. Just some of the color rubs off. But again for $6.99 they work very well

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Best Buy installed my ZAGG. I'm happy for the most part but the upper right corner above the LED and to the right of the notch cutout won't stay down. On a couple of occasions it's snagged and peeled back somewhat but I was able to get it to stick back down for the most part.
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i just got my Stealth Guard they just look like standard 3M film cutouts (they even have the 3M watermarking). Is this correct?

yes, tell me how they work out.
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Best Buy installed my ZAGG. I'm happy for the most part but the upper right corner above the LED and to the right of the notch cutout won't stay down. On a couple of occasions it's snagged and peeled back somewhat but I was able to get it to stick back down for the most part.
I've seen some tricks posted by people elsewhere on the internet that suggest using some saran wrap around the edges and leaving that on for a bit helps with the edges
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If you guys ever take your Droids in for a warranty replacement, take the shields off first. Verizon has a new policy that these shields void your warranty because they use water to install them. As stupid as it sounds, it almost cost me a replacement on my faulty Droid a couple weeks ago.
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Hmmm... You guys have convinced me to give this a try on my X10. I've read gadgetshieldz sucks, BSE doesn't offer it for the x10 and Zagg is too expensive. I'll let you know how it goes.
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I just ordered Stealth Guards right now they are free just pay for shipping , for a limited time tho ,
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With the gorilla glass screen, I don't think there's any need for a screen protector and it feels so much better without one. I had the Zagg on my first droid, but when I got a replacement for a headphone jack problem, I left it naked.

Feels great, looks brand new after 6 months.
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I just ordered Stealth Guards right now they are free just pay for shipping , for a limited time tho ,


FREE?!?!

That's sick.

Awesome awesome deal!
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PLEASE NEVER BUY STEALTH GUARD SCREEN PROTECTOR... They are just a piece of shi_ ... They are Free with ($2.85 shipping so if don't satisfy you get nothing).. this is a scam.. size doesn't fit .. quality is creepy..PLEASE NEVER BUY!!!!!
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Whoa, easy bud. I have used 3 Stealth Guards now. One on my Milestone, HTC Magic and Sony X10 and I find that they are great. Quality and feel can't be matched for the price. I will continue to buy these.
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I'm with tase25. I've used Zagg and a couple other brands. I'm extremely happy with Stealth. It takes longer to cure to the phone, but after a couple days it's wonderful. Feel and texture is nice and not as rubbery as Zagg.
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Awesome first post, masand. Sounds like you may have an axe to grind. Swing by the introductions thread and introduce yourself.

I commented in the other thread as well, but will reiterate what I said there. I'm currently using Zagg and can do without the overly-rubbery feel and am looking forward to trying out StealthGuard.

The best install tip I can give to anyone trying this type of protector is to plug your phone into USB or Power after you have all the pieces lined up. The heat generated by the charging process really helps these things cure and dry quickly.
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Only have experience with BSE as I've used it on old some other devices that I have so I also ordered it for my droid.

Had it on for about 1month now and still seems to be working great. No peeling or lint(yet), only have the screen protector and the back portion of the phone covered as the front corners were too flimsy and tricky to put on. At first, it feels pretty grippy but after about the 1st week it now feels as it normally did.

Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for alternative to ZAGG or other shield brands
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Tried Zagg, however the protector is very flimsy and actually stretched slightly during installation using the tool provided, making it useless.

Not recommended, and I agree is feels very rubbery.

But then again I have very little luck with screen protectors and think there a bit of a scam, I've never successfully installed one first time and you kind of need to get these right first time, you mess round with them and you end up with debris stuck on there and then you might as well bin them.
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Well I had BB install the ZAGG. perfect.! Im in the commercial construction industry(flooring)and my phone comes home every day dirty, dusty and just plain old messy. i hit the protector with a wet tissue and wipe it down. it looks almost as good as day one as does the phone.

for that. id say it gets a 5 out of 5.
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i just got my Stealth Guard they just look like standard 3M film cutouts (they even have the 3M watermarking). Is this correct?

I recently received my stealth guard for my dinc and they fit fine, but I do believe I am experiencing what you refer to here with the watermarking? correct me if I am wrong.

After installing the shield on my screen I noticed a sparkly, almost glittery look to the screen when put in direct light No bubbles, but there are also a few marks from where I was using a credit card to simply squeeze bubbles out; for example faint lines running across the screen where I stopped the credit card each time.

I'll be making my decision once I am in sunlight and get used to it. If not I'm getting rid of it...no worries since it was only $2.85 anyways
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Ordered the Stealth Guards. They were so awful that I had to dig out my Xacto knife to finish cutting out and removing the pieces. LOL, WTF????

These are truly pieces of junk. You get what you pay for. ROFL...
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I paid for my Stealth Guards and received it today, they are not fee they make money of shipping. The shipping method is so unprofessional, they just send it to you on a normal envelope for which they may be paying pennies as postal fee.
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lol, yea, the way stealth guards are packaged makes it seem like sh*t, but in the end, i felt they are a better product.
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I have used on Droid X, Palm Pre Plus(Face only), Droid Incredible(Face only) and Droid 2. Every Smart Phone in my family. Elected not to put on soft touch surfaces of Palm Pre Charging back and the DInc battery cover, only glossy panels. I did waste 2 sets with trial and error, so get a spare set and once applied, let them cure a few days. The result was surprising because they look crappy with white milky bubbles at first and they slowly but surely go to invisible over time. I work in EMS and use my Droid X in rough environments all the time and found them to be quite durable. Over all, I found them to be a very durable, great looking product at a price that can't be beat. I just had to be patient.....


1. Price is best, free w/ shipping being $2-3. Beats all the competition.
2. No problems with panels fitting.
3. Do have to use a blade of sort, like Xacto knife or scalpel, to separate the the skin from cut outs.
3. Do have to use 1 drop soap to 10oz water solution in a spray bottle to apply properly.
4. There WILL be bubbles at first, lasting 1-5days in some cases. But one day it just suddenly looks great, no bubbles. Cured I guess.
5. Good feel, with very mild rubbery feel.
6. Protected from scratches and gouges and scuffs. Healed self after in a day.
7. Website is OK to good.
8. Packaging is plain white, cheap. Does not match the actual product.

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1. Follow the directions on the site.
2. Watch the videos!
3. Be patient! Bubbles look bad for a few days but it WILL suddenly look great by day 3 or 4.
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have any of you guys tried having the Stealth Guards shipped outside of the US?

Im currently based in Vietnam and worry that the $2.85 shipping fee is not enough for it to reach me.

I tried their shipping calculator, but it gave me the same $2.85 shipping fee.

oh, and another thing, how about that "high gloss" finish or that "black carbon fiber" add-on? are they any good?


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Twelve thumbs up for the Steinheil Crystal... which, checking their site, they don't appear to sell anymore for the OG Droid.

First off, it's been pretty well invisible with a nice slick feel for the last year or so.

Secondly, and this is why I'm posting this, the phone fell down between the powered seat and center console of a Benz, and getting it out required moving the powered seat - it ended up exacting a similar motion to the screen as that of a can opener (with a sharp metal edge of the seat's assembly).

It literally ground a 2" groove into the screen protector, but the screen itself is fine. So happy. And kind of sad that I can't just buy another of the same thing.
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As for screen protector, I recommend "Ewoti" crystal clear screen protector which I am using on my IPHONE4. They have more than 6 kinds of screen protectors to choose. They are Crystal clear screen protector, anti-scratch screen protector, anti-glare screen protector, privacy screen protector, mirror screen protector and diamond screen protector.
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Has anyone tried Expert Shield on a Droid? I used them on my Tilt and they were great, I have one on order now, though they're in Japan I believe and take forever to get here.
Hi Markc2 - Did you receive your Expert Shield order in good time? We've now set up a UK base, so it's a bit faster shipping to the US

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I've been reading with great interest the reviews on "Stealth guard findings". What I found interesting is the claims about how the website looked unprofessional and the shipping was "crap". I personally am not sure that we are all on the same page. The very first review called them "Stealth Guards". In fact the real name if you wanted to google it is "Stealth Shieldz". It's a small point but when I tried to google the first name I got to a really shoddy looking website that I would never order from. "Stealth Shieldz" (parent company Prestige Solutions) and I think what "blackops" was referring to is located at Xtreme Guard Screen Protectors
I have their full body protectors on both my LG G2x and my HTC Sensation 4g and they are exquisite. The install is fairly easy if you use a drop of soap in a large bowl of water, they are cut perfectly to each phone, when they completly set up in a day or two they are bubble free and crystal clear. They were shipped to me each time in a very inexpesive but clearly marked color packaging stating "Stealth Shieldz" "2 pack premium protection", which was my first clue that we weren't all talking about the same companies.
It really doesn't matter to me what folks use on their phones but I thought it was important to give out correct information. I've been very pleased with the results I've gotten and would highly recommend these protectors to anyone. They really are the very best I've ever used and like "blackops" I've used pretty much all of them. Have a great evening guys, hoped this was helpful.......
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I got a Zagg full body protection for my desire on friday and i am not impressed. It took me forever to install, I still have tiny bubbles all over the phone after spending literally an entire weekend using the squeegee card on it. Also that very night i had my phone and keys in the same pocket, and i now have massive scratches in the shield! The website is rediculous, have tried to register the product at least 5 times. Finally managed to try and sort out my free lifetime replacement, only to find out i have to pay for postage and packaging AND the cost to send the old screen protector back. If i dont return the old screen within 60 days, they will charge me for the full product. Never using Zagg again

It says in the Zagg instructions that came with my screen protector to not use the device for 12-24 hours after application. That lets the protector firm up and re-harden, as it gets soft in the application process. Did your instructions not say this or are you one of the big drtfm'ers "don't rtfm -ers" (like me).
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