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Old June 29th, 2010, 05:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Review: Steinheil SGP Anti-Fingerprint Screen Guard!



Yup. I'm BACK!

This time it's for a review of a Steinheil Anti-Fingerprint Protection Film/Screen Protector.

Yes, upon first impression it does look like some condom case that you see out at Wallgreens, CVS, or local Pharmacy. But this ain't the case. The outer packing for this thing is clever and eye catching.

Application of the film onto the phone is easy. Follow the instructions but also apply some basic knowledge of what you've read at the forum. Go to a shower room, load up the hot water and let the room get really steamy! Once that's ready... do some major prepping.

  1. Cover the Water Damage Sticker (Follow this thread for more information - http://androidforums.com/support-troubleshooting-evo-4g/83159-water-damage-warning-protect-now.html)
  2. Get some Tape. (This is used when you got dust behind the protector and the Evo).
  3. Get a chair and don't get nervous

Start the application slowly and start from the top first. From the top make sure that you give it a little bit of space on the top because the screen protector is a bit small. This way it will be more centered on the front face of the phone. Don't PEEL off the whole screen protector and take off the protection film slowly. Take your time and don't get nervous. Use tape to remove the dust like how you take off pet fur.

Once you finish your application, just use your thumb to push out the air bubbles. Start form the center and put out toward the edge. Don't push too hard or give to much pressure because the screen is glass and you might risk cracking or breaking. Once everything is done, the screen protector is on.

Overall, I think I like this protector 100% more than the stupid ZAGG product being sold at kiosk and retail stores. It doesn't give no rubbery and sticky feeling when swiping through screens. It feels more like your running your finger on a piece of smooth high quality paper. Also, it does work like the advertised. NO FINGERPRINT WHAT SO EVER!

Definitely the best screen protector in the world!



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Old June 29th, 2010, 09:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I bought the following but i doubt they're the same brand. I haven't received them yet but i'll update you when i do.

HTC Evo 4G Anti-Fingerprint, Anti-Glare - Matte Finishing Screen Protector ( 3Packs )
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I bought the following but i doubt they're the same brand. I haven't received them yet but i'll update you when i do.

HTC Evo 4G Anti-Fingerprint, Anti-Glare - Matte Finishing Screen Protector ( 3Packs )
highly doubt it is. I'm sure if SGP sold their protectors somewhere else, they would want to advertise their brands
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I have this Anti Fingerprint film from SGP on my Evo, the material is grade A, smooth scrolling, finger prints non-existent, except for excessively greasy fingers. Application was so easy, no water, no air bubbles, no fuss at all. My major complaint is that it is a bit thick and matte finish, so it makes the screen a bit blurry. I find it hard to read texts for long period. I ordered the Ultra Crystal to replace this Anti Fingerprint film. I read good reviews about the Ultra Crystal, I hope I won't be as disappointed.
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Thanks for the review, I wouldn't mind dropping $12 or so dollars for this if I didn't already buy a body kit from Best Skins Ever for $8 Does the SP cover the whole screen including the touch buttons? And I need to stop buying these "military grade" SP's...
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It was stated in a review on the steinheil site that the front facing camera is unusable after this film is installed. I see how the film does cover up the camera... but is the camera really unusable after? I don't see how a *mostly* clear film could disrupt the camera that much... does it make the picture blurry?
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I bought the following but i doubt they're the same brand. I haven't received them yet but i'll update you when i do.

HTC Evo 4G Anti-Fingerprint, Anti-Glare - Matte Finishing Screen Protector ( 3Packs )
OH NO! You bought those crappy ones from HandHeldItems! My girlfriend ordered from them, and they were terrible. She paid for extra fast shipping and they didn't come in on time, they wouldn't let her return them, and their customer service is impossible to reach. I would advise everyone else to stay away from that site!
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It was stated in a review on the steinheil site that the front facing camera is unusable after this film is installed. I see how the film does cover up the camera... but is the camera really unusable after? I don't see how a *mostly* clear film could disrupt the camera that much... does it make the picture blurry?
I recently got the Ultra clear screen protector on my EVO. I don't use the front facing camera at all, but I will give it a try and report back.
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It was stated in a review on the steinheil site that the front facing camera is unusable after this film is installed. I see how the film does cover up the camera... but is the camera really unusable after? I don't see how a *mostly* clear film could disrupt the camera that much... does it make the picture blurry?
mine doesn't cover the front facing camera in any way. so it does not change how the camera visually see things.
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What do you like better? CC or Anti-Finger print?

I just ordered the CC on Saturday.

Actually, I ordered the CC a month ago but I royally screwed up both installations.

I can send them back under warranty - maybe I'll ask for the Anti-Fingerprint..
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no complaints with the anti-fingerprint version. i don't have the CC version
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I have a confirmation E-mail of my CC's being shipped on 6/25.

They say 3-4 days shipping, but they aren't here yet. Better be here today.

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Ebay store is the best place to get them. cheaper shipping too
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mine doesn't cover the front facing camera in any way. so it does not change how the camera visually see things.
Looking at the pictures on the steinheil site, there is a cutout at the top for only the speaker... have they changed the design and there is now a cutout for the camera as well?
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Looking at the pictures on the steinheil site, there is a cutout at the top for only the speaker... have they changed the design and there is now a cutout for the camera as well?
yes they have...
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I don't have any issues with the CC protector and using my front facing camera.
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Excellent, I'll be placing my order today. Thanks for clearing this up.
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washes out the screen too much for me - I took mine off after a few mins and I really really hate fingerprints.
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washes out the screen too much for me - I took mine off after a few mins and I really really hate fingerprints.
Which one did you have?
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After reading a bunch of reviews, I am more confused now. Sounds like Steinheil and Martin Fields are good. For Steinheil, Ultra Crystal sounds better than anti-fingerprint. But then someone said that sliding your fingers across the screen gets harder with it on. Also, if you mess it up during application, can u exchange it? or does the 30-day warranty not cover it? And, the new ones for sure have cutout for the front cam? Finally, don't see it anymore in ebay under the vendor "sgpcraft".
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It's the one I have and it's easily the best screen protector there is, without a shred of doubt.
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After reading a bunch of reviews, I am more confused now. Sounds like Steinheil and Martin Fields are good. For Steinheil, Ultra Crystal sounds better than anti-fingerprint. But then someone said that sliding your fingers across the screen gets harder with it on. Also, if you mess it up during application, can u exchange it? or does the 30-day warranty not cover it? And, the new ones for sure have cutout for the front cam? Finally, don't see it anymore in ebay under the vendor "sgpcraft".
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They even have a glossy version. I'm debating on getting the UV one or the anti fingerprint one. Hey htc, i read a review that said the one you reviewed makes the screen blurry, how accurate is that?
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I had the anti-fingerprint on there. It totally changed the screen quality for me. I'd rather live with the fingerprints. Was a night and day difference for me
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They even have a glossy version. I'm debating on getting the UV one or the anti fingerprint one. Hey htc, i read a review that said the one you reviewed makes the screen blurry, how accurate is that?
well it's a matte screen protector so it does shade off the brightness a little.
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I really love the Anti-Fingerprint because it works. Especially for someone like me that always seems to leave crazy greasy fingerprints. It does change the clarity of the screen a bit, but it depends on how anal you are.

My only gripe, and I was wondering if anybody else has this problem is the sound it makes when you finger swipe.

It sounds like: Swoooooosh. It's really loud and annoying, my finger doesn't glide silenty across it. Anyone else use this and can confirm its just not mine?
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I really love the Anti-Fingerprint because it works. Especially for someone like me that always seems to leave crazy greasy fingerprints. It does change the clarity of the screen a bit, but it depends on how anal you are.

My only gripe, and I was wondering if anybody else has this problem is the sound it makes when you finger swipe.

It sounds like: Swoooooosh. It's really loud and annoying, my finger doesn't glide silenty across it. Anyone else use this and can confirm its just not mine?
Only if I hold my phone to my ear as I swipe.
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It sounds like: Swoooooosh. It's really loud and annoying, my finger doesn't glide silenty across it. Anyone else use this and can confirm its just not mine?
Yes, mine does too, but it wasn't that annoying, it just felt and sound like sliding through paper. The biggest downside is the matte finish that makes the screen less sharper. I now have the Ultra Crystal Clear on and it is perfect. The film is glossy and looks just like the original screen. It does catch finger prints but I rather have that than a blurry screen. Both screen protectors are easy to install. The adhesive part is sticky enough to stick to the screen but does not leave any smudges on the screen if you remove it so you can re-adjust the placement easily. The Anti Fingerprint version does not cover the front camera, so you do not have to worry about it messing with the picture quality, while the ultra crystal clear covers the front camera but without any problem on picture quality too. Both screen protectors do not interfere with the touch screen responsiveness. I think whichever you prefer, both films are worth the money.
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I've been searching screen protectors and this brand seems like the best. I just can't decide if I want the clear or the anti glare. I don't want my screen to be messed up too bad in color. I had the sprint anti glare and liked it, but now have a clear and love the screen color. I want a good screen that I can swype on. So, I want one that is soothe. Can any one give me side advice here? SUCH a tricky decision...what is better?!?!
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The best one is leaving the screen naked and open. The screen on our phones is nearly scratch proof as is, why would you want to risk screwing up your screen with water and have to pay $100 deductible for a new one, when in reality you never had to do all that crap.

Again, unless you work actively in the construction business dealing with lots of sand and sawdust, your really don't need one at all.
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The best one is leaving the screen naked and open. The screen on our phones is nearly scratch proof as is, why would you want to risk screwing up your screen with water and have to pay $100 deductible for a new one, when in reality you never had to do all that crap.

Again, unless you work actively in the construction business dealing with lots of sand and sawdust, your really don't need one at all.
what you talk about? The evo does get scratches on them easy
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Show me proof of this, and I'll accept that and put a plastic film on MY screen. I can literally take my car keys, a screw at work, a pen, my hunting knife, anything I can think of, and comfortably mash them, point first mind you, into the screen and just have a mini-spasm throwing it across every square inch of the screen without having to worry about it gaining as much as a smudge from excess oils on said tools of mass damage.

There's already been a video made and posted on here from a dude actually ON this forum who's done just this. I might go ahead and make a little peep show as well, and on the Evo I use day-to-day. I got no problems doing that, if you guys REALLY want to see how resistant it really is.

Like I've said though, the screen is almost 100% impervious (I say almost, because the next 2 things it's still vulnerable to) to anything, except for sand grit and sawdust being either rubbed forcefully on the screen, or blasted onto it. In that case, you'll get little dents and grooves appearing on the screen. Other than that though, this is the toughest glass I've seen to date.
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The best one is leaving the screen naked and open. The screen on our phones is nearly scratch proof as is, why would you want to risk screwing up your screen with water and have to pay $100 deductible for a new one, when in reality you never had to do all that crap.

Again, unless you work actively in the construction business dealing with lots of sand and sawdust, your really don't need one at all.
Not sure if the OP made this clear in his review, but SGP screen protectors are DRY. No risk of water damage at all. The dry application is precisely why I like SGP screen protectors.

Finally, just because you enjoy using your EVO with no screen protector, doesn't mean that those of us who do are somehow "wrong" for doing so. If you are comfortable going screen protector less, GOOD FOR YOU! I paid too much money for my EVO to even risk the possibility of scratching my screen. And no, I do not work in construction. I, along with others In this thread, simply want to protect our devices. That's all. As far as screen protectors go, Steinheil is the best I've ever used (I have the Ultra Crystal)...
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Scratch test video = bs! - SprintUsers.com

Halfway down the 1st page is a scratched EVO. It doesn't matter to me "how" it got scratched, and i don't care whether the poster's story is true or not, but since it "can" happen i'd rather have mine protected. The SGP Ultra Clear protector i have is crystal clear and offers that extra layer of protection just in case it's needed. Doesn't hurt anyways, just sayin'...
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i bought a anti-fingerprint screen protector for my Moment 6months ago i thought it dulled out my screen to much so switched back to normal screen protectors
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Old September 2nd, 2010, 01:25 PM   #39 (permalink)
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Steinheils may work well when put on properly. I, however, am a moron. I put the protective film on my EVO and threw out the actual screen protector. Guess I'll have to order another pack.
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Steinheils may work well when put on properly. I, however, am a moron. I put the protective film on my EVO and threw out the actual screen protector. Guess I'll have to order another pack.
haha sorry to hear that. think you can contact steinhell and ask them to replace it since their instructions on which one was which wasn't clear enougH?
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After reading the OP's review, I immediately looked into Steinheil and ended up ordering one of their "Ultra Crystal" screen protectors (I know that the review was for the anti-fingerprint protectors, but I already keep my screen brightness pretty low and was afraid that it would be a bit harder to see with it on). I have to say, their Ultra Crystal screen protector is easily the best that I've ever used on a phone (I've tried one from Radioshack for my Evo and went through a bunch with my old iPhone 3G).
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I just put a ultra clear version on my evo and on the top right corner it docent seem to have adhered very well..there is a bubble and no matter how much I squeegee it or press on it it won't go away..help will it go away in time or is the screen protector defective...thanks
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I just put a ultra clear version on my evo and on the top right corner it docent seem to have adhered very well..there is a bubble and no matter how much I squeegee it or press on it it won't go away..help will it go away in time or is the screen protector defective...thanks
I would guess defective in your case. I put the ultra clear on my Evo and had no problems. Maybe try contacting them for a replacement?
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" just put a ultra clear version on my evo and on the top right corner it docent seem to have adhered very well..there is a bubble and no matter how much I squeegee it or press on it it won't go away..help will it go away in time or is the screen protector defective...thanks "

It happened on mine too but I blame the fact I put the tpu case back on too soon. It doesn't go as far as the actual screen so I am not that worried about it.
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i bought the anti-fingerprint one but is it just me or now i see smudges instead of fingerprints? It comes off easy but still..ok so im very anal. I literally by canned air and wipes just for my phone lol.
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I am using the Sprint EVO screen protectors right now. I have the anti-glare on there now, and from what I can tell, it's similar to the anti-fingerprint reviewed in here.

My only issue is that it only covers the screen. The buttons, and top of the glass where Sprint logo resides isn't covered.

I'll probably put on Sprint's clear protector after another few weeks of the anti-glare to see if I like it at all.

Then, I'll buy a full glass pretector screen in either anti-glare, or crystal clear.
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I have been using some PET protectors off ebay that I bought on ebay 6 for $6.50
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=170549337866&ssPageNam e=STRK:MEWNX:IT

labeled as anti fingerprint ...they get smudges but they wipe right off.


i found them far superior to the sprint clear protectors (they also cover the entire front of the phone)

I really want a protector like the sprint antiglare...but in a full screen version
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^I too was very disappointed that the Sprint ones don't cover the whole screen. That's such a bad design choice.
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^I too was very disappointed that the Sprint ones don't cover the whole screen. That's such a bad design choice.
well...I can't stand the two basic ones from sprint...they hold prints and scratch and buff far too easily. I have had the protector i linked above on for three weeks and it finally got a small imperfection from a key or something in my pocket after three weeks. it's still secure on the phone, smudges wipe right off... and it is ok at anti glare. if it were not for a lil piece of dirt that got trapped in between it I wouldn't even know there was a protector on the phone

I LOVE the texture of the sprint anti glare...find me that in a full screen version multipack and I would be soooo happy
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I LOVE the texture of the sprint anti glare...find me that in a full screen version multipack and I would be soooo happy
Yes, the texture is pretty badass. My finger slides across it like buttah.

Does the Steinheil Anti-Fingerprint feel the same?
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