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Old October 28th, 2008, 03:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Invisible Sheild by Zagg.com Review

Big screen, glossy plastic and pretty visuals, all these things come with the T-Mobile G1, and if you value your device, then you know that protection is something worth purchasing. I recently decided to purchase the invisible shield made by Zagg.com so that I can review it and bring it to you guys and at the same time, save you some money if it doesn’t live up to the hype. Although many people have purchased it and seem to love it, I for one thought it wasn’t living up to the hype.

I started by applying the shield to the front of the phone. It went by smoothly, no real issues and the included products (squeegee and shield spray) really helped along the way. After I was done with the front, it was time to tackle the back of the phone. This where the problems began. I did manage to get it on, but only after reseating it 3 or 4 times and to make things worse, the shield spray was depleted rather quickly. The problem that I had was that it wouldn’t match up to the corners, so it would keep coming off, and all the round edges made the installation even more difficult. I ended up stretching the material slightly and it made things even worse. Of course, you might have some experience in this type of thing, not to say I don’t have any, but the difficulty is rather high.

After the installation I noticed that it had a very rubbery texture. I chalked it up as a temporary thing that would go away with time. Well its been well over the 24 hour period that the instructions ask for “curing” the shield and it still seems to be the same. The rubbery texture is really annoying when you try and touch the screen because it gives some kind of resistance to the free, sliding motion the screen, without a shield, would give you. I was hoping it would be some kind of plastic and not a rubber type element, but that’s not where the oddities end. There is some kind of “orange peel” effect it created on the device. I was hoping it would be invisible, like the name of the product, but it’s far from it. From a distance, it can easily be seen and in broad day-light it is even more prominent. Although not much of a problem, It can aggravate some people, especially those coming from a prettier device, like an iPhone, not that the G1 was handsome to begin with but why add fuel to the fire.

I didn’t feel too bad, being the price I paid was only 17$ shipped to my office, with various coupons circulating the inter webs, I’m sure you will also be able to attain it at my price. Although there are a few competitors for this kind of product, I went with what was recommended, so I cannot really give a comparison based on other products.

All in all, the shield DOES work. It’s very tough and durable and made of a very high quality material. The fitment was perfect, except for my issue I stated above. I would defiantly recommend this product to anyone, but also warn them of the short comings. That being said, I would give this a 7 outta 10.













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I appreciate the candidness even though they are clearly a big sponsor. That's good to know about AF.

I actually still have the plastic shield that shipped with the device on my main screen.

I wonder who makes those and where I could get another one? It is really great!
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Hmmm...I just ordered a couple today. I hope I am not regretting my decision soon....
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the corners for the back piece were a big pain for me. i'll probably just trim them off. I agree that the spray depleted rather quickly. Their site says it "may take a few tries" to seat the shield, so why not supply us with a greater quantity of spray? Aside from the back piece, the rest was pretty cut and dry. I don't care much for the orange-peely glossy appearance, but hey, if it protects my G1, I'll deal with it!
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I appreciate the candidness even though they are clearly a big sponsor. That's good to know about AF.

I actually still have the plastic shield that shipped with the device on my main screen.

I wonder who makes those and where I could get another one? It is really great!
This is just "my" review of the product. :-)
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^^^Did you mean to put pics there?
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Im only allowed to post 10 pictures per post. So i had to create another. Care to move it up?
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bodyguardz worked well for me.. but the back did give me some trouble. Those air bubbles do eventually work themselves out. ive had mine on for about a week now and most of the bubbles have come out but there are still 1 or 2.

no orange tent either..
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For those of you who are running out of the spray solution... you can add water (bottled, reverse osmosis, deiodized, high quality) to the bottle and shake it up... there is enough residual solution left to refil the sprayer about 2 more times. The bottle that comes in the kit shown above is the same size that came with my fully body wrap for my 17" MacBook Pro and I had like 75% left and I tend to over spray my parts.. I can only imagine how drenched everyones are if they are running out on a small phone.. LOL
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Received mine a few days ago.

You mention a 'a very rubbery texture', does anyone else feel this way?
Also, I notice a large amount of lint clinging to your phone, is that common, due to the very rubbery texture?
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dang, really debating if i should pick this up or not!! ><
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DUDE!!! Is those scuffs on your new G1? Oh the shame!! The HORROR!!!
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Received mine a few days ago.

You mention a 'a very rubbery texture', does anyone else feel this way?
Also, I notice a large amount of lint clinging to your phone, is that common, due to the very rubbery texture?
haha yah. I work in a body shop and if I rest my newly wrapped phone in the top of my tool box for 30 mins...it will have collected a fair amount of bondo dust, lint, and whatever else floats in the air of my shop. Thankfully a quick wipe and it's clear again.
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Flatman is not that impressed...

Maybe it just looks bad because you are so zoomed in??
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Received mine a few days ago.

You mention a 'a very rubbery texture', does anyone else feel this way?
Also, I notice a large amount of lint clinging to your phone, is that common, due to the very rubbery texture?
The rubbery texture is something i was not anticipating. But its there and its somewhat annoying. It seems to pic up all the trash and lint/hair/dust bunnies it can. But you can wipe it down and have no issues.

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I would, its cheap enough and it works great, if you can overcome the short comings.
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My phone is flawless. There are some factory defects like my back plate being flimsy and some creeks here and there, but other than that, its flawless.

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Maybe it just looks bad because you are so zoomed in??
I zoomed in a lot cause i was sick of seeing peoples pictures that were crappy and blurry. So i decided to take the absolute best quality i can. Shows what the phone REALLY looks like with the shield on.
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dang, really debating if i should pick this up or not!! ><
there are two other brands (bodygardz and Best Skin Ever) personally I went with Bodygardz cause I could not really find any neg reviews... IS has orange peel issues (as seen in the pics above) and BSE has corners that lift...
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there are two other brands (bodygardz and Best Sheild Ever) personally I went with Bodygardz cause I could not really find any neg reviews... IS has orange peel issues (as seen in the pics above) and BSE has corners that lift...
Best shields ever, or best skins ever? I ordered mine from bestskinsever...

They were cheap, if nothing else. $5.99.
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** OFF TOPIC **

I think the item that has protected my past devices more than any other is the wrist strap. I am upset HTC didn't offer that crevice/bar for those that want one.
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Best shields ever, or best skins ever? I ordered mine from bestskinsever...

They were cheap, if nothing else. $5.99.
sorry I miss typed and got IS mixed up with BSE
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I think the item that has protected my past devices more than any other is the wrist strap. I am upset HTC didn't offer that crevice/bar for those that want one.
Agreed! Ive gone thru 2 different devices now from HTC and they dont offer such a thing. One thing that i have been noticing is the decline of quality from HTC. Im sure they are having problems manufacturing at such high volume ever since they started to release such awesome phones, but they always come broken in some small way and form. Its getting a little old.
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What's going on with the exposed corners?
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Nice input and feedback regarding the Invisible SHIELD.

I ended up with the BodyGuardz. Ordered them last week on Friday and got them the following Monday.

I bought another a set for my son's Nintendo DS and practiced with that first before tackling the G1. Overall it was easy to install. The tricky part was keeping your hands/fingers moist with that spray thing that came with the package.

After a day of installation, the protectors cleared up from the fluid and it has that smooth clear, glossy finish. I am very happy with it and even tried the key purpose damage and it held up great.

I agree with the fluid spray being not enough for the second protector set that comes with the package.

Paid $22 and change but $44 and change total for both the DS and G1.
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Well, its been day 3 with this thing on and i have to say...all the bubbles are gone. But so is the entire shield. I cant stand how rubbery it made the screen feel and how cheap the G1 felt in your hand as you typed or just used it through out the day. I might re-vise the review cause it is really just taking away from the basic functions of the phone.
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...all the bubbles are gone. But so is the entire shield.
Well, that's one way to get rid of the bubbles!
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Hahaha, yea. I simply could not stand the rubbery, cheap feel of the "skin". When you cant even use the screen correctly cause, like rubber, it gives resistance when you slide your finger across...then you know theres an issue.
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Network burner, you should consider the bodyguardz. I mean i still like the matte finish of the black one but the bodyguardz does give the finish a somewhat glossy feel to it.
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there are two other brands (bodygardz and Best Skin Ever) personally I went with Bodygardz cause I could not really find any neg reviews... IS has orange peel issues (as seen in the pics above) and BSE has corners that lift...
Wrong there is a 3rd Brand that hardly anyone knows about that is arguably one of the best... Ghost-Armor... http://www.ghost-armor.com

If you want to be specific there is also a 4th brand.. Clear Protector.... http://www.clearprotector.com
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Sounds like it is time for a review of all 4!
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Network burner, you should consider the bodyguardz. I mean i still like the matte finish of the black one but the bodyguardz does give the finish a somewhat glossy feel to it.
I might give them a try. A buddy of mine has the brown G1 and its flawless. No squeaks or any kind of hardware issue, so im going to call Tmobile and have them send out another one while i return the black one i have. When i receive that one, i will buy another skin to put on the phone and give that one a review.
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really? what a bummer.

I've currently got the stock plastic shield on the screen and I like it (except for the bubbles I put when I tried removing it). it slides very smoothly.

hmmmm

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I just ordered my InvisibleSHIELD this morning too =(

I think i would still use it but it just sucks when you said that it makes the phone even "uglier". LOL.
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i just ordered my invisibleshield this morning too =(

i think i would still use it but it just sucks when you said that it makes the phone even "uglier". Lol.
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I might give them a try. A buddy of mine has the brown G1 and its flawless. No squeaks or any kind of hardware issue, so im going to call Tmobile and have them send out another one while i return the black one i have. When i receive that one, i will buy another skin to put on the phone and give that one a review.
I wonder if we can swap for the same color?
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I did the samething. Just press to get the bubble out on the stock film. All my bubbles are out and noone knows that the film is there and works great so far and can't beat the price

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I was at the mall yesterday and saw a stand for invisible shield. I decided to get it and was only charged $20 for the full body shield plus installation. After a day with it I'm not happy with it and I am seriously considering taking it back to get my money back. I HATE the rubbery feel to it. Too much friction between ur finger and the touch screen.
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I was at the mall yesterday and saw a stand for invisible shield. I decided to get it and was only charged $20 for the full body shield plus installation. After a day with it I'm not happy with it and I am seriously considering taking it back to get my money back. I HATE the rubbery feel to it. Too much friction between ur finger and the touch screen.
Ding ding ding! This is why i removed the screen protector. Besides, we have glass screens, so scratches should not occur.
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Put the screen protector on, hated it, took it off.

Yeah, I got it before reading anyones reviews or whatever and that was a mistake.

Don't do it!
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Call me biased... but I am a firm believer in this stuff... I love the producty... the fit nd finish is second to none... I don't think the "rubbery" texture takes away from the phone at all. From the get go you have to be honest this phone doesn't scream built quality. The battery door almost seems like I designed it last and were like "oh shit how to we get this to work... I got it... it will kind just half assed stay in place"... LOL Too each their own.
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For some reason your invisible shield's corners are different from mines, mine is covered nearly completely.. did you trim yours??

I honestly dont mind the feeling on the screen.

It doesn't feel rubbery to me, just feels like its wrapped in a material made to protect it from scratches..

No problems with friction, i dont apply that much pressure to my screen

The phone is glossier, which i wanted it to be anyways.

BTW it looks like the OP has a lot of dust under their shield, i would consider redoing it in a cleaner, less dusty environment.

Ill take pics of mine when im back home with a camera.
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For some reason your invisible shield's corners are different from mines, mine is covered nearly completely.. did you trim yours??

I honestly dont mind the feeling on the screen.

It doesn't feel rubbery to me, just feels like its wrapped in a material made to protect it from scratches..

No problems with friction, i dont apply that much pressure to my screen

The phone is glossier, which i wanted it to be anyways.

BTW it looks like the OP has a lot of dust under their shield, i would consider redoing it in a cleaner, less dusty environment.

Ill take pics of mine when im back home with a camera.
Indeed i did. Like i stated in my review, i some what stretched the material a *slight* bit and it seemed to have ruined the fitting. So i trimmed them off a little bit and it seemed to work a lot better that way.
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First thing I bought for my g1 was something like this product called Clearprotector . I am very satisfied. Cant beat the LIFETIME warranty.
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I am still using the screen protector that came with the g1 from the factory, and tbh I love it.. my friend ripped his off the day he got it and comments on how much smoother my screen is then his is.
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I just got done painstakingly applying my invisibleshield.
How forgiving are the bubbles that you can't squeegee out?
I have a few pinhead sized spots and am a little concerned about them sticking around.
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I just got done painstakingly applying my invisibleshield.
How forgiving are the bubbles that you can't squeegee out?
I have a few pinhead sized spots and am a little concerned about them sticking around.
Not very forgiving. Installed mine a week after receiving my phone (end of Oct.) and still have several spots on the back. Actually (looking at G1) I have 5 spots on the back. And the corners are not perfectly flat/smooth, thus some lint is trapped underneath the corners, making it very ugly.

BUT!
Totally scratch-proof! Love the skin.
Plan on getting a DecalGirl skin when/if I decide to remove this one.
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Those of you complaining about the Rubbery feel that adds friction.

It goes away with time. I've had the Invisible shield screen-only protector on my phone for over a month and it no longer gives resistance on the screen, and hasn't for a few weeks now. Fingers glide across this just like with the factory shield.

Just thought I'd toss that out there.
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