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Old December 31st, 2011, 02:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Thumbs down The verdict's in: XO Skin sucks

just pulled my second replacement one they sent me off my GN. too rubbery-but i could deal with that.

the major issue was how bad it affected touch sensitivity, and how it things on the screen would highlight that i didn't touch causing the browsing experience to be a pain the neck.

it also has a slight orange peel affect, makes the screen grainy, and leaves the edges unprotected. i had it one for a week-more than enough time to "cure".


thumbs down on xo skin.


anyone know a good skin that covers the entire screen? thanx

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I have xo and my screen is for the most part completely covered....think you ordered the wrong one. None of those other issues either.
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I hate XO when i had it on my iPhone...sticky protector!
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I have xo and my screen is for the most part completely covered....think you ordered the wrong one. None of those other issues either.
I don't think he's saying the XO doesn't cover the entire screen. I think he's saying that because of the shortcomings he listed, he's looking for another screen protector that also covers the entire screeen.
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maybe in your opinion. I dont see any orange peel on mine. its clear as glass. Smooth to touch and doesn't change the look of the screen. way better than zagg. Thumbs up for me!
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I will say that mine did/does have a slight rubbery feel, but I have gotten used to it. It was a concern at first being that I never had a protector for either my og Droid or thunderbolt. I do prefer the feel of the naked glass, but I like no scratches better.
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welp i do dislike the fact i just just cleaned it with a paper towel and that scratched the sh** out of my protector. like what the crap is that!
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I love mine,makes the screen shows the beauty of it and I dont see any orange peel
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I've also had what seems like minor scratches on the protector, but they have always rubbed out.... use a soft cloth or your shirt to clean your screen
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maybe in your opinion. I dont see any orange peel on mine. its clear as glass. Smooth to touch and doesn't change the look of the screen. way better than zagg. Thumbs up for me!
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I was amazed that the bubbles cleared up within a day and the protector is beautiful. It does have a very very slight drag but not bad at all, surely no where near as bad as a Zagg which I hate. I think it's a beautiful screen protector and it fits my screen nicely.
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just pulled my second replacement one they sent me off my GN. too rubbery-but i could deal with that.

the major issue was how bad it affected touch sensitivity, and how it things on the screen would highlight that i didn't touch causing the browsing experience to be a pain the neck.

it also has a slight orange peel affect, makes the screen grainy, and leaves the edges unprotected. i had it one for a week-more than enough time to "cure".


thumbs down on xo skin.


anyone know a good skin that covers the entire screen? thanx


Otter Box.. when i First bought my GN i bought a Screen protector and no case. Once i put the Screen protector on i found the Otter Box Defender which is a very strong case and has a screen protector build into it. So i slapped that one on my GN on top of the original VZW screen protector i bought and with the Otter Box screeen protector on top i have NO touch issue. Screen is still super responsive and i am very impress with the case
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Had an XO skin on mine. Needless to say it only lasted a couple hours before I ripped it off. Fitment was perfect though.
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I don't think he's saying the XO doesn't cover the entire screen. I think he's saying that because of the shortcomings he listed, he's looking for another screen protector that also covers the entire screeen.
it didn't cover the entire screen, which kinda defeats the purpose of a screen protector.....
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welp i do dislike the fact i just just cleaned it with a paper towel and that scratched the sh** out of my protector. like what the crap is that!
Same thing happened to me except I used a microfiber towel and it scratched it. Gave it a while and it didn't go away so I'm now in the XO Skins is crap group. Why put a screen protector on to protect against scratches only to always have scratches on your screen protector.
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I agree with the op. Took my XO skin off after one day and threw it away. The rubbery feel was awful. Going naked now. My 2 year old dinc has no scratches on the screen, so I'm not worried about scratching the Gnex.
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Had an XO skin on mine. Needless to say it only lasted a couple hours before I ripped it off. Fitment was perfect though.
They really do get better when they set, 2 hours definitely isn't a fair chance for them, it's just a waste of money if you're not going to let it set to try it out.

There is a slight rubbery feel and very slight orange peel but it's quite good compared to other screen protectors I've used in the past. I haven't had any issues with the touch or selection on the screen from it.

The tiny bubbles and the cloudiness truly do go away like it says on the instructions
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I have XO skin on my, i will say its better then zagg, it was easier to install, i don't have no color effect. Does have that rubbery feel to it, but i got used to it. So overall i am very satisfied with XO skins. Paid like $11 for it, which is not bad at all.

On my Droid, i had the boxwave and still do, it feels like your touching the real glass, no rubbery feel at all. Its dry installation. If somebody has this on their nexus please do comment and leave your review.

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I have XO skin on my, i will say its better then zagg, it was easier to install, i don't have no color effect. Does have that rubbery feel to it, but i got used to it. So overall i am very satisfied with XO skins. Paid like $11 for it, which is not bad at all.

On my Droid, i had the boxwave and still do, it feels like your touching the real glass, no rubbery feel at all. Its dry installation. If somebody has this on their nexus please do comment and leave your review.

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i saw the good reviews on these. wish it covered the top part too....
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I have an XO Skins on mine and have had no problems with it what so ever. The polyurethane screen protectors like XO, InvisibleShield, GhostArmor are all very similar. However I have found XO to be the best out of the bunch and I dont notice a rubbery feel at all. Have it on my GNex and GTab 10.1 and no complaints from me.

If you dont want this type of screen protector, then go with something like boxwave. Had it on my OG Droid as well and it did a decent job. Scratched easily and lost its feel over time.

Screen protectors in my opinion are all personal preference, dont like the polyurethane ones, then go with a different kind.
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mine has a rubbery feel and I'm also noticing the delay/difficulty with my screen response to touches now. Good to know it's probably the XO and not my phone.
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mine has a rubbery feel and I'm also noticing the delay/difficulty with my screen response to touches now. Good to know it's probably the XO and not my phone.

The slight rubbery feel stays, the delay on the screen shouldn't. I definitely don't think this protector is perfect but I've had zero issue with screen response though. I assume it's totally set and doesn't have any bubbles or streaks under the skin?

I'll definitely report back if I have any issues cause I don't want to mislead anyone, just wanted to be sure to point out that not all the xo skin users are having issues with it
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i messed up my application and i had 2-3 big bubbles by the bottom right corner after about 12 hours. Now i think i am going to have to wait and see if they clear up, if not i will have to pull it off and get a replacement.
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I actually like the standard verizon screen protectors. They don't go all the way to the edges as not to interfere with a case.
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My XO skin has a slight rubbery feel and definitely messes with the double tap ability.
Contrary to OP, mine covers the whole screen.
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hmm i ordered an xo but not sure if i want to put it on now. I have the one that came with my diztronic case which does not have a rubber feel (it's a plastic dry application type protector).
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The slight rubbery feel stays, the delay on the screen shouldn't. I definitely don't think this protector is perfect but I've had zero issue with screen response though. I assume it's totally set and doesn't have any bubbles or streaks under the skin?

I'll definitely report back if I have any issues cause I don't want to mislead anyone, just wanted to be sure to point out that not all the xo skin users are having issues with it
no bubbles. Had a nice, clean installation.
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Installed my XO yesterday, had a few micro bubbles that went away in 12 hours (left it in the sun for a 1 hr or so), no orange peel, no grainy screen, and very clear. The wife couldn't tell that I had on a screen protector, and it covered the entire screen (remember there's two types of XO protectors for the GN, you probably got the Case Fit one that doesn't cover the entire screen). Slight rubbery feel but not bad at all. Overall, I'm happy with it.
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it's been five days since i threw away skinomi protective skin and put on xo skin.

Really easy to install, no bubble
skin covers almost whole screen. around 0.5mm on each side, but it's not noticeable. It has only slight orange peel look. You will only see it if you reflect direct light on it and check.

However as much as I wanted this skin to look perfect, screen looks streaky. It is also somewhat hard to scroll.

So i am going to try SGP flex and see what happens...
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I like mine, it is a tiny bit rubbery, I am very happy with mine, it covers the screen very nicely.
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I LOVE the Steinheil Ultra Crystal protector for my Fascinate, but it doesnt seem like they are making the UC for the Nexus. I may give their "Flex" version a shot, the UC is literally crystal clear....zero orange peel that I can say, I know they are "expensive" but Im very impressed. I only hope the Flex is just as nice.
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Have had Zagg on everything I own from ps3 to remotes, camera screens and phones and iPad. Also tried ghost armor on a few of my phones. I can say out of the wet application install protectors. This has the least amount of orange peel I mean very very little. Also covers the whole screen also no distortion at all. A lot less rubbery feel especially compared to the other two brands I previously mentioned.
I read a lot of the complaints about these wet install protectors and it seems that is just the nature of this protectors material. But out of the three (zagg, ghost, & xo) the xo has the least of these symptoms in my experience.
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Should have bought a SGP.
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I LOVE the Steinheil Ultra Crystal protector for my Fascinate, but it doesnt seem like they are making the UC for the Nexus. I may give their "Flex" version a shot, the UC is literally crystal clear....zero orange peel that I can say, I know they are "expensive" but Im very impressed. I only hope the Flex is just as nice.
i am very unimpressed with the Flex. still has the rainbow banding that people are describing on much cheaper protectors (skinomi, klearkare, etc.) at 5x the price. the first one i put on was horrible, let it cure for 72 hours, but the rainbow banding was just unbearable. my second one is not as bad as the first, but still enough to annoy me. i really wish there was a viable option for screen protectors on this phone, but so far, there doesn't seem to be. i ran my thunderbolt screen naked and it ended up scratched to hell from being carried in my pocket. i wanted to be more careful with the GNex, but it looks like a naked screen is the only way to enjoy screen clarity at the moment.
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You probably didn't let it dry all the way. Mine covered all of the screen as well and doesn't have orange peel. The "rubbery feel" also went away after a day or so of drying. I have noticed tiny scratches some times appearing, but they self heal after a day or so, for deep ones I use a blow drier to warm up the skin and rub them out. Other ones can't do that. With so many people liking XO and being fans on here, you must have done something wrong.
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You probably didn't let it dry all the way. Mine covered all of the screen as well and doesn't have orange peel. The "rubbery feel" also went away after a day or so of drying. I have noticed tiny scratches some times appearing, but they self heal after a day or so, for deep ones I use a blow drier to warm up the skin and rub them out. Other ones can't do that. With so many people liking XO and being fans on here, you must have done something wrong.
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i mentioned i gave it a week to cure....and what exactly could i have "done wrong"?
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Looks like I misread yours as damstr.. but according to your post here.. XO Skin arrived today... not what everyone makes it out to be you got the replacement on the 29th? Problems with Math?
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Looks like I misread yours as damstr.. but according to your post here.. XO Skin arrived today... not what everyone makes it out to be you got the replacement on the 29th? Problems with Math?

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Your OP on here was on the 31st. You said you got a replacement on the 29th. I count 2 days there..
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Your OP on here was on the 31st. You said you got a replacement on the 29th. I count 2 days there..

you got me! i put on both screen protectors for a two day period!
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i am very unimpressed with the Flex. still has the rainbow banding that people are describing on much cheaper protectors (skinomi, klearkare, etc.) at 5x the price. the first one i put on was horrible, let it cure for 72 hours, but the rainbow banding was just unbearable. my second one is not as bad as the first, but still enough to annoy me. i really wish there was a viable option for screen protectors on this phone, but so far, there doesn't seem to be. i ran my thunderbolt screen naked and it ended up scratched to hell from being carried in my pocket. i wanted to be more careful with the GNex, but it looks like a naked screen is the only way to enjoy screen clarity at the moment.
Good to know, unfortunately

Ashame there doesnt seem to be a really good protector out there. Doesnt look like they are making an Ultra Crystal for it either, it seems the outer edges of the glass are a little "bevelled" so the dry contact glue wont stick to them.....I noticed at least one person with the same issue using the Boxwave protector........it just didnt adhere to the outer edges. Granted, the right case may cover right over it, but still.

I might give the Boxwave a try....its a dry install, and it seems to be cut to cover the WHOLE screen. According to their site the areas around the edges should eventually conform and stick like the rest of the protector, so maybe thats the best bet right now for this phone.

I really really didnt want to leave it naked, I just know Ill pull some dumb dumb move and end up scratching it.
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The rubbery feel of the XO skin will go away. Mine was pretty rubbery for a couple days after putting it on, but it seems that using it made it go away. Its super smooth now. No orange peel. A soft T shirt wipes away any marks I've seen on it.

If you are scratching it with a paper towel, what the heck are you doing to it? Mine seems near bulletproof so far.
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I'm not a fan of the rubbery feel as compared to the dry screen savers. It is the best best wet application screen saver I've used though.

I had it on my original Nexus but had to replace the phone. I removed it and it say on my countertop for 2-3 days. Last night I was curious what it would do it if I reapplied it. Amazingly it looked great (still rubbery though). It had a couple of crumbs underneath it so I peeled off again and ran it under some warm tap water and got the crumbs off then soaked it with the application fluid and reapplied. Curing now but it still looks good!!

Amazing product if I can get used to the feel!
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i ordered the steinheil oleophobic screen protectors last night. they leave a little uncovered at the bottom, but everyone says they are crystal clear and dont feel rubbery.

like another poster said, there really is a very limited selection of quality skins for this phone.....
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I've had my XOSkin on my GNex for about a week now. I messed up during the installation process (well at the time, I didin't think I did) and long story short, there are 4 ugly little bubbles down near where the LED light is. Additionally, several streak marks that look like ugly smudges are visible really only when the screen is off. I'm 50-50 on whether to take it off or leave it on. and if i take it off, I'm 50-50 on whether to pay a little extra to get a replacement or just leave it off.
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I've had my XOSkin on my GNex for about a week now. I messed up during the installation process (well at the time, I didin't think I did) and long story short, there are 4 ugly little bubbles down near where the LED light is. Additionally, several streak marks that look like ugly smudges are visible really only when the screen is off. I'm 50-50 on whether to take it off or leave it on. and if i take it off, I'm 50-50 on whether to pay a little extra to get a replacement or just leave it off.
If youre going to send it back, id just get a refund.
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You probably didn't let it dry all the way. Mine covered all of the screen as well and doesn't have orange peel. The "rubbery feel" also went away after a day or so of drying. I have noticed tiny scratches some times appearing, but they self heal after a day or so, for deep ones I use a blow drier to warm up the skin and rub them out. Other ones can't do that. With so many people liking XO and being fans on here, you must have done something wrong.
+5 for every point quoted - to take out a scratch get it warm, squirt a little of the cleaning solution that came with it on a microfibre cloth and they come right out. You have to give these XO skins a few days to mature and bond to the surface and the rainbow/cloudiness and bubbles disappear. Nearly all of the stickiness goes away as well in a week.
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Have had the XO on my GNex since day one and I am very happy with it. My wife has gone through a Zagg and 3 or 4 dry protectors. Nothing has been better than the XO INHO.
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i had tons of bubbles after i kinda messed up the installation. I had 2 big ones in the bottom right corner but decided to wait it out before i bought another one. Low and behold, about 4 days after initial installation all the bubbles were gone and i have a crystal clear cover. almost all the rubbery feeling is gone now. I love it.
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XO installed last night, lots of relatively small bubbles but not what I would've called micro. Woke up and they were all gone.

I've got about a 1mm gap between the protector and the bottom of the phone, other than that I'm pretty pleased. I tend to shun screen protectors, but my DroidX got some pretty good dings in the glass so I decided to give it a go this time around.

So far so good.
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