Clarivue Anti-glare screen protector for Droid


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  1. joneee

    joneee Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Two weeks ago I got the Clarivue ultra-clear screen protector and wrote a review which can be read here. I wanted to try the anti-glare version so I e-mailed Clarivue and they happily exchanged my ultra-clear for an anti-glare version. They sent me the anti-glare version first so that my screen could remain protected in agreement that I would send back the ultra-clear protector.

    So now this review will cover Clarivue's anti-glare screen protector. Packaging was the same as the ultra-clear protector, so I will not post pictures of the package, only pictures of the protector on the phone.

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    Two different backgrounds so that you can compare the color and contrast with the protector on. I apologize for the blurriness of the second picture.

    The application process:
    Application of this product was still very simple. This time around, however, I applied the protector while the hot water from my shower was steaming my bathroom. It helped with the dust a bit though I still managed to get two little pieces in there. I easily got rid of them with some tape.

    Fit:
    I learned from my previous experience and decided to level the protector so that the top and bottom have an equal amount of free space. In my previous installation, I made the protector align around the top edge, leaving me with 1mm of empty space on the bottom. Now that I've done it this way, it feels like it covers the screen much better.

    Clarity:
    This is where I hesitated on the anti-glare version at first but it's really not as bad as I had imagined. Of course the matte finish affects the clarity, but I would estimate that I still get about 90% clarity. I should also mention you will notice small red/blue/green dots throughout the screen with a white background. I believe this is normal for anti-glare protectors and it's not incredibly troublesome nor annoying, yet...
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    It was difficult to capture a good picture to illustrate how the screen actually looks like, however this comes fairly close.

    Fingerprints/oils/markings:
    Along with the anti-glare also comes anti-fingerprints which is true to a degree. It reduces the visibility of finger prints by approximately 90% but you can still notice it, specially when the screen is off. It doesn't stand out as much as it would without it, but if you look for it you'll find it.

    Feel:
    The website doesn't promote a "smooth finish" so I was curious to feel how it would be like. I'm happy to report that the matte finish still gives the protector a very smooth finish. Also, as you swipe your finger, the protector will create a quiet "swoosh" sound which I find quite satisfying.

    Sensitivity:
    From what I can tell, there is no lag between my touch and the phone's response. I know some have stated that they've noticed a slight lag when using the anti-glare protector, but I have had no such issue with this one.

    Functionality:
    And finally it all comes down to, how's the anti-glare on this thing? EXCELLENT. How so? Well for one, your Droid will no longer serve as a mirror. Secondly, in direct sunlight, the sun will seem "washed out" thus making it much easier to view. If you use a mount in your car, this protector will block out all glare very effectively and give you the bright screen that you've been longing for. Case in point, this protector does a marvelous job at blocking glare while still providing great clarity to the screen.

    Satisfaction:
    I am even more satisfied with this screen protector than I was with the ultra-clear. As for me, the fingerprints were killing me so I had to exchange it. I actually enjoy the feel of the matte finish more than the "glass" sensation.

    Final thoughts:
    Some people would argue that they prefer the clear over anti-glare because of the clarity advantage, but I cannot see a big enough difference to choose one over the other. Then again, I actually like the look of anti-glare.
    I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great anti-glare screen protector! You can't beat the price and quality!
     

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  2. johnlgalt

    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian VIP Member

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    Thanks for being pro-active and asking them for the exchange. Did you perchance also link them to the reviews?

    One more question - how well is the anti-glare in direct sunlight (assuming you can find any of that now lol)? Reason I am asking is that I originally wanted the ultra-clear one for my DROID, but after thinking about it I realized that here in the hot GA sun, in the spring, summer, and autumnal months trying to use the DROID as a Nav device may not work so well if I am unable to see it due to the intense solar glare.

    Also, if you can get a proper filter / a pair of cheap Wal-Mart pair of polarized sunglasses, can you attempt to tell me how that looks with the anti-glare protector? I can only wear polarized lenses for sunglasses as I wear contact lenses for extreme near sightedness, or myopia, and the glare from the sun here, even in the friggin winter, is murder on my eyes. Thus, I need to know if I am able to use the anti-glare with the polarized lenses....

    In fact, since they were willing to listen to you with this situation, I may as well just contact them myself, and explain my situation, with the note that I will buy (initially) an anti-glare and test it with the glasses, and if it works great, and if not, then if they will allow me to swap it for the ultra-clear....

    Thanks for the idea, and both reviews!
     
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    joneee Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    I've updated the review to include how well the anti-glare works. But all in all, it's fantastic. In direct sunlight, the sun will appear "washed out" and though you can still notice the sun on the screen, the phone becomes much more usable and visible.
     
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    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian VIP Member

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    Thanks for the info - I am contacting their sales / CS tomorrow to set up my trial run of the anti-glare.
     

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