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  1. zentman

    zentman Member This Topic's Starter

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    that doesn't have at least 20 annoying bubbles underneath it. I may just ditch the whole concept and take my chances with the scratches.
     

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    Vihzel Destroying Balls Everyday VIP Member

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    I'm going naked with the Droid X. It's built like a tank and the screen is Gorilla Glass.
     
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    zentman Member This Topic's Starter

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    I was thinking of doing that. What about fingerprints. When the guy was showing me the phone at the store it got covered in them quickly.
     
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    ndfan4u Well-Known Member

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    Gorilla glass doesn't mean much from what other Android users are saying. I'm new to the Android world and I too was thinking nothing can scratch the screen, but I ain't taking chances. :p
     
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    Vihzel Destroying Balls Everyday VIP Member

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    Gorilla Glass isn't unscratchable, but it is very durable.
     
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    cvfd13 Well-Known Member

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    Is the X also naked? :D

    Sorry, could not resist.
     
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    i will help u put it on
     
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    esn Well-Known Member

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    I just purchased the verizon protectors for the first time and I find them much clearer than others I have purchased in the past . I use to use phantom skinz but they use to blur my screen.
     
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    zentman Member This Topic's Starter

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    The last one some sort of white stuff got underneath when I was putting it on. Made a huge mess.

    This time I noticed a frikkin dog hair stuck to it so I tried to scrape it of with a piece of plastic. The place where I removed the dog hair has a huge bubble as the glue got pushed around.

    I try to go very slowly and use a credit card to squish out bubbles as I proceed but I still get a few.
    These things are costing me 5 bucks a pop at the local cell store.
     
  10. JazzMat

    JazzMat Well-Known Member

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    I guess I got lucky. The CSR at the Verizon Store applied mine when I bought it, and he did it perfectly. No bubbles, hair or dust.

    Now I just have to figure out how to make this one last, 'cause I'll never get a replacement applied as well as this one.

    The best thing about the screen protector is the anti-glare quality it brings to the screen.
     
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    Steven58 Reformed PH VIP Member

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    I use steinheil anti fingerprint... can't beat it.
     
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    i had the guys at fiesta mall in mesa, put on some ghost armor. besides the fact that they tried to up sale me at every turn, the screen protector is fantastic. there is only the slightest orange peel on the outer black parts of the screen.. when the screen is on its super clear, and does seem to keep the finger prints down. the touch is the same. it does cover the whole screen. for 21.00 dollars installed i have nothing bad i can say. the guys did a good job. for piece of mind, you cant go wrong. also the whole phone kit did look pretty cool, but i got a decent case so i didnt go that route..
     
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    The biggest key, IMO, is once you lay it down, you can't move it....so be precise and be careful. If you're having a lot of difficulties, then it may be worth shelling out a few bucks more for someone else to do it
     
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    I second what Steven58 said steinheil is the best. I have installed it on 2 phones and have not had one bubble super easy to install. I am no expert and have had trouble with other brands getting the bubbles out.

    I used the ultra crystal on my X and you can hardly notice its there, only down side is the fingerprints as its just like glass.
     
  16. stronggeek

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    A... I mean my droid X is naked as well. :eek:

    No case Either.

    I had the Droid 1 from Nov til now and although it's been dropped a few times for the most part it's been "handled with care" I have no scratches whatsoever (just a few on the outside).

    It resided in my right front pocket (my X lives there now) -keys in the left so yep, you better bet it's going be safe in there anyway!

    Plus I have an insurance plan and I know how to use it!

    I rest my case. :D

    Paul
     
  17. Exiled

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    I just got a Zagg invisible shield and I'm pretty unhappy with it. I paid the Best Buy Mobile guy to apply it (which wasn't cheap...). The protector doesn't have air bubbles, but some dust spots and a tiny piece of hair must have gotten under there. I plan on going back to complain, or I may possibly try to re-do it myself. The protector itself is alright, but its a little too glossy and kind of sticky to the touch. Definitely not worth the $21.
     
  18. JubbaTheHutt

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    I'd definitely go back and complain; considering there is a lifetime warranty on shields, they better not charge you anything.

    If you do decide to do it yourself (which is what everyone should really do to begin with) make sure they refund you the ridiculous charge for applying it the first time. I really don't know how BB gets away with it in the first place...
     
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    Is there any chance they'd give me a new shield in Best Buy? I'm not liking the fact that I have to pay $4 for shipping for a new shield, when they screwed it up in the first place...

    Also, when they told me that they would apply the screen, they actually started the process (opened the box and got all the supplies out) then told me there was a charge for the service. $7.99, which is absolutely outrageous. I'm really pissed at BB right now.:(

    Seriously this thing looks horrible. Now that the shield has dried completely, I am sure that there is something wrong with it-- not just the drying process. The dust spots are so distracting. There's 4 on the bottom half of the screen, and one very obvious one on the black edge.
     
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    I actually can't stand having a naked phone. My fingers always stick to the screen. Not a candy sticky but just that my fingers wont slide on the screen. Waiting for my replacement droid x to put a screen protector on it.
     
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    I got my X from Best Buy and asked about the screen protector they offer. They said that if they mess up, they will redo it. I took it as though if I didn't like it then and there but honestly I don't know why this wouldn't apply after it has dried and you can see the final results. I'd go back and calmly ask about it
     
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    Probably dust underneath. One speck can create a bubble. One thing I learned about shields (I've done many) is to take your time and be prepared. Keep a can of compressed air and cellophane tape next to you. The tape to pluck dust off the screen/back of shield (and to pull an edge up) and canned air to blow off dust right before you apply the shield. Right before I applied the Steinheil I noticed on the black screen, dust bits forming on the surface withing seconds of clearing it. So you got to work fast. Amazing what's floating in your air. If you are patient and prepared, you'll have a perfect shield with no bubbles.
     
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    I bought a screen protector on eBay before I got my phone, so I applied it as soon as I got the phone.

    The trick is patience. Since I already was using it at the store, I had to get every last smudge off and then used canned air to blast away every bit of dust. It probably took 5 minuted to lay the protector on just right. No bubbles :).
     
  24. Foolish Mortal

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    This is great advice, schimm. I've applied Steinheils in the exact same way that you mention to numerous phones- mine, my relatives, my friends. Too many to count. Everyone comes to me, but I'm no master. I'm just patient. If you're patient, you'll get great results with the Steinheil protectors. I'm not so enthusiastic about wet applications though. I refuse to install them. If I'm doing someone a favor, they can do me a favor and provide something that I can work with.

    A good, small, LED flashlight helps to see the bits of dust that you normally wouldn't see in a typical room of your house.

    I tend to work with dry, semi-rigid protectors. They give the best results for me. I don't like using liquids because dust clings to fluid much more easily than a dry surface. You get dust in your fluid, and you have to start over... that sux.

    If you want a perfect looking application, you have to be meticulous, patient, and have an eye for the small details.

    1. Pick the least dusty room of your house. If you must, go into the bathroom, turn the shower up to as hot as it can go, and fog the bathroom up. Turn off the AC or heat, so that it doesn't kick up dust when it turns on, because it will at the worst possible time, and the vent in your room will create an invisible dust storm. Invisible that is, until you see the havoc that it has wreaked on your screen and protector. Wait for the mist to settle somewhat. I don't have to go to the bathroom, because I have a bedroom that we don't use for anything. Nobody really goes in there, so not much dust ends up in there. Open all packaging, and arrange your tools and workspace. Make sure that your tools (flashlight?) are clean and your workspace is clean.

    2. Wash your hands! Use soap. Wash them well. Don't pet your cat, dog, aardvark, girlfriend, or boyfriend after you've washed them. Dry them with a towel that is as lint free as possible. Don't touch your face or any other part of your body. After you wash your hands, your next objective is to apply the protector. If you get distracted and touch anything except what you're working with to apply the protector, then wash your hands again.

    3. Hold your protector up to your screen, before you do anything else, so you know what you're dealing with. Pay particular attention to how it lines up, and how you are going to place it to start the application. After you've cleaned, dusted, and started to apply the protector is the WRONG time to find out that you've misaligned it, and need to start it closer to the bottom, top, or side. You want to know in your mind how it's going to look before you apply it.

    4. Clean your screen. I use a moistened Zeiss eyeglass cleaning cloth, it's disposable and comes in a packet like a wet-nap, followed by the microfiber that is provided with the Steinheil protectors. The moistened cloth cleans up oils, etc., but leaves some lint and cleaner residue behind, thus, I follow it up with the microfiber.

    5. Inspect your screen for lint with a bright LED flashlight, using the can of compressed "air" in SHORT bursts to knock off whatever small pieces of lint that you may see. Long bursts only kick up dust in areas around the phone and defeat the purpose.

    6. Apply the protector as fast as you feel comfortable. Faster is better, but too fast means mistakes. You should already know how it lines up. Since the Steinheil is somewhat rigid, you don't have to worry about bubbles all that much, if you bend it slightly as you apply it. If you see a small bubble as you're applying it, then take your flashlight and make sure that it is not a piece of lint.

    Small bubbles with semi-rigid protectors are almost always caused by a small piece of lint or debris. If it is a piece of lint, and it's on the protector as you pull the protector up to remove it, take a piece of tape, or the stickers provided by some manufacturers, and remove that piece of lint. If it stays on the screen when you pull the protector up, then blast it with compressed air, making sure to point AWAY from the protector. Remember- SHORT bursts, as short as possible to get the job done. Be careful and do not touch the protector or screen with your fingers. Fingerprints and skin oils = bad application.

    I rarely have to use the bubble removal card provided, because I bend the semi-rigid protector slightly as I install it. The bubble removal card will not help if it is lint that is causing the bubble.

    This is a whole bunch of words for something that is essentially very easy to do, if you are patient and don't cut corners. If it wasn't easy, I'd tell everyone to go and pay someone to do it, instead of saying "sure, I'll do it for you".
     
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