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HTC Desire Screen Protectors?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by thomsonga, Aug 6, 2010.

  1. thomsonga

    thomsonga Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Firstly i'd like to say hi :) Just got my Desire and am beginning to mess around with it. Probably a shedload of questions coming your way in the next few weeks.

    First question - is it worth buying a screen protector? The one's marketed by ZAGG seem pretty good.

    Second Question - do any of them actually fit properly? I say this because I just bought a Case-mate case that came with a screen protector (added bonus!) but it doesn't fit properly (the top overlapped the plastic casing a little). There was absolutely no way to get it "flush" with the phone screen as it curves at the top.

    My guess is they just measured the height and width of the screen and didn't think about the actual shape of the screen. As it was a bonus to the product I bought I assume this is just out of lazyness.

    I used to work as a Nokia engineer, and I know what damage screen protectors that don't fit can do. Dust gets in, sticks to the protector's underside and basically acts like sandpaper on your screen causing irreversible damage :(

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  2. adam1985

    adam1985 Member

    Hey I have the zagg screen protector and think that it fits great, there is a very small gap, about 0.5mm at the edge of the protector but you are never going to get one that fits 100% of the screen and more importantly that you will get 100% square and in the center of the screen.

    I am very happy with zagg this is my 3rd phone with one and none of them have come off or got any dust underneath and I have had one on my mp3 player for about 4 years now and still going strong
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  3. thomsonga

    thomsonga Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Thanks for the reply.

    I'm not too fussed if it's a little small, in fact as you said if it's a little small I don't have to spend ages trying to centre it on my phone. If it's too big then issues arise :)
  4. adam1985

    adam1985 Member

    yea i just wish they were a british based company as getting the postage from america usually take about 7 working days. You can buy them on amazon and a few places but they are more expensive as they seem to just change the $ to
  5. Eugene's Mac

    Eugene's Mac Well-Known Member

    I find the Zagg a bit sticky compared to the free Case Mate one. I have the Zagg on my Desire and a free Case mate protector on my wife's iPhone. The case mate one does feel better as if you have no protector at all, but the zagg has the benefits of self healing and so generally scratch resistant. So all up to you.

    LECTER Android Expert

    So, is it recommended to get a screen protector?
  7. WozzaTT

    WozzaTT Well-Known Member

    Yeah - I'm interested in this. Is one really necessary if you're careful with your phone i.e. never put it in a pocket with keys and coins and so on. I read somewhere that even cotton can mark a screen but surely that's absolute nonsense?!!
  8. Eugene's Mac

    Eugene's Mac Well-Known Member

    always. Try to keep my Desire alone in my pocket, but the slightest slip up can have you regret it for the life of the phone. Had a pen in the same pocket and somehow managed to place a lot of pressure between the pen and screen. you could clearly see it. after about a day the imprint was gone from my Zagg protector. Zagg 1, pen 0
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    LECTER Android Expert

    I plan on always carrying it in a pouch, NEVER in my pocket though.
  10. fletchem

    fletchem Member

    I got a perfectly competent screen protector with this Car Starter Kit from MobileFun. It does a great job and doesn't cause "finger stick" like others I have used.
    I would recommend that kit - really good desire-specific car mount, USB cable that charges as if on AC, screen protector and fake leather pouch which has survived admirably in my pocket.
  11. WozzaTT

    WozzaTT Well-Known Member

    Looks good. I'm still looking for a car holder that will cope with the Desire being in a case though.
  12. Phenomenological

    Phenomenological Android Expert

    No protector here. Just a Krusell pouch for when I'm out and about.
  13. WozzaTT

    WozzaTT Well-Known Member

    What do you guys use to clean the screen before applying a screen protector?

    A polish with a microfibre cloth still seems to leave the screen fairly greasy and mucky which I guess is a no no before putting a screen protector on.
  14. tef89

    tef89 Android Enthusiast

    I've been using cheap (
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  15. nickkr

    nickkr Member

  16. Mushhushshu

    Mushhushshu Well-Known Member

    I use the martin fields one and have never had any issues with it. Cleaned screen with a camera lens cleaner cloth before applying, probably buffed it for 15-20 minutes to get it perfectly clean, then just went for it and it looks perfect. I think you have to get it spot on first time or its always gonna end up with bubbles or other imperfections.
  17. thomsonga

    thomsonga Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Looks like i'll be getting a screen protector then :)

    Gonna flip a coin between Martin Fields and Zagg. I did like the feel of the Case-Mate one as you couldn't tell it was there. Pitty it didn't fit properly.
  18. zafonic

    zafonic Android Enthusiast

    Martin Fields are the Rolls Royce of Screen Protectors in my humble opinion!
  19. adam1985

    adam1985 Member

    with the zagg ones you get a cloth to clean and it comes with application fluid stuff which you can use to give it a wipe first to make sure that there is no grease on the screen

  20. partridge

    partridge Android Enthusiast

    I did have a cheap screen protector, but it had one speck under the screen that constantly caught my eye so I peeled it off. I have to admit the screen feels better without it and I now keep the phone is a flip case when I'm carrying it and I take it out of the case at home, etc.

    I might put another protector on it, but to be honest unless you get one that is genuinely scratch resistant I don't see a lot of point, I'm pretty sure a scratch on my protector would have gone straight through to the actual screen.

    My rear case is the problem though, I already have a few scratches on the lens cover :( I could do with a protector just for that bit!
  21. dingdong3000

    dingdong3000 Newbie

    i've had my Vikuiti screen protector for desire for about 2 months.. its very good, i'd recommend!
  22. Casual Pete

    Casual Pete Android Enthusiast

    Got some cheapos from the bay,they do the job.Don't see much point in spending any more.
  23. zardoz99

    zardoz99 Newbie

    Absolutely agree... If you DO get a speck of dirt under it when applying them, they are very forgiving and will allow you to recover the situation without the adhesive getting damaged.

    Well worth the money, from MobileFun in the UK.
  24. bigbob10

    bigbob10 Member

    As the above posts have already mentioned martin fields is the 1 to get!!! Top quality. Its what i use! Worth the tenner!!
  25. donatolla

    donatolla Lurker

    Sorry to resurrect this old thread...but need to ask some clarifying questions.

    I bought a pack of these:
    5x Screen Protector Film Guard For HTC DESIRE BRAVO on eBay.ca (item 290455643721 end time 17-Aug-10 20:59:35 EDT)

    Typical cheap for a pack of 5 screen protectors, and I find them completely lacking. If anything, they amplify the finger print issue, and are harder to clear finger prints off.

    So I need something else.

    I have the Power Support Anti Glare Film on my iPod, and they are fantastic. They reduce glare (not a biggie for me), and all but eliminate finger prints as an issue (HUGE benefit). They are only made for Apple products though.

    Now, the Invisible Shield and Martin Fields protectors are rather expensive so I'd like to know more about them first.
    How are they for finger print resistence?
    How are the really for tranparentness?

    Thanks all (great forum btw)!

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