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Screen protectors - 3 month retrospective

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by skiflyer, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. skiflyer

    skiflyer Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    I went with the XO screen protector right after I got my nexus. I've recently had to get a replacement device, so I'm debating replacing the screen protector.

    I liked the XO, it definitely protected the screen. The old device looks brand new. Didn't mind the rubbery feeling at all.

    I did not like the difficulty of cleaning it, but wasn't too bothered by it.

    I did not like the pock marks left in the protector from things like keys and fingernails. They weren't terrible but they were definitely a negative.

    So now, three months in, wondering what other people think about their protectors and lack thereof.

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  2. AntimonyER


    Happy with my Zagg. still in mint condition and no peeling or anything.
  3. sneakking

    sneakking Android Enthusiast

    mine has been naked for almost 4 months

    if i look at it from a certain angle with the screen turned off i can see about 5 or 6 slight scratches which don't impair normal viewing at all

    for comparison, my og droid was naked as well and had 1 or two small, but visible with the screen on, scratches

    these are not like that, and I will continue to leave it uncovered
  4. Dubbin1

    Dubbin1 Android Expert

    I picked up a 3 pack of protectors off ebay for $3, still looks like the day I put it on back on launch day. Perfect fit, seems to handle finger prints well, smooth as a babies butt and can be removed and put back on if needed. I just don't understand why people pay more than a few bucks for these things.
  5. sperho

    sperho Android Enthusiast

    My Steinheil Ultraoleophobic has been holding up well over the past several months. When I replace it (probably not for several more months), it will be with another Ultraoleophobic.
  6. Turdbogls

    Turdbogls Android Expert

    never had a protector on her for 3 months. i only keep it in my pocket with nothing else though...and then it usually sits on a table/desk the rest of the time. so i take it easy on my phones.
  7. Outatime

    Outatime Android Expert

    I have never used a screen protector. My launch day Incredible and my launch day GNex are as flawless as they day I bought them.
  8. Mahalo

    Mahalo Android Enthusiast

    +1 on Zagg. Good as new and is in my pocket with keys a lot. Also, rarely gets smudges and easy to clean when it does.
  9. magpullin

    magpullin Well-Known Member

    It's true alot of times you can get the cheapo protectors and they are just as good, if not actually the same ones as the expensive ones. Sometimes though you get the cheapo ones and they are useless. It is a crap shoot alot of times so some people just decide to spend more one time and know they are getting quality.
    I got a 3 pack of cheap ones from the Verizon store when I got my GNex (cuz I had too). They were still $12.99 because it was at the Verizon store. Ebay prolly has 'em for $3, but they work great and I am still on the first one.
  10. Mr. Link

    Mr. Link Android Enthusiast

    Naked. Love the feeling. :)
  11. Demache

    Demache Android Expert

    The Zagg protector on my Eris lasted nearly 2 years. If I say so myself, that's a pretty damn long time for a little piece of plastic to cling to a phone! Actually, it seemed to have yellowed a bit. :s: After using it for so long I think I smoothed out some of the bumps that some people complain about. :D

    Not so sure I'm liking the one that's on my Nexus though that I got from VZW. Seems to scratch pretty easy unlike the Zagg one did. I suppose if this one ever falls off I know who I'm going back to.
  12. willstilson

    willstilson Newbie

    Do they fit the whole screen? Dry application or wet? Got a link?
  13. Dubbin1

    Dubbin1 Android Expert

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  14. twflys

    twflys Member

    I had the Zagg on this phone and on my previous one. I switched to XO and could not be happier. No rubbery feeling or yellowing like the Zagg. I can hardly tell the XO is even there.

    For those that say they have been running this thing naked for months and it is as good as new. Impossible, granted, the light scratches are only noticeable at certain viewing angles, but trust me they are there. My gf doesn't have a screen protector on hers and it is covered in micro scratches.

    The XO skin is worth every bit of what I paid for it.
  15. sneakking

    sneakking Android Enthusiast

    Possible, the few scratches on mine have absolutely no impact on my viewing pleasure, sorry to disappoint
  16. AntimonyER


    Since I have taken to selling my old phone when I get a new one, screen protector goes on immediately. Although I might keep the Nexus as my insurance policy, it's that good.
  17. Copacetic

    Copacetic Android Expert

    I had the Stenheil oleophobic and loved everything about it except the smaller size. Switched to the Steinheil Flex and I most say, I love it!
  18. Outatime

    Outatime Android Expert

    No, they aren't. Tilt either of my phones at any angle you want with a back light to show up any imperfections and they are flawless. My Inc was and my GNex is used heavily.
  19. AntimonyER


    I wonder if it had to do not just with usage, but environment, People who live in areas with more abrasive dirt, or wear rougher/tighter clothes, etc.
  20. Outatime

    Outatime Android Expert

    I wondered that too. Like if you live in a sandy region the odds of a scratch would go way up, you'd think.
  21. willstilson

    willstilson Newbie

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  22. quiklives

    quiklives Android Enthusiast

    Just inspected mine with screen off and bright light on it, not a single mark that doesn't rub off.

    You'd think that, but I live at the beach in FL, and my GNex stays in my pocket (admittedly by itself) biking to the beach, days at Disney, work, school, etc...and it's flawless.
  23. The_Chief

    The_Chief Accept no imitations!
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    I put the Steinheil Flexes on my Nexus in January and last week I discovered a huge gouge in it... right in the middle of the screen! I have no idea where the gouge came from, as I baby my phone and it's either in my holster or at bedside as my clock at night.

    I put the second one in the pack on and, despite their claims that small air bubbles will dissipate after a few days, the air bubbles persist.

    Anyway, not too happy a camper with the Flex. I'm going to have a go with the XO skins and we'll see if they fare any better.

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