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The verdict's in: XO Skin sucks

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by BubbaNexus, Dec 31, 2011.

  1. lazy bum

    lazy bum Newbie

    no bubbles. Had a nice, clean installation.

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  2. kl68

    kl68 Member

    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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  3. chamjin

    chamjin Newbie

    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... :mad:
  4. s1ck s0n

    s1ck s0n Member

    I like mine, it is a tiny bit rubbery, I am very happy with mine, it covers the screen very nicely.
  5. chrisexv6

    chrisexv6 Member

    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.
  6. Theshape

    Theshape Well-Known Member

    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.
  7. JSK

    JSK Newbie

    Should have bought a SGP.
  8. SolidOrange

    SolidOrange Android Expert

    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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  9. edge

    edge Android Enthusiast

    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.
  10. BubbaNexus

    BubbaNexus Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    problems with reading comprehension? :eek:

    i mentioned i gave it a week to cure....and what exactly could i have "done wrong"?
  11. edge

    edge Android Enthusiast

  12. BubbaNexus

    BubbaNexus Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

  13. edge

    edge Android Enthusiast

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

    BubbaNexus Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    you got me! i put on both screen protectors for a two day period! :eek:
  15. BubbaNexus

    BubbaNexus Android Enthusiast
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  16. chrisexv6

    chrisexv6 Member

    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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  17. barqer

    barqer Newbie

    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.
  18. ckelly33

    ckelly33 Android Expert

    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!
  19. BubbaNexus

    BubbaNexus Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    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.....
  20. ib4

    ib4 Lurker

    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.
  21. BubbaNexus

    BubbaNexus Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    If youre going to send it back, id just get a refund.
  22. DroidR

    DroidR Lurker

    +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.
  23. batwings1

    batwings1 Well-Known Member

    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.
  24. reggie16

    reggie16 Member

    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.
  25. skiflyer

    skiflyer Well-Known Member

    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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