The Zagg invisibleSHIELD review

I bought myself a Zagg invisibleSHIELD for my iPhone 4 earlier this month - the full body easy install. It arrived on Wednesday and was promptly installed. The shield is designed to protect your phone screen from scratches and scuffs.

I didn't bother with taking pictures or video or anything of the packaging or the installation because there are enough of those on the Internet, but here's some thoughts:
  • Installation was easier than I thought it would be. I'd read some horror stories online about people having trouble installing the protective covers on their iPhones, but mine went on with a minimum of air bubbles. I took the (obvious) advice of many on the Net by installing the backside cover first as practice. I did not get it entirely straight the first time around and had to peel it off and reinstall, but that went fine.
  • The backside shield does have some small air bubbles in it, but it's the back and they're not over the camera lens. So I don't care.
  • The front screen install went on well the first time around. I have two little air bubbles on the display part of the screen, but Zagg's instructions (and Net commentary) is that those will disappear pretty quickly. Even if they don't, it's not a deal-breaker. (Friday evening edit: The bubbles are gone.)
  • I suspect the installation went well because I read the instructions and followed them. Seriously, people, it works. Plus, make sure the invisibleSHIELD is well moistened before you apply it. Use the included spray pretty liberally. 
  • Post-installation, the invisibleSHIELD itself is slightly tacky to the touch. That doesn't affect the usage of the touchscreen. Some people have noted an "orange peel" effect. I have not - or, at least, none that bothers me.
  • More than protecting my front screen, so far the main plus of the invisibleSHIELD has been to minimize the fingerprint smudges on my phone. I have pretty oily skin, and my fingerprints smear like crazy. Since putting the shield on, fingerprint smears have been minimal.
So, based on a couple of day's usage, I'm satisfied. We'll see how it works in the long run and where there's any need to test Zagg's lifetime guarantee against scratches or wear.


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