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Review: Full Body invisibleSHIELD for iPhone

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So – Anyone else tired of the post-SDK launch hype? Personally, I’m really excited but waiting until June is going to be like waiting for paint to dry. And 20 posts per site on each little thing in the SDK event is driving me crazy. So, lets break up the “news” for a little while and give you a look at the Zagg invisibleSHIELD for the Apple iPhone. Note: I bought this myself. This is not a review unit supplied by Zagg … so any glowing (or not so) praise is all me.

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Alright – not too exciting, but hey, you gotta start somewhere. Of course boxes are never too exciting but the packaging for the invisibleSHIELD is pretty nice compared to some of them that I receive. More on that in another review coming soon.

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Here’s what you get. In the first picture is the “solution” and the squeegee. In picture 2 is the invisibleSHIELD itself, a product registration card (not needed if you buy from their site) and some instructions/tips. Now frankly the boxed instructions could have been a bit more helpful, but there’s videos on the Zagg website to help you out if you need it. I decided not to use the videos – one because I’m a guy and we don’t stop to ask for directions and two because chances are good none of you folks are going to either. So – I’d rather get the same experience you folks will. Note: Use the videos and follow the tips on the installation page. You’ll be glad you did.

More after the break

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About the installation. TAKE YOUR TIME. And take lots of it. Most “screen protection” only takes a couple minutes to prep and apply. The invisibleShield Full Body shield is NOT one of those. It took me almost an hour to really get things applied properly and at least another hour of “perfecting”. By perfecting I mean going back every once in a while over multiple hours and re-sticking various parts and pieces – especially the corners – to make sure I didn’t have a lot of bubbles or loose edges sticking up. I figure I spent a few minutes here and there for a couple hours… so again don’t think you’re going to do this in 20 minutes and then be done.

There’s not enough solution by the way. Not to really do it the way I did and not for the full body application. I’m not sure if they short change this to save cash or what, but they could have filled the whole bottle and saved me the hassle for less than a penny I’m sure. I mixed a bit more and rolled on.

Back to the pictures. The ones above and the ones following were all taken shortly after the application. Notice the tiny air bubbles.

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During application make sure you’re in a fairly lint free area. If you aren’t – get in one or at least clean up the area you’re in by spraying some Pledge and having some paper towels around. I did it in a house that has 2 dogs and 2 cats … so if I can get a clean area so can you.

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Also – use a lint free cloth to help you soak up the fluid and hold things in place. The corners need a lot of love to get them stuck right and you don’t want a lint covered dust mop to hold them down! I have to thank my friends at Proporta for sending out a cloth a while back for another product – talk about a life saver!

So … after a couple hours of fiddle farting around with the application I finally got it all how I wanted it. Seriously … application is a pain in the arse. (It’s a family site – or I’d be a little more frank.)

Now … sit back, relax and don’t touch it for another 24 hours. Yea. You read that right. 24 fricking hours!! Luckily for me I have another phone to use so it wasn’t a big deal to put my iPhone down and pick up the AT&T 8525 I keep around. Honestly, it sucked. I used Windows Mobile for 12 hours – and I wanted to take it out back and shoot it to put it out of its misery. For those of you not so lucky to have another device floating around… call your friends before you start and tell them you’re out of commission for the rest of the day. You really don’t want to handle this thing for at least 12 hours. Once you get started you’ll see what I mean, but suffice it to say that handling a half dried device can lead to things “shifting” and “un-sticking”.

Anyway, sit back and relax. There’s drying time involved, as well as setup time, bubbles disappearing, and all of that jazz. Magically, the bubbles really do disappear! Well, for the most part.

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As you can see the back is almost completely bubble free. The front isn’t perfect – but darned near. I’ve got one tiny little bubble on the left side in roughly the middle. Not bad considering how many pets I have and how many bubbles I started with!

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And I managed to get all the corners to stick!! Or course they may not look like a “pro” did it … but I’m proud.

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So overall I think it looks alright. As you can see in the above pictures, there’s a lot of what I would call orange peel looks to the invisibleSHIELD. This is definitely going to be a drawback for a lot of people since the screen on the iPhone is one of the biggest draws of the device. But, can you take a razor blade or keys to the screen of your iPhone and not worry about it? Trade offs my friends – trade offs.

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The invisibleSHIELD also adds a bit of reflection to the screen itself which should be evident in these last pictures. But its really not as bad as I read around the web. I’ve used the OtterBox Defender on my iPhone for a looong time now and frankly I think between the two (screen only) the invisibleSHIELD is a lot easier on the eyes. The Defender however is still my favorite case… because it can take a serious beating and come back for more.

Another thing the pictures don’t show and I can’t take a picture of is how it responds to fingers all over it. Obviously the iPhone is a “touch” screen device. All interactions are mainly done through the screen. In all honesty it’s a bit tacky, but overall not really tough to get used to. You’re not sliding across glass anymore so there’s definitely some increased drag. If you’re used to sliding your finger along the glass and having your fingernail drag along behind it (ladies) you might want to trim them up a bit because it’s going to catch on the invisibleSHIELD. I figure this will take some getting used to, right along with the orange peel.

Anyway, here’s the wrap up. I just put this on yesterday so I don’t have any long term thoughts quite yet (I’ll follow up in a week or so) but here’s what I’ve got so far:

Pros:

Keys, Razor Blades, Pens, Pockets … you name it, you don’t have to fear it.

Lifetime Warranty. 30 Day Money Back.

Peace of mind.

“Grippy” – compared to the slickness of the sides on the iPhone itself, I’m a lot less worried about the iPhone sliding out of my hands.

Cons:

Installation/Application is a pain

Looong dry time

Orange Peel looks, Reflectivity of the screen, “grabby” feel if you’re a fingernail slider.

The Zagg invisibleSHIELD for the iPhone is $24.95 for the full body version and $14.95 for the front only.

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  • Fun Bobby

    Hey Brandon,

    I too have an Invisible Shield for my iPhone. I have to say that I am impressed you succeeded at all without watching the video! πŸ˜‰ I did watch the video and will emphasize this again for anyone else reading that you NEED TO WATCH THE VIDEO!!!! It has lots of useful tips about avoiding fingerprints under the cover and getting the corners to stick down.

    I have had mine on there for about a month now, and I keep it in the same pants pocket as my keys and still have no scratches, so I can say it lives up to the hype. I also really appreciate the tacky feel of the cover for handling the iPhone without worrying about dropping it.

    The only problem I had with the full body cover is the little pieces that go on the top and bottom on the silver ledge. I found they didn’t contour to the shape well and since they were the last pieces I was putting on, (and I was closing in on an hour), I just chucked them. Who cares if the silver ledge scratches up anyway? (Oh, and I also pulled off the home button sticker after using it for a few days. Again, who cares?)

    Overall, I am very pleased with it and would recommend it to anyone who has enough patience to apply it.

  • 3amSecurity

    Brandon,

    I also installed the invisibleSHIELD on my first iPhone and I wanted to share a couple things…

    If you take a shower and let the bathroom really steam up, it will cut the lint to almost zero.

    On my second iPhone, I tried a full body shield from BestSkinsEver dot com. I like their skin better because the corners were way easier to apply and the ‘feel’ of the screen was less ‘grabby’. Also, the service experience was much better from Best Skins Ever than from Zagg (invisibleSHIELD). I had emailed Zagg about their shipping, which was a reasonable 4-5 bucks when I ordered my first shield. But on the second order, I was bummed to see this:

    The only shipping options that we have are as follows:
    1.) UPS 2nd Day Air- $15.00
    2.) UPS 3 Day Air- $12.00
    3.) UPS Ground (4-6 days)- $7.50
    4.) USPS Global Express (1-2 days)- $25.00
    5.) Free Shipping (2 weeks)

    So I emailed them and asked them why the change. They didn’t get back to me, so I ordered the BSE skin for 8 bucks the next day. By the time Zagg returned my email, the BSE skin had already arrived and the BSE shipping was only 2 bucks. I mean, it’s just a thin package, why charge 12 bucks for 3 day delivery when you can drop it in a mailer for a fraction of that – which is what BSE did…

    Anyway, I’m really happy with the BSE skin. I’ve dropped my phone a few times and I think having either a BSE skin or Zagg skin really protects your iPhone investment…

    Thanks,

  • Brandon

    Both great comments. On the steam and shower … I never would have thought of that. Great idea!

    The silver “ledges” are pretty much horrible. I agree 100%. I managed to get them on there but I had “trim” them a bit to make it work. They lay be laser cut for the iphone, but they definitely don’t contour it very well.

    Shipping – I ordered the free shipping. I still got it within a week. Actually I was really surprised at how fast it got here and expected to have to wait the full 2 weeks.

    @3AM – if you had to choose – shipping/price/service aside – which one would you buy? All things being equal I really wonder which actual product you like better…

    Thanks for the comments!

  • iPhone in Canada

    Nice review, very thorough!

    When I reviewed the InvisibleShield, holy moly did it ever take me forever to install it. Talk about patience and time just keeping your finger down on the corners!

    But after it was all said and done, I have to admit the shield is pretty sweet. I have no worries when putting the phone in my pocket with keys, coins, or whatever! Best of all, no more ugly silicone case! πŸ™‚

  • Ragart

    I just installed a BSE full body shield and holy mother of god, it took me almost two hours. The bloody edges just REFUSED to stick and I spent an hour and a half on just getting them to stay down even with instructions. Anyway, leaving the iPhone to “cool down” now and am happy enough with the installation. I don’t see any bubbles on the screen, but there are def some things on the back…you know what I think would be a great addition? Some sort of “cornering” piece of plastic. You just slip it over and it’s moulded to the corner of the iPhone and you can do one corner at a time. Ima send that in as a suggestion now.

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