Just Bought a Steinheil Protector

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    I got fed up with the "rainbow effect" of the VZW screen protector and the fact that it didn't cover the entire screen. Since my fiancé will be receiving her Droid X in the mail on Wednesday, I figured, "why not do what some of the other forum guys are doing and get a really nice protector and surprise her in the process?

    So I went online after reading a bunch of opinions, and purchased a pair of Steinheil Ultra Crystal protectors...I'm so excited to try them out! I had a Zagg on my Storm before I knew any better and thought that was as good as it got (I hated the orange peel and stickiness of it.)

    ***EDIT***

    They finally came in, and WOW. If there were ever an accessory everyone ought to purchase for their device, it's this single product. Coming off of a Zagg protector on my old Storm, and a couple of crappy Verizon ones I bought initially for my Droid X (in all their rainbow-looking, poor-fitting, matte-finish glory), I wasn't expecting a whole lot. I've always figured one would have to always make a compromise with visibility or tactile feel/function using one; not so, here!

    The following photos were shot with my Droid X, of my fiance's Droid X. Yes, we're both that cool and own the same phone =]

    Here's the pack of protectors with my fiance's phone, ready for the install in my bathroom:

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    The package came with two screen protectors in their own individual sleeves, a microfiber cloth, a squeegee, and something unfamiliar to me-- "dust removal stickers." The sight of these included in the package gave me the immediate impression that these protectors meant business.

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    After reading what some others did to keep the dust down, I decided to follow along and turn on the shower and close the door to the bathroom to allow humidity to increase, thereby keeping dust to a minimum. I began cleaning the screen.

    I applied rubbing alcohol to the microfiber and began to wipe all the visible dirt and oil off the screen. Within one minute, it became apparent I had turned the shower on too hot; condensation began to accumulate on the screen! So I turned the shower off and kept wiping, over and over (the ocd in me.) I got the dirt off to what I considered acceptable, then used the dust removal stickers and individually plucked off a few persistent specks of dust. The screen was ready for application.

    I began peeling away the backing of the first protector, and the difference between this screen protector and others was immediately apparent. We're talking night and day here, folks. Absolutely nothing flimsy about this one! It's literally a hard sheet of plastic with some applicator on the backside. No liquid involved! The beauty of having such a firm product as opposed to the limp stuff allows for extreme ease of alignment. Just line the top of the protector with the top of the screen and begin setting it from top to bottom, slowly pulling away at the backing as you go. In seconds, it was down, and perfectly in line with the screen.

    A slight rub with the squeegee, then removal of the green front film (don't worry, the actual protector is clear, not green) and VOILA!! I was shocked at what I saw:

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    Just look at it. Perfect fitment, perfect clarity, and perfect tactile feel.

    With one rub of my finger across it, I was sold. There is ZERO orange-peel. There is ZERO flex. There are absolutely ZERO compromises with this screen protector. Just the stunning Droid X screen in all it's glory. The photos don't even begin to do it justice! Once I reattached her case, my fiance said, "Wow, it's really on there? That's crazy...I don't see it or feel it." It looks EXACTLY like glass to my 20/10 vision. It feels EXACTLY like the glass underneath it. Smooth, shiny, and seamless. It just doesn't get any better than this!

    The consistency of the cut was dead-on with both protectors, too-- just a hair shy of the edges on all sides to allow a slight margin of imperfect alignment. We're talking one hair width. It's perfect.

    To top it all off-- its resistance to oil is far superior than a naked screen. So seriously, I'm putting it out there: I think the screen is actually BETTER now than it was naked!

    Case in point, if you've made it this far in my review: GO TO sgpstore.com or ebay (where I bought mine) and BUY IT NOW!

    I should note: putting the second one on my phone was just as easy. Just make sure you do the shower trick, and you won't end up wasting one.

    Any questions, feel free to ask and I'll answer to the best of my ability.

    P.S. What I've found entertaining is letting others use the phone, and then asking them if they can believe that they aren't actually touching the glass, but a screen protector. I have yet to come across a single person that isn't shocked! Hope this info helped all you guys who are on the fence about the Steinheil! :icon_ banana:
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    Others have suggested to go to the bathroom, close the door and run the shower to keep down the chance that dust falls on the screen during installation. I just installed mine earlier this evening - the directions are pretty clear - just line it up since unlike the VZ one, it covers the whole front glass, not just the screen.
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    Looking forward to your review.. I've got a Zagg Invisible Shield purchased, (used these on several phones before) but I am waiting to install, I want to hear more about he Steinheil's...
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    Yea, definitely go into the bathroom and run the shower. No chance of dust. I have the steinheil crystal clear on my droid and I love it. Looks and feels like glass.
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    Just get away from your sink, vanity, etc. Instead of dust you'll get hair and other junk. LOL!!
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    Delaney22, you haven't seen my bathroom - you can stand in the middle and touch all 4 walls, so I couldn't get away from the sink. I ran the shower, and did it on the sink - I got 1 speck the first time, then used the dust remover strip and get it done clean. I found the screen was a little weird at first - but that could be from over squeeging it. It works fine now, and it is really crystal clear.
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    It just got here! About to attempt in 5 minutes on my fiance's phone, then mine. Doing it with the shower running...wish me luck! >:]
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    Zagg is a scam. Honest to God I think it's a scam. I've never used such a worthless product in my entire life.
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    KEEP THAT ZAGG AWAY FROM YOUR SCREEN!!!

    Now that's been said, I got the Steinheils installed on both of our DXs, and I am totally blown away!! I took photos, and will do a writeup tomorrow evening. Rich, as a former user of Zagg, take it back and buy Steinheil.

    Stay tuned for pics and details tomorrow. This thing is insane.
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    Hey guys,

    Just throught I would comment, I just got my Stienheil too - I got the cystal and the fingerprint ones. Tried them both, and decided on the fingerprint protector one. Its a little more matted, but my hands sweat a lot so I really needed the fingerprint protection. In any event its still very clear, looks great and fits perfectly. Installation was a breeze. Since they send you 2 covers in each packet, I still have 1 Crystal and 1 Fingerprint protector to spare, I figure I will use the one I have on for a 6 months or so, then switch to crystal, then back to fingerprint before ordering new sets!


    Hooray!
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    I swear by Steinheil. They are, by far, the best protectors I've used. I had Zagg on another phone. Once. Will NEVER do that again. How you're supposed to scroll when using a screen protector that sticks to your fingers like rubber is completely beyond me. The Steinheil has fit the bill completely. I use the Crystal and is the closest to like the real glass. The fit and finish of it is also spot on. Just make sure to remove the films in the right order when applying (you'd be surprised how many people mess this up).
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    Yes I did this at first with my first fingerprint thing, luckily i realized it quickly enough and was able to salvage it without it getting ruined. Make sure the piece you are applying is the right one and not the backing its sort of hard to tell lol!
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    Just installed Steinheil and so far very pleased with it, feels just like the glass and fingerprints don't stick as bad.
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    Alright.. I'm convinced.. I'll try the steinheil.. just going to return the zagg...
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    Ok after further play with the phone after the screen protector still like it but the fingerprints are actually a little worse than regular screen. Yet they wipe off easy.
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    I think I messed up and removed the films in the wrong order. The two tabs were confusing too. Are they suppose to come off or are they on the two removable pieces? Would you please go into detail on these steps so I don't mess up the second protector.

    There is a protector of something(?) on my X's screen but I don't actually know what it is. I even suspected it was a factory-installed protector but have been told the X doesn't come with one.
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    The tabs are there to help you remove the two backings. When you are ready to apply the screen protector to the screen, pull the larger of the two tabs (which is attached to the film) and the backing will start to peel away. Peel a little at a time as you lay it down, so you don't have fingerprints or extra dust get between the protector and the screen. Make sure the front film remains attached (it's the one on the side with the smaller tab).

    (One thing to note: once the screen protector is attached to the screen, do not attempt to remove it if you realize your screen wasn't clean enough. If dust gets sandwiched between the screen and protector and you don't like the appearance, you'll have to start over; dust will stick to the protector when you lift it up. Make sure your screen is spotless before you apply it, make sure the area you do it in is a low-dust environment [i.e. a bathroom with a warm shower running] and you shouldn't have this problem.)

    Once you have the protector in place, use the squeegee on top of the green front film to gently press air bubbles to the edges of the screen. The green film is there to prevent you from dragging the squeegee against the screen protector thereby causing more ripples and bubbles.

    When you feel you've removed all the air bubbles, gently pull back the green film with the remaining tab (ensuring you aren't pulling the screen protector up with it) and you're done!

    As for your other question, pics would help, as the Droid X doesn't come with a screen protector.
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    I coulnt agree more. I've never been so disappointed in a screen protector.

    Sent from my DROIDX
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    I'll second that. I don't see what the big deal is about those.
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    Just installed mine and had a slight heart attack as it took five attempts to turn on. I could just hear Verizon saying it's warranty is void from water damage.

    I purchased the full kit with tax and shipping it was over $30 which is not cheap for a small amount of plastic fim. I ordered the full SGP TG high grade incredible kit. Let me just say "WTF" ...this kit sucks!

    It feels like total crap.
    even with the (distiled water?) spray and squeege it still has bubbles.
    one corner and one side is not covered.
    buttons could still get scratched.
    it looks like crap, kinda like I sprayed on clear coat or never removed oem plastic.
    screen protector makes it a lot less sensitive and doesn't scroll well.
    it has more fingerprints after a few seconds then the cheap one I took off.

    Moreover, gloss was a bad choice. it looks like cheap clear nail polish.

    I want A double refund! GrrRr!
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