Which Steinheil Screen Protector?

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    Most people I've seen are using the oleophobic.

    The differences:

    Oleophobic: Dry application, doesn't retain finger prints/smudges, doesn't cover the entire screen though has a border of about .5mm around the edge because dry applications can't deal with the curve of the screen, they will bubble on the edges if they go all the way to the edge of the screen. Also feels more glass like.

    Flex: Wet application, does cover the entire screen because wet applications can deal with the curved screen much better, tackier to feel, has a bit of the orange peel effect as seen on all wet applications.

    I think I'll be going with the oleophobic, I like dry applications and I think I'd rather not have the orange peel affect/lose the glass feel of the screen like with the flex.
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    I went with the ultra oleophobic and it is great. Keeps fingerprints off nicely even my 6yr old nephews and wipes off any prints easy. Only downside I would say is it doesn't take up the whole face of the phone but covers the screen nicely. Creates a nice looking border as well imo

    If you do a good job applying there is no bubbling at the edges. I know some have experienced this but I haven't and its been in and out of my pocket

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    I ordered one and am still waiting for it to arrive.

    Do you notice it's on? Does it affect your vision of the screen at all?

    And how do you apply it best?

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    looks like a more expensive version of the 3-packs they sell at the verizon store.....:icon_eek:
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    nope does not effect screen quality at all. When the screen is on you don't even know its there.

    I applied it dry with the technique from a YouTube video, just search nexus ultra oleophobic and it should come up. Very easy to install. Make sure your edges are flat as some have complained about bubbling at the edge (its in the video) but I don't have any problems with it.

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    They are Dry application - the Verizon ones are cheap.
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    Verizon ones are pieces of crap, kind of like all of their accessories.
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    I took a flyer on a screen protector when I was placing another order on Amazon anyway and it was only like $6 shipped.

    Called on a Skinomi Techskin. Dont see a lot of guys using it, but it will be my go to brand from now on.

    Although it was my first ever "wet" application, and I was a bit worried about the install. It actually went real well. I had a couple spots that looked like they were going to be blemishes, but after "curing" overnight, it is literally perfect. I cant find a flaw on it. Also, it covers almost the whole screen. All the cutouts are there and line up perfectly.

    Once cured, it feels pretty good on the screen. I can tell it is there, but it doesnt negatively impact the use of the screen. I actually like that it is slightly tackier than naked, and it provides some traction which I think this phone needs, being so large, and slick.

    Not to get side tracked, but I wanted to mention it because I think it is best protector I have ever used, and it is actually priced fairly, as opposed ot many others.
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    The issue isn't with the oleophobic. It's with all dry application protectors. Companies found out that if the screen is curved, the edges will bubble if you try to make them fit up to the edge of the screen, so Steinheil made the protector just a bit smaller than the screen so the edges wouldn't bubble up. For some reason the wet application ones don't have this issue, so they can cover all the way to the edge of the screen.
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    Does anyone have pics of the Steinheil installed on their GNex so that we can actually see how the fit is?
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    from what I've seen wet application protectors have more flexibility. Usually dry applications are stiff so maybe that's why. I know its a problem with most dry protectors, just saying I didn't have that issue:) I like to think I prevented the bubbling with my awesome installation skills :p

    This is also my first curved phone so it is a bit disappointing but it makes sense and I've accepted it. Like I said creates a nice looking border to it

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    I ordered one. I'll put it on, if it bothers me I'll take it off and go naked. The screen durability has exceeded all of my expectations.
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    Well I got it today. It came with two protectors and all of the application stuff it was supposed to come with.

    My first try did not go well. I couldn't get a bubble (or mark) out of the screen. After a while I used the stickers to peel back the protector (mistake) and then it got ugly. When you peel it back it allows dust and defects to crop in and then you may as well throw it away (which I did).

    I learned my lesson on the second one. It went on and I got the bubbles out except for a little line on the edge which is a mystery to me but I know if I peel it back it's done so I left it there.

    A few hours after application a bubble appeared in the middle and I had to press hard on it to get it to go away - I don't know if it's just not sticking properly or what.

    The feel is more of a plastic feel than the screen. Also I find it gets MORE fingerprints than the natural screen.

    The edges do bother me a bit but they are not major.

    Overall I am unsatisfied with this product. It's my first screen protector and likely will be my last. I'll leave it on until I can't stand it any more and then go naked.
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    Well that's not encouraging, considering I just ordered mine earlier today! LOL

    I'm not real big on screen protectors either, but the first GNex that I had showed me that the glass is not nearly as durable as the Gorilla Glass on my Droid X. I've had that for about a year, and barely have a scratch on it. With my first GNex though, I had MORE screen blemishes (small scratches) on it within the few days that I owned the phone. And I consider myself to be quite careful with my phones. They only go in my front pocket by itself (no keys, coins, etc). And I'm very gentle with overall handling as well. I still can't figure out how that GNex screen got scratches so soon.

    Anyway, I'll see how I like the Steinheil protector. If I don't like it, then I'll look other places for one. I had a ZAGG on another phone years ago, but it just felt too rubbery to me. Maybe they've improved the tactile feel of them..??..
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    Honestly, I ordered it before I had the GNEX because it didn't have Gorilla Glass. Now after having it I think the screen is just as durable and is more fingerprint resistant than any other phone I've had.

    No scratches at all.

    I bought the BEST screen protector I could get and it's showing fingerprints like nuts. Also there is a bubble that keeps popping up no matter what I do.

    I'm very close to ripping it off and considering it a wasted $15. Never again.
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    I just ripped it off and threw the whole package (except for the dust cloth) into the garbage.

    1) It affected the colors and blacks. Not terribly but noticeably.

    2) The bubbles and imperfections bothered me.

    3) The protector got more fingerprints than the screen itself by a factor of 20. And it's VERY hard to wipe them off of the protector while easy to wipe them off the screen.

    This was my first and last screen protector. Totally disappointed.

    I'm going naked from here on. Would rather have a scratch than this thing on.
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    Well, I got my Steinheil Ultra Oleophobic screen protector yesterday, and my review is different than SSHGuru's.

    When I opened the package, I laid the screen protector on top of my screen to look at the sizing. It is true (as everyone has said) that this screen protector does not cover all of the screen. There is a very small lip around the edges that does not get covered.

    To install it, I closed myself in our 3/4 bathroom and ran the shower with hot water for a few minutes. After creating some humidity, I began the installation process. For whatever reason, the first one didn't want to stick to my screen at all. I literally mean didn't stick AT ALL. It was defective, missing adhesive. Thankfully they include two. Anyway, the 2nd one installed very nicely. I went nice and slow, using the squeegee as I went. After it was fully on the screen, there were about 3 bubbles, but they all easily came out with further use of the squeegee.

    As far as the screen protector not covering the entire screen, that is actually working to my advantage. I'm using Verizon's high-gloss silicone case. It has a small lip that slightly wraps around the screen. It just happens to line up great with the screen protector. Neither touch, and there is just a VERY small gap between the two. Not even close to being big enough to get scratches there.

    Overall, I really like this product. I can't tell any difference with screen graphics quality. When I first installed it, my fingers wouldn't glide across the protector like they did on the glass. But after a few minutes, that went away. I guess the oil from my skin "conditioned" it. Anyway, it now feels just like the glass screen itself. It seems to repel finger prints at least as good as the naked glass did. And so far they seem to wipe off fairly easily.

    Overall, I recommend this product.
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