Zagg shield looks like garbage. Anyone?

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  1. Mr. Premium
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    I went through the horrible experience of trying to put on a Zagg Invisishield on my Droid and it looks awful.

    First of all, the process for installing one of these shields is frustrating to say the least. It took me about 15 to 20 minutes trying to get the shield to line up right, and having to sponge each side of the shield and my fingers. Then, while I was trying to be really careful, it dropped on the carpet. So then I had to do more sponging. It's just a mess and I'm regretting spending the time and money on it.

    Second, after I finally get it on there and after 24 hours there are still a few small bubbles, dirt/particles, and small hairs under the shield. I know this is probably due to me dropping it, but I sponged it really well afterwards and whipped the screen with the cloth.

    It only looks bad on white backgrounds, and I could probably live with it but it's too distracting.

    Has anyone had this same experience? Should I just take it off? I know the screen has protective properties itself.
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    I had one of these invisible shields on my Droid too...I took it off after about a week.

    First of all, I couldn't stand the rainbowy look while browsing the net.
    The rubbery feel just didn't feel good to me while swiping/typing/etc.
    I hated the 'orange peel' look at certain angles too. I'll agree though that the screen is super protected...but then again, when is my Droid ever going to be exposed to helicopter blades??

    I opted for the Crystal clear screen protector from SGPStore.com
    Awesome! It was super easy to put on, and all the edges even around the earpiece actually stay stuck on without any constant bubbles like the one VZW sells. Once on, it's super clear, it feel as if there is no protector at all. I noticed the really good screen protectors are always Made in Japan/Korea.
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    I agree! I bought the screen protector on the recommendation of many on this board and it DOES get artifacts and DOES exhibit "orange peel". I even felt "slimy" as there was (and I am not making this up) 3 lbs of packaging that came with this crappy lil piece of plastic that actually succeeded in making my droid look bad.

    Off to try the one recommended above!

    R/B
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    Give Gadget Guard a try. I've had one on my Samsung Impression for 8 months now and it is holding up fine. Still looks like the day I installed it. It is smooth, clear and has no streaking or orange peel. I previously had a Zagg on mine and still have one on my daughters Eternity and no matter what I couldn't get all of the orange peel effect to go away. And I just don't like the tacky feel of the Zagg. When I finally break down and get a Droid (or Eris) I'm going with them again.

    BTW they have an ebay store where you can get them cheaper than the website.
    Ebay user ID: invisiblegadgetguard
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    ZAGG Invisible Shield is really hard to install... But once you get thru the experience, it is really a nice looking protection on my Droid.

    Note: I am not in anyway affiliated to ZAGG or its partners. I have probably have a lot more experience on putting the Invisible Shield because all my gadgets have them (GPS, iPods, Camera, Laptop, and Phones).
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    I've installed several ZAGGs on my WinMo phones and I can tell you it is NOT crystal clear and has a very "grippy" and rubbery feel that takes away from the Droid's intended screen experience. Im now using the VZW protector and it is very clear and smooth, however, as posted above, it will not adhere properly at the top edges.
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    I'd like to know if anyone has used the droid skins for the body of the phone. I saw they have a lot of dif designs.
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    zagg

    i had the zagg on my dare and i loved it .will i get it for the droid... probally not just becuase its a different feel and screen.
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    I had a VZW screen protector and hated it. I got the Zagg put on at a best buy and like it a lot. It does have that orange peel look, but I hardly notice it unless I am looking for it. I am not a huge fan of the grippy screen, but I noticed it does a good job from getting the screen all greasy from fingers. Also, no hairs or dirt underneath it here.
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    I've been using Zagg and Best Skins Ever for years and dozens of devices, my friends and my own, always been happy with them.

    I tried to go without a screen protector, but I know myself and a scratch will drive me nuts. Sand can be found in the seams of predistressed clothes, my girlfriend's diamond earrings might scratch the screen if she uses my phone, grains of crystals such as salt (which most of NY is covered in right now) can scratch glass, and occassionally I'll put a ceramic mug on top of the phone by accident. The peace of mind is just worth it for me
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    I've used Zagg for a while now. This is my first phone to use it on, but I have had them on pda's for years. I just prefer them to the other, more flimsy feeling ones. But then, I am typically not actually worried about scratches on the glass (it really is quite resistant on its own), but I have finger-print ocd. I can't stand finger smudges on my screen, and Zagg does better than most at not showing any.
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    I've never experienced that but I've never dropped one while applying it (and if I do I'm working at a well-lit and clean counter anyway). Bubbles have always completely disappeared for me. I suspect that the dirt/hair/etc is preventing that in your case. You should do whatever you think you need to do regardless of my experiences. Not everyone likes the IS.
    Last edited: Dec 25, 2009
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    How dare you use the Droid as a coaster.
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    man o man... seems like most of these issues could be cleared up after a simple class on "how to install window tint to a car"

    i installed my Zagg shield in about 3 minutes. no air bubbles and it lined up perfectly.
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    there's an iphone for that...
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    I hated the tacky feel of the zag g shield. also the little pieces left too many gaps for my comfort on the full body shield
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    If you are still looking for the polyurethane style shield and want to ditch the Zagg, I recommend you check out Ghost-armor. Now, I've never used Zagg, so can't comment on it, but I have to say that I love my ghost-armor full body kit so far. I just installed it this evening, and it wasn't bad at all. Took me maybe 30-40 minutes to get all 18 pieces on, and I really like the way it feels. The screen still feels slick and is just as responsive as without the shield. There is no orange peel on the screen protector part, but I do notice a tiny bit on the back (which doesn't really matter). There are some extremely small air bubbles in mine, but I have already noticed them starting to go away, so I am hoping that 24-48 hours in they will be just about all gone.

    I think the Ghost-armor will protect this phone well and was only $18 shipped from their website.
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    You can also try BodyGuardz, they give you 2 sets, in case you screw up on the first one, for cheaper than Zagg.
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    I started off with the one sold through VZW, but was never 100% happy with the way those seem to never fully align (work at VZW, so have installed scores of protectors on a wide variety of devices) with the screen particularly up in the upper right near the proximity(?) sensor...I had a customer come in a while back with a Storm that had the Zagg Invisible Shield and was I impressed by how it looked, so when I happened to be in Best Buy the other day, I decided to give it a try...

    I paid the extra $8 to have the representative install it, and I think she did a pretty good job...

    I can relate what a few have mentioned above in regards to the 'orange peel' thing, but on mine it is really not pronounced at all, however I can imagine if someone was to install one and didn't have any experience in doing so, it could possibly look kind of ratty (for lack of a better word).

    There is definitely a 'sticky' feel to it compared to the naked screen or the other protector I had on it, but I have noticed that as the days since its being installed have passed, it has felt smoother and smoother.

    What was interesting to me was that the rep who installed it told me that it was going to look a little weird for the first few hours, some bubbles may appear but would go away, be careful with it for a while however it would look great within a couple of hours, and she was right... also, as someone mentioned above, it tends to ' finger oil' smear less than with the previous protector installed or when 'naked'.

    Just my .02
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    I tried bodyguardz for about a week and took the screen portion of it off. Instead of scratching it gouges, so you can feel every nick and bump in the rubber coating...horrible. It has the orange peel effect despite their advertisements, and it feels rubbery despite their advertisements.

    I ended up with 4 sets of whole phone protectors (long story) for the price of two, and 3 of them will probably end up in the trash.

    So, my screen will stay bare and the back will be "protected".
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