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Invisible Phone Guard (IPG) Screen Protector Review

Discussion in 'Computers, Consoles, Communications' started by cavwebmaster, Nov 2, 2011.

  1. cavwebmaster

    cavwebmaster CavWeb/VxON Forums Admin & Founder Staff / Administrator VxON Club Member

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    Normal cheap plastic screen protectors don't seem to last long on my Phones so I decided to give one of these Invisible Phone Guard shields a go. You can either pay £15 for a Zagg branded version or pay £5 for the same thing off Ebay. Obviously I picked the latter, and what follows is the information about them off their website:

    After reading that you would probably be impressed? And so was I 'until' I tried to fit it. Just like the Zagg protectors, these IPG versions require to be 'wetted' before application. It's the same reason you 'wet' car window film, as it allows it to be moved in place before drying and becoming permanent. With the Zagg protector you get a mini squeegee, and a pre mixed bottle of water mixed with detergent (washing up liquid) but with the cheaper IPG version you only get a credit card (to squeegee out the water) and instructions on mixing your own water and detergent. Water and sensitive electronics do not mix, and I have read reviews where water has entered the phone and broken it, so you have to make sure you don't 'over' wet the shield and have some kitchen roll handy.

    Just like a normal 'plastic' screen protector you have to make sure there is no containments in the air (dust, dirt, lint & hair) that can settle on the screen before application. When I was sure there wasn't anything on the screen I applied the wetted IPG and moved it into the correct position. Then the fun started, as the credit card was absolutely useless at pushing the water out, and all it seemed to do was move the shield about. After a while of trying to keep it in the correct position, I managed to get it to adhere to the screen without it moving about, but after I turned it on I realised a pixel sized piece of dirt had managed to get behind it :rolleyes: I used it like that for a few hours but realised it would drive me insane to see it every time the screen was on, so I removed it, re-wetted it and tried to remove the spec of dirt. No chance! As I picked at it with a pin all I managed to do was spread it about so it looked lighter, so I re-fitted it and repeated all the steps above.

    With it fitted and left to dry for a few hours I noticed the IPG had an orange peel kind of visual effect and felt tacky. I wasn't so concerned about the visual issue, but the tackiness is extremely annoying and it considerably reduces the input responsiveness. Rather than removing it, I decided to leave it for a few days to see If it improved. Well it hasn't 'much', the orange peel effect is still the same as it was when fitted, and swiping and prodding still feels weird. As other reviewers have stated the 'tackiness' does reduce over a few days BUT it is still an issue, and will probably make me remove it.

    When you can get 10 plastic screen protectors for £2 off Ebay, you have to wonder whether the added protection (& the risk of killing your phone with water) is really worth buying and installing an IPG. The IPG won't be any use if you drop your phone on It's face, so basically it's just protecting the screen against keys/coins in your pocket. This it will do 'better' than a cheap plastic protector BUT the trade off is the orange peel effect and the slight tackiness. Personally unless you constantly forget you have a pocket full of loose change/keys I would just buy the cheap plastic protectors.
     
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    Can't be arsed with those ones, easier & safer to buy a pack of self adhesive ones off eBay ;)
     
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    Have used those cheap ones over and over and are fantasic, protected my screen as it's still like new after 2 years. No need for water just clean and let it sit.

    Funny part in the above quote "Gamers who use IPG notice a quicker response time on the finger pad of the screen", seriously WTF, who are you trying to kid? 0.00001s quicker, I noticed it for sure :)
     
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    I seriously doubt response times would be reduced and I still want to rip it off and put a cheap one on it. I hate seeing the orange peel effect and even though It's only noticeable when the screen is off It's still fecking annoying.
     
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    Each throw away one lasts around 3-6 months, and I have screwdrivers and tools in my pocket, keys, in lofts, under floors etc. As I said can't fault them.
     
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    cavwebmaster CavWeb/VxON Forums Admin & Founder Staff / Administrator VxON Club Member

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    Since my first review the tackiness has worn off but there is still quite a nasty looking orange peel effect :(
     
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    cavwebmaster CavWeb/VxON Forums Admin & Founder Staff / Administrator VxON Club Member

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    Today I ripped it off the screen as it makes a £500 phone look like something worth £2.50. I just couldn't look at that orange peel effect for another minute and I'm surprised it took me a Month and a half to do it.
     

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