I’ve been waiting to post about this since the day I received my InvisibleShield in the mail. I have read about InvisibleShield products before–they have protective films for over 1000 items, such as digital cameras, laptops, Nintendo DS Lites, PSP’s, watches, etc…you name it, they have it. If they don’t have it, they can custom cut one for you! For those who have been emailing me asking about a case/protector, this review is for you!
Just What the Heck is an InvisibleShield?
If you’ve never heard of the InvisibleShield before, it’s an industrial strength urethane plastic film that fits snug over your product, which in this case, is my precious 8GB iPhone! The company likes to push that this protective film is scratch resistant and can resist scratching from coins, keys, and knives. Previously, this US military grade plastic film was used on helicopter blades to protect them from wear and tear–pretty impressive stuff.
So What’s Included for my iPhone?
I contacted InvisibleShield and they were gracious enough to send me a sample to review. Now, I have read about these films all the time and I have never tried them out for myself. So when I got this item in the mail, I was eager to put it to the test. Included in the box was the full body protective films for my iPhone, which included front, back, corner, and top and bottom bezel pieces. Included is a squeegee for smoothing out air bubbles and a soap solution spray required to install the InvisibleShield.
The Rock Solid Lifetime Warranty & 30 Day Money Back Guarantee
What I think is the best feature though, aside from the protective properties of the film is the lifetime warranty and 30 day money back guarantee. Yes, that’s right…if your film ever peels or scratches, InvisibleShield will send you a replacement for free–for life! That’s pretty cool, as you don’t see that from many companies nowadays! If you’re not satisfied with the product you can contact them and get your money back.
How Does the Installation Process Work?
Okay…so after work on Friday night, I took some time to install the InvisibleShield. These are the steps I followed to install my InvisibleShield, as per their instructions with a few extra tips thrown in by yours truly:
- Wash your hands. Turn off the iPhone.
- Wipe the dust/fingerprints on your iPhone clean.
- Spray the solution on your fingers prior to peeling the film–this eliminates fingerprints on the film.
- The first film: Spray the sticky side of the front screen protector liberally. Don’t delay too long, as dust can settle on your screen! When I’m viewing a white background, I can see a couple specks of dust that got onto my shield. So you have to be quick when applying the front!
- Apply to the front, and use the squeegee to smooth out any air bubbles. Let sit for 10 mins to set.
- Spray your fingers again, and peel the back film. Spray the film and apply it to the back only–squeegee air bubbles. Hold off on the corners till later.
- Let the back set for 10 mins or so. Now, spray the corners again, and press down carefully. The instructions say to push the corners into the palm of your hands, but that didn’t work out for me. Too many ripples. I just used my giant thumbs to press them into to place. Hold for at least 2-3 minutes. Repeat for all 4 corners.
- Spray your fingers, and apply the corner dots, home button, and top and bottom bezel pieces (the bezel pieces take patience).
- Let your iPhone sit for 24 hours so the shield can set.
- Voila! Full body protection!!!
All in all, the install took me over an hour. It wasn’t difficult, but it requires patience and lots of time if you want to get it right. Since these films are precision cut, they fit like a glove. The specifications are pretty much bang on. I only had snip 2mm off one of the top bezel ends because it was too long. I also used lots of the soap solution spray, to ensure that my install was snug and I didn’t get any fingerprints on my film. Aside from that, it’s a pretty straightforward install. Just be patient and have lots of time!!
The Final Verdict…Is the InvisibleShield for YOU?
Prior to my InvisibleShield, I had a clear film protector on the screen of my iPhone (purchased from your local Asian cellphone shop; $5) and a black silicone case. This actually ended up scratching parts of my iPhone as dust and got into the case! Here’s my old setup:
Anyways, I am very happy with the InvisibleShield. Now that I don’t have my bulky silicone case, the sexiness of the iPhone’s design is shown all the time. Plus, there is increased grip when I’m holding my iPhone! The film is only 0.20 millimeters thick! It’s pretty cool having a non-existent full body protector!
What about the touch screen? I knew someone would be asking that. I have noticed ZERO difference in the touch screen. The sensitivity has stayed virtually the same.
There are a couple downsides. The plastic can attract dust if it’s in your jeans pocket, but it can easily be wiped away or picked off. I am wary of the corner pieces getting nicked and coming loose…but so far it’s held on pretty strong!
*edit* Feb.2/08 It’s been two weeks and I’ve been storing my iPhone in my jacket and jeans pockets–no loose corners yet! This is due to the extra time I took to apply the corners–press and hold for a few minutes to ensure a good stick!**
Also, you will notice that the reflections on my front screen are not necessarily clear…there are sort of ripples in the shield. This however does not affect the view whatsoever. The screen still looks great to me.
How Much is the InvisibleShield?
The full body shield for the iPhone costs $24.95US, which may seem expensive when you compare it to other iPhone cases and protector solutions out there. However, for the lifetime warranty and 30 day money back guarantee, I think you have nothing to lose by trying out the InvisibleShield! If you don’t like it, you get your money back. Simple as that. If it tears, rips, or peels off your iPhone, you can get a free replacement. If you tear or damage an existing iPhone case, will that company send you a free replacement? Food for thought, huh?
In the end, the choice is yours on what you want. If you want thin, invisible protection for your iPhone, then the InvisibleShield will love your iPhone. If you are looking for protection from drops and bumps, I would consider looking into a hard case or silicone protector, but that brings added bulk. The choice is yours! You can check out or purchase the InvisibleShield for your iPhone by clicking here. Use coupon code iphoneinca for 15% off!!!
I would give away the InvisibleShield, however it’s on my iPhone. If I can get another one from the company, expect another contest in the future. Thanks for reading!
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