Review: ZAGG invisibleSHIELD for the iPhone 4

You’ve probably seen these being sold at Best Buy locally now for pretty much every device out there that needs screen protection. They aren’t cheap. In fact, they are probably some of the most expensive screen protectors out there. For example, the iPhone 4 front and rear protection kit costs $29.99 which is very pricey. I know there is the saying “you get what you pay for” but in this case, you are paying way too much.

In my opinion, the ZAGG invisibleSHIELD line of screen protectors are not that great. Sure they offer screen protection, but so do other cheaper products. The material they use is military grade film. It’s thick and pretty elastic but it has a weird jelly like feel to it that often feels sticky to the touch. When using it on a touch screen phone, your fingers do not slide very smoothly at all. In fact, it makes the whole touch interface very unpleasant especially if you are using apps that require smooth sliding.

Another downside of the ZAGG invisibileSHIELD is that it’s not very invisible at all. When installed on my iPhone 4, there is a noticeable waviness to the surface of the film almost like that of an orange peel. In my opinion, it detracts from the over all beauty of the all glass surface of the iPhone 4.

Now, the #1 reason for not recommending the ZAGG invisibleSHIELD – they do not stay on! My brother has gone through 3 of these and each one has fallen off after a few weeks. The main problem is that the material it is made of has a sticky feeling to the surface. That means that sometimes if you put your phone down, it will stick to certain surfaces and when you go to lift up your phone, it lifts the protector away from the phone causing things like bubbling and lifted edges. I had this happen to mine when placed on a wood table with varnish on it.

For the price of what ZAGG charges for these, they are a giant rip off and need to be avoided. For half the price of the ZAGG, you can find much better screen protectors that offer the same protection but have a much smoother glass like surface that doesn’t look like you put an orange peel on your phone.

Rating: 2/5

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