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Bad design abounds...
on December 4, 2014
Ok, so first of all, it seems to be backwards. The part that says "pull me" you actually don't pull off first. Then for some reason they chose to separate the protective plastic into two parts (and not at the halfway point or something, but about 3/5 of the way.) This means you get it partially down, then have to carefully pry that part out, 100% guaranteeing that dust will get in while you're doing this (law of the universe. Any delay = dust under protector.) I've only been installing screen protectors on devices for roughly ten years (I started with PDAs which also had resistive touchscreens) and which apparently isn't long enough because this one managed to confuse me with the backwards design and the split protective plastic on the wrong side. I've used a lot of screen protectors and modern ones generally are FAR better designed with the protective plastic being the same size as the protector (you don't want it sticking out like this does because it prevents you from keeping it tight against the surface thus allowing more bubbles and dust to get in.) Call me OCD, but I can't stand it once a speck of dust gets in or when I get those rare few bubbles that no amount of pushing can get out and this one seems to be designed specifically to guarantee this will happen since you have to lift it back up too much to get that other piece out. As such, my top protector had to be thrown away entirely (unfortunately, the top screen is only protected with a relatively soft plastic, so can scratch too) and the bottom one has several glaringly ugly specks (you don't even have to be OCD for them to bother you) that makes it annoying enough that I WILL have to replace it.
Also, there's only one in the package. Now, I'll admit it's my mistake failing to notice that it says it only has one and just assuming it's three like all the decent ones in this price range, but at the same time, at this price range there should be three. If nothing else, there's a very decent chance the user will make a mistake. I admit it's my mistake for not noticing it wasn't the usual three pack, but it's also their fault for it not BEING a three pack at this price range...
I originally bought a different brand for my 2DS in the past, but I had forgotten what it was (and didn't think I'd have to go through the troubles to dig through my records to find out what it was because from a quick search I thought Hori sounded right since they are such a big brand.) I've since looked it up and it was iLLumiShield. They come in a three pack, are cheaper, are very clear, and apply far better. I'll have to order another as soon as I can't take it anymore, but I've already blown that much on this mistake and I want to at least get some use out of it before I toss it.
I gave this plus one star because if you can somehow apply it perfectly it is pretty good about handling fingerprints. I subtracted one star because at this price it should be a three pack. The rest was just due to the all around bad design.