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A Great Protective Skin for the iPad Mini
on January 15, 2013
Being an iPhone owner since 2007, I know how difficult it is to put screen protectors on devices, and when I first got my iPad Mini I knew I would need to put some sort of screen protection on it at some point. I was skeptical about buying the Skinomi due to how difficult previous screen protectors were to put on. There is a difference however, because the Skinomi is a wet installation screen protector. I decided to give it a shot, and ordered it.
The protectors come with a sheet that informs you to watch the installation tutorial video on youtube, which I watched before I installed the shield. Overall, the installation of the protectors aren't difficult at all. You simply use the liquid spray on the back (sticky side) of the protector and put it on the screen. The liquid makes the protector slidable on the device, making it so you can line up the protector perfectly on the device. This was the hardest part about screen protectors before since I could never get anything to line up right, but with the skinomi I was able to line everything up perfectly.
You then squeegee the excess liquid out to the side of the Mini, which isn't very hard since you don't have to apply much pressure. I installed the back shield first and after squeegeeing the liquid out the protector looked extremely clear. On the front however, there was a bit of cloudiness that I couldn't get out, but as the directions say, I set the device in a drawer and didn't use it for 24 hours, and everything cleared up perfectly.
After using the protector for about a week I can say that it holds up very good. I mainly wanted a protector for the back of the device, since it gets slid around on my desk and I don't want it scratching. After a week of sliding the device a bit more than usual just to see if it holds up, I can say that there isn't a single scratch on the protector yet at all. The material is a very smooth, gummy, tough material that doesn't look like much can penetrate it. It is tough enough to prevent scratches on the back, and yet soft enough for the screen so it doesn't feel much different when touching the screen.
Overall this protector is great, and If I ever need a new protector for the mini I will happily buy from skinomi again. The only thing to keep in mind is to be patient. There's no rush, and if you take your time and follow both the included directions, as well as the tutorial youtube video, you will do fine. the only thing that bothered me was the corners on the back protector took a while to stick, but after a few minutes of putting them back down, they will stick perfectly, trust me.
Also, in case you use a smart cover, the screen protectors will still work with them.