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Much Better Than Anticipated...
, December 9, 2011
I don't normally write reviews, but I felt this one deserved some love. For Christmas, I purchased three 7" Android Tablets for my girls and wanted to protect the screens from scratches. After some exhaustive research, I found only one manufacturer that made screen protectors specifically for my tablets. Knowing that there was a high probability of messing the screen protector up while installing, I just couldn't bring myself to purchase it for $29.99 (or maybe I'm just cheap). So after more research, I found this product. Realizing that I was not going to find a perfect fit, I figured I would by the bigger films and merely trim it to size for my devices.
I read and re-read all the reviews on this product. While I was concerned about the quality, clarity, durability and the ease of install, I went ahead and purchased the screen protectors. I only needed 3 of them, but knew that I was bound to screw a bunch of them up in the process of learning the best way to install them. I purchased 12 (2 sets of 6) just to be safe. At just over $0.50 each (shipping included), I was willing to take the risk.
The screen protectors arrived quickly and in good condition. True to form, the screens contained little micro fiber towel squares and no instructions. Without much thought into the logistics of it, I just dove into installing the first one... much to my surprise, the first one went on perfect. The only issue was my error in thinking I could install the film first and then trim it to size while it was on the tablet. The films are tougher than you would think to cut with a razor blade. I thought I could merely lightly run a razor around the screen and trim off the excess. After such an attempt, I ended up ditching the idea as I didn't want to scratch the glass with the razor blade since I was having to press harder than I cared for... So off came film #1 (11 more to go).
I then grabbed a pair of scissors and cut the second film to size and applied it. It, too, went on perfectly. However, once on, I realized that I must have failed my Kindergarten class that taught me how to use scissors. My free-hand cutting job had left much to be desired. So off came film #2 (Glad I bought 12 at this point). Having learned from those mistakes, I used a straight edge to cut the third film. As with the first two, the third went on perfectly. WOOHOO!!! Now that I had the process down, the other two tablets went on without a single film casualty. In total, I used 5 of the 12 and now have some extras for when they wear out. The Screen protector is clear and is hardly noticeable on the device. Neither did I notice any interference with the touch operation of the tablet.
1. This is a TWO person job!
2. GO SLOW!!!
3. THIS STEP IS KEY: Clean your tablet till it shines... then clean it again! It was amazing how lint was attracted to the screen. No sooner had I cleaned it, then tiny little pieces of lint and specs of dust re-accumulated on the screen. I used a damp paper towel, lint free cloth and canned air.
4. If you are going to cut the film, do it BEFORE you put it on your device and use a straight edge to do so.
5. GO SLOW!!!
6. One person needs to SLOWLY peel the backing off as you SLOWLY stick it to your device.
7. DO NOT pull side 1 off all at once, pull down a corner, stick it on the device, and SLOWLY use a credit card (or CD Case) to push out the air bubbles as the backing is peeled away.
8. Have I said GO SLOW, yet?
9. Once satisfied with the installation (having pressed out all the air bubbles) SLOWLY remove the side 2 backing.
Well, that about `covers it'. I am very happy with the product and would recommend this to those looking for a solid and very inexpensive solution.