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An OK Product
on February 22, 2007
First of all I have to say I don't know why some people are confused about how many screen protectors come in this package. It comes with two. Not two of each, two total-- one for the top, one for the bottom. You also get a cleaning cloth and a "Soft Card" which I assume is to get the air bubbles out, but it doesn't say. Works well for that anyway.
I was a little curious as to why it did not come with instructions, but I guess the process is easy enough to figure out.
I used the cleaning cloth to get the DS screens clean. I peeled the backing off the top protector and laid it on the screen going from one side to the other, smoothing the air out as I laid the film down. I used the "soft card" to push the air out from the edges of the screen. I was satisfied with how it looked.
Then I did the same for the touch screen. Despite thinking I had laid the protector on perfectly straight, one of the corners did not fit exactly. I pried the screen up with my fingernail and peeled it off. This was my BIG MISTAKE. Pulling the film off resulted in so much static that very small fibers were attracted to and stuck to the film. Unfortunately since the backing is covered in adhesive (as opposed to being a static cling), it was impossible to remove the very fine particles that were now stuck to the protector. I did not notice this, however, until I laid the protector back down on the DS. Where ever a piece of fuzz was, an air bubble had formed around it and I was unable to push the air out.
The bubbles were VERY noticeable on the dark screen of the DS when it was not turned on. When playing a game however, the bubbles were hardly if not at all noticeable.
The next day I decided to pull the bottom protector off and rinse it under the sink. I used a dab of soap and rubbed very lightly. I expected the adhesive might get ruined in the process but it doesn't appear to have been. I was able to wash the majority of the big fuzzies off. Reapplying the film showed improvement, but there are still one or two small bubbles. I can live with it though.
In conclusion ...
- make sure you wash your hands and clean the screen very well before applying these things. You might consider using a higher quality cleaning cloth that absolutely will not shed.
- once it's down, DO NOT pull the protector up again (with the intention or reapplying it).
- applying the screen slowly and firmly, going in one direction will eliminate most air bubbles.
Three stars out of five. An OK product. I have had no sensitivity problems, and I just hope it does its job!