Garmin Forerunner 235 Screen Protector, BoxWave [ClearTouch Glass] 9H Tempered Glass Screen Protection for Garmin Forerunner 235
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- Amazing sturdy tempered glass Forerunner 235 Screen Protector!
- Bubble-free Application
- 99% Visual Transparency
- Sized to specifically fit the Forerunner 235
- Protects Sensitive Touchscreen Against Scratches
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If you are ready to bring screen protection to the next level, you will love the ClearTouch Glass!
Built tough, the ClearTouch Glass is designed to hold up to scratches and offer your Forerunner 235’s screen extreme protection. You can also count on the ClearTouch Glass to stay out of sight and out of mind since it offers 99% visual transparency.
Made of thin, tempered glass, the ClearTouch Glass utilizes a special glueless adhesive to easily stick to the Forerunner 235’s screen. The ClearTouch Glass installs perfectly in mere seconds! Just correctly line up the cut-outs, push out the air beneath the protector, and you’re done!
Removal is just as easy as installation. Simply lift from any corner, and the ClearTouch Glass comes off clean - it won’t leave any unwanted sticky residue on the screen!
ClearTouch Glass: The next generation of screen protector.
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I am in the midst of training for another half marathon and plan to do lots of outdoor running. I wanted to make sure that I would be able to see my watch even in the bright sun, so that is why I chose to buy the anti-glare screen protector. I considered the glass one, as that's what I use on my iPhone, but then I realized I don't plan to drop my watch - it should be on my wrist most of the time- so I went with the anti-glare protector.
Now, onto the application of the screen protector:
Guys, if you have ever put a screen protector on your cell phone, you should have absolutely no problem whatsoever with putting this screen protector on. It LITERALLY took me less than two MINUTES. Here are the steps:
1. clean watch face with the wet wipe
2. clean watch face with the dry wipe
3. clean watch face with microfiber cloth
4. remove sticker with the #1 on it. This will remove the screen protector's outer layer
5. put screen protector on watch
6. remove sticker with the #2 on it.
7. use a flat-edged item (there is one in the package) to smooth out any air bubbles
8. enjoy using your watch without worrying about scratches :)
Phone screen protectors usually have dust-removing stickers that you use prior to applying the screen protector, but this kit doesn't come with any. I was a little leery of putting it on without using a sticker first, but there was no debris on the watch face after I followed the steps above.
I also have no issue whatsoever with lining up and placing the protector on correctly the first time. Now I have an extra screen protector in case I need it, since the kit comes with two.
Overall, highly highly recommend. Super easy to put on, the watch face still looks great and is really easy to see, and now I can wear this watch all day with confidence!
For those of you worried about the price, I can tell you that it works and I've already ordered another one. You've already bought a $200+ watch, another $20 should be worth it at this point to extend the life of your product.
I hate giving bad reviews but my blood pressure is so high after attempting to put this on my watch and knowing how much I spent. The protector is cut so exactly there is no room for error. It has to be perfectly centered or you cannot get the the edges to lay down without a bubble. You can see this in my photo. I'm not sure how others got theirs on. I'm a very technical and detailed person and I could not get it right after multiple attempts. Also, the directions on the pack don't match the product.
The product has a backing and a fronting to it. Never mentions the fronting in the directions. Not a huge deal but adds to the confusion. This review is for the anti-glare plastic screen touch product.
Three things I wasn't able to tell from BoxWave's website or in any other reviews (which I'll address in this review):
1. How much it sticks up above the watch bezel when installed (if at all)
2. What the edge treatment is like (square, rounded, whatever)
3. How much smaller in diameter the protector is than the space available inside the watch bezel
See the pictures I uploaded. I don't have calipers handy to try to measure, but the protector is soooo close to being perfectly flush with the bezel. Without the protector, the bezel actually sticks up above the plastic watch face by maybe 1mm or so. Seems like Garmin expected folks would be inclined to install a screen protector and sized the bezel height accordingly. If I had to guess, I'd say the protector sticks up less than 0.1mm.
2. Edge treatment:
I was sort of hoping the edge would be rounded. I recently installed a nice, tempered glass protector on a new phone and it has a nice half-round edge treatment and thought I'd like that in this protector too. Well it looks to actually be perfectly square-cut. But...having installed it and given how nicely it fits depth-wise relative to the bezel height, I wouldn't change it. Having it half-rounded like my phone protector would actually be worse in hindsight as the surface of the protector would dive toward the watch face at the perimeter, causing the bezel to appear to stick up above the protector.
3. Space for fit (in diameter)
I'd guess there's between a 0.25mm and 0.5mm gap all around if you were to get the protector perfectly centered on the watch face which I was not able to do. It took me a while to notice though. If you look closely in my pictures, the largest gap is on the lower left and there's basically zero gap at the top right.
I'd maybe subtract like a quarter star for the lack of an installation aid. The phone protector I mentioned had nice "handling tabs" that stuck out beyond each edge and stuck to the non-adhesive face of the shield. They allowed you to hold on to them as you bring the protector to the surface of the device without your fingers getting in the way.
The BoxWave protector didn't have anything like this. So I did a dry-fit upside down first to try to gauge how much room I had to play with diameter-wise. Then I just did my best, holding onto the edges and just slowly easing in.
5. Crud catcher?
Time will tell but I expect the gap between the glass and bezel will catch and collect lint, dirt, dried sweat, whatever. But I'm not sure if there's a great way to prevent this. Plus a periodic rinsing should take care of this.
Flawless and 100% transparent (to my eyes).
7. General feel
Pretty dang good. I was hoping that the glass protector might beef up the feel of the watch itself which feels decidedly "plastickey". I'd say it does this a little. But the screen feels very high quality and it's inability to make the watch feel like it's machined out of titanium isn't a shortcoming of the protector.
Hopefully this helps!