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InvisibleSHIELD Screen Protector Review (Battle of the Screen Protectors Part 2)

July 2, 2006 in Nokia Phone Accessories

Two days ago I reviewed the Martin Fields Overlay Plus screen protector. It was a fairly positive review, with the only problem being the annoying installation and trying to get the protector aligned with the displays. Once applied the Martin Fields screen protector is a very tough act to follow.

Now we’ve got our hands on the InvisibleSHIELD, graciously provided by the folks at ShieldZone. Will it fare better than the Martin Fields? Let’s find out!

Nokia 6030 InvisibleShield screen protector

InvisibleSHIELD Screen Protector (Nokia 6030 Full Body Shield)

Since there was no InvisibleSHIELD available for my main cell phone, the N71, the company sent me a shield for the Nokia 6030.

InvisibleSHIELD screen protector package: frontInvisibleSHIELD screen protector package: back

The retail package comes with the full body kit, “squeegee” (which is basically a piece of plastic with a rounded edge), and the application solution. The solution is used to spray both sides of the body/screen protector so you can install it and still move it around while it’s wet. It’s non-toxic so I suspect it’s just water (sadly, I managed to spray myself in the eye several times during the installation).

InvisibleSHIELD screen protector package.

Unlike the Martin Fields protector, the invisibleSHIELD comes in two packages: one designed to protect the entire phone body and one that includes only a screen protector. My 6030 “full body shield” came with a screen protector and outer skins for the front and back parts of the phone. The front shield is actually one piece that attaches to the front and curves over to the back of the phone. It does NOT cover the keypad.

Nokia 6030 - isometric view.Nokia 6030 - back.

My Nokia 6030 BEFORE any protectors.

InvisibleSHIELD screen protector sheet.
The actual 3-piece 6030 protector set.

In terms of cost, the invisibleSHIELD screen protector is actually cheaper than the Martin Fields. Screen-protector-only packages retail for about $9.95 on the ShieldZone site. Full body shields (like the one pictured above) retail for about $24.99.

Installation

The installation was fairly flawless. There’s a couple good tips in the tutorial videos (such as spraying the solution on your fingers before applying the shields) that aren’t covered in the printed manual. Why that is I have no idea. Either way, after watching the videos it took me a grand total of 3 minutes to put in the screen and body protectors. What I like about the invisibleSHIELD is that once you apply the screen protector, you can still make small adjustments before the solution dries up. This is a lifesaver because it’s nearly impossible to get the protectors in the exact spot each and every time. In the case of the Overlay Plus, when you screwed up, you had to remove it, wash it, and start the whole process again.

Anyway, according to the manual/videos, you have to let your device sit for about 24 hours to allow the invisbleSHIELD to “settle in.” In my case the small pockets of moisture that remained ended up disappearing into nothingness.

Here’s the after pics:

InvisibleSHIELD screen<br />
protector successfully applied on the Nokia 6030.

The 3/4 view of the screen protector.

InvisibleSHIELD screen protector successfully applied on the Nokia 6030. Top view.

And the top-down view. It’s pretty hard to see, eh?

InvisibleSHIELD screen protector successfully applied on the Nokia 6030. Back view.

The body protector applied to the battery cover. Note that while the full body shield costs more than double the price of just the screen protector, it may be worth it especially if you’re thinking of getting a case. Just remember that generally the full body shields do not cover the kaypads.(that also includes the front bottom corners, which are the most commonly scratched up places)

Conclusion: Comparisons to the Martin Fields Overlay Plus

The InvisibleSHIELD and the Overlay Plus are both high-quality screen protectors. So which one is better for you?

Well, to start with, both are made of different materials. The invisibleSHIELD is definitely the more “rubbery” of the two which makes it slightly more easier to scratch – the Overlay Plus uses some kind of extra glossy material that makes anything slide off. However, my attempts to scratch up both the invisibleSHIELD and the Overlay Plus with my keys and my fingernails ended in vain. I have to give it to both companies – these protectors are pretty scratch resistant.

However, on a practical note, the invisibleSHIELD wins hands down. The invisibleSHIELD has bar-none the easiest installation of any screen protector I’ve tried AND it comes with a lifetime warranty. Add the fact that it’s cheaper than the competitors and it’s over.

And while you may think that the lifetime warrantly may never come into play, you never know – I managed to scratch up my Overlay Plus camera lens protector piece rendering it useless. It’s still sitting in the original baggie it came in collecting dust.

In the end, both of the screen protectors are practically invisible once they’re installed correctly. The Overlay Plus fits the device slightly better but it makes that slightly harder to install.

The invisbleSHIELD gets 2 thumbs up, and the Overlay Plus gets 1.5 thumbs up. I would recommend either but I definitely feel that the invisibleSHIELD is a better bang for the buck.

Link to ShieldZone invisibleSHIELD web site.
Link to Martin Fields’ web site.

Summary

Shieldzone InvisibleSHIELD – Pros
- Quick and easy installation
- Cheaper than the Overlay Plus, with an additional full body shield available
- Lifetime warranty

Shieldzone InvisibleSHIELD – Cons
- More rubbery feel to it
- Full body shields don’t cover the keypad areas (or around the keypad)
- Requires 24 hour “settling” period after installation

Martin Fields Overlay Plus – Pros
- Fits the device perfectly
- Harder to scratch due to glossiness
- Easier removal

Martin Fields Overlay Plus – Cons
- Damn annoying to install
- No warranty – once you scratch it, you’re done (like yours truly did)

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Joanne
10/22/2009
8:46 am

I recently purchased the Nokia 6700 and judging from the reviews of online users the chrome backing scratches and smudges pretty easily so I am considering purchasing a full body shield. Your review of both InvisibleSHIELD and Martin Field’s products was so helpful! I am now keen on getting the invisibleSHIELD, though what concerns me is the rubbery feel and the fact that it doesn’t cover the keypads. I was just wondering what would happen if you decide you want to take it off?

Thanks! And keep up the excellent work.

ang
10/24/2009
9:49 pm

This is actually a pretty old review – my new favorite screen protector is the Ultraclear Screen Protector by Brando (http://mobile.brando.com/ultra-clear_c0864d008?shop_by=category). All three of these screen protectors, however, can be removed by sticking a piece of tape to the protector and pulling it off with the tape.

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