Review: Zagg InvisibleShield for the BlackBerry Curve 8900

100_1793Review Zagg Invisible Shield For The Blackberry curve 8900
Rating: ★★★★★★★★★☆
Cost:
Full-Body Coverage $24.95 & Screen-Only coverage $11.95 @ www.zagg.com

What are you always afraid of doing when you get a new BlackBerry? If you’re anything like me, you tend to somehow get them scratched in the first week. Now I try to keep the device looking new for as long as possible. When I got the new 8900, the first thing I wanted to do was find a way to protect it from being scratched. Thanks to the nice guys at www.zagg.com, the makers of the InvisibleShield for Mobile and electronic devices, I had the chance to test their new Invisible shield for the BlackBerry 8900.

Some of you may already be familiar with their product already, but in case you aren’t, I will explain. What they do is provide your phone with a military grade shield that covers almost all of your BlackBerry, especially the most vulnerable spots that tend to get scratched first.  The clear film which the shield is made of is only 0.2 millimeters thick and looks just like regular plastic, but is actually quite strong.

The shield comes in a box that folds out into three sections the far left hand side has the film in a plastic container, the middle section contains all the instructions you will need, and finally the section in the right contains a spray solution in a small bottle and a small installation squeegee.

*When you install this, make sure you do it when you have some spare time, this might take a while and a good deal of patience as it requires you to be careful so that you do not get any bubbles under the plastic, especially on the flat parts of the device.

The pieces for the shield are carefully cut into pieces that will fit precisely into each section of your device. There are about 13 different pieces. The main ones being for the screen, back cover and surrounding areas of the phone.

Installation:

  • I recommend scoping out where and how each piece fits the BB.
  • Wash your hands clean and spray some of the liquid solution provided on the tips of your fingers.
  • Peel each piece one by one as you are ready to place the pieces on the BB.
  • Spray lightly each side of the piece of film with some of the liquid.
  • One technique that worked for me while installing this was finding a place for each piece where you can easily align it and then work your way slowly removing any bubbles with the squeegee as you go. (Do not let it fall on it.)
  • Believe it or not, the hardest part to install is the one on the flat surface, so install this section carefully so you don’t get any wrinkles or trapped bubbles.

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What you get after installation

  • Once you’re all done, the device has a shiny glossy look to it.
  • Adds a better grip to it so it doesn’t fall out of your hands easily.
  • No added bulk to the BB.
  • Really good protection.
  • Invisible protection which means you can still have full view of your phone.
  • Can easily be removed without leaving any residue.
  • Most important: scratch-proof protection.

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The main problem with the InvisibleShield is that it is a bit of a hassle to install it. Also, if you are not careful, you can easily leave air bubbles on the flat part of the surface, which may look unsightly. Other than that, it is a great product to have on you BlackBerry if installed correctly.

This can easily be used with other BB cases since it doesn’t add more bulk to the device and is perfect for those that like to carry their cell phone in their pockets or in their hands. Now you can do it without any worries of getting it damaged with scratches (from keys and such).

You can find more information at their site along with some nice demonstration videos.

11 total comments on this postSubmit your comment!
  1. I have a Storm and have been thinking of getting this. I can never find comments about fingerprint issues. With the Storm, fingerprints are horrible and I would like to know how this product holds up to them. Other than that, good review.

    • I haven’t had any problems with it I got used to it really fast you can hardly notice it really easy to clean as well just make sure you clean your hands really well before installing it so you don’t get any prints on the sticky side of.

  2. The trick (per the instructions) is to spray your fingers with the solution, too, in order to avoid fingerprints during installation.

  3. Sorry, I should have clarified my post more clearly. I am referring to the fingerprints that accumulate on the screen from using it, not during installation. The smooth glass like surface on the Storm screen has terrible fingerprint issues when using it. I’m wondering if having the Zagg IS on there helps at all?

    • I installed the Zagg IS on my Storm last month. My Storm came with a good screen protector installed but after 2+ months of use it had a faint scratch in the film. So, when I got the Zagg IS, I peeled off the original film and installed the Zagg film on the screen as well as all the other various parts of my Storm. In my opinion, the Zagg screen protector was horrible! It was very shiny and it has a sticky grippy feel to it. This is just not acceptable on a touch screen. Also the film does not lay smooth – it has a slight orange peel texture to it. This is fine on the sides and back of the Storm – but not on the screen. After two weeks, I replaced the Zagg screen protector with a Clarivue protector that I got on ebay, which i like much better. One other comment on the Zagg IS, the corner of a body protection strip is starting to peel off because it rubs when I slide the Storm into the case.

  4. Oh ok yeah you might still have some fingerprints probably not as bad but is a lot easier to clean off than the actual BB screen

  5. I didn’t mind the shiny feel on it and I like the fact that it does give you a better Grip

  6. YOu will love it at first……like the posts say here…….then after a month you will notice a corner coming up, then more, then you will remove a small piece, and then more. Heck, I even paid to have mine professionally installed at one of their stores…….have replaced it 3 times in 5 months…….don’t buy this.

  7. So not worth it. I just spent an hour CAREFULLY applying this to my bberry curve 8900 and no matter how much you wet your fingers with the solution and how careful you are, you will still get prints, smudges, and bubbles under the surface. This is especially annoying with the screen; clarity very reduced. I’m taking mine off and throwing it away right now. What a waste of $30.

  8. Oh yeah, the seams are also a hinderance. You can feel every ridge of the edges; I can just imagine this starting to peel off in a few days. The feeling of the film is somewhat sticky, too. Sincerely advise against anyone buying this.

  9. BEWARE OF ZAGG

    I really hope I like this product because

    I ordered a skin for my Tour. I selected Next Day Air option and when it showed up late, I phoned for a refund on the shipping portion and they wouldn’t oblige. The gave me 10 different excuses, none of which made sense. The only reason I ordered Next Day Air, was that I was leaving town for 10 days, otherwise, I would have had it shipped ground. I received an email stating that my product had been shipped, and I waited patiently for it arrive. Nope, so when I called the following day, on my way out of town, I asked for a refund for the overnight shipping. They said that it sometimes takes awhile for things to get out of their warehouse. So why did I receive an email stating my product had been shipped with a tracking number and why did I pay for overnight shipping? I told them I would return the product and they said it would take 30-60 days for a refund. So now I am stuck with a $25.00 product that I paid $44 to have shipped overnight, but the best part, is I received an email and it said, “If we receive mail that has postage due that amount will be deducted from your refund.”

    The customer service support team is by far the worst I have ever encountered. I wish I ordered from one http://www.BodyGuardz.com or http://www.BestSkinsEver.com

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