Thank You Note
Before I begin, I’d like to personally thank Jake from InvisibleSkinz.com for providing me one of these lovely iPhone covers. I would also like to thank him for being the first vendor to approach me for a product review and giving me a shot at promoting his business!
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I will admit, back in the day, I used the rubber skin cases for nearly all of my favorite phones and a static cling plastic screen protector. Even still, the case ruined the aesthetics of the phone. Some of these phones were rather beautiful but it didn’t matter if the case was an officially branded product, it destroyed the lines of the phone.
Times changed now where people want to show off the beauty of their device! The desire to hide their cool phones in some bulky cases slowly became the voice of the consumer. People wanted another answer instead of some thick clear plastic shell over their phone. Bulk was becoming uncool. That was when Zagg listened to the consumer and said “Bulky cases aren’t needed anymore, we can make a better iPhone cover product!”
Pre-install and Prep
For those who have never installed an InvisibleShield, I would recommend watching the appropriate installation video. I would watch the iPhone 3G install video posted here on YouTube from the invisibleShield channel. The reason I recommend it is to make sure you fully understand what is involved. Enclosed in the box is the Shield Spray bottle, the InvisibleShield pieces, and the applicator squeegee. The printed instructions are printed on the outer sleeve and the inner folds of the packaging as well. Before starting, clean off the work space area free of dust and debris. The instructions recommend getting a microfiber towel and I can say it will make your installation that much smoother. Lay out the microfiber towel and place your iPhone 3GS on it.
Before I proceed with the actual installation… I will remind people that a GOOD install does take time. Do not rush the install and take your time. Think of this almost like tinting your own car, if you took it to an installer who’s going to rush it… then you will have lots of unsightly bubbles. A good install will have virtually no bubbles or tiny ones which will disappear in time. Also keep a cool temper and make sure you can be at peace for the install.
I apologize for not having photos for my install… First, power off and clean off your device of fingerprints, dust, and other things. After that, wash off your hands to inhibit the oils from your hands from making finger prints on the sticky side of the InvisibleShield. Spray your hands with the Shield Spray and you are ready to begin. After that, I took one of the shields and and peel it off with the protective side on my palm. Spray the Shield’s sticky side and slowly apply it. After the first Shield was on, spray the glossy side with a little bit of the Shield Spray to allow the squeegee to slide and press out the Shield Spray from underneath. Do make sure to avoid things like open ports and use the microfiber towel to wipe up the excess. Repeat the same for the back side. For the corners and curves, you may have to press them against your hand for 30 seconds to help them stick to your device. Just for reference… The install took almost 30 – 45 minutes for me and this is my very first install.
Afterthoughts and Impressions
After the install, I did give my iPhone about 20 minutes to set all the pieces before powering it back on for use. I will say that I did omit using the Home button skin and the piece for the camera lens is to be omitted. For the first hour with the InvisibleShield, I was almost foreign to a “naked” iPhone. There was no more bulky Griffin Elan Form case making my device feel bigger than actuality. It almost reminded me of how nice my iPhone was the first day I bought it. I did have some mini air bubbles from the install (Friday), but so far (Sunday) just a few remain and I want to say by next week… it should be almost perfect. The grippy nature of the shield also makes it much better to hold than the “leather” from the Griffin case I previously had. I can say that I could confidently recommend this to anyone who wants to show off their iPhone 3GS, but not leave it unprotected. The only given thing that the InvisibleShield does not protect is from drops and shock, which the grippy texture should prevent most of that. I also did decide to try out the claims of the scratch protection by dropping my keys on the newly shielded phone as well as dragging my keys across it. As shown in numerous demo videos… the InvisibleShield has rather strong plastic that keeps your device protected and seeing it I was astonished.
Closing Thoughts: Highly Recommended!
I close this review by giving it my recommendation as a great product. For the price of $24.95, it’s quite a bargain, compared to some of the other iPhone cases ranging in at $29.99 and higher. The biggest advantage to the InvisibleShield is that accessories that need the dock connector don’t require you to take off the case. Most cases out there either require you to peel off the entire case, take off the bottom half, or just tell you that you need to sync with the cable. With the InvisibleShield by Zagg, you can use any accessory with the dock connector without fear of marring your device either. Don’t take my word for it, check out InvisibleSkinz.com and buy this for your iPhone 3GS!
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