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Just what I was looking for
December 8, 2018
Despite the fact that every recent phone I’ve owned had a screen protector, I resisted adding one to my new XS MAX for a couple of reasons. One is that covering an edge to edge display is a whole different thing than covering the older smaller screens of previous phones. Another is that I didn’t want to do anything to detract from the beautiful high resolution OLED screen. But most importantly, I didn’t want anything to get in the way of the performance of the face recognition system and front facing camera. And most of the early screen protectors for the XS series insisted on only having one small opening for the speaker and covering the optical components with glass or plastic.
WHY THIS ONE
This one is what I wanted, the entire notch area is unobstructed to prevent any possibility of conflict with the operation of the face recognition or front camera optics. Perfect. Now what about taking away from the beauty of the screen itself.
Fortunately this screen protector also happens to be one of the thinnest tempered glass screen protectors available. It is almost impossible to see or feel the edge and it works well with my Mujjo custom leather case. The look and feel of my phone’s screen are unaffected by the screen protector and the only visible difference I can see is that when the phone is off I can see the cutout where the notch is.
I like that they include an installation guide unit, something that is usually seen with more expensive screen protectors. I also like that you get 3 protectors because everyone messes up on the first try.
No matter how they are made installing screen protectors can be a challenge. Here are some hints
1. Install it in your bathroom. First turn the shower on hot until there is some steam in the air, this will cause any dust particles to fall from the air. Not too much steam though.
2. Turn on any air cleaners you have and place them nearby. Turn on the bathroom exhaust vent van if you have one but don’t open any windows.
3. Remove your pets from anywhere near where you’re working. It is not necessary to remove pythons, goldfish or rhinoceroses.
4. Turn off the HVAC if you have forced air heating/cooling.
5. Work fast. Have everything you need available and as soon as you clean your phone’s screen and use the tack strip to remove any final dust be ready to install the glass immediately
Being as careful as I could I did end up with one large air bubble right in the middle of the screen but all I had to do is lift up on the glass and let it sink slowly down again. It’s really almost like magic to watch it adhere and push any air bubbles out all by itself. Note that they tell you that this will not go all the way to the edge. It’s true. It actually stops quite a bit from the edge. I’m not sure if I would like that if I wasn’t using a case with a raised edge. Also note that when the screen protector is perfectly centered the notch is not. You would probably never notice that but I used a notch enhancer to verify that it is very slightly off center. Finally, I don’t care how good this is, a low cost screen protector is never going to equal what Apple does to their screens to protect against fingerprints. This screen protect does attract dust a little more, it does get a little dirty faster and it definitely shows fingerprints more than the phone’s actual screen. It’s just something you have to accept.
It’s impossible for anyone to make any valid comment about how it works to protect a phone because everyone uses and handles their phone differently. Some people are careful and some people are careless, who wants to know that some careless person cracked their screen. I don’t. I fall into the careful category but I do carry my phone in my front jeans pocket and scratch resistance is more important to me than shatter resistance. So far I am happy that this protector seems to be doing very well helping to protect against scratches and there hasn’t been any peeling away or bubbles. In other words I installed it and simply forget it’s there. Just what I was looking for.