Sunday, July 26, 2009

Fully Body InvisibleSHIELD for the HTC Magic

I purchased the Zagg InvisibleSHIELD a while back but been putting off putting it on my phone as after reading the instructions it just seemed like a monumental task to do so. And of course you need to leave your phone OFF for 12-24 hours while it 'cures' - this alone kept putting me off as I've been having far too much fun with various roms and the phone itself for the last few weeks.

Well I had some time today and decided I might as well do it before it gets scratched without it - so I cleared a nice space on my desk and proceeded to apply the pieces.

Now Zagg didn't actually supply any instructions with the InvisibleSHIELD specific to the HTC Magic - instead they included their general instructions and recommended I watch the videos. The videos were for every other phone but the HTC Magic so weren't very useful in figuring out where each piece went - which was a let down to me - I emailed Zagg but after several emails all they would say was: "According to our policies, I am unable to send out a diagram of the invisibleSHIELD pieces for your device." - GREAT - that's helpful guys.. -1 for Support.

So I persevered and managed to figure it out. It was mostly the side strips that confused me but I think I got them right.

I have to say though that I'm less than impressed with the coverage. This is supposedly the 'Full Body' coverage and there's little gaps between it all and there were several spots that didn't line up very well - the worst was the back sheet with the camera and speaker holes.

Take a look at my photos at:

And you'll see what I mean. I've been very underwhemed by the whole experience.

Because of the multiple strips and curves on the HTC Magic I spent about two hours putting it on and getting it to stick on the edges (using the 'pinch' technique that they mentioned on their website and videos). I had to let each strip dry and stick before I moved onto the next one, and since there are a lot of curves on the HTC Magic it required a lot work.
Not exactly a fun experience there either.

The feeling of the film on the phone so far is very sticky on the screen itself which makes it hard to slide and swipe easily like I'm used to. I REALLY hope this clears up when it's cured. Already I've noticed heaps of little mini-bubbles start appearing under the surface in some spots (mostly the sloped/curved parts) and according to their instructions these should disappear within 2-3 days. I've also noticed several scratches in the film itself - again.. I'm hoping that these will clear up as I'm going to be furious if they're not.

Needless to say I will NOT be recommending it to anyone else unless this thing is fricken amazing when it cures properly - it's only been on for about 6 hours so far, so guess we'll see - apparently it takes 2-3 days for the film to cure and the micro-bubbles and imperfections to clear up.

I'll post more pics in a couple of days and let you all know how it goes.


  1. curious to know if your opinion of the Zagg InvisibleSHIELD has changed since first applying it?

    I have been holding off applying mine for about 2 months now... I would be most disappointed in loosing the ability of being able to swipe my finger smoothly along the screen.

  2. I've been holding off on posting this in the hopes that it would improve over time. The first parts to go were the top and bottom - both developed raised edges which quickly collected fluff and dust from my pockets and would not seal down no matter what I tried. The curved and sloped edges just don't seal properly with the InvisibleSHIELD and I wasn't too happy with it lifting up all the time so in the end I just removed them completely. The front side strips were the next to go - they're far too sharp and angled such that it would catch my fingers and slice along them every time I grabbed the phone. I got sick of it and took them off too. So now I have the back piece and the thicker side pieces left on, and the actual screen protector itself.
    It still has that sticky kind of feel on the screen itself, but I've kinda gotten used to it now, so it doesn't bother me so much. The back piece feels like it's slowly coming off now though - it's also sharp on the edges and catches on things, so small pieces of fluff are creeping under and I'll probably have to take it off eventually too. It never fit right and looks pretty cheap as it's uneven and doesn't follow the whole edge around - and the camera hole and speaker hole never quite aligned perfectly. On the same token tho, it does (I hope) provide some protection, so I'll try and leave it on for as long as I can to get my moneys worth out of it.

    Overall, I'm extremely unhappy with the InvisibleSHIELD and would not recommend it to anyone. It's badly designed, doesn't fit properly, extremely time consuming to put on, doesn't stay on when you do have it on, makes your screen sticky and has sharp edges.

  3. Ya should've read my post, I've used InvisibleShield 2 times, and I think its a complete waste of money. ITS CRAP.....
    I've been telling alot of ppl to stay clear of this product......