ZAGG InvisibleSHIELD Extreme iPhone 5 Screen Protector Review
The ZAGG InvisibleSHIELD Extreme iPhone 5 screen protector is a new screen protector that prevents iPhone 5 screen scratches and offers added protection from drops and damage thanks to added shock resistance.
I’ve yet to shoot my iPhone 5 with an arrow, throw it on a bed of nails or hit it with a hammer, but ZAGG’s promotional video for the InvisibleSHIELD Extreme claims this screen protector can handle the abuse, and may be able to prevent a broken screen if the iPhone 5 drops or knocks into something.
ZAGG sent over the case friendly InvisibleSHIELD Extreme for the iPhone 5 to review. I don’t normally use screen protectors because I’m a bit OCD about imperfections on the screen that remain with most screen protectors.
The ZAGG InvisibleSHIELD Extreme sent over is the case friendly option which doesn’t touch the edges of the iPhone 5 so cases can grip the iPhone 5 without trouble. ZAGG offers full front protection as well as front and back protection.
InvisibleSHIELD Extreme Installation
Installing the ZAGG InvisibleSHIELD Extreme iPhone 5 screen protector was straightforward and simple. This is a wet install process, so the screen protector is sprayed with a slick liquid that allows for some re-positioning on the iPhone.
I sprayed both sides of the screen protector and applied it to the iPhone 5, moving it slightly to line up with the home button and speaker at the top of the iPhone. Unfortunately I sprayed the adhesive side and then the front, leaving behind cloudy areas on the display, but all was not lost.
I recommend spraying the front of the screen protector, then peeling it off and spraying the back adhesive side to avoid contact with the back.
I used the included squeegee to remove air bubbles from the screen protector. In all, the install process took about 5 minutes. The hardest part is leaving the iPhone 5 turned off for 12 to 24 hours. I installed the screen protector in the early evening and left it turned off until the next morning.
As the photo above shows, my installation was far from perfect, leaving behind large cloudy areas, but the InvisibleSHIELD Extreme screen protector is very forgiving thanks to “self-healing qualities.”
During the installation process the ZAGG InvisibleSHIELD Extreme touched my thumb and part of my palm leaving behind cloudy areas that drove me nuts. ZAGG claims bubbles or cloudy areas will disappear in two to three days.
After three days I was worried I touched the InvisibleSHIELD too much, as I still saw imperfections on the screen and on the lower edge of the iPhone 5 front.
Much to my surprise, the InvisibleSHIELD Extreme continued to heal itself and after a week, there are no bubbles or cloudiness on the display.
There are no issues on the actual screen, which is impressive given my first time installation. There are two small issues, one near the home button and one near the top edge. At the top of the iPhone there is a small spot where there appears to be less adhesive or some other anomaly.
The more noticeable issue is next to the home button where one corner is white, which makes me worry it will peel up over time.
ZAGG InvisibleSHIELD Extreme In Use
After using the ZAGG InvisibleSHIELD Extreme screen protector on the iPhone 5 for a week it’s definitely one of the best screen protectors I’ve used. I typically avoid using screen protectors on my gadgets to keep the same touch experience found when I take it out of the box.
Given the thicker nature of this screen protector I was worried it would change the way the screen feels and interfere with the touch experience, but I remain pleasantly surprised.
While I can tell there is a screen protector on my iPhone 5 while touching the display, it still delivers a smooth touch experience. I expected more resistance from a 0.2mm thick film that promises to protect against breakage, but it’s almost as if there is no protector in place.
Users looking for minimalist iPhone 5 protection should consider the ZAGG InvisibleSHIELD Extreme. The case friendly version sells for $29.99, as does the full front coverage. The full body protection sells for $49.99.
I don’t typically enjoy using screen protectors, but ZAGG’s ability to deliver a screen protector I can install, even if I screw it up, and the added protection from drops means I’ll be keeping the InvisibleSHIELD Extreme on for a while.
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ZAGG includes a lifetime warranty for the InvisibleSHIELD, offering replacements if the protector is damaged. This doe snot cover the device itself. There’s also a 45 day money back guarantee. ZAGG also offers the InvisibleSHIELD Extreme for other iPhone models.