I've reviewed the anti-glare one and hated it but you should definitely have some kind of screen film because the gorilla glass can still get scratches despite its tough name, I thought I'd try the smooth clear film from the same company that I got the anti glare, figured it was competitively priced as it worked out at around £3 a sheet.
1. No visible reduction in image quality or screen brightness
2. No impairment on touch response
3. Nice and clear, quite thick, gives reassurance it's doing its job
4. Slightly cuts down reflections when compared to just the glass only
1. Took a long time to arrive (2 weeks)
2. It is very challenging to fit because it is a big screen/film
3. Minor - finger prints seem to be more noticeable
4. Minor - slightly not as smooth as the glass surface itself
1. Work in a dust free room, (my kitchen was good, vinyl floor, no carpet fibres) Also tell your wife/kids/pets to leave you alone and not waft by you stirring up dust.
2. Clean the TF201 properly, I used a contractors solvent to remove grease then a car window cleaner to clean the glass.
3. Use 3M invisible/scotch tape to blot any dust particles off the screen (make it into a loop as if you're going to double side stick something), when you are happy the screen is as clean and dust free as can be, prop it facing down at an angle (I used a loaf of bread), which stops dust settling on your screen while you deal with the protector film.
4. Peel off a third of sheet 1 I tackled it in landscape orientation (this exposes the sticky side for the screen so handle at edges and try to peel it so sticky side faces down - again stops dust landing on it). MAKE sure you have the camera cut out worked out so you're not having to flip things around halfway through.
5. Flip your transformer down so screen faces up and quickly place film on, do it loosely and don't press down yet, because you will have to lift off and reposition until everything matches up.
6. The film is cut very precisely so make sure your edges are aligned before patting down the first third, then peel off the rest of sheet 1 and gently lay the film onto the screen, if you do it slowly and bend the film gently to allow it to stick onto the screen you should not get bubbles, if you do back off and try again. You are aiming for the middle section to be as bubble free as possible. Don't push the film down yet fully.
7. Double check alignment at edges and ensure camera and light sensor is not covered up, if it is you need to lift off and fit again, it is cut very precisely so be patient, when it fits you will know it.
8. Peel off sheet 2, this can SOMETIMES introduce bubbles so don't worry about it.
9. Your middle section should be bubble free, if so well done and press down.
10. the edges get air bubbles sometimes so push them out to the edge.
11. bubbles right in the middle are nearly impossible to push out (you will need to lift and reapply)
12. now look critically at your film and try to assess what bubbles still need to be dealt with.
13. bubbles that are caused by air you push out, but sometimes bubbles are caused by dust/grit etc and these will have stuck to the underside of the film, don't worry, use your magic tape looped back to itself and peel off the film just enough to get to the underside of the film, use your sticky tape and blot the dust particle, your tape if stickier than the film so it should pull the grit off, then place the film back down, the bubble should be gone. Repeat this for any other dust bubbles.
14. Only when you are 100% happy with the film do you press down and go over the whole film and make sure it sticks completely to the screen.
Be patient, it's fiddly and takes time to do properly but once it's on you can relax knowing your screen is protected!