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Great protector, sadly overpromised in the description
on 27 October 2013
I've waited a couple of weeks before writing this to provide a thorough evaluation. Prior to buying this, I've used a few protectors on a number of different devices, and this is certainly among the best in quality. It's incredibly smooth and low friction to the touch, and a good feel. It also seems pretty resistant to scratches, although that's not something I've tested much. It's not exactly the size of the screen, and mine is attached a little wonky, but that can also be a blessing as getting a perfectly cut protector to fit a screen perfectly without overlapping the screen edge will require super-human plastic-placement skills.
However, there are a couple of points of the description that I consider a bit misleading. Firstly -
"Your Expert Shield comes with a no bubble guarantee."
Well, every protector, including 50p ones and 'free with your new case' ones are bubble free as long as you don't have dust under it. But that is EXTREMELY HARD TO ACHIEVE and this protector is no better. I fixed it in a steamy bathroom on a brand new phone without anything having touched the screen, and *still* dust found its way between screen and protector. It took a lot of faff to remove the dust with tape. Advice on the packaging is great in theory but nothing like as easy as suggested. eg. "If there's some dust, lift the corner by the sticker and remove the dust with tape." Lifting the corner with the tape lifted most of the protector off and attracted even more dust underneath!
As the whole dust issue is more about where you apply the protector than what it's made of (they're all a variation on the same theme), I'm not convinced it's fair to claim bubble free - that's down to your skills and preparation, not the screen protector. As it is, after 15+ minutes of affixing, I had one tiny piece of dust I gave up on, but it doesn't show at all.
"Your Expert Shield also comes with a no scratch guarantee."
It does seem pretty resistant. There aren't any micro-scratches present from use. However, I keep my phone in a wallet case with my cards and cash. On my old phone, there was a lot of scratching where the credit card edge touched the screen. This Expert Shield protector doesn't scratch as readily, but is showing tiny scratches in the corner. The real solution is to file down the edges of the card so they aren't so sharp.
But what this means is, though the protector is great, is it really worth the extra money? It's no easier to put on than any other protector, and any cheaper protector would be just as good in my wallet as long as I take the edge off the cards. If you keep your phone loose in your pocket, the extra scratch resistance may be worth it.