Top critical review
Temperamental and needs greater care to install than other protectors.
on 10 October 2017
[Note that this is an edited review. My first review was a 1-star, because my first attempt attempt was disastrous. The seller was very prompt and kindly sent another one, free of charge. This one was more successful. I have left some key points and tips below]
Key points and tips:
1) The quality and thickness are good. Not as solid as my previous protector (a Zagg, that literally saved my screen by cracking rather than the screen cracking). However, it is about half the cost of a Zagg so is a reasonable quality/cost trade-off.
2) You really, really need to be careful applying this protector. Even if you have applied protectors before (I have, on phones and tablets), watch the video to see how best to apply this particular protector. If you get one speck of dust underneath, you are doomed. Removing it to "have another go" dooms you further as it seems to be a dust magnet (dust gets "sucked in" when you remove and re-fit). That's what happened to me - I had two tiny bubbles which being a perfectionist I had to "fix", and it just went from bad to worse, ending up as a complete dog's breakfast.
3) The suggestion that you apply the protector in a steamy bathroom seems excessive, but I recommend doing it in this case. It doesn't need to be like a jungle. I turned the tap off mid-application because it got way too steamy (my glasses steamed up), but there was enough steam to discourage dust. Also, wash your hands thoroughly and wipe the surface (I used the toilet seat!) clean with a proper surface cleaner to remove any possibility of dust or dirt contaminating the protector. AND have everything at the ready so you don't need to leave the bathroom mid-application to fetch anything (thus causing a draft to bring dust into the bathroom). You really do need to be this fussy!
4) If you are not applying the protector to a brand new phone, use a wet wipe (alcohol screen wipe) first. I don't know why this manufacturer doesn't provide one, but the dry wipe will not remove all of the existing grime on an older phone. Even if you previously had a protector on it, there will be grime at the edges and a dry wipe just wipes this onto the screen.
5) I don't know why the manufacturer doesn't provide a pair of "sticky labels" to help guide the protector into place, like other manufacturers do. I think it is essential to avoid getting grease onto the gel side (even if you hold the protector at the very edge, your skin will touch the gel side). Plus, fingers are too clumsy and you really need to get placement position 100% spot-on so that you do not have to lift and re-apply (see Point #2)
6) When you lift the tab for Step 2, HOLD THE PROTECTOR DOWN WITH YOUR FINGER! Otherwise it can lift the whole carefully-placed protector off the screen, as others have said. Then you are in a sticky situation (literally; see Point #2).
7) To press out any bubbles, use a credit card, but wrap the edge of the card in the dry-wipe, to avoid potentially scratching the protector.
Overall, high points for the seller (already given a good review), but only a middling score for the product because it really is too fussy to apply. If you apply it successfully, you will be happy with it. Mine has two very small bubbles at the very edge (one at the top and one below the on/off button),which I think is due to either poor design or the need for micrometre precision in applying. Not enough to be fussed about, in fact one is hidden under the phone case, but I could see bubbles at the edge gradually allowing "seepage" of air under the protector, causing a bigger bubble. Only time will tell.