Best screen protector I have ever used...

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  1. powerwagon, Feb 12, 2013
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    powerwagon macrumors member

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    iSmooth is THE best protector I have ever used...period. I have used all the big name protectors...spigen, zagg hd, xtreme, just like glass (JLG) and a few others that I can't remember. I have to say that the iSmooth is head and shoulders above all of those based on my first few days of use. First, the price (roughly $15) is great considering you get three protectors...second, the protector is a dry installation, so no rubbery feel and no chance of internal water damage. The clarity on the protector is also second to none. Before this installation, the JLG was my favorite (and still a VERY nice protector), but this one takes the cake for the above mentioned reasons. There is absolutely 0 orange peel and the screen feels as smooth if not smoother than the original glass screen. Fit and finish is excellent as well, as there is full coverage under the home screen button and above the ear piece and FCC (unlike zagg hd), and the side of the protector covers ever millimeter of the glass on both sides. Because of this coverage, I'm not sure this would be the most case friendly protector, but this phone is too damn good looking for me to cover up, so no worries there. Shipping was top notch, as I paid a premium for two day shipping (had to have my new iPhone 5 protected) and actually received it the next day (that has NEVER happened to me before).

    I highly recommend giving this protector a shot if you're tired of what you currently have or have just purchased a phone and are looking to cover it.


    Edit- something else I forgot to mention is that the protectors come with a lifetime warranty. If at any time one gets damaged or you're not happy with it for any reason, just send it back and they'll send you another. The package also consist of two dust removal stickers and probably the nicest cleaner cloth of any protectors out there...it is HUGE.
     
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  5. powerwagon thread starter macrumors member

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    The first link is the latest cut from my understanding. I will take some good pics tomorrow for you guys so you can get an idea how good they look.
     
  6. Ann P, Feb 13, 2013
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    First link is the latest version, but second link's description has been updated to reflect changes. Probably the same protectors.

    Product Description: We guarantee that this version fits perfectly on your iPhone 5 with NO Rainbow Effect.

    Thanks OP, will give these a try.
     
  7. Thomasss95 macrumors regular

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    Looks very good, I am looking for a SP myself, so I will give these a go! :)
    Would they be better than the SP's from Belkin?
     
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    Here are a few pics I snapped this morning as promised. They really don't do it justice, as they are literally crystal clear. The really nice thing about them (besides everything I've mentioned prior), is that they are 100% usable with no bubbles from the second you put them on. There is no "waiting" period for the bubbles to dry up and go away...you put it on, and boom, perfectly clear and full screen protection.
     

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  9. Radiating, Feb 13, 2013
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    DO NOT BUY THIS PEICE OF JUNK

    The OP think's he know what he's talking about after having tried some of the absolute worst products in this catagory, and stumbling upon his first non-terrible one. I've tried iSmooth and they just sell cheap mid-range products that seem to be knockoffs of Spigen protectors and are worse in every way. These guys are making cutouts for the proximity sensor which is completely unssesary and ugly, and their cut is not actually precise and perfect, and still leaves plenty of room around the home button and edge of the screen, this product also reduces clarity and makes the black iPhone glass look lighter and more hazy and slightly reduces screen clarity (notice in the photos in the above post where the area protected by the protector is a slightly lighter color than the bare glass), and iSmooth are are generally delivering a product that is far from the best in every way.

    Unlike the OP who's tried 3 of the worst screen protector brands, I've tried well over 40 and counting of the best and worst. From every major brand out there.

    The majority of screen protectors are just cheap low quality products. If you want a good one, the top two choices are Green Onions Supply (oleophobic), or Spigen (oleophobic or crystal).


    The primary difference between Green Onions Oleophobic & SGP Crystal/Oleophobic are:

    Green Onions Oleophobic

    - No camera cutout (does not effect camera resolution, looks much better)

    - Best Clarity. By best clarity I mean that it is the only screen protector I have ever tested that actually makes the screen clearer than normal. The black glass on the black iPhone is actually darker and less hazy with than without. It also increases screen contrast. Technically this is acheived by having a material that has a higher gloss factor (which increases clarity and screen contrast) than the stock screen, which is very hard to do. No other competitor has this.


    - Best fingerprint resistance. This has the best fingerprint resistance


    - Slightly too small corners. The only minor flaw in an otherwise perfect screen protector are the rounded corners around the screen are clipped a little too early for my taste. I can understand why they did that as it helps with less than perfect alignment, I can get alignment within fractions of a milimeter so I would rather have a more aggressive cut.

    - Includes a sticker that is bigger than the entire screen to remove dust. Not just a tiny little thumbnail sized sticker.

    SGP Ultra Crystal

    - Most Scratch Resistant

    - Same Poor Fingerprint Resistance as Without

    - Crystal Clear as advertised, great cut.

    SGP Oleophobic

    - More scratch resistance than Green Onions Supply, but less than Ultra Crystal, more fingerprint resistance than ultra crystal but less than Green Onions, a good alternative if you scratch the Green Onions one too easily (I don't so it's a non issue).

    - Same cut and clarity as ultra crystal.

    All are dry instlation, static adhesion which leaves no residue, self release air bubbles without having to push them to the edge, and include dust removal stickers and cleaning cloths or pads. The downside of more fingerprint resistance is less scratch resistance generally and that applies to other screen protectors besides these.
     
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    I'll let the pics speak for themselves. So you see any space around the edges?? That's right..there literally is none...I mean not at all (that's why I said that they would not be case friendly). As far as space around the home button, once again ill let the pics speak for themselves...there literally could not be any less space than there is. As far as the black glass being lighter, I have no idea what you're comparing to, as there is no bare glass on my screen. Every millimeter of screen is covered. And if you had read my post (clearly you didn't), you would have seen that I have tried spigen (sgp for those that aren't familiar with what they are talking about) and this protector is smoother, as clear and has a better fit and is a better value for the money. I don't mind honest disagreements with things that I post (because they are opinions after all) but I'm not a fan of clear misinformation or blatant falsehoods.

    For the record, I have tried many more (best skins ever, phantomskinz etc), but only listed the ones I feel most people on here have probably used. Sorry if who I am responding to had a bad experience with iSmooth, but that's exactly what it sounds like...one bad experience. You may want to try them out again, as the HD version that they have out is relatively new.
     
  11. powerwagon thread starter macrumors member

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    Never tried the Belkin protector, but I don't see how they could be any better.
     
  12. katai macrumors regular

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    I just ordered one to try out. It does look like it covers the edge more than Sgp. The pics up there look good to me.
     
  13. Radiating, Feb 13, 2013
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    I concede defeat. Clearly.

    Just an FYI the list of products you've tried I've also purchased from. The list is literally a "who's who" of the worst possible products out there. While SGP/Spigen does make one of the best protectors out there they also makes 7 different varieties of screen protector. You tried only one variety, the absolute worst one they make. One that is so bad that they have discontinued it and only sell it as a free bonus with a kit advertising it as a special extra thick option. The SGP protector you tried is just an automotive clear bra that is cut to size. All the other SGP screen protectors are nothing like that and completely and totally as flat as polished sheet glass.

    The iSmooth screen protector you reviewed is essentially a cheap knockoff of the non-terrible SGP protectors, their knockoff even goes as far as to clone the packaging and labeling of SGP. If you like the cheap knockoff you'll like the original better.
     
  14. powerwagon thread starter macrumors member

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    Let me know what you think when you get them on. I think you'll be more than happy.
     
  15. powerwagon thread starter macrumors member

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    Lol...you must be an engineer. Just let it go, you're making yourself look kind of silly to be honest. I am honestly happy you have found a protector that suits your needs. I have found three for less money that suits mine.
     
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    This thread has clearly taken a turn for the worst. Too funny.
     
  17. powerwagon thread starter macrumors member

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    Lol...agreed. I was simply giving my opinion based on some of the more popular protectors I've used, while providing pictures for those to see as proof of what I have described.
     
  18. judyyhwu macrumors newbie

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    Maybe I will give it a try too! Some of the protectors are not very good and not so easy to apply...... it would be good if it can protect phone from shattering as well...

    I have shattered my phone once. It was baddddddddd :(
     
  19. katai macrumors regular

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    I got the sp on my phone now and very surprised how it looks. Looks great like there is no sp on. Only if you really look at the top earphone cutout or under direct lighting. I really like how it sits right at the end of screen and can hardly tell the edge around the home button. I have the SGP aluminum button on. I did however used my third film lol. I installed it on my bed after taking a shower. I like to have a perfect install and I kept realigning the first two and dust actually got under. I used tape to take them off but too much of lifting the sp actually messes up the adhesive since the film is pretty thin. I already emailed for replacements and waiting for a response just so I have a spare. I'll see later if I ever get a scratch.
     
  20. The Green Mac macrumors member

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    I love the iSmooth protectors. I have used SGP and PowerSupport screen protectors in the past, and while they make good products, I haven't found that they are any better than the iSmooth. And since the iSmooth is cheaper, I will be sticking with them. The iSmooth is slick (smooth), clear, and fits perfectly. Very satisfied customer.
     
  21. krnboy503 macrumors regular

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    WAY TOO MUCH TIME ON YOUR HANDS :p
     
  22. katai macrumors regular

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    Great service to add. I emailed them last Friday for replacements, the day I got them. Today I got an email from ismooth telling me they've shipped 3 replacements.
     
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    LOL this guy...
     
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    You have outdone yourself, Radiating. Haha. I love how detailed all your posts are. A perfectionist you are. :D
     
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    WTF?

    Man, seriously, stop what you are doing, step outside and take some deep fresh breaths of air. Going to that kind of effort to make a point about a freaking screen shield is a sign. It's also counter productive because it makes you look weird.


    BTW OP, I think that is an acceptable amount of gap from the edges. All the decent ones I have had also had about that amount. If it goes right to the edges it's it peals of too easily, especially at the home button. The best I have tried are media devil, they look similar.

    I look forward to a PowerPoint presentation on why I'm wrong.
     

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