Does iPhone 4S Invisible Shield make sense?

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by recryl, Nov 2, 2011.

  1. recryl macrumors newbie

    Jul 6, 2010

    I just ordered the Invisible Shield (IS) for my iPhone 4S, but my brother has almost convinced me that it is in fact unnecessary. According to him, the gorilla glass is already very scratch resistant, but quite brittle, so the risk of the glass shattering is much greater than the risk of it getting scratches. The invisible shield doesn't offer any mechanical stabilization, and if the phone is already nearly scratch resistant, it really doesn't serve much of any purpose.

    Furthermore, some people have reported having a poorer experience of the otherwise beautiful screen with the IS mounted. If the IS alleviates a problem that isn't really there (glass scratching), doesn't fix alleviate the real problem (glass shattering), decreases the screen performance and is somewhat expensive, I think I will send it back. But are these observations correct? Does the screen performance decrease? Is the unprotected screen unlikely to get scratches?

    Thanks for your thoughts on this!
    Best regards
    Kristian, Denmark
  2. Frenchjay macrumors 68000


    Jul 6, 2010
    It will scratch definitely! You don't even notice the screen shield is on and it will keep the screen brand new for when you come to sell it on. If the shield is good the screen performance will not be affected although if you get a cheap one the clarity is slightly affected!
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I use ghost armor on my iPhone as an extra layer of protection and to protect the olephobic coating. I had a 3Gs that the coating wore off
  4. toasty hoodie macrumors 6502

    toasty hoodie

    Sep 16, 2011
    I will never use a Zagg product on my devices again.

    I need a matte/anti-fingerprint finish on my products, so I use the Power Support HD Anti-Glare film. I've had great previous experience with their products and trust them to protect my iDevices
  5. walds11 macrumors 6502a

    May 30, 2010
    Philly, PA
    I prefer clear-coat. It's not as sticky and no ornage peel like the Zagg IS.
  6. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Completely subjective matter. I (and others) can't stand the texture and distortion. Others seem to like them. YMMV.

    Scratch resistant != unscratachable. Again, subjective. It's your call whether or not you want to rely on just the scratch resistance of the screen.
  7. ShionoyaTamaki macrumors 6502

    Oct 9, 2011
  8. azm macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2011
    i recommend buying from used it on my HP touchpad and its the same quality as zagg but only costs like $12 for total body
  9. istarfly3r macrumors member

    Aug 2, 2009
    where can i buy bestskinsever in UK?? or do i need to order online from US??

  10. Meltdownblitz macrumors 65816

    Jan 21, 2010
    I would never use zagg. Body guardz is better.
  11. thaghost macrumors 6502

    Jun 24, 2010
    Winter Garden, FL
    I had zagg on my iPhone 4, my now iPhone 4S and my iPad 2. I like it. serves it's purpose. Haven't had any issues.

    Ghostarmor is a f$ucking joke.
  12. Tulipo macrumors member

    Mar 27, 2011
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    I agree with a good screen protector it is hard to tell its on BUT finger prints suck! Oil from from your skin smears way too easily and doesn't whipe off as easily as just the glass.
  13. Bear807 macrumors member

    Oct 6, 2011
    Invisible shield is a joke, they are not worth it to be honest, first the layer is kind of a orange skin feeling, texture wise is not good, secondly the layer will turn out to be yellowish after some time. Thirdly I you going to put it in your jeans, the sides will going to trap a lot of dust and hence make it look ugly and you would want to peel it off immediately.
  14. TM WAZZA macrumors 68000

    Sep 18, 2010
    Hamilton, New Zealand
    The iPhone's screen being un-scratchable is a myth. It is scratch resistant, meaning it's hard to scratch, but it's not impossible.

    I'm holding an iPhone 4 with a scratch on the screen right now. :)
  15. charlesdayton macrumors 6502a

    Oct 24, 2011
    The glass is scratch resistant but the oleophobic cotating is not.

    Coatings on glass tend to scratch. Take for example high end watches, they have an unscratchable saphire crystal, but the ones that have double AR coating (in and out) the utside coating can get scratched. Watchmakers solve this by removing of the coating on the outside.
  16. amazingdm macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2010
    I had IS for a while it was awful. None of the employees could install imperfectly nor could I. And it kept peeling.
  17. PhoenixMac macrumors 65816

    Mar 7, 2010
  18. mpossoff macrumors 68020

    Mar 21, 2010
    Why is Ghost Armor a joke?
  19. Usual macrumors member

    Aug 10, 2011
    I tried many brands, types etc. but unfortunately, no one made me happy!

    I am not sure if better to use. Right now, I do not use anything, but I am afraid to have a scratch on the screen :/
  20. Pheo macrumors regular

    Jun 13, 2011
    Best skinz ever user here. Very happy overall!

    Sure I'd like to use the phone without but the aerial band scratches too easily making the phone look a bit rubbish.
  21. audigates macrumors newbie

    Jan 26, 2010
    I just use the screen they sell in Apple it works great and it's slick. I've never had a problem with it on my previous two devices.
  22. MrXiro, Nov 6, 2011
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2011

    MrXiro macrumors 68040


    Nov 2, 2007
    Los Angeles
    I'm still debating not using a skin on the face... I'd want one on the back though. Keep that side scratch free... but I like the slide of the glass... and sadly it's not Gorilla Glass so it WILL scratch eventually if you keep it in your pocket.
  23. vaugha macrumors 6502

    Nov 3, 2011
    I've been using is for several months and I have to say it's a decent screen protector and has protected my screen from scratches but also at the same time as some folks pointed out the coating turns yellowish after a while and the edges tend to peel off. As for the yellowish tint, I never noticed it until I bought 4s and had them lying side to side. Overall it does what it advertises it does hence for me it's an indispensable part of my ip accessories as it gives me peace of mind.
  24. creativedogmedia macrumors 65816


    Jun 26, 2011
    I used them as well on my 4S, my iPad and my MBP. Love them all.

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