Zagg in the mall

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by Scott-n-Houston, Mar 12, 2012.

  1. Scott-n-Houston macrumors 6502a

    Apr 27, 2008
    Houston (duh)
    Can anyone comment on going to the kiosk at the mall and having the Zagg shield installed?

    I've never done this in the past. My iPad 1 has just been in a regular case, but given this new beautiful screen, I want to go ahead and cover it. I am thinking rear and front of the new iPad.
    Any comment on using those kiosks at the mall? I know they do the wet install, but I've never seen an end-result or whether they're trust-worthy.
  2. darknyt macrumors 6502a

    Sep 17, 2009
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    I'll never do it another way( ie myself).

    I didnt trust them either at first and would dutifully walk by them and go home to recreate my clean room and spend an hour installing them on my devices.

    But now after at least a dozen installs, it's the easiest thing in the world and their worst install has been better than my best. And I was anal.

    Nice thing is they don't care what your reason is for bringing your device back for a refresh. They just put the old screen on the warranty card and slapped the new one on. You will pay the install fee though each time.

    For an iPad I wouldn't even try to put one of those on. I was forever getting the iPhone/iPod ones perfect. Screw one that big.

    My brother came here from overseas and thought they were screwing with him on the install so he just brought it home thinking we would install it for him since we'd done so many. My other brother and I sent his ass right back to the mall to have them install his iPad one.

    If you are in Houston I used to go to willowbrook one till apple cleared them out from in front of their store. Then I went to woodlands one.

    This is actually one of the main reasons I use them over other mail order skins. Having someone install it has made that whole process do much easier ill never go back to doing it myself. That means its either zagg or ghost armor for me since those are the kiosks around me.
  3. Scott-n-Houston thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 27, 2008
    Houston (duh)
    Great info. Thanks!
    I live on the west side, and there's a kiosk in the Memorial City Mall. I'm also in Sugar Land a lot where I believe there is one there too.
    Neither are right in front of Apple either. I've always wondered why.

    I, like you, have done my iPhones myself, and really not had a lot of problems doing them, but making a clean install on a big screen would be tough.
    I was able to use my iPad1 for 2 years without any real screen issues, but there are a few micro scratches only visible when the screen is black and under light, but with this new retina, I don't want to chance it!

    These kiosks have made me nervous, but this time, I think I'll head up to the mall after getting my iPad in the mail. (Especially since I don't have a case for it yet!)
  4. OneMike macrumors 603


    Oct 19, 2005
    No comment on the kiosk, but as far as self install.

    After having done, several different generation iPhones, palms, macbook airs, iPads, etc..

    iPad and MacBook air was the easiest imo.

    It's a largest device and larger film. For me was a lot more simple. Granted by the time I did iPad and Air I had done probably 20 phones.

    Only thing thought I'd go another brand then zagg. I use clear-coat for shields. Their film can be positioned more freely after putting on screen. Rather then having to lift up and reposition as with zagg.

    Look up some youtube videos it's really simple. I'd be more concerned with them water damaging my device then anything. Although I'd bet most will do a decent job, just not worth it to me.
  5. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
  6. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Haven't used them myself but if they mess up the install it's on them to correct the matter.

    Make sure that the Zagg is what you want. There are people that like them (despite what the posts in this thread imply) but there seem to be far more people that dislike them. If you don't like orange peel, tacky texture, distortion, discoloration and peeling edges then you might want to consider other screen protectors.

    I personally prefer the crystals or oleophobics from SGP or PS though I did use the SGP UF on my iPad. IMO the crystal had too much glare and smudges. The UF smudges as well but nowhere near as much as a crystal. YMMV as with any subjective matter. Read up in the prior screen protector threads if you haven't.
  7. DesertSilver macrumors 6502

    Aug 18, 2011
    Portland, OR
    As deeddawg stated, unless they changed their material, I'd advise against Zagg. The material has a visible orange peel effect and is slightly rubbery/tacky which can sometimes makes it difficult to slide your fingers across the surface.

    I'd say try to see/feel one in person before you make your decision to go with them or not.
  8. h1r0ll3r macrumors 68040


    Dec 28, 2009
    Never liked ZAGG protectors as they're too rubbery in texture. Always go for the crystal shields since they feel a lot better. I bought a bunch of crystal shields for the new iPad (hopefully they should fit) and I plan on installing them myself as I do with all my screen protectors. I'm sure it'll be a pain in the ass to do but, fortunately, I have several backups in case I screw up.
  9. Scott-n-Houston thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 27, 2008
    Houston (duh)
    Oh wow. This is all good info. I may end up ordering one of those crystal ones, and avoiding the wet apply to the screen.
    I may have Zagg do the back though. That doesn't seem to be an issue.
  10. darknyt macrumors 6502a

    Sep 17, 2009
    I agree you just need to feel one at the mall to see how you like them. They are not completely friction-free, I agree. But they are not as noticeable as people like to make them out to be. Sure if you drag a fingernail you will feel it, but that's because they are thicker and higher quality than the thinner junk you find alot. That means more protection. The first time you take one off after letting your 2 and 6 year old beat on it for a year and see it has no scratches, it's pretty hard to argue with.

    But after trying some of the crystal shields here people mentioned, they just felt cheap and didn't protect nearly as well. The static cling ones especially just felt like a waste of time.

    The wet install process is no worries, they spray as much on the screen protector as you would use to clean it anyway. That's just not anything to be concerned with. It's not like it's dripping water.

    And in my experience it's plenty easy to slide the cover around if you use the right amount of spray. If you're stingy cuz you're worried about water, you will have a tougher time.

    Just stand there and watch the guys install a couple. That should set your mind at ease for that part.

    But yeah, you just gotta feel a few out and understand what cons each one has (cuz those static cling ones and other crystals have their issues too, just look at user images on amazon for ones that won't stay down etc).
  11. FrisbeeK9 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 26, 2006
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    I had my iPad Air covered with the Zagg product - HD version. The install is perfect I mean it's awesome. The screen is really really clear and the feel is very solid. I was concerned about this but I'm very very impressed and happy with the results.

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