You’ve got a phone you’ve invested hundreds of dollars in, and then you find a scratch on the screen, and another, and another. Every day is wiping the screen and the camera lens off with your shirt as it’s built up fingerprint oil, and when you’re outside you find yourself staring at the reflected lights and things around you because now the screen’s become mirror-like.
Tech Armor sent me a three-pack of its anti-glare anti-fingerprint screen protectors, here’s what my thoughts are on them.
It’s a three pack – understand that this means if you’re like me you probably will be getting use of one or two of these out of it. Unless you have a completely clean room with no dust in the air, putting these things on usually ends up with at least one in the trash. That or I’m filthy.
This isn’t a Tech Armor specific issue, it’s just how things that use static cling to adhere to a screen work. You’ll discover more particulates floating in your spotless kitchen than you ever imagined possible.
The screen protector gives the phone a matte finish which helps with reflection issues. In this it does pretty good (judge for yourself with the pictures,) but it ends up making things look not the crispest. It looks like you’re looking through a screen protector. That finish keeps fingerprints from showing, so you’re making a trade-off.
Above: no screen protector, the most glare I could create
Application is the same for almost any screen protector these days. I’ll give you a tip though – the more you peel off the plastic backing the stronger the call to your cat or any animal or infant that is around to deliver dust into your operating room becomes. If you’re not sure you’ve got it lined up perfectly, back it off and push the clean plastic back on the thing.
Once seated perfectly, which was my second unit as dust appeared and ruined my first one, the screen protector fits like a beautiful second skin. Your fingers glide across with none of the sticking you get on a clean piece of glass, which is very nice.
Above: screen protector applied, the most glare I could create
I will say I’m impressed by the feel and function as the last time I used screen protectors they weren’t as sleek, but I think the packaging with holographic warranty and void stickers makes it feel a little out of place for a piece of plastic you stick on your screen. Eh, whatever.
It’s a good product and a decent deal. If you’ve got an HTC One M9 and want to minimize scratches, glare, and fingerprints, I’d advise you grab a pack to extend the life of your screen.
Full disclosure on the photos – as I was taking these with an older phone that the camera is not so hot, I did some photo editing to bring the surrounding light up to somewhat equal as it decided one set should look like it was from a horror movie.
A 3-pack of Tech Armor’s anti-glare/anti-fingerprint screen protector is available from Amazon for $7.95.