if you''re new to installing protectors, or you''ve done it before and it had bubbles, see the bottom of my review for tips (for any protector). The gadget included to align the protector correctly was useless - the protector was on the bottom edge of my phone,...
if you''re new to installing protectors, or you''ve done it before and it had bubbles, see the bottom of my review for tips (for any protector).
The gadget included to align the protector correctly was useless - the protector was on the bottom edge of my phone, while being almost a quarter inch short of reaching the top of my screen. This is obviously only possible due to the fact that this protector was WAY too short. Also, the protector was too narrow, not reaching the sides of the phone. It''s what I would expect IF* I had a curved screen, but there''s no reason for that in the iPhone 12 Pro Max (unsure about the other models). See photo with full phone to see what I mean (hopefully the image isn''t compressed too much to see what I am talking about).
Actually, looking at the 12 and my old iPhone XS (which does have a curved screen), the protector leaves an identical amount of the screen uncovered. So the top gap wouldn''t be quite as ridiculous if it was actually centered, I probably would have kept it.
I should say that I have obsessive-compulsive disorder, and my complaints with this protector may not be an issue for someone not bothered by such things. If I wasn''t OCD, I Might* be able to keep this, by taking the second protector off of their alignment gadget, and just eyeballing it, so that it''s actually centered. Otherwise, there was too much screen exposed; If you were okay with screen being exposed you wouldn''t be buying a screen protector, so that''s still an issue regardless of OCD.
Lastly, possibly largely due to the fact that the protector is sitting on the bottom of my phone (past the screen, but still on the metal border, which I''d imagine is flush with the screen), after about 5 minutes a very large bubble popped up (It was there when installing too, but I had to squeegee it out (which is, conveniently enough, included)). See bottom-left corner of the close-up photo.
As far as the structural integrity, water-proofing and scratch resistance goes, I can''t say. I immediately decided to return it based on fit alone. I will say that it does seem to be more finger-print-smudge resistant than my old phone (granted, that protector is about 6 months old - replaced recently-ish due to a small crack on the edge). I''m 90% sure it was ESR brand. My old protector lasted about a year and a half before I cracked the edge of the protector, which always seems to be where I break my protectors (also, for full disclosure, I may have used ESR for my previous phone as well, in which case breaking the protector on the edge might be an ESR-specific issue).
My old ESR protector also included an alignment tool, and I can say that ESR''s wasn''t quite as simple to use, it was somewhere between this Spigen and simply eye-balling it (I''d guess it was about 25% more difficult, which is not to say that it was difficult), BUT it did align my protector perfectly both times. I''ll be replacing this Spigen with another ESR. Worth the extra 5 bucks; This is going to be on your most-used-device for a long time, you need to be happy with it.
This last part is not reviewing anything, simply giving some suggestions, if you''ve never installed a protector yourself.
1) Make sure to turn off any fans, air conditioner, etc, and close windows in the room.
2) wash your hands, so that A) you don''t contaminate the dry cloth, and B) you''re less likely to leave oils on your screen if you do accidentally touch it.
3) Make sure to use the provided cleaning wipe, even if you just pulled the phone out of the original packaging.
4) Dry it thoroughly, with the included dry cloth - this is too make sure you don''t leave any residue from the wipe, not just to dry the phone. don''t worry about dust, yet. Be careful not to touch the front of your phone during this entire process (pay special attention to the hand you''re holding your phone down with, it''s easy for your fingers to "roll over" the edge of your phone).
5) Any tiny little spec of dust on your screen WILL cause bubbles, so again, ensure there''s no air moving inside the room. Using the included dust-remover sticker, go over every inch of your screen. This may seem ridiculous, but I highly recommend holding your breath while looking at your phone during this process, face away to exhale and breath. Lastly, don''t lean over your phone, in case you have any dust, contaminants, dandruff, etc. in your hair.
6) Using the same precautions from step 5, remove the protective film on the screen protector very last, immediately before applying it to your phone.
This may seem ridiculous, or grossly overkill, but I''ve had too many times where an otherwise perfect installation had a tiny little spec of dust on the screen, resulting in a bubble. A bubble isn''t necessarily a big deal, if it''s int he center of your screen, it''ll just annoy you. But if it''s anywhere remotely near an edge, it''ll cause the protector to come up, allowing more and more dust in there, until it''s noticeable even with your phone on, and of course become more susceptible to breakage if the edge of the protector is "peeling" up.