Apr 26 AT 9:10 AM Christopher Earle 17 Comments

invisiSHIELD by ZAGG: Clear, Formfitting Armor for Your T-Mobile G1

Although I love the protection and grip that the hard BodyGlove case gives my T-Mobile G1 with Android, there is something to be said for the sleek, unprotected look of a G1.With the phone unprotected, I am less envious of the sleek iPhone design. And as a dedicated klutz, I’m also less likely to walk with my phone on anything other than nice, resilient, carpeted surfaces.

When I saw a shop advertising full invisibleSHIELD wraps for G1, I went in. The price of the kit itself wasn’t bad, a little more than on the invisibleSHIELD web site. By chance, the technician had just started an installation on an iPhone. After watching for a few minutes, I realized that I was going to buy the kit and pay the shop another $15.00 to install the wrap.

What sold me was the sleek, glossy finish with a slick, yet very rubbery grip. It adds no bulk to the phone, preserving the design elements. A lifetime guarantee helps a lot. It really is the ultimate in invisible protection. On the off chance that it scratches, invisibleSHIELD will replace the wrap.

In chatting with the technician as he installed my wrap, I learned that the technology is simple. A hard outer shell is bonded to a rubberized back. A special adhesive, water breaks its bond, is applied to the back. The material was originally developed to protect the leading edge of helicopter rotors. I don’t think I will be putting my G1 through the kinds of stresses experienced by rotor blades, but you never know.

It took him about a half hour to install the three pieces of the G1 wrap. One piece protects the screen. A second piece protects the battery cover. The third piece wraps around the lower control area. Just as he was finishing, he groaned. A cat hair from my jacket had blown on to the touch screen. It took another 15 minutes to remove the hair and re-apply the Invisible Shield.

He sent me off with a warning not to put the phone in my pocket for an hour. The adhesive needed that long to dry and cure, it wouldn’t be fully cured for 24 hours. I followed the directions to press hard for 20 seconds on the occasional air bubble that appeared on the back of the soft battery cover, and my wrap shrunk down nicely. I will never again buy or use another bulky G1 cover. In fact, in the future, I will customize wraps to fit other electronic devices. I’m sold. I’ve gone from being curious to being an evangelist.

Would I attempt to install an the cover myself? Absolutely. By following the included directions, installation is very simple.

I tried photographing the installed shield, but it wouldn’t actually show up in web resolution images. Aside from a change from the phone’s native matte finish to a nice gloss, the invisibleSHIELD is, well, invisible.

Is there a down side? Sure. The wrap interferes with the other cases that I’ve collected, but that is the only one I can find. The feel of the phone and touch screen are actually better than completely unprotected. It doesn’t provide the same level of impact damage that a heavy shell gives, but I suppose that’s why I have phone insurance. The sleek black phone that appears when I reach in my pocket has given a few iPhone users G1 envy.

Visit Amazon.com to purchase the invisibleSHIELD for $17.04 with free Prime shipping.

invisibleSHIELD

invisibleSHIELD by ZAGG: Clear, Formfitting Armor for Your T-Mobile G1

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Christopher Earle has been working as a freelance writer since 1987. He currently lives in the Denver, Colorado area with his wife, son, and their two cats. He has been a fan of open source software for many years.

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  • Unk

    I went with the Ghost-Armor skin since it doesn’t have that annoying “Orange Peel” feel to it. I haven’t applied it yet, but when I do I’ll write a review of it.

  • Unk

    Also, does anybody know how these fare with extended battery covers?

  • Pablo

    I just bought an BodyGuardz protector, it’s almost the same but without the Orange Peel. I hope to get it soon and apply it to my phone :)

  • http://YoLookAtDat.wordpress.com Justin Robinson

    I don’t like it and definately don’t like it on my screen… worst screen protector to me… Very good Protection . . . very strange feel.

  • http://www.lallovigil.com Lallo

    I have it on my phone and it works great. they have even sent me a free replacement when my shield began to peal in a couple places. Order from Zagg.com to get the lifetime warranty and use a coupon from retailmenot.com

  • nEx.Software

    Hmm. Am I the only one who still has the “sheath” and “screen protector” (you know, that little sticker they slap on the screen haphazardly) that came with the G1? I know, I am lame. Actually, I am cheap and lame. As a further example of this, I still have the dealership floor liners that came in my car that I bought in 2006. Nice!

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      I got a cheapo screen protector off Amazon, but I’m thinking of moving to the invisible shield. I’ve tried many cases to protect the rest of my G1, but haven’t found one I really liked. I’m waiting to see what my brother thinks of the invisible shield if he ever installs the one he got.

  • Jon

    Bestskinever is very similar and cheaper than the invisishield.

    I have used them on my android, touch and E71.

  • http://www.kaushikgopal.com Kaushik Gopal

    I’ve used the invisible shield for both iPhone and (after I changed faiths)the G1. Worth every cent you pay. The installation if you can get done by a pro is worth it as it’s quite tricky (practice and you’ll get the hang of it ;) ). But this thing is a life saver, I had to use a grandpa pouch until this beauty arrived from zagg.com. No more fears of having keys and phone in same pocket, no more fears of butter-handling lest I should get scratches on my gorgeous screen. Not mentioned in this post … if you do buy from ZAGG.com officially : the customer service reps are extremely friendly and responsive. If my rave rantings haven’t convinced you already, try it and then come back to thank the recommenders…

  • http://androidandme.com Christopher Earle

    I just drop tested the Invisible Shield in gravel. After picking the dirt out and cleaning it with a wet cloth, it looks the same as it did before the drop test.

  • Gammax

    Question is: who really wants a screen protector all over your fone?

  • caribbeancats

    Last night I applied my new Invisishield to my G1. I have kind of mixed feelings on it.
    First is the screen cover slipped effortlessly into place without the
    Slightest flaw.
    The bottom where the buttons are I will just call okay.
    Then I get to the back where 2 hours later & no more of the spray left I had to wrap it up with 2 of the 4 corners still with small gaps that failed to adhere inspite of my hours of pressing with fingers and palms until I ran out of spray.
    I woke hoping that magiclly all flaw had resolved into the smooth & shiney beautiful finish like the front, but oh no. No such luck.
    Still have same 2 corners that failed to stick, such a shame cause the front is beautiful, perfect & glossy, feels secure better grip. The screen feels more responsive than ever.
    I guess someone without such butterfingers may have had better results, I think product has good potential.

  • farminsteve

    I use both the invisishield and bodyglove on my g1.

    I have 2 battery backs, a magnesium yellow with the shield and a black with the bodyglove. I use the invisishield on the face of my phone constantly and love it.
    I farm and am a mechanic.
    and need somthing with alot of protection.

  • http://profiles.google.com/michaelhaydel Michael

    Christopher mentioned that he saw the shield advertised at a “shop”.

    What shop was this? Anyone have ideas as to where one might be able to go to have an invisible shield installed by someone?

    • Spang

      Michael,
      Whereabouts are you? Many US BestBuy stores stock the invisibleSHIELD. In Europe try Carphone Warehouse.

  • http://yapabout.wordpress.com maximosis

    I have tried a number of hardcases, from October till about 1 month ago. I have a Privacy screen protector and decided to Go Naked with my G1. I designate my left pocket on my jeans(which I keep lint free and empty at all times). I drop my jammer inside screen facing my leg, just incase I bump into a scaffolding or some turbowalker here in new york city. And when I pull this baby out, it is a great feel ,quick on the type action and sexxy as hell. Go Naked fella’s and you’ll never go back, no more orange peel, air bubbles just a screen slap and your G1 Yap!

  • http://www.robertsmobilemechanics.com/audio.html mechanic

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  1. UnkGuest 6 years ago

    I went with the Ghost-Armor skin since it doesn’t have that annoying “Orange Peel” feel to it. I haven’t applied it yet, but when I do I’ll write a review of it.

  2. UnkGuest 6 years ago

    Also, does anybody know how these fare with extended battery covers?

  3. PabloGuest 6 years ago

    I just bought an BodyGuardz protector, it’s almost the same but without the Orange Peel. I hope to get it soon and apply it to my phone :)

  4. Justin RobinsonGuest 6 years ago

    I don’t like it and definately don’t like it on my screen… worst screen protector to me… Very good Protection . . . very strange feel.

  5. LalloGuest 6 years ago

    I have it on my phone and it works great. they have even sent me a free replacement when my shield began to peal in a couple places. Order from Zagg.com to get the lifetime warranty and use a coupon from retailmenot.com

  6. nEx.SoftwareGuest 6 years ago

    Hmm. Am I the only one who still has the “sheath” and “screen protector” (you know, that little sticker they slap on the screen haphazardly) that came with the G1? I know, I am lame. Actually, I am cheap and lame. As a further example of this, I still have the dealership floor liners that came in my car that I bought in 2006. Nice!

    • I got a cheapo screen protector off Amazon, but I’m thinking of moving to the invisible shield. I’ve tried many cases to protect the rest of my G1, but haven’t found one I really liked. I’m waiting to see what my brother thinks of the invisible shield if he ever installs the one he got.

  7. JonGuest 6 years ago

    Bestskinever is very similar and cheaper than the invisishield.

    I have used them on my android, touch and E71.

  8. Kaushik GopalGuest 6 years ago

    I’ve used the invisible shield for both iPhone and (after I changed faiths)the G1. Worth every cent you pay. The installation if you can get done by a pro is worth it as it’s quite tricky (practice and you’ll get the hang of it ;) ). But this thing is a life saver, I had to use a grandpa pouch until this beauty arrived from zagg.com. No more fears of having keys and phone in same pocket, no more fears of butter-handling lest I should get scratches on my gorgeous screen. Not mentioned in this post … if you do buy from ZAGG.com officially : the customer service reps are extremely friendly and responsive. If my rave rantings haven’t convinced you already, try it and then come back to thank the recommenders…

  9. I just drop tested the Invisible Shield in gravel. After picking the dirt out and cleaning it with a wet cloth, it looks the same as it did before the drop test.

  10. GammaxGuest 6 years ago

    Question is: who really wants a screen protector all over your fone?

  11. caribbeancatsGuest 6 years ago

    Last night I applied my new Invisishield to my G1. I have kind of mixed feelings on it.
    First is the screen cover slipped effortlessly into place without the
    Slightest flaw.
    The bottom where the buttons are I will just call okay.
    Then I get to the back where 2 hours later & no more of the spray left I had to wrap it up with 2 of the 4 corners still with small gaps that failed to adhere inspite of my hours of pressing with fingers and palms until I ran out of spray.
    I woke hoping that magiclly all flaw had resolved into the smooth & shiney beautiful finish like the front, but oh no. No such luck.
    Still have same 2 corners that failed to stick, such a shame cause the front is beautiful, perfect & glossy, feels secure better grip. The screen feels more responsive than ever.
    I guess someone without such butterfingers may have had better results, I think product has good potential.

  12. farminsteveGuest 6 years ago

    I use both the invisishield and bodyglove on my g1.

    I have 2 battery backs, a magnesium yellow with the shield and a black with the bodyglove. I use the invisishield on the face of my phone constantly and love it.
    I farm and am a mechanic.
    and need somthing with alot of protection.

  13. MichaelGuest 6 years ago

    Christopher mentioned that he saw the shield advertised at a “shop”.

    What shop was this? Anyone have ideas as to where one might be able to go to have an invisible shield installed by someone?

    • SpangGuest 6 years ago

      Michael,
      Whereabouts are you? Many US BestBuy stores stock the invisibleSHIELD. In Europe try Carphone Warehouse.

  14. maximosisGuest 6 years ago

    I have tried a number of hardcases, from October till about 1 month ago. I have a Privacy screen protector and decided to Go Naked with my G1. I designate my left pocket on my jeans(which I keep lint free and empty at all times). I drop my jammer inside screen facing my leg, just incase I bump into a scaffolding or some turbowalker here in new york city. And when I pull this baby out, it is a great feel ,quick on the type action and sexxy as hell. Go Naked fella’s and you’ll never go back, no more orange peel, air bubbles just a screen slap and your G1 Yap!

  15. mechanicGuest 3 years ago

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