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Default Hands on review: Screen Patronus Screen Protector for the 8700c

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Screen Patronus Screen Protectorfor the 8700c

Hands on review by lgreenberg

Price as reviewed: $6.50 for a set of 3

Ixxx8217;ve probably owned over a hundred handheld devices over the years. From cell phones to PDAs, Blackberries, Mp3 players and more. Ixxx8217;ve also tried just about every screen protector on the market. This includes Fellowes Right Writes, Pocket PC Techs, Invisible Shield, The Best Skins Ever, Boxwave, Brando, Martin Fields and more.

Of all the ones Ixxx8217;ve tried Ixxx8217;ve yet to find one that installs easier and remains undetectable like the Screen Patronus product does.

Many of the other screen protectors on the market claim they install bubble free but often they do not. The Screen Patronus product installs without bubbles every time.

Once itxxx8217;s installed itxxx8217;s so clear (Ixxx8217;m reviewing the clear version, they also make an anti glare product) that itxxx8217;s honestly hard to tell itxxx8217;s even on.

The product comes 3 to a package. All thatxxx8217;s included is the three protectors and a business card.

Each individual screen protector has a backing piece to it which must be removed during application.

For the 8700 version there is a cut out for the phonexxx8217;s earpiece.

The Screen Patronus screen protector is cut to fit the 8700xxx8217;s screen perfectly.

As with most screen protectors installation is the most important part.

I personally start by cleaning my screen with a Endust for Electronics wipe and then drying it with a lint free cloth.

Then I use a can of compressed air to blow away any dirt and dust particles that might be present on the screen or on the protector.

I then remove the protector from the backing starting at the top, peeling back only about xxx189; inch of the backing. Then I place the protector onto the screen and using a stiff card smooth the protector onto the screen slowly, making sure no bubbles have formed.

Often the smallest speck of dust getting trapped under the protector will create a dust bubble. If that happens Ixxx8217;ll remove the protector, blow it with compressed air and reapply.

The tools for a successful screen protector install.

Once itxxx8217;s installed you canxxx8217;t even tell the Screen Patronus product is there.

Pictures just donxxx8217;t do this product justice, but take my word for it, theyxxx8217;re crystal clear.

Other screen protectors come with a lifetime guarantee. Some come with cards used to apply them or cleaning cloths. Some allow you to remove them clean them and reapply them. These are all significantly more expensive than the Screen Patronus product. At just $2.31 each you can buy a dozen of the Screen Patronus product for what one of the higher end products go for. And remember, in my experience nothing gets as clear as the Screen Patronus.

The only negative thing I can say about the Screen Patronus product is itxxx8217;s not as tough as some of the more expensive products out there. Itxxx8217;ll probably have to be replaced sooner than say a Boxwave protector. But for under $3 a protector replacing them more often isnxxx8217;t a problem.

If youxxx8217;re looking for a no nonsense screen protector. One thatxxx8217;s inexpensive and one that works as good as anything on the market than look no further. Buy the Screen Patronus.

This product gets my highest rating. 5 out of 5 Blackberries.

Pros: Crystal clear, easy to install, no bubbles, inexpensive.
Cons: Need to be replaced more often.

Last edited by lgreenberg : 07-07-2006 at 05:20 PM.