As promised (or threatened), I installed the full Invisible Shield 8700 kit tonight. This is the full jacket as seen here: http://www.theinvisibleshield.com/in...ROD&ProdID=325
The Invisible Shield shall be known as "IS" throughout.
History: I had the dust issue with my 8700 after the v1 IS was applied, so I had to get another package. I figured if I'm going to get a new one, I'll get the big one. The screen-only option is available here: http://www.theinvisibleshield.com/in...ROD&ProdID=309
While on a conference call, I removed the old IS and moved it to my replacement 8700. It came off without residue, but the IS was demolished. You can see the horrific results of me putting the old one on the new unit here: http://www.highiq.com/is/DSC00008.JPG
Yeah, there are fingerprints and bubbles galore, but it was temporary until I recieved the new IS.
Not to get into much detail, but I managed to scratch the replacement 8700 before I decided to put the old IS on it. I used the trusty 3m plastic scratch remover to get rid of the blimishes. The stuff is pure greatness and higly recommended for all plastic gizmos. The rubbing alchol gets rid of the residue from the polish. http://www.highiq.com/is/DSC00012.JPG
Anyhoo, the key to installing the IS's is the soapy water. I can't impress the importance of this simple step more. The soap breaks the water's surface tension and makes application much easier. The water follows the flow of your fingers and squeegee'ing MUCH better. To this end, IS is now including a bottle of, what smells like, soapy water in a small spray bottle.
The included bottle looks like this: http://www.highiq.com/IS/DSC00005.JPG
However, being a creature of habit, I used one drop of dish detergent in water and ignored the spray bottle, but thanks for the thought IS. Good form. http://www.highiq.com/is/DSC00013.JPG
Alright, down to business. This is the stuff I used for the install. http://www.highiq.com/is/MOV00021.MP4
Prepping your person: Wash your hands, with special care to your fingertips. This isn't a huge deal, but be professional :P
Prepping the BlackBerry: Since there is water involved, you should remove the battery (ah-duh). I opted to start with the 8700's back-end, so I put some lint-free paper towels in the battery compartment to catch leakage. You can get lint-free paper cloth at the automotive supply, sometimes know as "glass paper." With my trusty Starbucks squeegee http://www.highiq.com/is/DSC00015.JPG
There are many pieces to the full IS package. From the BlackBerry's back-side...
1. Top-back - covers the area above the speaker, half into the power and mute button
2. Left and right rear - covers the flat area on either side of the battery cover
3. Battery cover - the, well battery cover
4. Battery release button - duh
5. Top-front - Covers area above the screen, sans the LED and power/mute button
6. Screen - Covers the display screen itself
7. Bottom-top - Covers the area below the space bar, is cut to fit to wrap around the microphone hole and CAP key
8. Super Happy Fun Part - The piece not in IS's coverage map http://www.theinvisibleshield.com/in...ROD&ProdID=325
Numbered pic of the kit contents: http://www.highiq.com/is/DSC00004.JPG
Since we are doing the backside first, I used a microfiber cloth to prevent scratches as you apply the pieces. I used standard glass cleaner and compressed air to prep the BlackBerry's backside. Opting to apply the battery cover pieces while the cover is OFF of the 8700 ended up working for me, I suggest the same. The chance of water leakage is reduced and didn't affect my ability to manipulate the part.
I put BOTH full sheets of the IS in the soapy water to soak as I started. Soaking isn't really necessary, but BOTH sides of the shield should be wet. REMEMBER WHAT SIDE HAS THE STICKY BITS (AGAINST THE PAPER)!!
Part 1 is arguably the most difficult piece to apply (lots of bends). I didn't take any pics or video of this application because I did this piece first. Check the video's I made later in this thread for smoothing strategy. Moving the bubbles/water out in a unified direction and making sure the part is properly placed is key.
The pieces in 2 are simple enough. The tolerences against part 1 aren't tight, so it is pretty simple: http://www.highiq.com/is/DSC00016.JPG
Using the soapy water, sparingly, I applied the battery cover pieces (3 & 4). Squeegee as necessary to remove bubbles, water. The cover worked out very well for me: http://www.highiq.com/is/DSC00017.JPG http://www.highiq.com/is/DSC00018.JPG
Now on to the front.
I did part 6 before part 5 due to the screen being the largest part.
Here's the viddie for part 5. Wet both sides, place the part, adjust to the right position, and move the liquid away from the device. For the screen, wet both sides and apply from bottom to top, adjust for the ear-hole. See viddie for squeegee techniques. http://www.highiq.com/is/MOV00022.MP4
Same applies for part 7. http://www.highiq.com/is/MOV00025.MP4
Part 8 is the "Super Happy Fun Part." It isn't explained or described by IS's website. It didn't take weeks of analysis to figure out where it goes, so here it is: http://www.highiq.com/is/MOV00026.MP4
All in all, I'm estatic with the results. The protector is completely clear. While it does have a "apple-skin" appearance when you look at it at extreme angles, I find it completely unobtrusive in daily use. If I'm going to make complaints, I'd say that it refacts pretty badly when viewed through polorized sunglasses, but all screens protectors. Also, this is a one-time solution. The IS protectors can't be used more than once and if you don't install it properly, the "life-time" protection doens't apply.
Does it cover all parts of the 8700? No, the corners/edges are still exposed. I think this is a reasonable compromise. With all the extra protection, the OEM pocket-holster still works. However, give the protector at least 24 hours to cure before using it.
How hard is the install? On a scale of 10, 6. The screen protector alone is 2 out of 10. Parts 1, 3 and 7 are tricky in the full kit.
Does it satisfy my needs for a protective cover? Totally. I feel that I can skip the thing across my parking garage and still resell it when the "new hotness" comes out.
Keep in mind, the IS full-cover isn't made to protect the BB when you drop it from 15 feet, it is a scratch protector.
Being a incessant gizmo-guy, the full package protects the things I want and keeps them scratch-free when I put the device in my butt-pocket. Because the IS doesn't come loose over time and doesn't leave a residue, I see it as the perfect protector. That is, minus leaving it in the original packaging, of course.