The nice ebay seller I got my 8700 from included some ScreenPatronus with my phone. I just applied one a day or two ago and it is a dramatic improvement over the trim-to-fit PDA screen protector that was on the phone when it arrived.
There is a hole cut out for your ear piece, so I guess if applied upside down it could get covered up accidentally.
I am quite pleased, however, with this product and can see why lgreenburg would give it a 5 berry rating.
Perhaps the OP could take another stab at applying the screen protector and let us know the results?