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The Invisible Shield by Zagg is a clear protection film designed and cut for specific products, in this case for the iPod Touch. This is available for purchase as a screen protector only or as complete protection which includes a piece for the iPod Touch's metallic back. I ordered the latter for full coverage.
Supplied in the box are the two pieces of film, a lint free piece of cloth, the a bottle of solution to apply the film and a small card to push out the bubbles.
The film itself is very unlike the usual hard plastic types you typically get. It feels almost rubber like in texture and is made to a much tougher standard. Zagg explains that this film was initially developed to protect helicopter blades from high speed damage, so surely up to the task of protecting an iPod Touch.
Lets get onto application of the film. Firstly clean the iPod Touch with the lint free cloth to remove oils and particles, a bit of water or alcohol will help the process. When it is clean, peel the protective film from the backing and spritz on a healthy amount of the application fluid all over the film, I used close to half the bottle here as I only had two pieces anyway. With a wet film, place it onto your device roughly where it should go, then the liquid means you will have a small grace period in which to slide the film about so that it is aligned perfectly with the device. You should then use the card to push out any air bubbles from the middle to the outer edges, again, the liquid will means you will have a small amount of time to achieve this easily. Once this is done, leave the device and film to dry and for the film to adhere correctly to the device. I left it overnight after I applied both front and rear pieces. Summarising this process, it is extremely easy and ends in professional results.
The quality of the Invisible Shield is unparalleled. Unlike the harder films, you can keep attempting to scratch the screen and it won't show these signs over time. Instead, I am happy to scratch my kets over the top repeatedly and the marks buff out due to the softer texture of the film. This film is tough and like I said, I have showed off with scratching it with keys, but I stopped short of trying with a knife.
Another benefit of the rubbery Invisible Shield is that it becomes a grippy device. Once on, you can place it on an almost vertical surfaces without it slipping. I call this a benefit, but it does mean you cannot feel the coolness of the metallic back and it does stop those times you want to slide your device.
Over time, two years of use, the film still looks near new, with no scratches on it or the device. It has gained a slight yellow tinge, which is evident on the corners of the film which have peeled slightly from the iPod.
If you can live with the change in texture, then the Invisible Shield is by far the best protection available, not just for the iPod Touch but for all devices. Installation is simple and it definatley lasts for years. An easy 5 stars.
I have had my iPod Touch for over a year now (June 2009), and have gone through a number of different screen protectors with varying degrees of effectiveness. Unfortunately the most recent one which I bought from Gear4 was easily broken. Because of this, I thought I would take a different angle and opted for the InvisibleShield from ZAGG. I only noticed it on a banner ad, which I usually take no notice of, but this caught my eye. I bought it on Amazon as I had some vouchers for their site.
Before, I had always opted for a case shield as I naturally thought this would care for my ipod better. Unfortunately the plastic from these cases become lose after a while and usually get quite dirty. The Invisible Shield is a clear plastic sheet. When applying to your iPod, it comes with a number of instructions which seem simple enough, if not a little fidgety. It turned out to be quite a hassle to put on properly, with a number of air bumps/bubbles appearing over the screen and on the other side of the ipod. After about a week things settle down, and the shield works pretty well. There is no interference with the touch screen.
On a couple of occasions I have dropped my ipod on concrete and it's been fine - so that's the best you can say about a protective shield. It's a little more pricey than other protectors but it's definitely worth it. ZAGG also offer great after purchase care. The lifetime guarantee is great reassurance that they believe in their product. Plus a quick look at their very professional website shows that they truly are experts in their field with a screen protector for nearly every ipod/iphone/ipad product and a few phone companies.
The only bad thing I have to say, is that after a few months, the shield has started to peel a little bit, which is quite annoying.
When I got my iPod touch it was obvious that without some kind of case it would scratch pretty easily, but I didn't want a bulky leather or silicon case as these take away from the great aesthetics of the iPod and defy the point of having something so slimline.
At first I was unsure about using the invisible shield product as I thought it might ruin my iPod to stick something on it. However this wasn't the case, and I think this is a good product.
It was a little tricky to apply, it requires a steady hand and patience to get it lined up right but I got it on eventually and it was worth it. While it isn't entirely invisible it is near enough, and looks much better than a leather or silicon case. The shield protects both the screen and the metal back of the iPod, and does so very well. My iPod is still in perfect condition under it's shield in spite of being dropped once and stuck in my bag with things that would normally ruin it.
All in all I would recommend this product as a good alternative to leather and silicon cases as although it is not entirely invisible and is tricky to put on it preserves the look of the iPod and protects it well.
A clear shield that will protect your iPod touch from scratches