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I got my Samsung Galaxy last November after months of eagerly waiting for a new phone... and managed to break it within a fortnight but that's another story! After reading numerous reviews about the phone I'd come across the term "screen protector" several times but never actually bothered to buy one for my previous phone. However I decided I wanted to keep this phone in tip top condition (I obviously forgot this the night I broke it) and so decided to invest in both a case and a screen protector for it.
After browsing for a bit on Amazon and various other sites I ended up purchasing the Qubits Samsung Galaxy Screen Protector which comes in a pack of six and so seemed pretty good value for money... especially if I'd factored in the fact that I would need to replace it when I broke my first model! They're currently priced at £3.60 on Amazon and are sold by a private company. This seems to be quite a reasonable price although I have seen them on Ebay for slightly cheaper than this too.
The screen protectors arrived a couple of days later in a rather flimsy plastic packet. The plastic packet contains the six protectors and some rather basic instructions regarding fitting the screen protector in the best way. They offer "long lasting protection against dust, scratches and gouges" while also offering easy application and total screen protection according to the advertising. They also suggest that the highly transparent film will provide added screen contrast and brilliant screen colours too.
I found that the screen protector was initially quite fiddly to apply, they recommend you lift up the backing tab and then allow the protector to stick itself to the screen gradually by peeling back the backing cover. It took me two attempts to actually get the screen protector attached to the screen as the first time the backing tab tore slightly which left that sticky residue on the screen protector, the type you get on CD cases when you peel off the label and it leaves a bit of residue behind (if anyone buys CDs anymore)!
However on the plus side the cut out shape is really accurate and fits the screen of my phone perfectly. The quality of the screen protector is excellent, I've had mine on for over three months now and there doesn't appear to be a single mark on my screen. I've also not had to replace the screen protector and the original is still on (on the second phone model obviously after my breaking incident)! The only negative is that there are two or three small air bubbles that I just couldn't avoid or get rid of at all when applying it.
Tips on putting on a screen protector:
* Make sure that the screen is clean, dust free and smear free as much as you possibly can as otherwise these will show through under the screen protector.
* Line up the protector as best you can and peel the tab back every so slowly, smoothing the protector down as you go in order to minimise air bubbles.
* Apparently it's best to use some sort of bank card to push the screen protector down as you apply it as this will remove any air bubbles that may appear.
* Gently remove the backing safety tabs and, if need be, very gently rub a cotton wool bud with a tiny bit of alcohol over any sticky residue that is left behind.
Overall it's not really rocket science applying a screen protector but it can be quite frustrating if you get any air bubbles or dust stuck in there at all! I'm really pleased with these protectors; my one is just starting to lift ever so slightly at the base so I reckon I will have to change it in a month or two. When you think you get six for £3.60 and each one lasts around five or six months the pack is probably going to exceed the life of your phone... unless you break your phone like me of course that is!
Thanks for reading.