My original invisibleSHIELD for the (first) iPad review has been my most grrr’d/scorned review by far. Folks disliked ZAGG‘s protective film for a multitude of reasons. But I liked the protection and additional grip the original invisibleSHIELD gave my iPad. Even though I have passed that iPad onto a friend, the film continues to protect it to this day. That said, the film did make the iPad screen appear a tiny bit foggy (and feel tacky to some), but on the first two iPads that was not such a huge deal. ZAGG obviously does not want to reduce the new iPad’s Retina display experience and has created the invisibleSHIELD HD. This new protective film is suppose to take little-to-nothing away from the iPad’s gorgeous new screen, promising that you can not even tell it’s there.
A good percentage of those original 41 comments (at last count) either had issues applying the protective film, disliked the touch/feel of it, or down right hated for all the above and more. I agree that if you have never applied a screen protector before or did not take the time and TLC to do it ‘correctly’, you easily could have trashed it.
Instead of covering every square inch of the iPad’s glass face, the invisibleSHIELD HD only covers approximately 95 percent. This change from the original is a design modification that makes applying the HD film easier (it does not need to be perfectly aligned).
The video above is of me installing the invisibleSHIELD HD (as exciting as it may be ). ZAGG has a help center/support page on their website that provides tips, methods, and videos to help you better install your film.
In addition to its slightly smaller footprint, the invisibleSHIELD HD is a hair thicker than the original, making it easier overall to apply to my new iPad. The process took less than four minutes and looked fair enough from the moment of removing the excess liquid. The film, like its predecessor, needs to cure to the glass screen before it looks its best. There were a few minor bubbles and a hazy appearance in a couple of places that took several days to completely disappear.
The installation process was the same as in my previous review: clean the screen completely, spray your hands with solution, remove the invisibleSHIELD from its backing, spray the film, center the film on the iPad screen, then squeegee out the excess liquid. For a more detailed account you can read my original review.
It is difficult to capture just how clear the HD film looks on the new iPad. But the above picture is the new iPad (nearly) fresh out of the box.
This picture is of my new iPad with the invisibleSHIELD HD installed. Like in the picture, in person you can hardly tell it is there. From a tactile point of view, it feels much more glass-like than the original. Bottom line is that it looks and feels great. Definitely taking little-to-nothing away from the new iPad’s Retina display while adding a good deal of scratch protection.
Like its predecessor on my original iPad, I like the look, feel, and protection the ZAGG invisibleSHIELD HD gives my new iPad. It takes nothing away from the Retina display’s vivid clarity while adding good protection against scratching the screen. ZAGG guarantees this ‘military grade’ film (along with all of their invisibleSHIELD products) with a lifetime warranty. The invisibleSHIELD HD is $34.99 and the HD Maximum Coverage is $44.99. In my opinion, well worth the cost….completely living up to its HD moniker.