WriteSHIELD™ Screen Protector Review

Product Requirements:
Device:
HP Jornada 560 Series, Casio E-200 Series, AudioVox
Maestro, Toshiba e570 Series, O2 XDA, T-Mobile Pocket PC Phone, AT&T SX56,
Pocket Loox, Dell Axim X5 Series, Toshiba e310 & e740 Series; Palm M500 & M515
Series, iPAQ 3100, 3600, 3700, 3800, 3900, 5400 Series; Casio EM-500 Series,
Casio E-125 Series; Visor Prism, Pro & Neo Series, Toshiba e550G Series; URThere
@migo PD600 Series

Recently I sent my Phone Edition in to Leonard and Mack at
Pocket PC Techs for their fabulous
128MB upgrade service. As a
special touch, they included a WriteSHIELD Screen Protector as a lagniappe.

When I got my phone edition back, I could tell there was a slight difference
from the Brando Protector that I
had had installed previously. While the two protectors are very similar in
principle, the main difference was a slightly different "feel." To me, the
WriteSHIELD has smoother writing texture to it, but it is still reminiscent of
writing on paper. Just like the Brando, it is anti-glare, slightly textured,
uses a lighter adhesive than traditional screen protectors, and should last for
months and months with normal usage (barring one of your kids gouging the screen
with your stylus).

Of course, the main difference was that it was obvious they had taken the
time to install the protector in a dust-free environment. There were absolutely
no specs or bubbles of any kind under this protector – something I am
never quite able to accomplish myself! :0)

The WriteSHIELD protectors are available in a couple of different
configurations: you can get the Standard Kit, which includes three "screen
protectors and three KlearScreen Wet/Dry single packs and fully illustrated
directions
," or you can get the Deluxe kit which also includes a "two
ounce pump bottle of the KlearScreen cleaning solution and two KlearKloths to
maintain the WriteSHIELD’s surface.
"

If you send your PDA in for an upgrade, it is definitely worthwhile to have
them add the WriteSHIELD screen protector to the service. IF you aren’t sending
your PDA in, then you can still enjoy their smooth writing service while you are
assured of a protected and pristine PDA screen.

Price: $29.00 for the Standard Kit
$39.00 for Deluxe Kit

Pros:

Excellent, long lasting protection for your screen
Good value (3 could quite possibly last you almost 2 years)
Non-Glare
Easy to remove – non "tacky" adhesive
Smooth writing surface

Cons:

None

17 thoughts on “WriteSHIELD™ Screen Protector Review”

  1. Judie, which did you personally prefer? Brando or whriteshield? I have used Brando’s since they first came out a while back. I really wanted to try these but at 30 bucks, that’s a bit steep if I don’t like them.

    Are these any clearer then Brando’s or do they slightly mute the screen colors as well?

  2. smittyofdhs,

    The protectors are very similar, but I would have to go with the WriteSHIELD. It seems a little bit smoother and a little easier to see through.

    Regarding the price, just keep in mind that with the Brando, you get ONE protector for $12. The WriteSHIELD comes with THREE protectors and THREE screen cleaners. This actually makes the WriteSHIELD a more economical choice, IMO.

    Judie

  3. Judie, I have used WriteSHIELDS for some time now. If you follow the directions, the protectors go on with no bubbles pretty easily. I have used other protectors, and I got bubbles every time, but WriteSHIELDS go on easily and perfectly.

    They also last a loooooong time. Much longer than Writerights, for example. I had one on my E-125 for six months. It’s still there, I gave the Cassie to my wife when I got a new Axim. No scratches, no mars, no bubbles! 🙂

  4. Do you prefer the Writeshield to the G2? I tried the Writesheild on my Clie 615c, and liked them, but they still seemed a little “hazy” – not clear like original surface. I’ve seen some reviews that claim the G2 is nearly “clear.” I’ve just switched to the new HP 1910 (You’ve got to get one of these! Shame on Palm for the $499 Tungsten pricing), and I want it to be as clear as possible.

  5. The G2 is still my top choice for clear, non-adhesive screen protection.

    For someone that prefers non-glare and doesn’t mind a light adhesive, I suggest the WriteSHIELDS.

    Judie :0)

  6. Judie,

    what’s the G2? never heard of that and can not find any reference for it. Do you have a link so I can check them out?

  7. I’d like to mention that PocketPCTechs has mentioned on another website that their <u>WriteSHIELD has a silicon coating on the inside surface so that it has the static cling properties similar to window decals'</u>. That’s how they attach to the screen – not with adhesives, that’s also why they don’t leave any residue when removed. I’m thinking that maybe the Brando, P-i-v-o-t, & ClearTouch screen protectors are using the same method. :confused:

    Like Judie, I preferred the completely clear screen protectors. There’re a lot of money, time & effort spent on developing a superior-quality display. With a non-glare screen protector, the screen is dimmed & dulled somewhat, compromising a bright & clear display. With a completely clear screen protector like the G2, the screen looked as if it doesn’t have any screen protector on, preserving the display quality. The G2 has also a hard & smooth outer surface, like glass & like the naked screen. I much preferred that feel to any other kinds of textured surface.

    Those are my unique preferences of course; if you needed a non-glare screen protector, & liked their textured feel, then I think the WriteSHIELD is a good option. Both the G2 & the WriteSHIELD are the 2 premier screen protectors in the PocketPC world.

    Judie, is the WriteSHIELD or the G2 thinner?

    Thanks! 😀

  8. Originally posted by smittyofdhs
    so would you use the G2 or the writesheild for your devices? I know they are somewhat “apples and oranges” but what’s your choice?

    I am actually using both types. I have a G2 on my iPAQ, WriteSHIELD on my PPC Phone Edition, a Brando on my CLIE, and a cut down G2 on my Tungsten. They are apples to oranges, and the choice is personal.

    Just think of it like this:

    If you want total clarity and a glass-like feel, go with the G2.

    If you want a more “papery” feel and don’t want a glare on your screen, go with a WriteSHIELD type product.

    Judie :0)

  9. Originally posted by Merlion
    I’d like to mention that PocketPCTechs has mentioned on another website that their <u>WriteSHIELD has a silicon coating on the inside surface so that it has the static cling properties similar to window decals'</u>. That’s how they attach to the screen – not with adhesives, that’s also why they don’t leave any residue when removed. I’m thinking that maybe the Brando, P-i-v-o-t, & ClearTouch screen protectors are using the same method. :confused:

    Welcome to the club. These type screen protectors seem so similar that I think they are essentially the same – which is good for us as consumers because that means we can buy them based on how many we get in the package and if there are any other bonuses thrown in. 😉

    Like Judie, I preferred the completely clear screen protectors. There’re a lot of money, time & effort spent on developing a superior-quality display. With a non-glare screen protector, the screen is dimmed & dulled somewhat, compromising a bright & clear display. With a completely clear screen protector like the G2, the screen looked as if it doesn’t have any screen protector on, preserving the display quality. The G2 has also a hard & smooth outer surface, like glass & like the naked screen. I much preferred that feel to any other kinds of textured surface.

    Exactly!

    Those are my unique preferences of course; if you needed a non-glare screen protector, & liked their textured feel, then I think the WriteSHIELD is a good option. Both the G2 & the WriteSHIELD are the 2 premier screen protectors in the PocketPC world.

    Well said!

    Judie, is the WriteSHIELD or the G2 thinner?

    They are essentially the same, thicker than traditional adhesive screen protectors which I suspect allows them to last so much longer.

    Judie :0)

  10. Tried the G2, and its a winner to me. I really prefer the feel of the original screen, and this is the closest I’ve ever seen for clarity. No one who looks at my HP 1910 even notices there is a screen protector on it (or maybe its just that unbelievably clear/bright screen that they’re focusing on in the first place).:D

  11. Based on Judie’s review of the G2, I decided to try it. Here are my experiences:

    I went to the website http://www.pdascreenprotectors.com/ and selected my PDA (Sony Clie NR70). I bought 2 of the protectors.

    Normally, when you order something online a confirmation email almost immediately arrived. I got no such email. I did, however, see a transaction for $16 and change go through my bank.

    After waiting about a week for the protectors to arrive (while waiting for the confirmation email) I decided to send the people at PDAscreenprotectors a kind email requesting status on my order. 3 days later an envelope containing the protectors, instructions and a lint-free blue paper arrives. I was excited !!

    I’m not excited any more. After following the instructions to the letter, I could not get the things installed. First of all, they say use piece of tape to peel the film from the curved side. I must have tried 3 different kinds of tape to no avail. I was tempted to try a duck tape… I had to use my fingernail to wrestle that film off the protector.

    Next, was cleaning the screen and trying to keep it dust free. I knew that was going to be tough, but I did not expect it to be impossible. I even broke out the bottle of compressed air, which only kept spraying this hard to clean freezing liquid on the screen and the protector. I’m never buying the Kensington brand compressed air again.

    Finally, after getting everything clean and dust free I tried to put the protector on. It simply would not go in. I had to cut about 3 mm. from the sides to see if it would fit. I must have tried for about 1 hour to get that piece of plastic to slide between the edges of the Sony. At this point, I decided to cut my losses and stop trying to shove it in. I rather loose $17.00 than the Sony.

    I don’t think I will use the “slide-in” type protectors again. If anybody can recomend a “glue-on” protector, I would apprieciate.

  12. I just got a set of the WriteSHIELDS for my T-Mobile. I am in love! This screen cover is great for my specific PDA, as I use it as a phone and a PDA. The shield went on without a hitch. No bubbles, no dust. Easiest screen protector I’ve ever applied. The plastic is durable and reusable, so I’m a bit at a loss as to why I have two more (unless I manage to badly scratch it, I guess). The non-glare coating is fine for me, as it really doesn’t dim the screen much at all. I love the fact that these protectors don’t “smudge” as much as the unprotected screen. When running between meetings, sitting at the curb, etc, I typically use my fingers to do the dialing. Also, face prints (yecch) are a thing of the past too. If I do “smudge” the screen, the protectors are easy to wipe off.

    I got the top of the line kit (the name escapes me); it included a spray cleaner for plastic LCDs in a bottle, several screen cleaning pads, and picks to help remove the protector for cleaning. I understand they now include a microfiber cloth; I use one I have for my sunglasses.

    I don’t work for them, represent them in any way. Just a great product, and I’ve used many!

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