To fulfill its screen protection mission, Zagg works with various partners and carriers. The US specialist launches its Invisible Shield on Demand service to offer the installation of a protective screen on any device in minutes. We have tested.
We spend more and more hours daily on our screens. In addition to the eye fatigue that this causes and the various concerns (obesity, stress, etc.), there are also many risks of falling devices or confidential information within reach of overly curious eyes.
To address these various issues, companies have relied on protective screens. Above all, to protect against shocks and other scratches, but also now as a bonus to reduce the effects of blue light or the eyes of curious people.
Technology inspired by military helicopter blades
Among all these players, InvisibleShield, a division of the Zagg group, which also owns the accessory company Mophie and the case manufacturer Gear4, has long since made a name for itself as a specialist in screen protection films of all kinds. Accessories are sold especially in the operators’ shops and in specialty shops that fill the stalls with boxes depending on the product. And it is precisely this point, for economic as well as functional issues, that Zagg wants to review his copy.
For this, the company launches InvisibleShield on Demand. It is still screen protection, but on demand and for all possible devices (or almost), which will be offered by certain operators (Orange and Bouygues Telecom first and foremost) and resellers (Boulanger) as a service with dedicated person. It makes it possible to install guards more ergonomically and quickly on different devices, while respecting their design and specificity accurately.
These screen protectors are based on ISOD technology, which finds its origin in the protective material of the blades of Apache military helicopters used during the Gulf War against sand and shock. The technology was acquired by the company in the early 2000s. In other words, your devices are ready for extreme conditions …
Protection applied in minutes
We tested the solution, which comes in the form of a printer-like machine. It comes in two sizes depending on the screen to be protected: up to 6.9 inches (mainly smartphone and watch) and up to 12.9 inches (tablet, Nintendo Switch, some PCs). A smartphone application is attached to it to integrate the nature of the device whose screen is to be covered. Over 64,000 display models are supported and referenced on a smartphone app that works with the device. And the list will be constantly updated to keep up with the best news, Zagg announces.
So here we are testing the service to cover an iPhone 13 Pro Max screen. There are several types of protective screens:
- ClearProtect : the basics that protect against bumps and scratches
- UltraClear + : the protection takes all the basics and adds an antimicrobial treatment
- Ultra Privacy + : the next level with the addition of a privacy movie that prevents curious people from looking at your screen from the side.
- Ultra VisionGuard + : Instead of privacy movies, the protector adds Eyesafe technology to protect your eyes from digital eye strain and harmful blue light.
All of these protective films are extremely thin. It is plastic film of a few tenths of a millimeter that is laid dry (without applying a fixation product). A few safe movements from the technician who manages the devices, and the screen is placed in a maximum of two minutes after printing (which happens in seconds) on the panel of our iPhone in the Ultra VisionGuard + version.
You must enter the smartphone model // Source: FANDROID – Melinda DAVAN-SOULAS
Choose the type of protection you want // Source: FANDROID – Melinda DAVAN-SOULAS
In seconds, the device cuts the movie to the correct smartphone format // Source: FANDROID – Melinda DAVAN-SOULAS
All you have to do is remove the film and put it on the screen // Source: FANDROID – Melinda DAVAN-SOULAS
First good surprise, we can hardly distinguish the protection on the screen, the colors have not changed. They are a little less “bright” due to the added Eyesafe filter, the organization that specializes in screen technology against blue light and eye protection (Lenovo, Dell, HP, Acer, LG Display … are among the customers). But everything remains very pleasant visually above all. We very quickly forget about the presence of screen protection, whereas we had never had one before now.
For a smartphone like a watch or a Nintendo Switch
If in less than five minutes (or even three) we were able to achieve protection for our smartphone, it’s even faster for an Apple Watch screen. We enter the model of our connected watch in the application (Apple Watch Series 7). A smaller Clear Protect sheet is integrated into the machine and cuts in seconds. All that is left is to pose gently on the mini Retina display and you are done.
After installing by an expert, the iPhone’s protection screen shows a small fold in the middle due to the installation technique and some bubbles on the side. After 24 hours, everything disappeared as promised. And this thanks to ISOD’s nano-memory technology, which enables the film to repair itself permanently, eliminating traces and scratches, by self-regeneration. It’s pretty amazing. As for the Apple Watch, nothing to report. The film is just as thin, and unless you really run your finger over the edge to feel it, you will not see it. It did not bother us in use either, and the touch screen responds impeccably.
Of course, the best thing would be to avoid any immersion – for watches, especially if you want to indulge in swimming – for 24 hours, so that the protection and the screen definitely bind their connections well. The funniest thing to touch is this feeling of having put on a reinforced glass protection when it is a self-regenerating material.
In all, in a matter of minutes, we’ll have been able to install protection on our iPhone and on our watch, and set off with peace of mind in the face of the next shocks. This InvisibleShield on Demand process has great benefits for everyone: The user has access to a fast installation service for protection that is completely customized to the screen of his device, whatever it is.
The brand or operator offering the service drastically reduces the space previously allocated to Zagg for its screen protectors and store clutter. The brand, for its part, reduces its packaging, which is nothing more than carved film pockets rather than individual boxes, and also reduces its CO2 footprint during shipments, as well as, of course, its cost.
InvisibleShield on Demand rates and availability
Count 15 euros for a watch screen (even round!) And from 30 euros for a smartphone screen, then up to 45 euros for the Ultra VisionGuard + filter on a smartphone. It is also possible to protect the front and back of a glass smartphone (approx. 50 euros). This can increase by a few euros for tablet or PC screens up to 12.9 inches. Privacy filters for smartphones are not available on all models on the market at the moment, unlike other protections.
The service is already available in certain Orange and Bouygues Telecom stores as well as at Boulanger. The film is a lifetime warranty (with certain restrictions) and can be replaced once a year in case of failure.
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