I have tried several hardened glass screen protectors; this is the first that has ever installed flawlessly the first time. I have found it nearly impossible to both align and apply a glass cover without using a frame; it either doesn''t align correctly or dust gets...
I have tried several hardened glass screen protectors; this is the first that has ever installed flawlessly the first time. I have found it nearly impossible to both align and apply a glass cover without using a frame; it either doesn''t align correctly or dust gets trapped. With the frame that comes with this unit, installation was accomplished with excellent results.
Some say the frame is hard to remove after the glass is installed. My guess is they either accidentally installed the frame upside down (I wouldn''t know how; it snaps right onto the tablet) or they misaligned the glass during installation and the frame caught on it while trying to remove. Following are precise steps for a good installation:
First: This is a process in which going to extremes pays off (if you want a perfect installation). Make absolutely sure the environment is as dust-free as possible. I installed mine in my car, which is far more dust-free than my home. An alternative is to run the shower in your bathroom for a few minutes to clear the dust out of the air, then turn it off and install it in there. Very few homes have a dust-free environment-- and any dust will be a problem. Make sure your installation environment has all dust eliminated. (Again, the bathroom is probably your best choice.)
Second: snap the included alignment frame on your iPad (the "deep" side faces the tablet and SNAPS on). Then follow the directions step by step:
1. Wear a sleeveless shirt. (Sleeves collect dust.)
2. Wash your hands and dry with a lint-free towel (most paper towels will suffice). Do this in an area other than where you are installing the glass, such as the kitchen.
3. Go to the installation area, use the included wet wipe to VERY thoroughly clean the iPad surface.
4. Use the drying pad to remove the cleaning residue. Make sure the surface is completely dry and totally clear of streaks and dust.
5. Despite appearances, use the adhesive patches included to remove all final traces of dust. No matter how clean that surface looks, there *will* be microscopic dust traces. so go over the entire surface with the adhesive patch.
6. This is the important part: Very carefully remove the clear protective cover off one side of the glass protector. This is the adhesive side that will face the tablet. Resting the LONG side of the glass along the alignment frame (with the hole on the HOME button side), make sure the top and bottom of the glass align with the edges of the frame and carefully lay the glass down on the surface so that it fits entirely within the frame.
7. You will notice the glass starting to adhere to the tablet. Carefully remove the frame and set it to the side. As the glass adheres most likely bubbles will form. As that happens, VERY carefully lift the edge of the glass so that the bubble hits air and then with your fingers smooth the glass down onto the surface. You may have to do this with several bubbles.
If you do this carefully and correctly, you will likely wind up with a perfect installation (or nearly so). The frame takes the hassle out of alignment, allowing you to concentrate on avoiding dust particles (the worst problem) and removing bubbles (which can attract stray dust particles, so do so slowly and carefully).
When I followed this process (some of which I learned based on failures with prior products), I achieved a perfect installation with no bubbles, no dust, and excellently aligned... leaving the second piece of glass for future need.
Please note that *you cannot be too careful* in the installation process. The frame greatly simplifies the alignment, but your worst enemy in this is dust particles. So I recommend going out of your way to eliminate dust as much as possible prior to installation. "Vacuuming" the air will *not* work as the vacuum itself will produce dust (no matter how "dust free" it claims to be). Room "dust removers" are better than nothing, but there are always random dust particles in the air. This is why I recommend running the shower in the bathroom to clean all dust particles out of the air and wash them down the drain. Even then you''ll find some remains, so be very dust-conscious in this process.
The frame does the trick. It functions as it''s supposed to, applies easily, allows alignment of glass (if you''re careful), and removes easily. I had no problem with the frame at all. As the advertisement states, the glass functions well. Ignore the "anti fingerprint" hype; no screen protector is anti-fingerprint. It will seem that way at first, but that "feature" will give out by the end of the first day.
The key to avoiding fingerprints is to use a quality no-friction stylus. One can also buy screen cleaners that are fingerprint-resistant (meaning they put a coating on the screen that makes fingerprints far easier to wipe off). RainX windshield cleaner works, and so does silicone spray. There are specialty cleaners as well. But if you really want to avoid fingerprints, use a low-friction stylus.
Overall, an excellent product in every way... and there are few of those these days.