To fulfill its screen protection mission, Zagg partners with various partners and carriers. The American specialist is launching its Invisible Shield on Demand service to offer the installation of a protective screen on any device in a few minutes. We’ve tested.
We spend more and more hours daily on our screens. Beyond 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 the reach of overly curious eyes.
To remedy these various problems, 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 branch of the Zagg group, which also owns the accessories company Mophie and the case manufacturer Gear4, has long made its reputation as a specialist in screen protection films of all kinds. Accessories sold in particular in the operators’ shops and in specialized stores, filling the stalls with boxes depending on the product. And it is precisely this point, for economic as well as functional questions, that Zagg wants to review its copy.
For this, the company is launching 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 of all) and resellers (Boulanger) as a service with dedicated person. It makes it possible to install protections more ergonomically and quickly on different devices while respecting their designs and specificities exactly.
These screen protectors are based on the ISOD technology which finds its origins in the protection material of the blades of Apache military helicopters used during the Gulf War against sand and shocks. The technology was bought 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 linked to it to integrate the nature of the device whose screen must be covered. Over 64,000 screen models are supported and referenced on a smartphone app that works with the device. And the list will be updated constantly to stick to the best novelties, announces Zagg.
So here we are testing the service to cover an iPhone 13 Pro Max screen. Several types of protective screens are available:
- Clear Protect : the basic that protects 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 film that prevents curious people from looking at your screen from the side.
- Ultra VisionGuard+ : Instead of privacy film, the protector adds Eyesafe technology to protect your eyes from digital eyestrain and harmful blue light.
All these protective films are extremely thin. These are plastic films of a few tenths of a millimeter which are installed dry (without applying a fixing product). A few assured gestures from the technician managing the devices and the screen is placed in two minutes maximum after printing (which is done in a few seconds) on the panel of our iPhone in the Ultra VisionGuard+ version.
You must enter the smartphone model // Source: FRANDROID – Melinda DAVAN-SOULAS
Select the type of protection you want // Source: FRANDROID – Melinda DAVAN-SOULAS
In a few seconds, the device cuts the film to the correct smartphone format // Source: FRANDROID – Melinda DAVAN-SOULAS
All you have to do is remove the film and put it on the screen // Source: FRANDROID – Melinda DAVAN-SOULAS
First good surprise, we can barely distinguish the protection on the screen, the colors are not altered. They are slightly less “bright” due to the added Eyesafe filter, the organization specializing in screen technology against blue light and eye protection (Lenovo, Dell, HP, Acer, LG Display… are among its customers). But everything remains very comfortable visually above all. We very quickly forget the presence of protection on the screen, whereas we had never had one until now.
For a smartphone like a watch or a Nintendo Switch
If, in less than five minutes (or even three), we were able to obtain protection for our smartphone, it is 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 cut in seconds. All that remains is to pose carefully on the mini Retina screen and you’re done.
After the break by an expert, the protective screen of the iPhone shows a slight bend in the center due to the technique of installation and some bubbles on the side. After 24 hours, as promised, everything disappeared. And this, thanks to ISOD’s nano-memory technology which allows the film to permanently repair itself, eliminating traces and scratches, by self-regenerating. It’s quite stunning. 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 don’t see it. It also didn’t bother us in use and the touch screen responds impeccably.
The best will obviously 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 tie their links 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 total, in a few minutes, we will have been able to install protection on our iPhone and on our watch, and leave with peace of mind in the face of the next shocks. This InvisibleShield on Demand process has great advantages for everyone: the user has access to a quick installation service for protection totally adapted 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, is reducing its packaging, which is no more than film pockets to be cut out rather than individual boxes, and is also reducing its carbon footprint during shipments, as well as, of course, its costs.
InvisibleShield on Demand Pricing 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 possible to also protect the front and back of a glass smartphone (about 50 euros). This can go up by a few euros for tablet or PC screens up to 12.9 inches. Smartphone privacy filters 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 guaranteed for life (with certain limitations) and can be replaced once a year in the event of a fault.
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