ZAGG’s InvisibleSHIELD technology is a revelation in protecting electronics, but the full body coverage can seem like a daunting task to install. A little while ago, I got it into my head that I could only get the 3DS Screen Coverage because the maximum coverage package looked like it would be too difficult to put on. Then I started thinking about which one would be the absolute easiest to install, and came up with my own little personal InvisibleSHIELD installation challenge. I pitched my idea to the kind folks at ZAGG and they were happy to send me a 3DS maximum coverage SHIELD as well as an iPad 2 maximum coverage SHIELD, so that I could compare and contrast the installation process, no doubt confident in the fact that I would find the difficulties to be similar.
I started with the one I thought would be easiest, the iPad 2. It took me about three minutes, all told, to install. I peeled the backing away from the screen protection first, and applied a liberal amount of SHIELDspray, then applied it to the screen of my (powered down) iPad 2. There was enough liquid between the screen and the SHIELD that it slid around just enough for me to be able to achieve perfect placement. I used the squeegee, moving from the center out to the edges, to press out any excess moisture and used the provided micro fiber cloth to dry up the edges. Perfect. No bubbles visible so far, and no hassle. I repeated the exact same process with the back portion of the SHIELD. Again, no bubbles and no hassle. I waited an appropriate amount of time (about an hour) before powering up my iPad 2 for a few seconds, just to inspect for bubbles or dust. Nothing. A perfect, flawless, crystal clear installation and in under three minutes.
Then, for the more daunting task. I opened up the 3DS maximum coverage to find that there were EIGHTEEN PIECES, some of them as small as a fingernail, and others only half as wide. I knew right away just by looking at it that this was not going to be as easy as installing the one on the iPad 2. I started with the largest pieces first, the screens, and then slowly worked my way down to the smallest pieces, going from the strips for the sides to the oval-shaped pieces that covered the top portion of the hinges. All told, it probably took me about seven minutes to install the 3DS SHIELD. While it took longer than the iPad 2, I didn’t have any significant problems with the installation process. It was just as simple as installing two large flat pieces; the only difference was the time it took me.
Overall, I can say that I am pleasantly surprised by my results. Both of my devices have been well protected for about a month now, and there is no sign of any scuff or scrape on either of the SHIELDs, and none of the pieces have begun to come loose. The installation is just as snug and secure as the day I put it on, and both devices have been under continuous use as, well, I rarely put my iPad down, but when I do it’s to play games on my consoles, and I was in the process of finishing Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3DS while waiting for Skyward Sword to come out. I am happy to say that I will never be scared of installing another maximum coverage InvisibleSHIELD ever again. The only advice I can give to those who are daring enough to try, is: PATIENCE. One thing that first-time installers may want to keep in mind is to be sure to not be too liberal with the SHIELDspray solution, especially on smaller pieces. This will only cause frustration as pieces that are too wet with the spray have no “stickiness”, they will just slide around on the surface you are trying to affix them to. The key is to learn how to use the SHIELDspray just right: not too much, and not too little. As long as you take your time and handle the pieces carefully, you will be well rewarded with an easy, if somewhat lengthy, installation.