Protect Your Nexus 7 Tablet From Glare, Fingerprints And Pet Hair
Feb 28, 2013 (Updated Mar 19, 2013)
Review by Freak369
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Provides moderate glare protection, a must for fingerprint phobics.
Cons:Needs to be centered correctly, will not eliminate all glare.
The Bottom Line: If you're unhappy with the glare coming off your Nexus or hate having to clean fingerprints, this is a decent screen protector to get.
Recommend this product?
I'm still on the fence about the Nexus 7 Tablet and it's overall capabilities; I love it for Skype but taking pictures with it is awkward because of the front-facing camera. When I got this I knew I needed a screen protector for it; I hated having prints on the iPod Touch and he Kyocera Hydro and didn't want to go through the same issues with the screen not responding because of fingerprints.
The big-name screen protectors were about $8.00 so I went with this one for about half price and got it online; it fits perfectly but you need to make sure it's centered correctly so the edges don't start to furl. Placing it takes about ten seconds but you'll want to remove any air bubbles before you start using it or when you're swiping on the screen you'll have less-than-fluid movements.
This reduces the glare by about 60% indoors, outdoors you're going to get less protection. When using Skype or the camera features for picture or video there's no blockage of the lens if you have it placed correctly. Thankfully this isn't a one-time-use item so you can lift it off and reposition it if you didn't get it right the first time.
You're going to want to make sure the screen face is completely clear and free of dust, lint and fingerprints before you start. I worked mine from the top to bottom and only ended up with a few bubbles that were easy to remove. You do get a cloth and small card to remove bubbles but it's easier to just work them out with your finger than to take a chance of gouging the protector.
This is branded for the Nexus 7 but I would assume that it could be used for other tablets if they're the same size and have the same camera position. That's the only cut-out area on the protector so you'll want to be sure this is going to work with your tablet. For $4.29 it's worked perfectly and if I needed another one I'd reorder from the same place; depending on how long this lasts I might order three at a time to get the discount.
If you need to remove this for any reason make sure you have something plastic or glass that you can adhere it to so it doesn't get ripped or creased. That's essentially the kiss of death for something like this. I wouldn't suggest trimming this for any reason because the edges could easily end up wavy or rough resulting in poor contact with the screen. So far I haven't had any problems with it but it is usually in a case when it leaves the house. For fingerprints it's an excellent investment because it does keep the face clean but you'll still need something to protect the rest of the tablet.
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