The iPad 2 launches on Friday in Canada at 5pm (people are already in line). As most of you know, the new Smart Cover is a pure work of art. It protects the screen of the iPad, but what about the back? For long time followers of this blog and iPhoneinCanada.ca, you know that I have used ZAGG’s invisibleSHIELD on my products since my original iPhone. How does the latest iPad 2 invisibleSHIELD fare? Let’s check it out!
Let’s face it–our gadgets and toys are investments. If we’re spending close to $600 on a device, wouldn’t it be wise to spend a bit extra to protect it? That’s my rationale when it comes to the invisibleSHIELD. It protects my Apple gear without the bulk of a case, and it will also increase the resale value of iOS devices.
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ZAGG sent me their iPad 2 invisibleSHIELD to check out. There wasn’t packaging included as these came straight from the factory. If you’re familiar with the original iPad invisibleSHIELD, these aren’t much different.
The front protector has a small cutout for the front facing camera. The back cover has cut outs for the speaker, microphone, sleep/wake button, and volume rocker. I did notice the shield doesn’t extend out to the very tips of the iPad 2′s corners. Given the new tapered design, I actually don’t mind this since the corners are hard to keep ‘skins’ stuck to them. Anyone who had an original iPhone knows what I’m talking about. On extreme curved corners, ‘film’ has a hard time staying down, and corners start to peel.
That being said, the essential areas are protected by the iPad 2 invisibleSHIELD. The bottom edge that rests on tabletop surfaces when using the Smart Cover is protected, plus laying down the iPad 2 on any surface no longer makes me quiver. The invisibleSHIELD also provides much better ‘grip’ for my iPad 2.
Tips for the Perfect invisibleSHIELD Install
I’ve gotten pretty good at any invisibleSHIELD install, because I’ve done it several times on my iPhone, iPad, and MacBook. Here are some tips for the perfect install. Remember, if you don’t have patience these ‘film’ type covers aren’t for you. Here’s what I do:
- Wash your hands with soap before starting. Wipe down your iPad 2 with a micro fibre cloth.
- Get into a relatively dust free work space. Place iPad 2 on a couple absorbent paper towels.
- Spray your fingertips with solution, then proceed to peel the shield from the backing
- Spray the shield immediately (liberally) and also spray your iPad 2 surface (THIS IS MY METHOD, use at your OWN RISK! Make sure iPad 2 is OFF)
- Once laid flat, spray the shield with some solution, then quickly wipe out the excess water (and taking the air bubbles with it)
- Continue to spray a bit, then squeegee out excess bubbles
- You’ll get some “water bubbles”, but this is normal. They will disappear in the next 24-48 hours.
- If you make a mistake, just peel up the shield, and start over again. Sometimes it takes me a couple tries to line the shield up perfectly
Here are a couple pictures of my final install (this was 12 hours later, so some ‘water bubbles’ haven’t disappeared, but half of them already did):
Here’s an image of the front install, 12 hours later. As you can see, there is a slight ‘orange peel’ effect, but it’s not noticeable when you’re using the iPad 2.
This is the edge where the magnets are located to attach the Smart Cover. Coverage is good.
The Smart Cover Works Perfectly with the iPad 2 invisibleSHIELD
I’ve had many queries about whether or not the magnets in the Smart Cover are affected with the invisibleSHIELD. It’s safe to say that I haven’t noticed any change in the cover’s operation. Everything functions perfectly. I do love having my iPad protected from the constant swinging and and ‘sticking’ of the Smart Cover. Good bye scratches. Here’s a quick video below of the iPad 2 with invisibleSHIELD on working fine with the Smart Cover:
Here’s the rest of the picture gallery, of each corner of the iPad 2, the mic, sleep/wake button, camera, speaker, 30 pin connector, and volume rocker.
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If you want to keep your iPad 2 in mint condition, this is the way to go. The install does take some patience, but in the end it’s well worth it for peace of mind knowing your iPad 2 will be protected from getting major scratches. I’ll have a giveaway coming up for free shields, so stay tuned!
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