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iPad 2 invisibleSHIELD by ZAGG Review

by on March 25th, 2011

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.

Want to Keep your iPad 2 in Mint Condition?

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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ZAGG’s iPad 2 invisibleSHIELD full body retails for $39.99. It comes with a lifetime replacement warranty and a 45 day moneyback guarantee. Use coupon code ‘iphoneinca’ to save 20% off!

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!

Click here to visit ZAGG.com and learn more about the iPad 2 invisibleSHIELD.

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  • Shizzy184

    Great review, I’m considering getting one of these to go with my smart cover ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Ex

    Love it!

    Just waiting for some bubbles to come out of mine.

  • It works perfectly. Quite possibly the best 1-2 combination out there.

  • MrBillYTO

    Thanks for the review and tips Gary. You mention using a spray “solution”….what is this?

  • alamarco

    What’s the biggest difference with the Full Body Maximum Coverage vs the Full Body Easy Install? How much more does the maximum coverage cover? They’re the same price and I’ll be ordering one later today, but not sure on the difference here. I don’t see any pictures or any specific explanation as Zagg just generally defines each.

  • It comes with the invisibleSHIELD. Just a mild soap/water solution.

  • I think Full Body is the one you want. You can try asking them on twitter for an immediate response.

  • Anonymous

    Use a full cover one for my iPhone and it works great. I’ve actually taken off my case and use the phone “naked” now.

  • Same here. The iPhone 4’s design looks amazing without a case covering it

  • Dave

    Save the ads for the ads ok? These posts should be unsolicited or you lose credibility.

  • Thwarth

    I have had problems with IS going yellow on my iPhones. Anyone else had this problem? At first I thought it was dirt getting into the film but now I think it burns from the heat of my phones. Any thoughts?

  • Hc

    I should be getting mine soon, mainly the extra cover is for the corners, instead of just being a big rectangle, it goes up to the corners as well, I can’t wait, I still didn’t take the wrapping off of my new iPad 2 yet.

  • MJ

    Already ordered a while ago!!!

    But it sucks that they gave me 25% coupon after i used 20% iphoneinca coupon.

    I should order one more.

  • Pete

    Ordered almost 2 weeks ago and still hasn’t shipped! This time I’m pretty disappointed with the ordering process.

  • Pete

    These films start going yellow with time. Good thing is they have lifetime replacement, you only pay shipping or you get the fee waived if you buy a certain amount of products from them every 6 months or so.

    The one on my Macbook lasted almost 1.5 years, but it’s starting to look yellow already so had them ship me a replacement. I think the yellowing process accelerates with the amount of low, but constant, heat generated.

  • a positive review for your sponsor. quel suprise.

  • alamarco

    Makes sense, thanks for the information. I went with the full cover, corners aren’t too hard as the 3GS wasn’t bad to put on. I think the iPad may be a little bit harder though due to the size.

  • Anonymous

    However, I found that I ran out of solution before I finished my application. Is there enough spray with the iPad shield?=

  • Yes! The bottle is much larger than the iPhone one. If you run out, you can make your own…it’s basically water with a tiny tiny drop of dishwashing soap. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Anonymous

    Seriously… that’s all it is? I could just use water if I wanted to and it probably would still work as well. :-p

  • John

    I have to disagree with this review. I’ve had many invisible shield products do yellow or peel off in a matter of 6-8 months. Also, the back of the iPad is supposed to act as a large heat sink to remove heat from the device during use. The film essenstially insulated the device causing it to heat up faster and stay at a higher temperature than is the acceptible range to store the battery. In addition, to get that lifetime warranty you have to pay for shipping and send your old one back and only if they deem it’s “broken enough” do they not charge you for the new one they send you. The allure of having my Apple products protected all the time without diminishing how they look has made me purchase three times (iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPad). Givien the headaches that it has given me, I haven to say no now to getting any more.

  • MJ

    just finished installing these.. so far so good!!

  • MJ

    just finished installing these.. so far so good!!

  • Any Canadian stores selling these? Bestbuy and Futureshop had the shields for Iphones and Ipad. What about Ipad 2?!

  • MJ

    They only carry the screen ones. Order directly from zagg n get the full body ones.

  • Matt

    Does any know if we have to pay customs tax if we order invisible shield online and have it sent to Canada??

  • Mike

    I agree with you.

    However, it’s great with the Iphone 4, it’s frustrating for all other devices. I like it more as a back protector than a screen protector. I hated it so much as a screen protector, I peeled it off and threw it away after the first day. It feels sticky, too thick and too much friction.

  • Jpacitto

    I’ve ordered from Zagging before and never had customs or extra taxes charged…what Zagging charged was all I paid.

  • Matt

    Thanks! Then I’ll order one for myself! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Steve_leb

    Just ordered mine.. thanks for the review and the promo code..

  • Steve_leb

    man i made a mistake because of you, the order now link on the bottom of your review links to ipad 1 shield.. and that is what i ordered.. what the hell do i do now.. I NEED THE IPAD 2 SHEILD..

  • I opted for the Invisible Shield, over the Smart Cover. The Smart Cover just seems awkward and in the way. Don’t need with the Shield.

  • CdnDrvr

    http://www.gpscity.ca has zagg products. invisible shield for ipad1 is there but none yet for ipad 2. they have a similar product “body guardz”

    they also have on pre-order the zaggmate with keyboard for ipad 2 for $79.95

  • Abduler416

    omg seriously. The iPad 2 has been out for a week…and this site has been DEAD since then! Get off yar iPads and start blogging plz! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • SW

    I do not agree with your post. I just purchased an iPad 2 and was looking for a way to protect it and still use my smart cover. Thanks to this add I found the greatest protector. The invisible shield is awesome. Of course we need posts like this one. It helps us newbies learn about what’s out there.

  • ZAGG, manufacturers of a wide array of accessories for today’s digital gadgets, announced today that two of its most popular accessories — the flagship invisibleSHIELD and the Bluetooth case/keyboard combo ZAGGmate — are now available for pre-order for the iPad 2.

  • Here is Similar Story

    After much speculation, rumors, counter rumors, and nervous tapping of feet, Apple has finally released the iPad 2. The latest iteration of the popular product was introduced by the man himself, Steve Jobs. The latest iPad is pretty close to what the rumors had finally sifted out to project: thinner, faster, cameras. Lets go a little more in depth though.

  • BigD

    Anyone know where I can grab one in store? (GTA – Hamilton) I need to grab one before being deployed on Saturday

  • Okeefe73

    Does anyone know of any similar product that doesn’t have the “orange-peel” feel? I’ve used bestskinsever and it too had an “orange-peel” feel to it. The other question I have is is their a vendor that sells such a product that ships to Canada by way of USPS (US Postal Service) as opposed to the much more expensive courier companies, such as UPS and Fedex.

  • Zaggfan

    how about the face that the shield covers the SIM card slot, making it impossible to insert/eject the SIM?

    Design flaw that ZAGG refuses to address.. buyers’ beware.

  • Why do you want to take out your SIM card?

  • Anonymous

    i for one take out and replace my sim card several times a day. i’m a cheap guy that refuses to buy a ‘data share plan’ from rogers for a ridiculous $10 a month so I use my cell phone SIM inside my iPad 2 to get 1.5GB of data ๐Ÿ˜€
    the best thing is that when i need 3G (inside school) I obviously don’t need my phone so i won’t be missing any calls. a match made in heaven.

  • Jayo6969

    I ordered 2 from there and it came regular mail….no brokerage or duties. I think it even says it if you read the shipping guidelines

  • Jayo6969

    Why don’t u just enable personal hotspot on your iPhone and tether the data with ur iPad through wifi. That’s what I do and it saved me wasting money on the 3g version

  • Anonymous

    I don’t have an iPhone. I have this custy nokia c3 that can’t do crap. :sadface:

  • Invisible Shield screen protectors are best known for being made of a material created by the military to protect helicopter blades from wear and tear.

    If it can protect a helicopter blade, you would think it could protect my glass iPhone display effortlessly, right?

    Eager to test an iPhone Invisible Shieldโ€™s durability for myself, I e-mailed Shield Zone and asked if theyโ€™d donate one of their screen protectors for me to review, fairly and honestly.

  • Cdubb80

    i have the invisible shield from Zagg installed and mine is different from the one shown here. . there is more coverage of the corners, and it doesn’t cover the SIM card slot … actually impressed with it so far .. got it via a groupon deal here in vancouver …

  • nuts



  • Steve

    Removing this site from my bookmarks. Obviously the advertisers control the content.

  • Frank

    I’m also doing same. Can’t even trust fellow Canadians anymore!

  • Formerzagguser

    Bought one o the low glare Zagg invisible shields for my iPad2, worst shield I have purchased. Showed finger prints, distorted the screen and added a prismatic effect. When I contacted Zagg about it, they offered to replace I under warranty. Once I agreed to do the warranty return, I was informed of the charges to do so. once I removed it the ipad2looks like a whole new device. Celebrated when I threw it away.

  • Kuba

    This thing is impossible to install. Not sure I want to look at air bubbles all the time or damage the screen trying to take the bubbles out. Followed provided instructions to the tea and was not able to put it on. Worst piece of shit protection I’ve ever tried