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iPad invisibleSHIELD by ZAGG Review

by on April 16th, 2010

If you’re an avid reader of our sister site, iPhoneinCanada.ca then you probably know about the invisibleSHIELD. ZAGG’s full body screen protectors have been on all of my iPhones! The original iPhone (which was given to my mom!), the iPhone 3G (which my wife uses), and my iPhone 3GS have all remained in perfect condition thanks to the extra protection from these ‘skins’.

iPad invisibleSHIELD Review–ZAGG’s Latest Protection for the iPad

ZAGG started shipping out their iPad fully body invisibleSHIELDs right at the iPad’s launch. We managed to get some samples sent to us to see just how well the iPad invisibleSHIELD fares. When I first got hands on my iPad, the crystal clear screen blew me away. I was pretty sure I wanted to use my iPad ‘naked’ in the Apple iPad case.

However, the iPad’s oleophobic screen works, but it’s not great. The iPad is a smudge magnet. But what changed my mind was when I noticed a TINY hairline scratch on my screen. How did that happen? I take good care of my electronic toys! If the iPad screen is susceptible to scratches after less than one week of usage, maybe the invisibleSHIELD was something I’d have to reconsider.

How to Make the Perfect invisibleSHIELD Install

Disclaimer: This install technique works for me every time. Follow at your own risk. I’m not responsible if you take the risk and spray your iPad with solution. Mmmkay? 🙂

Are you a patient person? Are you able to stand in line for 10 minutes or longer? Such patience is required for installing large sheets of the invisibleSHIELD. If you can’t handle taking your time, stop reading this review. The invisibleSHIELD is not for you to install as you’re going to be saying “FML” a few times. But in all honesty, it’s not a hard install it just takes time.

The iPad full body invisibleSHIELD covers the front screen and the entire back. There is no protection for the sides of the iPad, unlike iPhone versions of the invisibleSHIELD. Here’s how I made a close to perfect install of the invisibleSHIELD on my 16GB iPad. Your mileage may vary (YMMV–RFD influence!):

1. Wash your hands with soap and water. Place your iPad down on 3-4 paper towels. Wipe down your iPad with a soft microfiber cloth. Turn the iPad off.

2. The best way to install these shields is to over spray the solution onto the skin itself as you’re peeling it away from the paper backing and onto the surface of the iPad (this is not recommended for the faint of heart).
3. For the front shield install, hold the skin on the outer edges, let the center droop down so it forms a ‘U’ shape and slowly place it on the front. Let the water attach to the skin so no air bubbles form. Use the Home button to align it and lay the rest down.
4. Wrap the squeegee with damp paper towel (helps it slide easier) and lightly squeeze out the excess water starting from the center to the edges. Make sure you have paper towel to soak up the excess water once it reaches the edges.
5. Lightly squeegee put any extra air bubbles. Now, you can either rest your iPad or flip the it over and repeat these steps for the back.
6. What I did with the back sheet is cut tiny slits in each corner to compensate for the curvature of the iPad’s corners. This is what I did with my MacBook invisibleSHIELD install. Just my preference. Prevents ‘raising’ in the corners.
7. If there are some tiny air bubbles, they should disappear after 24 hours or so.

Here’s a great tutorial posted by ZAGG:

My iPad 24 hours later:

The screen still looks pretty good; in the second macro image, you can’t even tell there’s a shield on!

Left: My custom corners on the back of my iPad; Right: these shields are precision cut to fit snugly

– my iPad still fit perfectly into my Apple iPad case to my surprise. I was still able to insert and remove my iPad, albeit took some extra patience and effort.
– if the front doesn’t go on perfectly the first time, remove it and try again till you’re satisfied.

Final Thoughts on the iPad Full Body invisibleSHIELD

With the full body invisibleSHIELD installed on my iPad, I feel a lot more confident holding the iPad than before without fear of it slipping out of my hands. A ‘naked’ iPad is slippery–I always had the feeling it would slide out of my hands and explode upon impact. The invisibleSHIELD adds some extra grip, plus the multi-touch is not affected in any way. You will notice a slight “orange peel” effect but this is not that noticeable. Your friends and family won’t even know there is a ‘skin’ on your iPad.

Is the iPad invisibleSHIELD worth it? At $39.99US, it’s about the same cost as a physical iPad case. However, I find that with hard/silicone cases, dirt and debris sneaks into the back/sides of the case and actually acts as sandpaper against your iPad/iPhone. It is for this reason alone I use the invisibleSHIELD on all my Apple products.

Should you buy the invisibleSHIELD? It depends on your needs. If your iPad is going to be in the Apple case, you most likely won’t need it (the protection is pretty good). However, if your iPad is going to be used by a tonne of people, placed flat on your dining room table, etc. the invisibleSHIELD will be a god send. It really is the best protection you can get for your iPad, without hiding its exterior beauty.

Also, if you lack patience–don’t bother with the invisibleSHIELD! If you take your time to manage the install, it’s really not that bad. Too many people end up doing a poor install, and blame the shield itself. I have had no problems with my installs.

Try It Yourself and See Why ZAGG Has Sold Millions of invisibleSHIELDS

But, don’t listen to me and my review–try the invisibleSHIELD out yourself and make your own judgment! With ZAGG’s lifetime replacement warranty and rock solid 45 day moneyback guarantee, you have nothing to lose.

Plus, if you use our exclusive 20% off coupon code ‘iphoneinca’ during checkout, you’ll save about $8, making the final price $31.99US (the cheapest price on the internet!). With our strong Canadian dollar, it’s definitely the time to go shopping online! 🙂

Click here to visit ZAGG.com today.

Oh…and one more thing…

CONTEST TIME: Win a FREE iPad invisibleSHIELD!

ZAGG has donated some iPad invisibleSHIELDS to giveaway to lucky readers. However, since these were shipped to us so quickly, it only consists of the front/back shield. There’s no spray or squeegee. You can easily make your own solution (1 tiny drop of dish soap in a lens cleaner bottle) and use a credit card as a squeegee. DONE. We will have three lucky winners in this contest today!

How to enter:

  • Leave a comment below.
  • Contest is open to Canadian addresses only (one entry per address/IP).
  • Contest ends on April 17th @ 12:01AM PST.
  • Good luck!

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  • TeenWolf

    1- It's almost 4am and I'll be getting my iPad when my wife gets home fro
    her business trip @ 11pm. I'm like a kid at Christmas. Can't sleep a lick.

    2- how big are the slits you made? 1 inch? and doesn't that void zaggs warranty?

    3- Any issues syncing a jailbroken 3GS with iTunes 9.1? Don't want my MyWi purchase to be all for not.


  • ncolarusso

    Thanks for the review!! ZAGG sent me a coupon with a 50% discount until April 30th. Was planning to buy the shield after my April 24th IPAD purchase. Alas, I have to wait for the end of May…..

  • Jay

    I have used your instructions for all my invisibleShield installations and they have all been very good. People are amazed that there is a skin on my iphone. I am going to be getting an iPad 3G as soon as they are available and would love an invisibleShield for it.

  • Chris

    I'd like to see a return to this review in a month or two. When I bought my InvisiShield for my iPhone, it was great…at first. Over time, the shield started to get stained, having the white iPhone, it was particularly noticeable. Dirt started to build up along the edges, eventually, I peeled it off and threw it out. Not to mention, Apple recommends NOT applying any screen protectors, do to the oleophobic coating on the screen.

  • momin

    I want a sheild

  • iVictoria

    I drove all the way to Seattle to get my iPad (1st in line because I stayed up all night) but didn't have enough money left to buy my InvisibleShield for the iPad. I'd love to win one to protect this marvel from Apple!

  • Hyrules

    Really good article. I also will buy this shield if i dont win it 😛 . I will buy a iPad 3G with it's out in canada

  • darek

    The invisi is great! Given it as gifts to friends and family who insisted on silicone cases and they were all convinced. A couple made big mistakes installing and zaag sent them replacements no questions asked. Definitely going to need one for my iPad!!!

  • I'm thinking it might be a good thing that the iPad version of the ZAGG InvisibleSHIELD does not have the edge coverage as that has been an issue for me with their iPhone shields which start to peel off within 6 months. It's nice that ZAGG offers lifetime warranty replacements for situations like that but with us living in Canada it takes more than 25 days for the replacement to arrive and you have to return your worn out one within 25 calendar days of placing the order. That being said, I would give the iPad version a shot since it shouldn't have that edge peeling issue at all.

  • Stefan Soc

    How's the gloss on the invisiShield? I'm a big fan on matte finishes, and a extremely reflective screen I find can be distracting, especially with the iPad's thick bezel.

  • xiao

    nice review,have tried it on my iphone and ipc,great protection, especially for a person who have strong hands sweat

  • kyle

    guess it really need some work to perfect fit the ipad,lol~~i am always cant wait 1-2 days before it become completed dry.hope this time i have more paitant

  • slippee

    I would try it

  • gizhola

    Thanks for the review. It answers all the questions I had about invisibleSHIELD on the iPad. I picked up an iPad on launch day in Hawaii and its the first 'i' Anything that I've owned. I am very impressed and the whole family is enjoying it. I'd love to give the invisibleSHIELD a try especially since the kids are always running off with it to play JellyCar 2. Thanks.

  • LoWd0Wn

    Great Review of the Invisible Shield. I was waiting until you did one before I decided to install one on my new iPad as I was unsure it would fit into the Apple Case.
    I would love to win that Invisible Shield now!!

  • Sean

    Since the push back of the Canadian release, I resorted to desperate measures. With no US Apple store near my border, I've resorted to having someone in Lousiana trying to buy one to bring to a co-worker who is currently in Arkansas, who will (hopefully) bring it back for me. I'd love to have an invisibleShield waiting to slap on if/when that iPad arrives.

  • Michael

    iPad rocks!

  • Oooh, I want one! You're right about the dust collecting in the edges of the cases. I have the Incase Convertible Book Jacket and I occasionally take it out to wipe down the edges. Other than that, it's a great case. I'd love it if the shield made it even more snug in the case.

  • Doug Bornyk

    Invisible Shield is a must for the iPad. You've got to protect that beauty, and just to help with smudges etc it has worked fantastic on my iPhone

  • I've already got the iPad – I just need the Shield. Pick me! Pick me!

  • flabeo

    mmmm clean iPad, my favourite!

  • Xiantayne

    Great review. Did you write it on your iPad? 🙂 I'm impatiently awaiting the launch of the iPad in Canada so I can order one for myself and my wife.

  • I would like one! 😀

  • Vincent

    oi i need one!

  • jonomacdono

    I'm not as lucky as some, and don't live close enough to the Canada/US boarder to drive down and pick up an iPad, so right now, I am iPad-less. However, I would LOVE to have my invisibleSHIELD sitting on my desk ready to go for when it arrives in May. Thanks iPadinCanada 🙂

  • Wuju

    I'm looking for a smooth front protector. Anyone knows who has it now. Power Support is out of stock or still pending on its first batch.

  • sgmah

    Now there' s a product I'll be buying for Canadian iPad! Nice job guys!

  • timaucoin

    I will definitely be getting 2 iPads, as my wife & I don't share too well!! LOL So, to win an invisible shield for MINE would be amazing, although we all know who'd end up with the shield in the end, don't we??!!! Yes, I love her that much! Thanks for the excellent review Gary! It's great to be back on here!

  • Well, I still don't know if I will get the iPad. But I know who could enjoy an invisibleSHIELD.

  • Molsonblue

    Well being a Canadian iPad user, I definitely in need of this product. So fingers crossed on winning 😉 Thanks for the Review

  • Ed Leslie

    Shields up! If I win, I'll have the shield ready when the iPad arrives!

  • Benquin

    Nice unbiased review.

    I personnaly have no problem with the delay, it gives me time to decide on accessories…

    OT: Is the iPod Touch wall charger powerful enough for charging the iPad ? (I would guess it is…)

  • Edmond Leung

    Pick me, your next winner! Starving artist here desperately needs an ipad to work and eat.

  • Laserheart

    I'm looking forward to my iPad… this would be the so called “icing” on my iPad cake!

  • shawn

    the best option would be a apple case with a front shield,really love the metal feeling of the back cover and the bigger screen definitely need more protection.

    nice review!

  • Jay

    I invisible shield'ed my iPhone 3GS. Great product. Now I need one for my iPad! I already have a scratch on the aluminum back.

  • Just got my iPad yesterday in EDMONTON!!! now i really need some protection… buying a case or invisible shield online from the USA will take too long. This is perfect! I NEED TO WIN!!!

  • Peter Hong

    Were in Hawaii right now and we picked up a 64 GB IPAD at the Ala Moana location.
    They were sold out of the 16 and 32 GB versions.
    An invisible shield for the IPAD would go beautifully with our purchase.

    We return to Calgary tonight.

    Tip: Do you want to know to set-up a US Itunes account ?
    The rep at the store said to purchase a US Itunes card and use one of the Apple Store Locations in the US as your US address , To get Canadian Music she has a friend buy her a Canadian Itunes card and she uses the toronto store as her canadian address. Apparently she can't get east coast folk music in the US . Go figure .

  • Gary

    Used invisibleSHIELDS and it worked great

  • garrylawton

    I am going to be a New Ipad user / owner as the ipad is what it took for me to give up on windows and start looking at Apple. I even dug out the imac I have in the basement to learn how apple works. Wish I knew someone who could help me get going on this imac as it has a small problem and I dont know how to fix it

  • Glenys8

    Love your thorough reviews, Gary. Look forward to trying an iPad and of course it will need an InvisibleSHIELD.

  • snowy

    I love mine for my iphone, it works definitely better than the one I had previously bought. It would be a great add on to my new ipad.

  • ryanwils

    I plan on getting an iPad for school, and as I already have an invisibleSHIELD on my MacBook Pro and iPhone 3GS, I am DEFINITELY planning on getting one for my iPad! I work at Best Buy and have recommended the invisibleSHIELD to EVERYONE who comes in! Love it!
    Really hope to win one!

  • ryanwils

    Love it! Would love to win one, getting an iPad for school, and I already have the invisibleSHIELD on my MacBook Pro and iPhone 3GS, definitely getting it on my future iPad!

  • pierreouellette

    Im planning to buy an ipad when they start selling them in canada,i have an invisibleSHIELD for my iphone and its great at protecting it.


  • I hope to get an ipad so having the invisishield ahead of time would be great.
    Thanks, Mark

  • Kyra

    I love my invisibleShield on my iPhone 2G but I wish I got it on the back as well because the screen is perfect but the back is all scratched up now! Can't wait for an iPad and would love a Shield to go with it.

  • Kyra

    I love my invisibleShield on my iPhone 2G but I wish I got it on the back as well because the screen is perfect but the back is all scratched up now! Can't wait for an iPad and would love a Shield to go with it.

  • kanthan

    It seems like a very interesting product. cant wait to try one.

  • Rich

    Interesting about the InvisibleSHIELD from Zagg and how its going to allow for typing on the iPad? I've got an iPhone with the InvisibleSHIELD and it works well so we'll see.

  • William

    Super cool I hope I win

  • samwaters12

    Somethings up. This article has 50 comments on it as opposed to an average of of under five for the rest of the posts. Most of these comments are expressing what a great review this apparently was and how excited and happy people are with the invisible shield. Now add to that the fact that Gary makes money hocking the invisible shield (notice the abundance of ads for it on this site and the sister sites), and it quickly becomes apparent that there' s a HUGE conflict of interest in this review with a lack of disclosure and sincerity. This is becoming less of a gadget blog and more of an informercial, which is what this post is, rather than a review. Credibility fail!

  • Winners:

    -Steven Chi
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    Congrats! Please send me an email via the Contact Form or via twitter!

  • I'd just like to say that on my iPod Touch the message to this post read 'Win an iPad'…so I'm pissed!

  • Sam

    anxiously waiting for for the new ipad to be available in canada-and all the accessories that come with it.

  • schesbh

    I have so many Zagg Products…. Love them now for my ipad that I US ordered LOL

  • Chase Baird

    I've been using these shields for years and they are by far the best on the market. You won't be disappointed.

  • Mei Yung Lai

    Entry form for ipad please.

  • Mei Yung Lai

    Entry form for ipad please.

  • You're too late 😀 It's already won 4 days ago.

  • wai man leung

    Love to have a new ipad. So gimmme, gimme.

  • Anita Lee

    I would love a new ipad. Gotta catch up with the time.

  • Chung Lee

    Please subscribe me to win the ipad. Thank you very much

  • Yep! I was agreed, I'll keep in touch to your blog. This blog is so usefully, Thanks for the posted 😉

  • André Cajolais

    Just ordered the InvisibleShield for my future ipad… Must say I feel like a kid waiting for Santa and I'm almost 60…
    Just watched the video on installing the Shield and read the comments. Those are positive.
    I am a bit concern though about the liquid used to install the protection. I had a bad experience with my ipod touch when I tried to clean the screen – some water went inside damaging a bit of the screen…
    Any advises on how to prevent any damages to the screen.


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  • I've used three different kinds of cases on my iPhone 3G over the last two years. I've read about the invisibleSHIELD by ZAGG but haven't run into anyone using it up to this point. I'd love to have the chance to start using one on my iPad.
    It looks cool and I love the engineering of most of apple's products. I would be nice to feel safer letting the iPad go naked with pride.

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  • Terry

    Hated this product. Extremely difficult to work with, feels terrible on screen, grossly overpriced, and actually distorts the ipads great display. I installed a $15.00 screen protector from Best Buy, use the Apple case and couldn't be happier.

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  • I prefer my iPhone 3G. My best friend got the Nokia N900, but personally the 3G is lighter.

  • guest 1234

    what about the colors ?
    does it ruin the color quality of the screen ?

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    The invisibleSHIELD is made from a unique material originally created for the military to protect the leading edges of helicopter blades, the invisibleSHIELD offers protection that other screen protectors, covers, skins, or cases just can’t match. With over 2,000 copyrighted, precision-cut designs for a variety of gadgets, including iPods, smartphones, and cell phones

  • Esteele14

    Sounds great. I really hope I win one!

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  • Mike

    What’s so speacial about having a US itunes account?