I’m just going to put this out there: I hate screen protectors. There’s a simple reason for it, and that is that applying them without a single air bubble or getting dust stuck on the adhesive is close to impossible.
At least, that’s what I thought until I gave Green Onions’ screen protectors a try. I checked out both the Oleophobic and Anti-Glare versions and was impressed mightily by both in their own right.
The oleophobic film does what it says it on the packaging: it repels oil. Instead of long greasy streaks it breaks oil down in to easily wipe-able beads. The anti-glare film significantly reduces the glare from your display, giving sensitive eyes a rest from all those millions of light rays.
It was the application that really stood out for me in the whole process. For $14.99 you get two screen protectors, a dust isolation sheet and a couple of soft microfiber pads with an adhesive underside to avoid touching your phone’s display.
To apply, you first clean your hands, your phone and clear your table/surface. Once you’ve done that you remove the dust isolation sheet from its backing and stick it on to your iPhone.
As you peel back the dust isolation sheet, you gradually apply the screen protector. Thankfully, it’s re-applyable, so if it’s not quite straight you can peel back and start again. If you get it really wrong, you have a spare screen protector to use. I always get the first application way off, so it’s nice for me to have the safety net of a spare protective film.
My own personal favorite of the two was the AG+ Anti Glare film. I get headaches quite often from looking at bright displays, and for working I always need glasses with anti glare protection.
Needless to say, I don’t always have my glasses on me when I’m playing Angry Birds or texting someone. So, the film gave my eyes the rest they needed. Not only that, it also has a fantastic soft-touch finish. Your finger/thumb just glides across it with barely any friction whatsoever. All-in-all the AG+ is a brilliant screen protector, and met my own needs almost perfectly.
The oleophobic protector serves a different purpose entirely. It aims to get out the way completely leaving you with a crystal clear experience, almost to the point that you can’t tell it’s on your phone unless you feel around the edges of the home button/earpiece. It really is fantastically clear, and offers extra protection from natural oils on your fingers.
On the whole, both screen protectors do exactly what they should do, and set the standard in terms of value for money and quality of finish.
I applied all four screen protectors, and the only time I got any bubbles or raised edges was when I applied it in a manner that wasn’t completely straight. I have nothing bad to say about these. I’d happily hand over $15 for the twin pack any day.