You bought the HTC One X because of its looks and you don’t want to cover it up in a case.
If you don’t want to put it in a case but you want to protect it from getting scratched, look into the invisibleSHIELD Full Body protective film.
Protective films aren’t new, but they do offer another way of protecting your smartphone. As long as you realize that a protective film won’t protect against drops and hard hits to the phone – it is worth considering if your main concern is scratching your phone.
InvisibleSHIELD Full Body
InvisibleSHIELD claims to have its origins in the military, protecting helicopter blades from dirt, dust and debris. The bottom line is that this stuff is tough.
The InvisibleSHIELD Full Body is packaged in a very thoughtful and helpful manner. Everything you need is in the box including:
- The invisibleSHIELD
- Application solution
- Squeegee (to get out the bubbles)
- Lint free cloth
It is worth noting that it is ONLY the front and the back that are protected- not the sides.
It is worth noting that you should allow a bit of time (15 minutes to half an hour) to do this right. It is a bit painstaking to install and may take a few tries to get everything lined up correctly.
invisibleSHIELD recommends that you wash your hands and then wet your fingertips with the application solution (so you don’t get fingerprints on the film.) From there, you gently remove the film from the sheet on which it is attached and you moisten front and back with the application solution. I was a little reluctant to moisten the side going on the phone – but that’s what it said to do.
The tricky part of installation was lining up the holes and cutouts in the invisibleSHIELD with the HTC One X. On the back, I tried to center the cutout for the camera and flash and used them as my guides. I didn’t realize that there were small cutouts for the speaker and POGO pins, so I had to remove the shield, unstick those cutouts (which were now on the phone) and then reapply it.
Once the shield is in place, you use the included squeegee to try to move out the air bubbles and smooth it out. Any excess moisture is wiped up with the included cloth.
Attention to Detail
The InvisibleSHIELD Full Body certainly has every cutout and every port taken into consideration. The idea is that once this is applied, it stays there and can be used with any accessory (including charging cradles and cases.)
The packaging was great, the instructions were very clearly laid out and everything needed was included.
The wrap up
The InvisibleSHIELD Full Body does what it says – it covers the entirely of the HTC One X and seems to offer good protection against scratches and scrapes. That being said, what you lose with this case is the feel of the polycarbonate body on the One X – which is why I love this phone so much. I certainly get covering the screen and think that is a great idea – covering the body on this phone gave what was a premium feel somewhat of a plastic like feel. I did feel better about putting my phone in my pocket – even if I did have spare change or something that could scratch the phone.
- Great packaging
- Very good instructions
- Protects against scratches quite well
- Only covers the back and the front – not the sides
- Time consuming to install correctly
The invisibleSHIELD Full Body protective film is a compromise; it is a way of protecting your device from scratches without having to “hide” your very cool looking HTC One X in a case. It won’t protect from a fall or hard bang, but it does protect from scratches and keeps your phone looking “like new.”