SGP Ultra Oleophobic Screen Protector [Review]
SGP is a company that makes a variety of accessories for mobile phones including cases and screen protectors. Their screen protectors are often highly regarded for their quality and durability.
Today we’ll be looking at the SGP Steinheil Ultra Oleophobic Screen Protector for the Nexus S. The Ultra Oleophobic coating provides for a fingerprint free exterior (great for those devices that love showing off your fingerprints) and can be easily applied by dry installation.
The Ultra Oleophobics were shipped relatively quickly in good quality packaging. The shipping time was roughly a week form the order date. The price of each package is 13.99 plus shipping so they are relatively pricey.
The package includes:
- 2 Ultra Oleophobic Screen Protectors
- A squeegee cleaner
- A microfiber cloth
- A pair of dust removal stickers
The film is covered on both sides by a protective sleeve with a removal tab. The install is pretty painless, however you have to be careful not to get any dust trapped under the protector. If you’ve ever applied a static cling type screen protector you should be familiar with the application process.
Unfortunately, the first time around I ran into the issue of dust being trapped between the protector and the device. A neat trick when applying screen protectors, which I found helpful, is to do the process in a steamy bathroom as the steam causes minimal airborne dust.
If however you do get a speck of dust stuck between the device, the dust removal stickers come in quite handy. The same effect can be mimicked by using a piece of tape. Use one piece to gently lift a corner of the screen protector up and another to remove the pesky dust particles.
With a bit of care and patience you should be able to get close to a perfect install.
There is about a 0.5-1 mm gap present at the top and bottom of the screen protector. This may be due to the nature of the film and the difficulties involved in making it stick to the Nexus S’ curved screen, but I would have liked to see a closer fit.
The Ultra Oleophobics are hands down the clearest and best feeling screen protector I’ve ever used. There is virtually no rainbow effect or drag on the screen. If you’ve ever used a invisible type screen protector you are aware of the dreaded orange peel effect and rubbery texture. You practically cannot tell the difference between a naked screen and this one by feel.
While the Oleophobic coating may be more fingerprint resistant than normal screen protectors it does not rival the pre-applied Oleophobic coating on the Nexus S screen. The screen protector still smudges quite a bit however after a few weeks of use the coating seems to have worn off a bit. In addition when ample amounts of hand grease builds up, the screen will start to exhibit a rainbow colour effect, however can be remedied with a quick wipe of the included microfiber cloth.
If you’re looking for a more fingerprint resistant protector, then SGP Ultra Optics series can tickle your fancy. This series of protectors features a matte texture in contrast to the Oleophobic’s plastic feel.
The film seems to have held up fairly well, I’ve had it on for about a month and a half and only has a few minimal scratches that are only visible under sunlight/bright light. These scratches were probably caused by exposure to car keys in my pocket.
The SGP Ultra Oleophobic protectors have managed to impress me. While a bit on the pricey side and not as fingerprint resistant as advertised, all in all the protectors have left me astounded.
If you are looking for something as close to the feel of a naked screen experience the Ultra Oleophobics are an awesome choice. It protects your screen while still allowing you to enjoy the beautiful 4″ Super AMOLED display.