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HTC Desire Screen Protector SP P360 (Twin Pack)

Released on 06 July 2010

Manufacturer: HTC

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Custom designed for the HTC Desire, and manufactured by HTC.
  • Custom designed for the HTC Desire, and manufactured by HTC.

customer Reviews

 Average rating (19 reviews)

 OK but not perfect

| | See all Gho5tman's reviews (2)

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I've waited over a month from the time of order for these to become available, but I kept consoling myself that it was a genuine HTC product and would therefore be perfect, but it's not perfect. It is genuine HTC and It says it is for the Desire on the packaging, and it fits the screen dimensions perfectly, BUT, it has a hole in the top right corner, and a cutout in the top left, neither of which appear to be necessary for the Desire. Maybe there is something hidden under the screen that they can't cover, don't know, but a tad annoying.
EDIT: The cutout and hole appear to be necessary after all as they are for the proximity sensor and the light sensor, which apparently will not work if covered - indeed people on one forum have reported the proximity sensor has stopped working and all have in common that they applied a cover with no cutout - upon removal, the proximity sensor started working again.

Application - The piece with the cutout seems to go down fine anyway, but it annoys me to see it there when it shouldn't be, but the section with the hole just won't sit properly. I put this on with a great deal of care, and no matter what I try i cannot get that part to fit flush with no air bubble, and yet it should be easy given the hole. Again the hole itself bugs me, but I simply can't understand why it won't go down 100%.

Performance - No complaints whatsoever - Was worried that my touch screen would become less sensitive, but it works perfectly - wouldn't even know it was on there.

EDIT: Two weeks in and no problems whatsoever. The bit that wouldn't sit right around the hole appears to be the same on every review I've seen, but if you can get past that, AND get it on dead centre (use a credit card or something to flatten it as well whilst you put it on), then I think it's great. Smooth as hell, cleans easily using a microfibre cloth, and looks invisible, with no detriment to sensitivty at all.

Overall 4/5

 Worth it at Play's price

| | See all DJSigma's reviews (9)

For 5 pounds for 2 screen protectors, the product is decent for the money. As others have mentioned, it doesn't stick down very well around the area where the hole is cut out for the indicator LED and there's also a small rectangle cut out of the top left of each protector. Maybe that makes them easier to remove? Maybe the protectors were designed with another phone in mind originally? Who knows?

IMO, the best way to apply one of the protectors is as follows: -

1. Align the protector with the screen (without peeling off the cover) so you can see exactly how it fits.

2. Wipe the phone's screen free of dust with a microfibre cloth.

3. Peel off just a bit of the backing from the screen protector and apply the screen protector to the screen, starting at the top where the LED is.

4. Slowly pull off more of the backing, using a credit card or business card to gently push down and along the protector, which helps keeps it bubble free.

5. You can also wipe dust from the screen as you go.

I think where people get into trouble with these products is by removing the entire backing first, then trying to stick them on in one go. When I've done that in the past, I have always ended up with a few dust particles trapped between the screen and the protector which is annoying. Using the above method, you're slowly applying the protector from one end and you can keep wiping the screen as you work your way down.

The feel of the protectors is good and doesn't feel much different to using the phone without one. It doesn't affect the operation of the touch screen at all.

If the protectors stuck down a bit better around the LED hole and if that small rectangle wasn't cut out of them, I'd have given this product 5 stars. As it is (and at the current price of a fiver for two) I'm giving it 4.

 Worth it at Play's price

| | See all SJB1988's reviews (9)

For 5 pounds for 2 screen protectors, the product is decent for the money. As others have mentioned, it doesn't stick down very well around the area where the hole is cut out for the indicator LED and there's also a small rectangle cut out of the top left of each protector. Maybe that makes them easier to remove? Maybe the protectors were designed with another phone in mind originally? Who knows?

IMO, the best way to apply one of the protectors is as follows: -

1. Align the protector with the screen (without peeling off the cover) so you can see exactly how it fits.

2. Wipe the phone's screen free of dust with a microfibre cloth.

3. Peel off just a bit of the backing from the screen protector and apply the screen protector to the screen, starting at the top where the LED is.

4. Slowly pull off more of the backing, using a credit card or business card to gently push down and along the protector, which helps keeps it bubble free.

5. You can also wipe dust from the screen as you go.

I think where people get into trouble with these products is by removing the entire backing first, then trying to stick them on in one go. When I've done that in the past, I have always ended up with a few dust particles trapped between the screen and the protector which is annoying. Using the above method, you're slowly applying the protector from one end and you can keep wiping the screen as you work your way down.

The feel of the protectors is good and doesn't feel much different to using the phone without one. It doesn't affect the operation of the touch screen at all.

If the protectors stuck down a bit better around the LED hole and if that small rectangle wasn't cut out of them, I'd have given this product 5 stars. As it is (and at the current price of a fiver for two) I'm giving it 4.

 Cheap but effective

| | See all Fuzzbap's reviews (7)

I originally bought Zagg's Invisible Shield full body protector, at about three times the price of this HTC branded pack. For all its talk of being unscratchable, I was a bit miffed that the Invisible Shield became scratched while I was applying it. This despite taking my time applying it and using the provided warranty card to "squeegee" out the air bubbles, which is when it got scratched.

Anyway, this cheap and cheerful 2-pack of protectors arrived today, and the experience so far has been far better.

The protectors are mounted either side of a cardboard insert, with the instructions on the reverse. As you'd expect, the protector is cut precisely to cover the Desire's screen which - as long as you take a little care to line it up correctly - makes application a breeze. Just peel off the plastic backing and lay the protector over your screen, no mucking about with sprays or damp sponges.

There were a couple of air bubbles, as I knew there would be, after sticking the protector down, which brings me to my only major issue with the product: there's no squeegee included. The bubbles were extremely simple to smooth out though, which I did with a combination of my finger and a Clubcard keyfob.

Once on, the protector is barely visible and certainly doesn't diminish the look of the handset. Better still, there's no "orange peel" effect to the protector, nor in my case is there any sign of micro air bubbles trapped there, not that I can see anyway.

So far, there has been no loss of precision or sensitivity to the touchscreen whatsoever. The screen itself doesn't feel any different to the touch either.

I'd definitely recommend these protectors, it's hard to see how you'd do any better for a fiver. The only way to improve the package would be to include a squeegee and maybe a cleaning cloth (hence I'm giving four rather than five stars) but after a couple hours' use I can't complain about the protector itself.

EDIT: I've noticed another reviewer saying "Despite being billed and packaged as a screen protector by HTC for the Desire, these protectors have obviously been produced for another similar HTC phone. They have a cut out rectangle and hole at the top which does not relate to the Desire screen."

The rectangle referred to is at the top left of the protector, and leaves two sensors - you can see them if you look at your phone carefully - uncovered. I presume these are light sensors that are used for the screen's auto-brightness detection setting.

The hole is at the top right, and leaves the alert LED, which lights up when you receive a notification or have the phone on charge.

I'm not sure why the LED needs to be uncovered, but I guess that HTC and their manufacturers found the protector to interfere with the light sensors in some way.

 Disappointed

| | See all Anooobist's reviews (1)

My experience mirrors that of Ballyboy1067. I was expecting better given the description 'Custom designed for the HTC Desire, and manufactured by HTC'. I have successfully fitted many screen protectors, but not these - I binned the first and the second, while on the phone, is starting to lift at the edges. Maybe I'm losing my touch? Disappointed