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The Pros:
  • Protects screen from scratches
  • Doesn't show fingerprints and smudges

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  • Makes digitizer a bit less sensitive

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InnoPocket Screen Protection Filters Review
By Ed Hardy
9/27/2002


InnoPocket makes screen protectors for a variety of handheld models. These are clear sheets that cover the entire surface of the screen, including the Graffiti area.

To be honest, I went into this review expecting to not like these. I've always just put a strip of Scotch tape over the Graffiti area on my handhelds and have never had any problems with scratches. However, this won't work with virtual Graffiti, which I think will see increasing use in the future, so decided it was time to give screen protectors a chance.

And, much to my surprise, I really liked them. I tried the ones InnoPocket makes for Palm's m500 series and Sony's T series and both were very good.

I thought there would be a trade off: the screen wouldn't look as good but it would be less likely to be scratched. There is no trade off at all. I've had the screen protectors on an m505 and a T665C for a few weeks now and I often forget I even have them on. InnoPocket also makes a version for Sony NR series but I didn't try that one. I don't see any reason why it would be much different, though.

With a name like "screen protector", it isn't hard to figure out what the primary function of these things is. It is possible to get some grit on your stylus and scratch up your screen. Until now, this has mostly affected the Graffiti area, which is where the vast majority of contact between the stylus and screen happens. But, like I said, virtual Graffiti means this area is used for more than just Graffiti now and the NR series actually has two Graffiti areas, depending on which configuration the handheld is in. Having this even slightly scratched up is no longer acceptable, as it might be with a dedicated Graffiti area.

InnoPocket's screen protectors prevent any kind of scratches to your screen by completely covering it with a thin layer of plastic. If this gets unacceptably scratched, you just peel it off and put another one on. Though at $10 each, you won't be doing this every week.

This brings up the question of durability. Unfortunately, I can't give you a definitive answer. I can say I've had one of the these on my primary handheld for weeks and it isn't showing any signs of wearing out, even on the Graffiti area.

Though these are called screen protectors, this isn't the function that endeared them to me. The finish on these doesn't show fingerprints and smudges like the actual handheld's screen. If you are someone who regularly touches the screen on your handheld with your fingers, I recommend these highly.

The finish is also good for another reason. I've never liked the way the screens on Sony's models felt when I wrote on them. They are too slick. But with one of InnoPocket's screen protectors on, writing is much easier.

The closest thing I can come to a drawback is these protectors make the digitizer slightly less sensitive.

Installing these screen protectors isn't hard, but you have to do it carefully. I'm not going to go over the installation process. Just follow the directions on the package. But I will emphasize the importance of cleaning you handheld's screen very carefully before you put the screen protector on. Any speck of dust you leave on you'll be looking at for weeks or even months until your screen protector wears out. Use a cloth; never clean your screen with any kind of paper product because the wood fibers can scratch it.

Like I said, I really like InnoPocket's screen protectors. Not only do they give a measure of protection to the screen, they have other benefits, like not showing finger prints.

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How does this compare to Brando's ?

I.M. Anonymous @ 9/27/2002 4:52:34 PM #
How does this compare to Brando's ?
RE: How does this compare to Brando's ?
cyn @ 9/27/2002 4:56:23 PM #
They may very well be the same protectors - I purchased two from Brando when I bought my MS - when I get home I'll check the packaging of the unopened second, but I seem to remember a distinctive green color like the innopocket one. That - coupled with the fact that Brando carries many of the same products as innopocket ( I ended up buying my metal case from them instead of Brando since they had a nice usb hotsync/charge dongle that Brando didn't) makes me wonder.

also, the image indicates it comes with only one - which also supports this, as other than these two, the majority of 'screen protector' things are cheaper and sticky and come in multipacks.

UV rays filter

I.M. Anonymous @ 9/27/2002 5:09:26 PM #
Could you comment on the UV rays filter aspect of the protector as printed on the cover of the packaging? I'm curious to see how well it works. I would also like to see some kind of tests measuring UV allowed through the bouncing back action of the sun off the screen. That way I don't need my sunglasses.

It just seems like that is a stretch for a screen protector. The needed to fill that fourth oval on the packaging or something.

Long live Palm OS

RE: UV rays filter
I.M. Anonymous @ 9/27/2002 5:27:47 PM #
The fourth oval is filled...
RE: UV rays filter
I.M. Anonymous @ 9/30/2002 12:04:50 PM #
If there is enough UV that would bounce from the screen to make you worry about sunglasses, this isn't going to help you.

How Many in A Pack?

I.M. Anonymous @ 9/27/2002 5:26:38 PM #
Are these like WriteRights, where a pack has 12 in it?
RE: How Many in A Pack?
Ed @ 9/27/2002 5:33:50 PM #
No, they are $10 each. That's why I'm happy that the ones I'm using now have lasted so well. I realize it has only been about three weeks but both of them still look brand new.

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RE: How Many in A Pack?
LazyT @ 9/28/2002 3:29:39 PM #
Ed - How would you compare these to get rightes??

-Lazy
RE: How Many in A Pack?
Ed @ 9/29/2002 12:24:11 PM #
Sorry, never used 'em. Like I said in the review, I haven't seen a lot of point in full screen protectors until now.

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Also available at glblsrc.om

I.M. Anonymous @ 9/27/2002 5:56:30 PM #
All Innopocket Screen Protectors are also available in Global Source site (http://www.glblsrc.com). Thanks PIC.


Hey how about the G2 protectors?

I.M. Anonymous @ 9/27/2002 6:43:58 PM #
Any comments and how innopocket's screen protectors compare to the G2 from pdascreenprotectors.com? I graduated from using WriteRights to G2 but my only complaint about these is how hard they are to install.

What type?

I.M. Anonymous @ 9/27/2002 7:54:40 PM #
This may be a silly question. Are these "sticky" or "floating" protectors? Maybe I'm just too clumsy, but I have NEVER gotten one of the sticky ones installed correctly (no bubbles).

RE: What type?
Ed @ 9/29/2002 12:23:35 PM #
Sticky.

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RE: What type?
I.M. Anonymous @ 9/29/2002 6:16:00 PM #
I've never been able to get my sticky ones to install without bubbles either, however after about a week of use, the bubbles entirely disappear.

SJ30

UZI4U182 @ 9/27/2002 10:28:23 PM #
I hear that T series screen protectors fit the SJ20/SJ30. Is this true? Because I, like you Ed, don't care too much for Sony's slippery screen. (you should see my S320's screen!) I don't want any single smudge dirt or anything on my SJ30.

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Reusable?

msmasitti @ 9/28/2002 12:24:48 AM #
Hey Ed,

Some screen protectors I've seen or washable and reusable. Is this so with these?

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How fast I go though pda's!

markgm @ 9/28/2002 12:23:17 AM #
I don't know if the nr70v screen is different, but for some reason I didn't put a screen protector on the screen which I have had for about 3 monthes and there is not a scratch. On my N610 and N760, as well as my Vx and Visor, it seemed that breathing too heavily would cause a scratch (the problem was worse on the Sony models.) It seems that Sony has found the right stuff to make the screen out of.

RE: How fast I go though pda's!
I.M. Anonymous @ 9/28/2002 3:56:20 AM #
You're lucky! My three week old NR70 has a grafitti area covered in fine scratches. You can actually hear the stylus moving over them.

Nushield

sc20 @ 9/28/2002 1:28:16 AM #
anyone use nushield or the "non-sticky" ones that have little wings that you put on top of your screen? how do they compare?



RE: Nushield
I.M. Anonymous @ 9/30/2002 6:03:35 PM #
I'm using the Nu Shield and hate them. But I'm too cheap to replace yet. The screen is somewhat hazy (I've tried both sides on one protector to no avail). I too touch my screen alot, and smudges show (though not as bad as glass).

I won't be reordering these. Maybe InnoPocket or G2.

RE: Nushield
pdamaniac @ 6/16/2003 10:02:14 PM #
NuShield has introduced a new film that is now crystal clear and lasts for over 6 months at a time without the need to replace. It is very smooth to write on and does not create air bubbles or sticks to the screen. Definitely the best value for the money.

Available for the m100 series?

Strider_mt2k @ 9/28/2002 2:50:38 PM #
Are these available for the m100 series?


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Anyone seen those hologram privacy screen-protectors

I.M. Anonymous @ 9/29/2002 11:18:36 AM #
I am looking for screen-protectors that I read about once here @ PIC. The had some kind of hologram that wouldn't show the screen content to someone whose view-angle would be to the side of the Palm. Sort of a privacy screen protector. I remember they showed some kind of black background and green vertical chains whenever you were not able to see the screen. I've been using the Google search feature, to see if I could find them, but had no luck since I don't remember the name of the product. Any help available from Ed, or any of the readers... PLEEEEEEEAAAAAASE!
RE: Anyone seen those hologram privacy screen-protectors
Ed @ 9/29/2002 12:22:30 PM #
RE: Anyone seen those hologram privacy screen-protectors
I.M. Anonymous @ 9/30/2002 11:18:07 AM #
I have one and it is really useless. Unless you hold the PDA in front of you perfectly, you will see the hologram instead of what you want to see. It may keep prying eyes away, but it will also keep you from seeing what you intend to view as well. Also, the plastic is so thick that I can't view my Palm III's screen in daylight very well with it on. Plus the bubbles under it drive me nuts. And it's pretty pricey.

Better than Fellowes WriteRights?

I.M. Anonymous @ 9/29/2002 1:10:05 PM #
WriteRights used to have a texture to them that was great for writing, but now they're made smooth and wear out quicker.

Are these smooth or is there a texture?

what about tablet pc's

drw @ 9/29/2002 11:53:47 PM #
Seems like pda makers should either ship products that don't routinely scratch or ship them with screen protectors in the box.

What about tablet pc's that have a writeable screen. Clearly a screen that size would be difficult if not impossible to cover with plastic and not have any bubbles. So, if they have solved the problem of scratches, perhaps the pda industry could borrow that technology.

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RE: what about tablet pc's
I.M. Anonymous @ 9/30/2002 12:09:53 PM #
They have solved the problem? Or are you assuming that they have?
RE: what about tablet pc's
I.M. Anonymous @ 9/30/2002 8:52:55 PM #
>"They have solved the problem? Or are you assuming that they have?"<

He said *IF* they have solved the problem. That's not an assumption, that's saying "if". Try reading before you spew.

RE: what about tablet pc's
orb2069 @ 9/30/2002 11:10:13 PM #
>So, if they have solved the problem of scratches...
(See http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/tabletpc/productinfo/sysreq.asp)

One of MS' requirements for Tablet PCs is that they use electro-magnetic based digitizers (Like Wacom tablets.) instead of pressure sensitive ones, like PDAs use. So, they'll probably have a much 'harder' face (EX: glass, or plexi) than PDAs, and probably scratch less than the plastic digitizers on the face of PalmOS PDAs.

The reason they don't use these in PDA's already are many-fold, and range from convenience (No selecting with your fingernail/pencap/nose...) to power issues (Two radio recievers! Yay! I can watch the battery gauge move!) to price (IIRC, much, much higher cost. Even small 'no-name' taiwanese radio digitizer tablets for PC's mostly cost @$x00/ea.)

But, of course, Microsoft dosen't care - They don't have to BUILD the hardware, they just spec it. If the battery life sucks, or a stylus replacement costs $25, Oh well.

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