My Review Of The Belkin $40 Screen Protector With Installation At The Apple Store
I just got an iPhone 11 Pro recently and decided to go full overboard on protection and whoring myself out to Apple. After putting on a $6 screen protector and being unsatisfied with the application and quality, I decided to venture to the Apple Store to see what their deal was all about regarding the Belkin $40 screen protector and proprietary application “machine”. Everything went smoothly, but I wanted to write this to tell you about the pros, cons, and other important details.
– Someone else does it for you
– No bubbles or dust (if done right, I’m sure there are bonehead employees out there who can’t operate the machine)
– Perfect alignment (almost too perfect, read below)
– $40 for a piece of glass that, in all likelihood, is identical to a 3 pack for $6 on Amazon
– Not a full screen cover, leaves the notch exposed. You may like this for the front facing camera, but that’s up to you. I think it just pronounces an already goofy looking design flaw.
– The fit is too good! It’s damn near a replication of the actual screen with a tiny tiny tiny sliver of overflow onto the rest of the front
You may be asking – why is the fit too good a CON? Well, for starters it is felt every time you swipe up, which is obviously all of the time with no home button. Also, since it’s SO close to being the size of the real screen, there’s this weird angle that distorts the OLED brightness because it’s not quite “over” it. Does this make sense? I would prefer a screen protector that covers every single bit up until the case, but I understand that would disable some cases.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW – If you go to the wall of products and select your own screen protector and bring it to the Genius Bar, the genius will simply open it and apply it with his/her own hands.. just like any of us could do. Luckily for me, my genius messed it up and went to the back where he brought out the same protector in a different casing. This one was compatible with their fancy Belkin machines that do it for you.
Overall/TL;DR – Not a bad service. Easily, quick, and expensive. I wouldn’t do it again if my current protector breaks, but it is a nice luxury to have. Please shake down the genius at the store until he/she goes to the back and gets the screen protector that is compatible with their Belkin application device. If they don’t use that, you’re paying $40 for an overpriced piece of glass that will be applied the same way you and I do it – with uncertainty and dust.