A lot has been written about how durable the Moto Z2 Force screen is - and I've really enjoyed the durability of the phone. It's the first phone I haven't felt I needed a case for, and it's been dropped the usual amount of times on concrete, hardwood and more with no damage. However, the screen isn't scratch proof due to the shatter-resistant build. How do I keep it from getting scuffed and scratched?
Simple! I put a tempered glass screen protector on it from Illumishield. They offer a hard glass screen cover that directly fits the Moto Z2 Force, providing scratch protection and a fingerprint resistant cover for the screen. Now, this isn't a recommendation for any specific brand; they were just the first ones I found on Amazon that claimed to support the brand new Z2 Force.
The screen on the Z2 force is made from a layered glass and polycarbonate composition, the exact nature of which is secret to only Motorola. It's definitely shatterproof as I have dropped it from 4+ feet directly onto the screen on concrete. But it's not as hard as the Gorilla Glass screens on other phones and keys or other things can leave scratches in the screen. I've been quite careful to keep the phone in a pocket with nothing else hard - usually behind my leather wallet - but even so a few small marks were becoming visible. So I ordered the tempered glass screen protector.
I've had less than stellar experiences with screen protectors, but the 0.3mm thick Illumishield has been an exception to the rule. Installation is simple - just clean the screen well with the included alcohol wipe, peel off the sticky back, align the protector to the screen, making sure the small 'U' (shown) lines up with the home button, and drop it in place.
Once you drop it in place, start pressing firmly with the microfiber cloth from the center out to remove any air bubbles and adhere the protector to the screen. You won't get all the bubbles out at first, but after a day in your pocket the heat and pressure will force the air out leaving a perfectly clear and smooth surface. A word of warning - do not use anything hard to try to push the bubbles out. As you get close to the edge you can (and will) crack the glass protector. Trust me. I'm glad there were three screen protectors in the package; the first one didn't survive my ham-handed installation where I tried to use the back end of a permanent marker to push out the bubbles.
Screen responsiveness and touch have not been impacted with the screen protector on, and after several weeks there's no sign that the tempered glass will peel up or come loose. I'm quite satisfied with the Illumishield protector and recommend it highly.
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