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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Screen Protection! Hiroki's secret water method.

Gadgets these days are getting bigger screens its an undeniable fact. A large screen afterall is needed for all the multimedia functions demanded by today's tech savvy generation. This calls for screen protection because a scratched screen aint pretty.

I think everyones been there and saw a dodgy attempt where theres air bubbles everywhere makes the gadget uncool and also degrades the viewing experience. So that I dont need to wince at the site of dodgy air bubbles on screens ODU has got a secret to offer, Hiroki's own water method! I actually invented this method almost five years ago

At the time I got my first PSP and was worried as hell that I would scratch the screen. Like everyone else my first attempts were futile but I came up with a method which I perfected and could use on phones and nearly any other gadget with a screen.

Okay its time to spill the beans! Todays subject is the Ipod Touch

Okay first of get a good protector dont settle for dodgy ones they are flimsy and the silicon on them is very bad quality. Flimsy silicon seals let dust in and develop air bubbles around the edges of the screen.

Start work inside your bathroom. Yep the bathroom. Providing that you've kept it clean and wipe the surfaces all the time its the cleanest and least dusty place in your house. It is void from carpet to begin with which is a dust magnet. The bedroom is the worst place to put on a protector its got dust, skin cells, minute cloth fibre and nearly anything tiny you can think of.

The package was bought from the Apple Store. This set costs $20 which is the price I would pay for one protector for my cell phones.

Firstly wash your hands with a liquid soap if its suitable for the hands its mild enough for a later step.

Have an optics grade cleaning cloth ready. these cloths are made from microfibre and dont grow lint or dustballs.

For emphasise there was nothing wrong with my Ipod's protector to begin with

Okay lets take it off

Have a glasses cleaning spray ready

Spray the screen with the solution to wipe away any grime or dust.

On final inspection have the Ipod at least this close to your face to see if theres any stubborn dust particles and wipe them off

Okay its time to put the new one on!

Using the hand soap from earlier on clean the adhesive side of the protector (sometimes these protectors have been sealed with dust in them). The adhesive side is made from silicon which stays on by static it wont effect its ability to cling to the screen.

After washing away the soap hold the protector like this and flap as much water away as possible

Now its time to put it on. Trace around the circle so that its a perfect fit. Be really careful with this step you dont want water or soap to go into the gaps.

Okay the protector is on by now u probably think u got ripped off have no fear those are merely water bubbles not the dreaded dust trapped air bubbles that you see on the street.

Using the optics grade micro fibre cloth push the water out of the seams of the protector have the cloth ready by the time it reaches the seams to wipe away the water. If you got a good protector the film will stay on when you are pushing the water out.

By now we are down to three bubbles repeat the process above

And wallah this is the end product!

And we got a spare one for renewal. Although they say these protectors are reusable I tend to only use them once and replace them every two years. Having spares ready is handy if you still have the device when its out of manufacture.

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