HTC Hero / G2 Touch Screen Protector (SP P260) Review

by Hero on August 13, 2009

in Accessories,Featured Content,Hands On,Reviews

HTC Hero Screen Protector SP P260For those that don’t know, HTC actually manufacture their own screen protectors as well as amazing handsets. We were sent HTC’s screen protector for the Hero / G2 Touch (SP P260) from the guys over at MobileFun.co.uk to review. Mobile Fun is one of the largest UK retailers dedicated to mobile phone accessories.

I was a bit apprehensive about this particular review as I’ve tried installing screen protectors on phones in the past, with quite awful results. Whether it be alignment issues or lots of bubbles caught under the plastic, often I’ve just ended up removing it altogether.

HTC Hero Screen Protector SP P260

HTC Hero Screen Protector SP P260

However, it’s been a while since I last tried, so I was determined to make amends this time round. The product comes packaged with two screen protectors (just in case one gets messed up I guess!) As it’s made by HTC, it has been custom designed for the Hero.

HTC Hero Screen Protector SP P260

The actual application process was very simple. Make sure you are in a dust free area (kitchens are ideal), clean the screen and then slowly apply the protector from top to bottom. I aligned the top first to make sure it was straight and then slowly peeled off the plastic whilst ensuring there were no bubbles. These protectors do not need any liquid or anything else and it’s much simpler for it.

HTC Hero Screen Protector SP P260

HTC Hero Screen Protector SP P260

HTC Hero Screen Protector SP P260

What I did find though is that the Hero’s screen has curved edges, but the plastic has straight edges. This means the corners overlap the curves marginally. It’s not by much, but it would have been better if HTC had noted this small point. You can of course cut little curves yourself before applying the protector, I was half way applying it when I noticed!

HTC Hero Screen Protector SP P260

The end result is something I’m reasonably proud of. It’s not perfect, but considering the results I’ve had in the past, I was actually quite happy with the results. One corner has a little bubble, but the main thing is that the rest of it is smooth and bubble free.

HTC Hero Screen Protector SP P260

HTC Hero Screen Protector SP P260

For those of you that might be wondering, the protector does in no way hinder the responsiveness of the touchscreen. I’ve found no difference in navigating my G2 Touch from before applying the protector.

The SP P260 screen protector does come recommended. A nice touchscreen phone like this should be protected from scratches and knocks etc and this one does the job well. If you are interested, head over to Mobile Fun where you can pick it up for £9.95 + p&p. They deliver across Europe too.

HTC Hero Screen Protector SP P260

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Michael August 17, 2009 at 7:57 PM

Great blog mate, keep up the good work. I’ve just bought the T-mobile G2 Touch off ebay. Should arrive tomorrow.

2 Joe L September 9, 2009 at 10:07 PM

Wow, £9.95 for 2 clear stickers – ouch :\

Thanks for the review though (particularly the good photos!)

3 Daniel Fernandes September 14, 2009 at 7:29 AM

HTC phones are simply superb. The HTC Hero G2 Touch is a very well designed phone. It has all basic features like bluetooth, MMS, Wi-fi, camera etc. Call quality is excellent, messaging is easy and fun. Camera is of poor quality.

4 Giselle November 10, 2009 at 3:07 PM

Hi,

I bought these screen protectors, but, woefully, found them impossible to apply – misaligned and dust and bubble full. Seems like they should send you some pratice ones with the pack!

5 Hero November 10, 2009 at 6:37 PM

The trick is to make sure the screen is cleaned with a lint-free cloth. Then slightly peel the sticker back on the protector and align the sticky part with the top of the screen. Once you’ve done this, you should simply be able to apply the protector downwards whilst peeling the rest of the sticker off.

There’s loads of good tutorials on YouTube that are worth checking out! :)

6 Galba March 12, 2010 at 11:38 AM

I found these ones, a bit cheaper than the ones from mobile fun. I’ve not received them yet so I don’t know if they are genuine HTC ones. http://www.handtec.co.uk/product.php?xProd=2161

7 Carl56 June 13, 2010 at 9:48 PM

Nice blog, I found the bathroom to be an ideal place to install my Hero’s full body protector, no dust there and ample access to water. As for the full body protector, I got mine from http://www.gadgetshieldz.com for around 7$, thats not bad when you consider free shipping and the fact that the competition is charging almost 4 times the amount for the same thing!

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