Before I get into the meat of this review, I should say that I have a love/hate relationship with screen protectors. I’ve been burned by them in the past, and while I’m still a tad bitter and apprehensive, I understand the necessity of having them on your device.

That being said, let’s talk about the Fosom Anti-Glare Matte Screen Protector I just put on my BlackBerry Z30 a couple of days ago.

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What is it?

The Fosom Anti-Glare Matte Screen Protector is a… screen protector… that is anti-glare… and has a matte finish to it. It also features a non-adhesive backing that claims it won’t leave a sticky residue when you remove it, as well as an included cleaning cloth and application card.

The Good

In the past, I’ve used screen protectors on different devices because I believed it was necessary in order to prevent scratches on  the screen. As technology improved, screens became more and more scratch resistant, so a screen protector didn’t seem all as necessary as it did in the past. Plus I had a bad experience with one on my Z10 that ended with me applying Goo Gone for several days in order to get rid of all the residue. I went without one for the longest time, but I finally got tired of all the fingerprints, dirt, and smudges on my screen. A guy can only wipe down his phone so many times before he starts looking a bit on the obsessive side. I found these little gems over on Amazon and thought I would give them a try.

I’ve never used a screen protector that had a matte finish to it, and I must say that it’s quite pleasant. It gives the phone a different look to it that is sleek and clean. The anti-glare is pretty spot on. I didn’t realize my screen had a glare problem until I put the protector on and saw how much glare it cut out.

The Bad

Here is where my issues with screen protectors are brought to the forefront. It’s the same with all of them; no matter what they say, putting screen protectors on is a pain in the butt. Maybe it’s my borderline OCD like tendencies, maybe I’m way too much of a perfectionist, or maybe screen protector application is a royal pain. It took me no less than 15 minutes to put the dang thing on my phone. I kept putting it on and peeling it off and putting it on and peeling it off and it was always slightly mis-aligned. Or there was one speck of dust on my screen that I hate to wipe off. Or the bubbles wouldn’t disappear no matter how much I used the little application card. It’s a pain in the butt putting screen protectors on, and this one was no different.

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Fosom says this is a screen protector that is custom made for the Z30, however it’s actually a little bit too small for my screen. There a slight border of unprotected screen on the sides and top. It’s no more than a couple of millimeters, but I feel a little cheated nonetheless.

Buy It?

Here’s the thing. Screen protectors are, in my opinion, the dirty plunger of the smartphone industry. You wish you didn’t need to have them, but they’re a necessary evil that are mostly a pain to deal with. If you’re going to get a screen protector, it might as well be one that is only $3.97 for a three pack on Amazon.