Even though the iPhone 6S Plus sports “Dual Ion Exchange strengthened glass” (whatever that means), I still don’t want to take a chance with scratching my phone’s screen. I could use a glass protector, but those have edges that stick up and fall short of the iPhone’s curved glass. My near total coverage solution? The Just Mobile AutoHeal screen protector.
Just Mobile AutoHeal™ is the full-coverage screen protector for iPhone, made from next-generation auto-healing smart materials – with an advanced fingerprint and dust-resistant smooth-touch coating that consigns sticky-feeling screen protectors to the dustbin of history.
There are a couple of differences between the AutoHeal and most other protectors, the first being that it isn’t clear from top to bottom; instead, it has either a white or a black border that framed the screen with cutouts for the Home button, speaker, and the other sensors on the iPhone’s screen. The second difference is that because it isn’t glass, the protector can go closer to the screen’s curved edge without lifting or bubbling.
Included in the package are the protector, a microfiber cleaning cloth, and directions.
The main things you need to know are that your screen should be pristinely clean before you begin applying the AutoHeal. You’ll start by peeling off the backside’s cover, and your line it up with the Home button, speaker and sensors on the iPhone’s face.
As you lay the protector down, you’ll want to push out any bubbles with the included microfiber cloth. If you notice any dust or pet hairs under the screen, you can still lift the screen up and use a piece of clear tape to remove the detritus from the sticky side of the protector. Assuming that you got the protector perfectly placed, you can peel off the cover on the front side of the protector.
What you’re left with is as close to full protection as you can possibly get on the curved iPhone screen.
There’s still just a tiny gap on each side where the screen dips down, but as I’ve found with most iPhone 6 Plus cases, this is actually a good thing, as many use the curved screen’s edge to stay on.
Perhaps the best thing about this screen protector is the property that gives it its name: AutoHeal. This thin protector is actually composed of six different layers, as shown in the picture below. So let’s say that you have your phone in your bag, and you throw your keys in; ordinarily, this might result in a random screen scratch.With the AutoHeal protector in place, you may get a scratch, but the protector will actually self-heal, rendering the scratch pretty much invisible.
I had the grand idea of trying to scratch the protector with a key so I could show the before and after as it self-healed. I couldn’t get the protector to scratch without really bearing down on my phone’s screen though, and that’s not a realistic scenario that my phone (or the protector) would ever encounter. So, I’ll just say that the protector is tough, it looks good, and it gives me peace of mind. What more can one ask for?
The Just Mobile AutoHeal Screen Protector retails for $19.95, and it is available directly from the manufacturer.
Source: Manufacturer supplied review sample
What I Like: Easy to install; Covers nearly the entire screen; Self-healing technology to erase scratches should they occur
What Needs Improvement: Nothing