Ghost Armor Protective Shell Review

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I’ve seen protective adhesive products on the market so I decided to give one a try and the product I installed, or had installed, was Ghost Armor

Ghost Armor has an industry leading military grade adhesive designed to protect your electronic devices. The product is installed using a liquid formula to clean you phone and activate the adhesive on the back of the clear cover. Once installed, your device is dried in an air dryer chamber to ensure that everything is full adhered to your device. This process is only performed if you go to one of the many stores around the country who sell the product and provide installation service. You can simply purchase the product yourself over the Internet or at a store and perform the installation at home. I chose to have the installation done at the store expecting the final results to be better than if performed by an amateur installer. As you’ll find out, the end result did end up being good but the process to get there was less than satisfactory.

Ghost armor is available for most major phones and many other electronic devices such as Microsoft Zunes and Apple iPods and you can browse the full list on the Ghost Armor web site and also purchase your own installation kit.

I went to the Ghost Armor vendor located in Gurnee Mills Mall, Gurnee, IL and talk to one of the sales / installation people who was very helpful. I was able to see lots of demo units, have a quick demo of the protection in action and watch a very cheesy video. I handed over my money and was told my phone would be ready in about 15 to 20 minutes.

I decided to hang around and watch the installation being done and all in all it looked fairly straightforward. He removed the back from the phone and did the installation of back protection separate from the phone. This was probably a good choice and I would recommend this for anyone at home doing their own installation. He first sprayed the solution from his bottle onto the phone and gave everything a real good clean. Another quick spray and he started to apply the protective shell. With the liquid sprayed onto the phone, the shell could be fairly easily moved around after he had placed the shell approximately in position. There is also a supplied rubber wedge that is used to scrape down the shell and remove any potential bubbles from underneath.  He appeared to do an excellent job as he worked around the phone removing any bubbles and molding the shell around the edges. During the steps he would dry the phone a little more in the air drying units they had at the kiosk. After a couple of minutes in the dryers he would take the phone out, press down more of the edges until the whole phone was nicely wrapped. Finally he placed in the phone in the dryers for another 5 minutes or so.

I would say that the whole process took around 30 minutes, but that was fine with me as my phone was now protected from any minimal miss-haps. He wrapped the phone in a paper towel and asked me not to use it for a further 30 minutes to ensure that everything had fully adhered.

After 30 minutes, I removed my phone from the paper towel and everything looked great apart from some hazing under the shell which is normal as they had already explained to me. You’re supposed to leave the phone for 24 hours before making your final inspection as it takes time for all the solution to fully dry and complete its process.

The following day I started checking the phone more thoroughly and although the entire product had dried, the hazing disappeared I had one edge on the face of the phone that had lifted a little. I went back to the kiosk the next day.

This where the problems arose!

I spoke to different guy at the booth and he said “Oh yeah, that’s an easy fix, give me a few minutes” Well, again I hung around and watched the doing his stuff and it was clear from the start that this guy had no clue. He was lifting edges, stretching the shell, pulling and pushing and ended up ruining the shell on the phone so started to replace the whole thing. It was a nightmare. One and a half hours later I was still there and getting pretty aggravated. Luckily the guy who installed the shell originally showed up, took over and had the whole thing finished in 5 minutes. But…. He had continued with what the first guy had already started and to cut a long story short, the following day when I checked the phone, there where bubbles and marks all over. I called the guys, spoke to obviously experienced guy who did the original install, explained the situation and he asked me to come back once more and he would fix everything. I returned the following, had the install completely re-done and the results are real nice.

I am finally very happy with the product and wanted to share this experience with the rest of the Android Community.

I do recommend the Ghost Armor product, I think it’s real nice and definitely protects my phone from most normal scratches and marks. I’m not 100% convinced that it would protect your phone as much they try to indicate but it sure does a good job. Due to the shape of the G1 and probably a lot of other devices, the corners are still exposed and can still be damaged as before.

Also, I hope you get better support than I did if you have any issues. I sent a complaint using the Contact Us on the suppliers web site after the second install when I was really aggravated and have yet to receive any response.

Here are a few more shots of the final product installed.

About the Author

Simon Walker
I was an IT consultant for 20 years and ran my own web design and development company for an additional 3 years. I have been involved with technology from birth. OK, that maybe an exaggeration, but it sure is a long time. I'm also an avid Home Theater geek and self appointed installer for friends and relatives. My first serious modding of Smart-Phones started with my T-Mobile WING and now Android devices. I'm also a bit of a photographer, although Android has kind of taken over my life and photography has taken a back seat.

  • http://www.madelk.co.uk Mark Dell

    Glad you got your skin straight in the end, but isn’t this a review of one of the vendors rather than the product?

    • http://twitter.com/tjhart85 Tanner Hart

      I know this is old, but others like me might find themselves here now.

      Part of the product is the installation itself, so it’s not really a bad thing to rate the quality of service that you’re likely to experience since most of us only have the one place in our area that will install these things.

      Beyond that, he contacted their corporate office to make them aware that at least one of their installers is wasting time, money and the companies reputation and they didn’t seem to care enough to even send him back a form email stating that they’d look into it. That, to me, is worse than the installer himself not being able to do his job.
      How easy will it be to get them to stand behind their product with their warranty if you can’t even get them to respond to you on a small issue with the installers?

      I’ve actually seen the guys at this kiosk and unlike most the other people in the mall kiosks they actually seem to take the job seriously, which is definitely a plus.

      And, in the end he gave the GA itself a fair review stating that he does recommend it, so I’d have to say that it was just a full review of what you can probably expect from start to finish.

  • http://www.madelk.co.uk Mark Dell

    Glad you got your skin straight in the end, but isn’t this a review of one of the vendors rather than the product?

  • http://none bluenazgul

    I think its the same as invisibleSHIELD, cuz i have invisibleSHIELD on my G1. ;-)

  • SimonNWalker

    Mark.
    You could say it’s a little bit of both.
    You say a “Vendor”, but it was a dedicated Ghost Armor stand so to anyone stopping by, It was Ghost Armor themsleves.

  • SimonNWalker

    Mark.
    You could say it’s a little bit of both.
    You say a “Vendor”, but it was a dedicated Ghost Armor stand so to anyone stopping by, It was Ghost Armor themsleves.

  • http://www.madelk.co.uk Mark Dell

    Not to split hairs, but you did call it a vendor in your review :)

    I’d really like to switch away from my Seidio case as it’s just so bulky, at the same time I just want to wait for a new android device.

  • http://www.madelk.co.uk Mark Dell

    Not to split hairs, but you did call it a vendor in your review :)

    I’d really like to switch away from my Seidio case as it’s just so bulky, at the same time I just want to wait for a new android device.

  • http://www.google.com Superman

    This was pretty tight…hope I can find one in Texas. I wonder if this water-proofs the phone..

  • http://www.google.com Superman

    This was pretty tight…hope I can find one in Texas. I wonder if this water-proofs the phone..

  • BlkBear

    @Superman,

    Nope, in no way, shape form or fashion, do any of the “clear skins” add any extra water resistance to your device. I can still be damaged by moisture with the skins as it could have when you took it out the device out of the box.

    All gaps are still there, all port openings are still unprotected, all mic and speaker holes still uncovered, as is any sliding, hinged, or removable backs or doors.

    These type of skins are just to help reduce scuffs and scratched and minor bangs and dings.

  • BlkBear

    @Superman,

    Nope, in no way, shape form or fashion, do any of the “clear skins” add any extra water resistance to your device. I can still be damaged by moisture with the skins as it could have when you took it out the device out of the box.

    All gaps are still there, all port openings are still unprotected, all mic and speaker holes still uncovered, as is any sliding, hinged, or removable backs or doors.

    These type of skins are just to help reduce scuffs and scratched and minor bangs and dings.

  • Plat

    I’ve had Ghost Armor on my G1 for about 9 months and I have mixed feelings about it. (Got it on two G1′s, wife’s and mine)

    Pro’s:
    - The stuff truly protects your phone. The back of my phone and screen are still flawless, short of a harsh impact your phone is protected.
    - No fading or scratches shown after 9 months (I even tried car keys on it like they advertise in their videos).
    - Doesn’t add any bulk to the phone like acrylic cases.
    - The gloss look makes the phone more attractive than the matte look in my opinion.

    Con’s:
    - After about 6 months some of the corners started to lift. Once dirt got in there there was pretty much no getting them to go away.
    - The very thin piece that goes around the bezel of the screen drove me mad. Every time I put the phone to my ear the edge of the ghost armor would scratch against my ear. After a couple months I just ripped that part of it off and have been smooth sailing ever since.
    - Having to take it to a ghost armor kiosk to get repaired is a pain, and always took longer than the guys projected. Though to be fair they were always professional.

    All in all Ghost Armor is an awesome product, I would get it for my future nexus one! Although if I had to get it again for the G1 I would just get the screen part. The 8 or 9 piece sticker fest that covers the whole G1 is a bit much with a few flaws.

  • Plat

    I’ve had Ghost Armor on my G1 for about 9 months and I have mixed feelings about it. (Got it on two G1′s, wife’s and mine)

    Pro’s:
    - The stuff truly protects your phone. The back of my phone and screen are still flawless, short of a harsh impact your phone is protected.
    - No fading or scratches shown after 9 months (I even tried car keys on it like they advertise in their videos).
    - Doesn’t add any bulk to the phone like acrylic cases.
    - The gloss look makes the phone more attractive than the matte look in my opinion.

    Con’s:
    - After about 6 months some of the corners started to lift. Once dirt got in there there was pretty much no getting them to go away.
    - The very thin piece that goes around the bezel of the screen drove me mad. Every time I put the phone to my ear the edge of the ghost armor would scratch against my ear. After a couple months I just ripped that part of it off and have been smooth sailing ever since.
    - Having to take it to a ghost armor kiosk to get repaired is a pain, and always took longer than the guys projected. Though to be fair they were always professional.

    All in all Ghost Armor is an awesome product, I would get it for my future nexus one! Although if I had to get it again for the G1 I would just get the screen part. The 8 or 9 piece sticker fest that covers the whole G1 is a bit much with a few flaws.

  • psychoace

    I have had my G1 since April of this year. I never installed a skin or even put it in a case. I only installed a screen protector on the phone It has rode bareback in my pockets with keys and other objects for 8 months. It’s been dropped and squished. I just looked took a thorough look at it and I detected a hair of a scratch near the bottom lip of the phone and that is only under the right light. The material used to make this phone does not scratch easily. Even for a black phone it doesn’t show easily either. My phone looks as perfect as it did when I got it. I knew it wouldn’t and I would never waste money on a case for it.

  • psychoace

    I have had my G1 since April of this year. I never installed a skin or even put it in a case. I only installed a screen protector on the phone It has rode bareback in my pockets with keys and other objects for 8 months. It’s been dropped and squished. I just looked took a thorough look at it and I detected a hair of a scratch near the bottom lip of the phone and that is only under the right light. The material used to make this phone does not scratch easily. Even for a black phone it doesn’t show easily either. My phone looks as perfect as it did when I got it. I knew it wouldn’t and I would never waste money on a case for it.

  • Tmogeek

    Waste of money. Used the invisible shield on a BB and had to take it back numerous times to fix peeling issues. Finally just gave up. I’m going naked on my G1 except for a screen protector and letting the scratches fall where they will. It’s just a phone that I’m going to replace every 2 years scratched or not. What’s next? Snuggies for cellphones to keep them warm and cozy?

  • Tmogeek

    Waste of money. Used the invisible shield on a BB and had to take it back numerous times to fix peeling issues. Finally just gave up. I’m going naked on my G1 except for a screen protector and letting the scratches fall where they will. It’s just a phone that I’m going to replace every 2 years scratched or not. What’s next? Snuggies for cellphones to keep them warm and cozy?

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  • Klark

    Lol, they always say, “military grade” as if it’s some kind of secret weapon. Ghost Armor is totally of no use cuz it couldn’t protect against pen scribbling. Seriously, just scribble on Ghost Armor and you’ll see scratch marks. I’ve used Ghost Armor and it does a heck of a good job at acting like an inert layer of air on my phone, in summation: the resistibility of ghost armor is as imaginary as a “ghost”, when you look at the name of the product, it all makes sense.
    I used “Ghost” Armor for about six months and I forgot that I even had a scratch-proof layer on my phone, its use on a phone is pointless. To provide scratch protection to my phone, I switched to using Gadgetshieldz.

  • Troy Tilton

    I’ve had Ghost Armor on my iphone for over a year now. Since I’ve had it I have dropped my iphone on concrete at least 3 times and the glass has never broke. I think Ghost Armor is great but I do recommend having a Ghost Armor employee do the installation.

  • Kathy.jo Peterson

    I spent $75 on this and it started peeling off so I went to MOA and had it replaced and only to have it start peeling a week later. I have been meaning to make a trip to the mall and have it repaired again but today I dropped my phone at about knee level and my phone front broke. I called the mall and customer service and was told I can return it because it has been more than 90 days I spent the $75 on April 18. I have had other cases that cost me $30 I thought that this protection would really protect my phone I am very upset not happy at all. I would not recommend this product to anyone!

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