The Xperia X10 sports a mineral glass screen, which is supposed to be scratch resistant. But, Sony Ericsson obviously decided to err on the side of caution and shipped not one, but two screen protectors with the X10i.
The trouble is that the screen protectors shipped by SE are of substandard quality. The one that was pre-installed came off within a week of use. While, the other one was too thick and plasticky (for the lack of a better word). Moreover, the second screen protector also led to a perceptible loss in sensitivity.
Martin Fields is one of the best known screen protector manufacturers in the market. Mobilefun.co.uk was kind enough to offer me a unit.
Martin Fields claims that their screen protector is only 0.2 mm thick. Obviously, I wasn’t able to measure this, but it is definitely quite thin. Installation was a breeze as the screen protector is very well designed and fits the X10 perfectly. The first thing I noticed after installation was that, unlike the bundled screen protectors, the MF didn’t (significantly) reduce the touchscreen sensitivity. The films itself is crystal clear and its surface has a nice texture that gives a pleasant feedback. Most importantly, the screen remains visible even in broad daylight.
Also included in the package is a nifty little lens protector that sits over the lens and protects it from getting permanently damaged.
The Martin Fields screen protector uses light adhesive, and is supposed to be washable and reusable. The protector is also reasonably tough. So far, it hasn’t developed any deep scratches. At the same time, MF is no InvisibleShield. Hairline scratches that are visible on close inspection, are already starting to appear.
On the whole, Martin Fields impressed with its quality. The screen protector is easy to install, fits perfectly, and feels great. You can order the Martin Fields Screen protector from MobileFun, which also has an impressive collection of other X10 screen protectors.