Do you have liquid protection?
Our electronic world, for all of the new abilities it can give us, is infinitely more fragile than it once was. Some modern devices literally shatter when dropped a few feet. Hell, even the more robust devices in our silicon armories can still look like sadness and poo after one good smack on a concrete sidewalk.
Enter Dynaflo, with a liquid (yeah, liquid), spray-on screen-protector. This "Liquid-Armor" runs a bit on the expensive side at $24.99, but the fact that it you can use it on any screen definitely enhances the utility.
Included in an order of this strange acetone-scented magic-juice is a microfiber cloth to both clean and help apply the substance, as well as a small spray container about the size of a bottle of breath spray.
To apply, you use one side of the cloth to clear the screen of fingerprints and dust, then spray across the entire surface. Before it dries, spread the liquid with the reverse side of the cloth, wait about ten minutes, and then wipe down with the first side again.
If you finish that process correctly, Dynaflo claims that your screen will be twice as scratch resistant as it would be using a standard screen protector. Allegedly, the coating also helps prevent the build-up of dust and finger prints for up to six months.
While I obviously didn't have six months to test this stuff, I did allow my electronics to sit around for a few weeks without their daily dusting, and it seemed to work pretty well. Two televisions that were left side by side showed substantive differences between their respective dust buildups.
Fingerprint tests yielded similar results. While it didn't make those annoying ridges on the case of my glossy black tech totally disappear, their severity was noticeably reduced.
Testing claims of scratch-resistance was a bit more difficult. I didn't have two identical devices I could try this out on. Instead, I just went about my daily life and waited for the inevitable collision between my phone and the planet.
Thankfully, unlike the last time I dropped my poor Galaxy Nexus, the phone picked up no scratches, and seemed to be completely fine -- despite hitting some fairly coarse concrete. I'll count that as a win.
While it may be a bit odd, it does seem that Liquid Armor lives up to the manufacturer's big words. As I mentioned earlier, as screen protectors go, it is on the expensive side, but the bottle had enough solution to coat three laptops, two televisions (24"), the aforementioned Galaxy Nexus, and a Nintendo DS. So it's certainly possible to get your money's worth, on top of the flexibility of applying it to more than one kind of screen.
Overall, I'd definitely give it a recommendation if you're a stickler for electronic cleanliness, or are really paranoid and have a dozen or so smartphones. Either way, if you pick this up, you likely won't be disappointed.
reviewed by Daniel Starkey