Review : Spigen SGP GLAS.t Premium Tempered Glass Series Screen Protector for the New iPad
If you own an iPad or any glass-screened device you have most likely had to deal with scratches to the surface at one point or another. It’s one of the worst and sinking feelings one can experience with their expensive tablet or phone, aside from a long fall to the ground. Whether it’s keys, kids, or some random object (I once scratched my iPad by accidentally using the wrong end of a stylus), the glass screen is tough but not tough enough to survive unscathed from everything.
To help with this users have been putting screen protectors on their devices. We’ve all seen them, and many times they are just awful and ruin what is a great experience. The trouble I’ve come to find is that it’s not entirely the fault of the screen protection idea, but with the actual screen protector used. Like anything else, you get what you pay for. If you buy a $10 screen protector you get just that. So when I received the Spigen SGP GLAS.t Premium Tempered Glass Series Screen Protector, read about what it was, and then saw the cost, $70, I knew either it was a total rip-off or that it was going to offer really great protection.
Thankfully, for anyone who bought one, it’s not a rip-off, and it really does offer great protection. Anyone in the market for a screen protector would be wise to check this one out.
The Spigen SGP GLAS.t Premium Tempered Glass Series Screen Protector is just amazingly clear. It really doesn’t impact the images and text on the screen at all. Some protectors have this haze to them, not this one. That’s a huge deal for myself and others. It also isn’t some thin flimsy little sheet of plastic, the Spigen SGP GLAS.t Premium Tempered Glass Series Screen Protector is actual tempered glass. Which means it feels just like the glass screen, so using it doesn’t really feel any different from normal. Again, this is a huge deal as many iPad’s I’ve used with protectors have a horrible stickiness or grip to them.
Installing the protector isn’t hard but isn’t easy either, it just is what it is. You have to start with a clean and fingerprint/smudge free screen. You have to follow the directions to the letter, and you have to take your time. The screen protector comes with all the necessary items to install it, like a cleaning cloth and squeegee, use them. Use them and be sure to get everything off the screen before applying the protector with its adhesive backing. Then use the squeegee, use it a lot, and get it perfectly lined up…otherwise you’re going to be very unhappy. However, when it comes to actually installing the glass-sheet protector, do NOT use excessive force, as this can damage the product, or your iPad, and that would defeat the whole purpose of using it!
In the end, the Spigen SGP GLAS.t Premium Tempered Glass Series Screen Protector is a great protector. You get what you pay for. It’s the best I’ve used. It’s the nicest I’ve used. It provides the best protection without hindering the iPad, and that’s a huge deal. The price is high, but if you’re someone who keeps devices for years and doesn’t like them scratched, or who lets kids use them, the cost is definitely worth it…and they do offer Free Shipping within the United States.
GLAS.t is 0.4mm thick and made with chemically treated, transparent tempered glass.
Surface hardness : 8~9H
The surface of GLAS.t has a hardness of 8-9H, three times stronger than regular PET film. Even shard objects such as knives and keys will not scratch the GLAS.t.
The GLAS.t has an oleophobic coating that prevents fingerprints and other contaminants and makes the film easy to clean.
The GLAS.t is coated on the back with a strong silicon adhesive that makes installation easy and attaches the film firmly so as to not affect the touch screen’s sensitivity.
If broken, GLAS.t breaks into small pieces that are not sharp, making it safer than other glass products.