Best ETE 3D screen protector?

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by soog, Apr 5, 2016.

  1. soog macrumors newbie

    Apr 5, 2016
    I've scoured all of the threads on here and can't seem to find a consensus. I'm curious what everyone thinks the best ETE 3D screen protector is. I feel like the two I keep seeing that are held in high regard are the Ice Max 3D and the IMOS solid v2. Cinder unfortunately gets lots of mediocre reviews.

    Now what scares me about all of these is that they ALL claim to use Corning gorilla glass. There was a bit of a todo a while back where it turned out Corning stated cinder does not use gorilla glass. I reached out to Corning on my own and they told me that they do not license their gorilla glass to ANY so manufacturers, meaning every one of these manufacturers is lying.... Their response below:

    Thank you for your inquiry. Corning Gorilla® Glass is a cover glass designed into consumer electronic devices. I can confirm that the Gorilla Glass brand has not been authorized for use with screen protectors. ​

    The Gorilla Glass Team​

    In the end I guess it doesn't matter what they use as long as it works... So any thoughts on the best ETE 3D SP?
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    Also many post initial thoughts but don't follow up with how they hold up months later. I'd love to know which screen protectors hold up the best over time.
  2. 10-Dee-Q macrumors 6502

    May 10, 2006
    Bandung, West Java, Indonesia & Singapore
    there's a thread somewhere that discussed about this .
    and it's proven that the ice max, cinder, etc didnt use gorilla glass at all
    thus they were ordered to change the packaging and left out the corning gorilla glass descreption on their packaging.
    but the IMos is really using corning gorilla glass,
    it says on the packaging as gorilla glass, they source their glass material from a company that makes the glass from corning,
    basically their materials is the same as corning gorilla glass.
    i've used and tested most of them, and indeed the iMos is the most scracht resistant among all of them.
  3. blaine07 macrumors 68000

    Nov 14, 2014
  4. willmtaylor macrumors G3


    Oct 31, 2009
    A Natural State
    There's a difference between Corning licensing their glass and manufacturers using their glass. Even Apple/Corning aren't open about their relationship, but it's there.

    Point is, these products very well could be using Gorilla glass, but they just can't advertise that they are.
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    Oh you found them. Good. What's the problem? ;)

    I actually bought two: one to use and one as a savings account (not dissimilar to gold or silver coinage). Now, I do have to live out of a van down by the river, but boy does my phone look nice.
  5. Brady0123 macrumors member


    Mar 23, 2016
    Could you understand the Chinese?
  6. soog thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 5, 2016
    any other thoughts regarding the best ETE 3D SP?
  7. soog thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 5, 2016
    And has anyone had any experience with the IMOS chipping?
  8. TheIntruder macrumors 6502a


    Jul 2, 2008
    Pragmatically speaking, the best protector will be the one you won't mind replacing (whatever the cost), because chances are, it will be replaced at some point, either initially because of issues like "halos," or later on, if it chips, cracks, halos, dust infiltrates, or looks too much like a lint filter around the edges for your taste. Or even if it's just a plain "oops" accident.

    Apple really made life difficult for the accessory makers with the curved edges of the 6 models' screens.

    Making small, thin sheets of glass conform with the entire screen surface has been difficult, if not impossible, so the accessory makers have had to resort to compromises that bring up issues of their own, like mentioned above.

    I've only had a couple on my 6, one early, and one current, and both have suffered from the same issues.

    Granted, there is the possibility of a holy grail out there that doesn't, but I haven't tried too many of them, nor do I see the value in expending large amounts of money on trying to find and obtain it, for what is basically a sacrificial element anyway.

    The glass protectors on my 5 and iPad have fared much better, and if I remain careful, will likely never need to be replaced.

    I wouldn't expect the same kind of experience with one on a 6, and IMO it makes little sense to spend lots of money on one. $60 for a piece of glass like the Imos? That's just nuts.
  9. soog thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 5, 2016

    Thanks for the thoughtful response. I really appreciate it. So I'm guessing you haven't tried the IMOS? Just wondering if you think it's nuts from experience or based purely on principle.
  10. meiusermanme Suspended

    Jun 27, 2015
  11. TheIntruder, Apr 11, 2016
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    TheIntruder macrumors 6502a


    Jul 2, 2008
    No, I haven't tried it; it's purely on principle. If you're worried about chipping, the best thing to do is to find a case with lip protection. Otherwise, glass is glass, and if left exposed, will be vulnerable.

    But if you want experience, here's mine -- despite a careful and flawless installation, I discovered that dust had found a way to infiltrate the protector and get into the front sensor portals. In an OCD attempt to lift it and blow it out, the glass cracked.

    Mea culpa, but no big deal. It was only about ten bucks. If I had paid sixty, then it wouldn't have been so easy to shrug off.

    Support offered a refund, or to send a replacement, which I opted for. But if this installation doesn't end up as well, or the same problems develop, then I'll probably just live with it and call it a day on iPhone 6 glass protectors.

    Also consider that the ease with which some of these companies offer free replacements, or refunds, boils down not to just good service or customer satisfaction, but also suggests that the product costs to them are minimal, and margins are healthy. Otherwise, they couldn't afford to stay in business.

    If they can afford to do this selling, and replacing, $10 items, what do you suppose it costs them, even when factoring in packaging, etc?

    Is that $43 Imos substantially different than the $10 protector? Not likely. So where does that $33 go?

    Some may not care, but I do, and make my choices accordingly. I'm not averse to paying for good quality, or something truly different, or beneficial, but those priorities don't include this particular type of product.

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