Review and Update: Cinder .2mm Edge to Edge Gorilla Glass Screen Protector for iPhone 6 Plus

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  1. kgenova macrumors 6502a

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    As some of you know, I had the chance to review a pre-production version of the iPhone 6 version of the Cinder screen protector back in May, and I was quite impressed. Install was smooth, and the results were impressive in terms of fit, coating and optical clarity. Cinder didn't have an iPhone 6 Plus version of its product available for me to review at the time, but they finally sent me one a few days ago. According to them, this is the same version as the one that is currently being shipped out to its Indiegogo backers.

    Overall, I am very impressed with the product. Like the iPhone 6 version I previously tested, installation was very easy. The only hard part is lining up the screen protector correctly--for some reason, I find that even more difficult on edge-to-edge screen protectors than on non-edge-to-edge models--but other than that, the Cinder screen protector was very easy to get on. Bubbles were very few and very easy to remove. Once on, I was quite pleased with the fit, and the oleophobic coating was a pleasure to touch. Optical clarity seemed excellent. At .2 mm, the Cinder adds very little thickness to the iPhone.

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    This is a great screen protector for you if you use your iPhone without a case. With a case, however, things can become a bit more difficult. As many of you know, case compatibility is problematic with edge-to-edge screen protectors. With the Cinder being so thin, I had hoped things would be better, but they were still rather limited. As I mentioned before, in my previous Cinder review, I was using my daughter's iPhone 6 to test out the Cinder, and her case selection was rather small. Of the two cases she had available--the Thule Atmos X3 and the Magpul Field Case--both had no trouble fitting, and I was very encouraged. With the iPhone 6 Plus version of the Cinder, I had access to many more cases to try it with. To my disappointment, however, I didn't find very widespread case compatibility. As with my daughter's 6 Plus, I found that the Thule Atmos X3 and the Magpul Field Case fit fine. Other cases that worked well were the Doc Artisan Sport Wallet Case, the Kavaj Dallas Case, the Zoogue Social Pro, and the Adopted Leather Folio. Cases that didn't work with the Cinder were the Thule Atmos X4 (minus its own integrated screen protector), Speck CandyShell Grip, RhinoShield Crash Guard, Spigen Tough Armor, and Griffin Survivor Core.

    Overall, I think that the Cinder is an excellent screen protector. Case compatibility is an issue, but it is an issue with every edge-to-edge screen protector that I have tested, and I think the Cinder has the best case compatibility of any of those edge-to-edge screen protectors.

    Thanks, and I hope this is helpful!

    Kristin
     
  2. frifra macrumors 6502a

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    Thank you very much for your review.

    I guess that is rather an assumption? There is no sign yet of shipment.

    Is there a reason that you don't have any pictures (nor video) where the home button and the cutouts on the top are shown? If not, would you mind taking some and making sure, that the camera is right above them, so that the center of the picture shows the cut outs? I am just wondering how precise they are - thank you.
     
  3. kgenova thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well, according to the latest update I read in the other Cinder thread, they were scheduled to start assembling the shipments as of yesterday, so that is what I was basing my statement on. You are correct in that it is an assumption--I am not privy to their inner workings.

    Here are some pictures that will hopefully help you see the fit of the home button and speaker:

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    Thanks,

    Kristin
     
  4. frifra macrumors 6502a

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    Wow that was quick! Thank you.

    I did not mean to offend you regarding the shipping. It's just that they delayed it a couple of times and then said it would happen yesterday (update #xxx) and still nobody even has a shipping number yet.

    EDIT: Could it be that the protector is a little to low? It looks like that at the home button. On the other hand, I guess, it would still be fine, as one always touches the home button from the bottom, so there is then a little bit more space for the thumb.
     
  5. kgenova thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It's OK, I'm not offended :) They are not the best communicators out there :)

    I had already taken the pictures of the home button and the speaker cut-out--the only reason why I didn't post them before is that I didn't think they came out all that well. It's hard to photograph the iPhone screen directly--you get lots of reflection. Hope they were helpful, though!
     
  6. scjr macrumors 68000

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    Great video review and pictures, Kristin!

    I know Cinder says it's compatible with the CandyShell Grip, but it didn't work here as well. ZooGue and Magpul were fine. I'm currently running around with a non edge-to-edge, because periodically I like using the CS Grip.
     
  7. kgenova thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks!

    This may be iPhone model dependent. Perhaps some of these cases work with Cinder on the 6, but not the 6+.

    Kristin
     
  8. scjr macrumors 68000

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    Great observation!
     
  9. mgerla macrumors newbie

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    Hi Kristin,

    do you know if the Cinder fits with the original Cases from Apple (silicone and leather) ? I have an iPhone 6 (4,7") not the Plus version.

    Best regards from Germany.

    Matthias
     
  10. kgenova thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    From my personal experience, I don't know. I don't have either case to try the Cinder with. However, on the Cinder Indiegogo page, both the silicone and leather cases are listed as having been tested to work with Cinder.

    Thanks!

    Kristin
     
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    I wonder how they would work with the atoms x3 considering it is "off" the screen so much
     
  12. frifra macrumors 6502a

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    @kgenova

    Could you messure the thickness of the protector with a caliper if possible?
    Thank you
     
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  14. kgenova thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry, it's not on my iPhone anymore. I had to move on to reviewing other screen protectors.

    Kristin
     
  15. kgenova thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks!
     
  16. frifra macrumors 6502a

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    Thank you for the quick reply. So, does it mean you threw it or still have it? You could only measure it anyways if it would be of your phone.
     
  17. kgenova thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That's true...I wasn't thinking...but I don't have any calipers, and I'm not sure whether I still have it. I did some major housecleaning recently, and I may or may not have thrown it away--I can't remember...

    I'm sorry I can't be more helpful :(
     
  18. frifra macrumors 6502a

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    Haha Thank you. While cleaning you should have just washed the Cinder :)
     
  19. kgenova thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    :)
     
  20. Polaroid macrumors 6502a

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    Why cant they sell to UK yet :( wont even let me buy via email and pay through Paypal.
     
  21. Mactaculious macrumors regular

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    Question, how do yo actually wash and dry the Cinder as it's stated it's reusable and washable?
     
  22. kgenova thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    No idea. It is certainly reusable in that you can transfer it from one phone to another--I did that with no problem, taking it off one iPhone 6 and putting it directly onto another one. The adhesive re-adhered with no problem. As far as washing it, however, my question has always been how the drying would work (how would you dry it without dust getting on the protector during the drying process--assuming you don't have access to a cleanroom), and I've never gotten an answer from the manufacturer on that.
     
  23. Mactaculious macrumors regular

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    I see. What is the best way to take it off?
     
  24. kgenova thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Just gently peel it back off the screen. I usually start at the top...
     
  25. Mactaculious macrumors regular

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    So just use your fingernail and gently work it off?
     

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