Review: Spigen SGP GLAS.t Screen Protector New iPad

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by agallowa, Jul 25, 2012.

  1. agallowa macrumors regular

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    Spigen has been on the scene for a while now and they always seem to deliver the goods no matter what device you may have. That reputation definitely follows suit with the GLAS.t screen protector we have the pleasure to feature today. For me personally I have always been on the lookout for the perfect screen protector as I usually prefer to protect my devices with the most minimal amount of bulk as possible. While there are plenty of other screen protectors out there to choose from I never consistently kept them on just because of the dreaded bubble or reduction in clarity of the screen that just downgrades the whole experience of using that shiny new Apple gadgetry. Things are about to be flipped on their head however with the introduction of the GLAS.t Premium Tempered glass screen protector. To put it simply there is not another screen protector out there period that is going to be this nice. There is a reason why the GLAS.t cost more than twice as much as your normal screen protector.

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    The thing that makes the GLAS.t so unique is the fact that it’s made of tempered glass and not vinyl or plastic. I shouldn’t even need to tell you what that means for your iPad’s screen and the extra protection that’s going to give your from the dreaded scratch or small drop. After removing the screen protector from the box you can see right away how high the quality of the glass is and just how thin it is while still having enough rigidity to properly protect your iPad’s retina screen. The GLAS.t is 0.4mm thick which seems like it’s the sweet spot in between not being too thick and just thick enough to give that needed protection.

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    Installing the GLAS.t is basically a one shot deal. I must admit this can be a little nerve racking but I actually found the install to be fairly easy. Since the only cutout you align up straight is the home button I was actually able to install the screen protector fairly easily in seconds without sweating bullets. Once you have it placed properly you just press gently with your finger in the middle of the screen and the strong silicon adhesive does most of the work for you and attaches to your iPad in a breeze.

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    Once installed the outcome is simple stunning. It as if there is no screen protector present when looking at the screen either on or off. The GLAS.t has the same oleophobic coating that the iPads screen shares so the look and feel of to the touch is exactly the same. I cannot emphasize enough how great the GLAS.t looks on the iPad’s retina screen. There is absolutely no decrease in clarity to be seen at all. Even at the closest of distances the iPad’s retina screen is still crystal clear which cannot be said by any other screen protector out there today.

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    The only issue I had at all with the GLAS.t was that I could not get a few small bubbles to come out from around the border of the iPad. Even though they are very faint I still do want to mention them and they have not disappeared over a week now. While this is not an issue with a white iPad as shown since it’s much harder to see, I could see this being a nagging problem for a black iPad as it would be much easier to see those flaws around the border. The actual screen itself is flawless with not a bubble or flaw to be seen.

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    The fitment of the GLAS.t is right on the money all the way around. I have not used a screen protector period that has been this accurate as far as dimensions go which is welcomed with open arms. I cannot tell you how many installs I have done where you try and try with all you’re might but the fitment of the screen protector just don’t line up making it unusable. Not the case with the GLAS.t though it wears the crown in this aspect as well.

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    Since the GLAS.t is thicker than your average screen protector there is a slight crevasse to be seen on your home button. I know with their iPhone 4 version of the GLAS.t they provide various home button adapters to make the fitment flush but for some reason they don’t with the iPad. Hopefully that changes soon as that is a needed addition in my opinion but overall doesn’t detract from using the iPad it’s just something I think they should have included for the price you pay.

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    The only way of telling the GLAS.t is installed is by holding the iPad sideways and you can slightly see the raised edge around the trim of the iPad. This is a good thing as it basically morphs into the iPad making it nearly invisible.

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    I have to say I had high hopes for the GLAS.t and just about every one of them was met. This is by far the best screen protector money can buy for the New iPad from the high grade materials to the OEM fit and finish everything is just perfect. I would recommend the GLAS.t in a heartbeat to anyone who wants to buy one screen protector that will last the life of their device under proper use and also not take away from the beauty that is the New iPad’s retina screen.
     
  2. h1r0ll3r macrumors 68040

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    Thanks for the review. Been half tempted to get this for my iPad however the biggest thing for me is the price of this thing. $70 for a case, ok. $70 for a screen protector seems a tad much. However it does look good on there.
     
  3. agallowa thread starter macrumors regular

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    I agree the price is definetly steep but to me its totally worth it. Think of it as a lifetime investment for the device as long as you own it that wont bring down the original feel of the retina screen.
     
  4. DocGo macrumors member

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    I agree that the price is steep but it is worth it for me. The screen feels like it is the original screen but I know my real screen is protected.
    I also have this on my iPhone 4S and Samsung Note.
     
  5. Breezer23 macrumors member

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    ENjoy it when it starts randomly chipping along the edges and the refuse to replace it.
     
  6. LittleGwen macrumors 6502

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    Man.. i REALLLLY wanna get this one... looks really nice. been thinking of getting this one for my iPhone as well. Love the idea and it's gonna feel like I'm swiping the original glass instead of a screen protector. Bit hesitant because of the price but I guess since it's made of glass and not plastic, I shouldn't expect a cheap price. But still... if only... :p
     
  7. Xultar macrumors 6502a

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    Please keep us posted on how it goes after 30, 60, 90 days of use.
     
  8. agallowa thread starter macrumors regular

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    I definetly will keep you posted as the days go on. I'm curious myself to see how it holds up considering everyone's bad comments after long use.
     
  9. iPhoneApple macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the review! Might have to get one.


    P.S: Can you post the wallpaper you are using?
     
  10. agallowa thread starter macrumors regular

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    Here you go:

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  11. iPhoneApple macrumors 6502

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    Thanks!
     
  12. Breezer23 macrumors member

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    Thanks for sharing the wallpaper. Have you started experiencing any edge chipping yet? Again, I'm only curious as it was a HUGE problem for the one on my dads iPhone. It ended up leading to hairline cracks on the screen. Spigen's (SGP) response was that it's recommended you use a case and therefore wouldn't replace it under warranty. Only after I had AMEX revoke the funds did they offer a replacement. Of course, the most they'd give me was the Ultra Crystal Film.

    If they did that to me after spending $70, rather than the $28 the iphone version costs, I would be unbelievably angry.
     
  13. agallowa thread starter macrumors regular

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    After using it for a month I haven't any signs of chipping or wear at all. I guess I will have to just wait and see if things change down the road but as of now everything is perfect.
     
  14. Breezer23 macrumors member

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    I'll show you some pictures of what happened. This is his work phone. It spends the entire day on his desk or in a cupholder in his car.

    Here was their customer service response:

     

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  15. DKatri macrumors 6502

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    To be fair though the phone one probably does need a case over it. You are just carrying round glass. I expect the iPad one won't chip as much because the iPad isn't going to live in anyones pocket next to their keys and/or wallet.

    I was wondering though, how does this case play with the smart cover? Does it impede the magnets, either on the side or the sleep/wake one?
     
  16. agallowa thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ditto on the iPhone pocket comment. I haven't had one issue or complaint with the iPad version shown with or without a smart cover or any other slim case. I know a lot of people are ripping the GLAS.t but I couldn't be more happy with it in e Rey way possible.
     
  17. Breezer23 macrumors member

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    At the time when this was purchased there was no warning or statement saying it was required.
     
  18. dwa2011 macrumors regular

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    Just wanted to put my review of this screen protector out there. If anyone is consider buying one, I would HIGHLY recommend it. It is pretty much equivalent to a warranty on your screen.

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    Thanks guys! Hope you enjoy!
     

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