TruGlass screen protector - AMAZING!

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by dg4prez, Dec 13, 2013.

  1. dg4prez macrumors newbie

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    I posted this review up on amazon, but I thought I'd post here too. I cannot believe how much I love this product. It's flawless. I'm new to the forums here as I've only just switched to iphone from Android, though I've used both devices extensively. I review a lot of phones and phone related products. This is, without a doubt, the finest screen protector I've ever put on any phone - and I've tried them all.

    First, a word about what this is. It's real yet flexible glass. my understanding is that this is made up of several thin sheets of glass and a polymer layered together. This makes it flexible and strong and is the reason why it feels so good to the touch. It's real glass, so it's indistinguishable from your phone's screen. So on that aspect alone, this protector is far more pleasant to use than any other flexible screen protector. You essentially forget it's there.

    It's thin as well - .25mm, including the adhesive. That combined with the increased stiffness of the glass material over traditional plastic screen protectors means it is extremely case compatible. Most screen protectors will quickly form bubbles and gaps at the edges when used alongside a case that covers the edges of the display - not a problem here. It is possible to peel the edges up, but it's a lot harder to make happen. I've tested this with several different case brands including Cruzer Lite's Spi-Force case with no problems. Another huge win over standard screen protectors.

    Because it is glass, it's also much more durable. Every screen protector I've come across eventually looks terrible and needs to be replaced. They can only take so much abuse because they're plastic. Tru Glass has a hardness rating of 9H, which means you can throw it in your pocket with your keys, attack it with a knife, what have you. It won't scratch. The only thing that will scratch it are things with an equal rating, such as some other types of glass, diamonds, sand, etc. Essentially, the same durability as your screen. If you take it to the beach or get some sand on it, yeah, it'll probably scratch a bit. The difference, of course, is it's a lot cheaper to replace. Scratch your phone's display and you're out of luck. Scratch this and you still have a perfect phone underneath. My understanding is that because of the layers of glass and polymer this should protect your screen from impacts as well - certainly better than a plastic protector or a naked glass display would do.

    There are other glass protectors on the market, but they're all tempered glass. They are much more difficult to apply properly, do not flex, and tend to shatter with impact. This thing was very easy to apply using the directions provided by Cruzer Lite on their website. I'm going to link them here for easy reference for other customers: http://goo.gl/jP4HEF Because the protector is glass, I do think it'll be a bit trickier to apply than the cheap plastic stuff. Once it's on there, trying to peel it off might damage it. It's resistant to breakage and can flex very well, but I'm pretty sure it'll break if you try and pry it off and re-apply it if you don't do it right the first time. In truth though, I've never seen any screen protectors other than some of the wet apply ones where you can get away with not doing it right the first time.

    That said, their instructions guide you through the steps to making a dust-free space and using something they call the hinge method to perfectly align it. I took everything into my bathroom as they recommend, started up the shower, let it run super hot for ten minutes, then turned it off and waited another ten minutes. Just as they said, as the mist cleared it took the dust in the air with it. I've got a dusty house, too - two kids, a dog, and a cat, hardwood floors, and forced hot air, and it's winter. It's about as dusty as it gets. While I was waiting, I made the hinge with masking tape, and when the mist was gone I wiped it all down, used the tape included for little bits of dust, double checked for dust again, took a deep breath and peeled off the sticker. Perfect application. I used their squeegee to push the air bubbles out and get the edges stuck real well. Shockingly perfect. No dust, no bubbles, everything where it's supposed to be. And it feels amazing. Just like the phone did when new.

    I can't recommend this product enough. If you're in the market for a screen protector and want it to look and feel like there isn't one installed, this is the one to get. Hands down.

    Here's some pics I took with my poor man's lightbox. (told you i do a lot of reviewing) As you can see there's nothing underneath the tru glass. No dust, no bubbles, nothing. It looks friggin' beautiful. So follow their directions! They work incredibly well. My family members like this so much that I've ordered a three more for them as well, so I'll see if I can rig up the lightbox and all the gear in the bathroom for an installation video when I install my wife's. If I do I'll post it here.

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  2. dg4prez thread starter macrumors newbie

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  3. Vetvito macrumors 6502a

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    $28 for that thing? Lol, I can't tell if you're spamming or not.
     
  4. dg4prez thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Think whatever you like. I love it and it was worth the money. Cheap stuff never lasts and this is, as far as I can tell, a unique product.

    I've spent much more on this in the past on protectors that I've hated. Like that zagg garbage. Quality is worth paying for.
     
  5. webslinger85 macrumors 6502a

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    I can understand your opinion, but saying it's a unique product, it's just not true. There's countless glass shields out there these days, even other flexible ones, the Belkin TrueClear, and iloome flex come to mind. Plus those cutouts would drive me nuts

    However, if you like it, that's all that counts
     
  6. dg4prez thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I've never liked anything belkin, to be honest, and the belkin one is $40. More expensive.
     
  7. AFDoc macrumors 68030

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    Nice review. I however do not like the way it looks on the device. I also don't need a thin/flexible shield having tried many different options.

    I have finally settled on the Mime Ghost glass. The thing feels amazing, holds up like a champ and the have great customer service.

    Bought one of their feather glass and it chipped in no time, they replaced it with the ghost and I couldn't be happier. $24 bucks for the protector and to get a new one through their exchange system will cost me 40% less.
     
  8. asleep macrumors 68040

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    I'd have paid a few dollars more to get one that covers the rest of the screen.
     
  9. vito macrumors 6502a

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    Don't like the home button cut-out.

    I went for the iLoome Flex best screen protector I've ever purchased.
     
  10. ricktat macrumors 65816

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    Total Spam.

    Amazon review not a verified purchase.

    Also, pictures on Amazon don't show that the home button is cut out. That's shady.
     
  11. dg4prez thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I did not buy the product from Amazon, I bought it from imore before it was available on Amazon. So no, it's not going to show up as a purchase. I've since bought a couple more for my wife and my stepmother.

    It's not spam, I'm just happy to find a screen protector that I really like. Everything else I've used has sucked. Totally fine that you don't agree with me, but I'll thank you not to call me a spammer.

    I'm not sure why it shows up like that on the Amazon page. I'll send their support an email or something and let them know. Seems more like a mix up than shady, but hey. You clearly seem to like to jump to conclusions.
     
  12. dg4prez thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I just had an email exchange with their support person. Apparently they noticed the mismatch a few days ago, got their graphics person to correct it... and it takes like two weeks for Amazon to actually do anything. They can't just change it.

    Full disclosure: they liked the pics I took in my and have asked me to upload some more to the Amazon site to help people see what the product really looks like while the change is processed. I built a light box the other day to help with reviews so I've been photographing just about everything I touch, so I naturally took photos when I installed my stepmom's too.

    I'll planning on purchasing another for my daughter's ipod touch, so I'll be sure to buy through Amazon so I show up as an actual verified person or whatever.

    If anyone knows how to light a lightbox without needing to punch up the brightness, I'm all ears. Mine come out dim, even with a pair of giant full spectrum lights. Maybe I made the box too big?
     
  13. graphiteevo macrumors regular

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    This dude knows what's up, the iloome screenmate flex & the mime feather glass
    have 100% coverage, super thin, and are cheaper!

    No brainer ;)
     
  14. dg4prez thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i don't know why everyone's so hung up about the shape, but honestly, to each his own. as for price, they're all within a few dollars of each other. i think that the screenmate at .4 isn't going to be as case compatible as the feather and the tru glass would be.
     
  15. AFDoc macrumors 68030

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    I'm a bit OCD in some ways and to me the shape around the home button just doesn't make sense. How much harder/more would it of cost to complete the circle? That's just me though. I didn't use some brands of regular screen protectors for the same reason. If you like it that's all that matters.
     
  16. Warcake macrumors regular

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    because the cutouts are ****ing ugly. seriously, just because you like a product and are recommending it, doesnt mean we have to like it. you dont have to push this product on us like youre involved with the company. :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:
     
  17. ricktat macrumors 65816

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    The Iloome Flex is .12 MM and $16.99

    Take you snake oil somewhere else.:D
     
  18. iaymnu macrumors 6502

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    Bought 2 because it was cheap. First one, one corner kept having a bubble, took that off. 2nd one scratched after 2 days. I still have it on and there are more hairline scratches and one deep one. Edges are easily chipped. Should have used the Luvvitt case with the lip to protect the edge from chipping.

    Bottom line is you get what you pay for. IMO


     
  19. dg4prez thread starter macrumors newbie

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    2 what? the truglass or the iloome flex?

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    snake oil? seriously? i understand if you don't want to buy it, but snake oil implies that their product is not what it claims to be and essentially worthless. it's not. as i said, i'm super happy with the product. maybe you don't like it, that's fine... but i don't really get the hostility on this forum. i recently switched from android to iphone (not because i have a problem with either platform, simply because work is paying for the iphone so free phone > expensive phone.

    i tried the tempered glass stuff back in the day when some company - i can't remember which, maybe spigen - introduced one that was basically garbage. it had dots through it, touch sensitivity issues, etc. this is the first screen protector i don't want to rip off my phone, so yeah, i'm pretty happy about that.
     
  20. iaymnu macrumors 6502

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    it is iloome flex. Forgot to include that. It's thin and all, but if comes with it's cons for being thin.
     
  21. ricktat macrumors 65816

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  22. dg4prez thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I had no idea you spoke for 90% of the people who own iphones on this forum.

    Next time I'll be sure to check with you before I like a product and tell people about it. I really appreciate your willingness to be the final word on these matters.
     

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