Remember the days of having to purchase a plastic screen protector to ensure that your brand new iPhone’s retina display remained in the condition in which you purchased it? While these often work great in protecting your phone’s display from any scratches, the smooth feel of the touchscreen and clarity of the iPhone 4/4S’ retina display is diminished. Thanks to Spigen SGP, known for designing and manufacturing scratch-resistant coating films and cases, you no longer have to sacrifice the precious feel and clarity of your iPhone 4/4S while still providing protection to the display of your device. Read more to discover what Spigen SGP has developed that I feel will revolutionize the screen protector market.
Spigen SGP’s GLAS.t screen protector for iPhone 4/4S is far from your standard screen protector. Rather than offering a plastic solution that binds to your iPhone’s display with some form of adhesive, the GLAS.t is a premium tempered glass screen protector featuring an oleophobic coating, an anti-shatter film, and a surface hardness of 8-9H. Designed to protect the iPhone’s display from scratches and scuffs, the specially processed glass weighs in at only 0.4mm in thickness to ensure that the user is able to experience the sleek design that the iPhone 4/4S provides.
Priced at $27.99, Spigen SGP’s GLAS.t screen protector for iPhone 4/4S includes one premium tempered glass screen protector, an alcohol swab and microfiber cloth to assist in cleaning the display, squeegee to remove any bubbles underneath the screen protector, and epoxy-coated buttons to lift the level of the home button. Because the GLAS.t is tempered glass and raises the touch surface 0.4mm, there is a noticeable decline with the home button justifying the inclusion of the epoxy-coated buttons, but to be honest, I personally prefer using my iPhone 4S without the included buttons.
Understanding that Spigen SGP’s GLAS.t screen protector for iPhone 4/4S is slightly thicker than your standard plastic screen protector and the fact that the screen protector is glass may scare users away due to worries of lost touch sensitivity and the possibility of the screen protector shattering and damaging the phone. I am here to tell you that there are absolutely no worries to be had as I have been using Spigen SGP’s GLAS.t for roughly a month and have actually forgotten that I have anything protecting the screen. The clarity of the display remains the same quality while delivering the same touchscreen sensitivity provided by Apple’s iPhone. For those worried about the screen protector shattering and scratching, I can once again calm your worries as earlier this week while working out at the gym, one of the dumbbells I was using struck the corner of my iPhone 4S cracking the bottom left corner of the screen protector. While I was worried at first, after removing the GLAS.t, I was pleased to see my device completely unharmed.
Thanks to Spigen SGP, I was provided with two GLAS.t screen protectors, so I immediately installed the second screen protector. Unlike your standard plastic screen protector, Spigen SGP’s GLAS.t screen protector for iPhone 4/4S is incredibly easy to install without having to worry about numerous bubbles getting trapped under the screen protector. As one who has installed the GLAS.t twice, I recommend running your shower as hot as possible, closing the bathroom door, and then installing roughly five minutes later when the bathroom is filled with steam. Simply align the screen protector with the speaker and home button, tap the center of the screen, and watch as the GLAS.t immediately adheres to the iPhone’s display. While the installation is incredibly easy, ensuring that you properly align the GLAS.t the first time is crucial because since the screen protector is glass, removing and reapplying the screen protector is next to impossible without developing a defect in the application process.
Besides having to pay strict attention to aligning the GLAS.t to the speaker and home button of the iPhone 4/4S, the only other inconvenience that one may run into is compatibility with the various iPhone cases available. Because the GLAS.t slightly elevates the touchscreen panel, any iPhone case that makes any contact with the front of the iPhone will not work. Thankfully, Spigen SGP’s iPhone 4/4S Ultra Thin Air Case is the perfect fit for the GLAS.t screen protector. Providing a sleek, slim-fit design that weighs in at only 0.7mm thick, the Ultra Thin Air Case maintains same form factor of the iPhone, while still protecting the back of the phone against any potential damage. The only issue I have with Spigen SGP’s iPhone 4/4S Ultra Thin Air Case is how easily the plastic is scratched, as seen in the images below.
Overall, I am beyond impressed with Spigen SGP’s GLAS.t screen protector for iPhone 4/4S. Providing screen protection without sacrificing the smooth feel of the touchscreen and clarity of the iPhone 4/4S’ retina display was originally unheard of, but thanks to Spigen SGP’s GLAS.t screen protector for iPhone 4/4S, you can experience the iPhone at its best without any sacrifices. To purchase Spigen SGP’s GLAS.t screen protector for your iPhone 4 or 4S, click here.