SPIGEN SGP GLAS Screen Protectors
Apple has demonstrated the beauty and usefulness of tough glass surfaces for electronics devices. Yet even these more rugged screens still can be scratched and gouged by rough use, such as banging around in pockets and bags with keys and other nasty objects.
So we still use cases for our devices to protect from bumps and falls (see earlier post), and add plastic film screen protectors to take the damage instead of the display.
But films can develop bumps and bubbles, and can accumulate distracting scratches. So if glass was the right answer for the display, why not also use it for protection?
This is the idea behind the SPIGEN SGP GLAS Screen Protectors. These are real glass, so they're fully transparent.
The material is tempered glass, strong enough that sharp objects such as knives and keys do not cause scratches.
And it has an oleophobic coating that prevents fingerprints and other dirt, and makes the surface easy to clean.
The GLAS surface attaches to your device with a strong silicon adhesive on the back. The company does not recommend re-using it if it is removed.
Beyond the base SPIGEN SGP GLAS.t line, the GLAS.tR line adds rounded edges to help deflect shocks from bumps and drops, anti-chip protection, and a tapered cutout for the iPhone home button. Plus the SLIM models are 28 percent simmer, only 0.4mm thick.
The hope is that the GLAS surface will deflect or absorb the damage from an accident, instead of ruining your device with a dead display. If it is broken in a bad accident, it has an anti-shatter film to break into small pieces that are not sharp.
GLAS surface protectors are available for devices including the Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod, Google Nexus and Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets, HTC smartphones, and Amazon Kindle tablets. The iPhone GLAS.t is around $27.99 and the GLAS.tR is $34.99.
See my Holiday Gadgets 2012 coverage of Portable Accessories for more cases and other useful and fun ideas.
Find the SPIGEN SGP GLAS Screen Protectors on Amazon.com