By now, you probably know that I’m neither a fan of cases nor screen protectors, so when the folks at SGP asked me if I’d like to check out their new screen protector for iPhone 4S, I gave them my boilerplate answer: “you may send it to me but I make no guarantee that I will review it on iDB.”

I was really intrigued by SGP’s GLAS.t premium tempered glass screen protector right off the bat though. As far as I know, this is the very first screen protector for iPhone entirely made of glass, and after seeing the video demo, I knew I wanted to try it despite my disdain for screen protectors.

So about a month ago, I installed the GLAS.t on my iPhone 4S. This is my review of it…

The Installation

The installation process went like a breeze. I adjusted the GLAS.t on top of my iPhone, and just like they do in the promo video, I touched the center of the screen and looked at the GLAS.t complete the installation by itself.

I was glad to see that my shaky hands didn’t put the installation process in jeopardy. The GLAS.t was perfectly fitted on top of my iPhone 4S screen. A couple tiny air bubbles remained on the side, but they were nowhere to be found when I woke up the next morning.

The Good

What I like most about the GLAS.t is that it doesn’t feel like you have a screen protector on. If you’ve used protectors like the InvisibleSHIELD or similar products, you’ve likely noticed that it never feels right. There is always this plasticky feel to it that always reminds you that something is sitting on top of your iPhone. Something that doesn’t belong here. The GLAS.t makes you forget that you are using a screen protector.

When I asked one of my friends what he thought about my new screen protector, he actually couldn’t see it at first sight, and he had to look very closely to see it. This is how discreet and almost natural the GLAS.t is.

Something else I really like about the GLASt is the oleophobic coating, which is much better than the iPhone’s. It appears that it’s not as big of a fingerprint magnet as the iPhone 4S screen, and I find it much easier to clean too.

In the demo video, they show how they try to scratch the screen protector using scissors, so I thought I’d give it a try too. For a few seconds, I hit the GLAS.t with some scissors. Nothing happened. Not even a scratch. I then decided to try with a cutter. Again, nothing happened, and I can promise you that I tried pretty hard. I’m actually quite impressed about how scratch-resistant the GLAS.t is.

Is everything that great about the GLAS.t? Well, to be completely honest, there a couple downsides.

The Bad

The GLAS.t is 0.4mm thin, and even though this is almost nothing, you’ll notice that it adds a very little thickness and weight to your iPhone. This is not as noticeable as the size and weight increase of the new iPad for example, but it’s still noticeable. To be fair though, after using the GLAS.t for about a month, I have to admit that I’m completely used to it and it doesn’t bother me at all anymore.

Because it is 0.4mm thin and has a hole cut off for the home button, you will definitely feel like there is an empty space – a 0.4mm space – where the home button is. To fix this issue, the GLAS.t comes with 6 different epoxy coated button stickers. Simply apply one of the stickers on top of your home button and it will fix this little gap. You can choose between 4 different colors: white, black, pink, or green. As far as I can tell, the black and white button look identical to the stock home button you can find on a white or black iPhone. As for the green and pink buttons, they look exactly the same too, except for the color, obviously.

The Verdict

I am very picky about my accessories. As a matter of fact, I am a minimalist when it comes to accessorizing my iPhone, and I try to go without cases or screen protectors because I believe they diminish the beauty, look, and feel of an iPhone. The GLAS.t does nothing like that. It brings a high level of protection to your iPhone while still preserving its look and feel. It’s barely there, and that’s probably what I like the most about it.

My only regret about the GLAS.t is that they only sell the front panel, meaning that you can’t buy a similar protector for the back of your iPhone.

How does it compare to other screen protectors like the InvisibleSHIELD? It does not compare. The GLAS.t is in a different class of its own. It’s much better than anything I’ve seen before.

Do I recommend the GLAS.t? Absolutely. I’ve actually had my neighbors buy 2 of these: one for him, one for her, and they love it. At $27.99, the GLAS.t is a no brainer, and I recommend it to anyone who wants to add an almost invisible layer of protection to their iPhone.

You can buy the GLAS.t directly from Amazon starting at $7.99.

  • This is an awesome screen protector!!! i got it too!

  • Anonymous

    The iPad version is coming out soon. Unfortunately it costs $69.99, which is too much for my taste.

  • Josh Marell

    I am curious if you have used the new HD InvisibleShield and how it compares to this one, in terms of the “plastic” feel that you used to get with the old version? It definitely is a huge improvement over the way the old invisible shield feels, but I’m intrigued to know how this one compares.

    • I haven’t used the InvisibleShield HD on my iPhone but I gave one to my wife. It looks good but it doesn’t even compare to the GLAS.t. If that wasn’t clear in my review, the GLAS.t is the best screen protector you can get. No doubt about it. No plastic screen protector can compete with an actual glass screen protector.

      • Josh Marell

        Sure, that is fair. I just know that the old InvisibleShield was very noticiable, while the HD is less so. It is a fairly new addition, so had forgotten if you’d reviewed or mentioned that you’ve used the HD version.

        I hope I can find a retailer, or shop that has a sample of this. I’d love to check it out and see how it works before purchasing. But it looks really amazing.

        I couldn’t find info on warranty, I do love that if my InvisibleShield peels, or I get a new phone, I can warranty replace whenever.

    • Anonymous

      Plastic is plastic. The HD InvisibleShield still feels plastic-ish when compared to this. The Glas.t is made of real glass so it feels as if the protector wasn’t there.

  • A glass screen protector! Kinda cool. Maybe i should try it as well.

    Nvm, found the address at the bottom.

  • I wish there was some kinda promo on idownloadblog. Id jump on this product if it was like 15-20% cheaper.

  • How do you feel it would protect against drops? Would really like to get rid of my bumper but every once in a blue moon I drop my phone getting out of the car.

    • I don’t know and I’m not going to try 🙂

      The Bumper still protect the side of your iPhone. While the GLAS.t would most likely prevent the screen from shattering, it will not protect the side and back of your iPhone.

      • Anonymous

        Can the screen protector be removed without damaging the iPhone?

      • Dan

        I’m really tempted, but I’ve dropped my phone a few times since I’ve gotten it. This is the only thing that worries me about this iPhone protector.

  • Props for using Half-Life and Counterstrike sounds 🙂

  • It works just like advertise 🙂

  • From my experince, make sure to install it with no bubbles in it. Mine gets crack when my 2yrs son drop it, the crack starts from the bubbles that traps at the edge of the screen, i thought that i’ve install it correctly, my friend is right, bubbles will bring bad luck to a glass. From what i have been trough with the crack incident, if there is no bubbles, i think the glas.t will do its job with great protection. Overall, i give it 9.5/10 for the ultimate protection, easy to clean with a single swipe and adds more clarity to the retina screen… Just my 2 cent 🙂

    • Dan

      what about drop protection?

  • Anonymous

    Too pricey. If I damage the screen on my iPhone I can pick up a replacement one for 15 bucks. Instillation is very easy. This needs to cost less $$$.

    • Anonymous

      True, too pricey. I may purchase one though.

  • Ive used it about a month, from my experience the quality is damn great and very easy to clean (with a single swipe on it, no more smudge) rather then the plastic one. My 2 years old son dropped my iphone 4s and luckily the protector glas.t really do its job. The glas.t crack but my iphone is fine, the good thing is when i peel off the glas.t it didnt left any scrathes and no residue. Thats great, and now im waiting for my 2nd glas.t to arrive front of my doorstep 🙂

  • Try it, and you’ll notice the different 🙂

  • I have had one on for the past month and love it. I love the feel of glass. Only issue is that it shows some bubbles on the edges, seem that my phone might not be entirely flat. Again great product, wished they made it for the iPad 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Would this work with griffin survivor, otterbox defender or similar cases if I remove the included screen shield on them?

  • Yup I have one on my iphone 4S … It’s very amazing 🙂

  • AJ

    DO NOT BUY ive only had a month and I have this blemish around the home button we all know that’s a part of the screen where you really don’t touch. I emailed the company and they said “Thank you so much for waiting.
    We have discussed the review with our managers,
    And we are sorry to say but we cannot verify that it is a manufacturer defect at this time.
     
    However,
    What we would like to do is extend to you the Glas.t again for $20.99 plus a $7 discount on a brand new iPhone4/4S case that you would like.” really no I want a new one or my money back it’s less than a month old and I couldn’t have created the defect since its spreading from the inside of the protector. Buy at your own risk at least if you buy something from best buy or other retailers it comes with a warranty and they won’t hassle you about it.

  • Does Anyone know if a Lifeproof case will still work with this screen protector?

  • Does Anyone know if a Lifeproof case will still work with this screen protector?

  • dammit im going to buy this when i buy my iphone 4s in october my iphone 4’s screen is cracked

  • For $27.99 I can buy 180 good quality anti glare matte screen protectors, now that’s what you call a no brainer!

  • Anonymous

    This protector is great, perfect

  • I Bought the screen protector from the iDB store a few days ago, put it on as soon as it arrived, and after a day of normal use I noticed a thin but long scratch across the front. My phone is always in either one of two places, my hand or my pocket, so i dont understand how this occurred when in your video things much more sharp than a pocket were exposed to it. Sweet.

    • Me

      that video is a joke. you can see how they are using the tools.

  • Me

    Do not buy. The product is a great idea but man, after a while a bubble will form on the screen somewhere and it will grow.

    You’ll contact customer service and they will basically try to frighten you into purchasing another at a discount or tell you to take a hike. They will request that you keep your old screen protectors and send them in.

    They are not willing to own up to their mistakes. It will cost you. At this point I wouldn’t want to deal with them if by purchasing any other product from them again.

  • if you take care of your phone you won’t need such products ..

  • can you fit an icarbons skin on top of it?

  • I’m onto my 2nd one since reading this post. Whilst I love it, I won’t be buying a new one. Too easy to break. The glass cracks in my pocket or crumbles away on the corners. Just not strong enough. It’s a shame tho because it is nice. If the were below $20 aud I might get another

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    factory price.email:xingandoit@outlook.com

  • yuanquan

    Supply tempered glass screen protector from china high quality and
    factory price.email:xingandoit@outlook.com

  • yuanquan

    Supply tempered glass screen protector from
    china,high quality and factory price.email:xingandoit@outlook.com

  • yuanquan

    Supply tempered glass screen protector from
    china high quality and factory price.email:xingandoit@outlook.com