Meet the GLAS.t Slim, a thinner and lighter glass screen protector for iPhone 5

By , Mar 7, 2013

GLAS.t Slim

I have a hard time hiding my love for the GLAS.t family of screen protectors for one simple reason: I just think they’re the best. A few months ago I reviewed the GLAS.t, which I believed was the best screen protector for iPhone 5, but things just got even better!

The fine folks over at SGP sent me their new GLAS.t Slim for iPhone 5 for review. I’ve been sporting it for a little over a week now and I’m here to give you a quick review of the product…

For those of you who are not familiar with GLAS.t yet, it’s a screen protector made of tempered glass that’s as close as it gets to the touch sensitivity of your actual iPhone screen. This being said, let’s see what’s good and bad about the GLAS.t Slim.

The Good

Obviously, the best thing about this screen protector is that it’s made of glass. I don’t know about you but I’m not a big fan of plastic screen protectors. As good as they are, you can always tell they’re here, if not visually, you can tell by the sensation they leave on your fingertips when touching the screen. It just doesn’t feel right. Having a glass screen protector makes the touch experience as good as it is on your actual iPhone screen.

I’ve talked extensively about the GLAS.t before, and something that really bothered me was the thickness and added weight of the screen protector. What sets the GLAS.t Slim apart from other versions is that it is much thinner. At 0.26 mm thin, it’s actually 35% thinner and lighter than the previous model I reviewed, making a huge difference when holding your iPhone in your hand. While the original GLAS.t made your iPhone feel fat and heavier, the GLAS.t Slim, is barely noticeable. Barely…

GLAS.t Slim on iPhone 5
This is what a 0.26mm glass screen protector looks like on an iPhone 5

As thin as it is, it still provides that same hardness and protection as the older model. For the purpose of this review, I didn’t hesitate to try to scratch the screen using a knife, which didn’t do anything to the screen as far as I can tell. Although it crossed my mind, I didn’t dare dropping my iPhone face flat on the floor which probably would be the ultimate test (I was worried I might actually damage the edges of the phone if it didn’t fall completely flat). Even if I had, I’m confident my screen would have been fine although the anti-shatter GLAS.t Slim would have probably broken.

The GLAS.t Slim also comes with a crystal and matte back cover protection film, which I must say is pretty awesome. Although I was a bit skeptical at first, I installed the back covers anyway in order to give it a fair try. Of course, being a PET film, it’s incredibly thin, but most importantly, you would never be able to tell it’s here. It seamlessly protects the back of my beautiful white iPhone 5, and I can’t even tell it’s there? I’m sold.

The Bad

I’ve seen a lot of complaints about the installation process from several users, and I have to admit that the installation still leaves a lot to desire. Basically, you only have one shot at making it right. If for some reason you mess up the install, well, sorry but you won’t be able to re-adjust the screen protector. This being said, I’ve installed half a dozen GLAS.t on various devices and I’ve never had a problem. But again, I’m very careful about those things. If you’re a bit sloppy, I wouldn’t suggest you try installing this screen protector.

The main downsides of the GLAS.t Slim are still the same as they were when I reviewed the original GLAS.t. Although much lighter and thinner, I can still tell the GLAS.t Slim is here and adds a very slight bulk and weight to the device. I’m extremely anal when it comes to those kind of things and I doubt most people would even notice the added weight and bulk (especially if you use a case), but I believe it’s still worth making the point.

Conclusion

By now you’ve probably figured out that I’m still a big proponent of the GLAS.t Slim. I loved the original GLAS.t and I love this one even more because it addresses the only two real concerns I had about it: weight and bulk. Now being 35% thinner and lighter while still being as strong as its predecessor, the GLAS.t Slim gets two thumbs up in my book.

The GLAS.t Slim sells for $28 on Amazon. I’d agree this isn’t cheap, especially when you can buy 200 screen protectors for $3 on eBay, but it must be said that the GLAS.t Slim is not for everybody. If you want a visual and touch experience as close as it gets to the actual iPhone screen, this is your best bet. If however this isn’t a concern for you, then you’ll find many more affordable options somewhere else.

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  • Milad Khahil

    I have always been a big fan of this , from the beginning , i had it with my iphone 4 , 4S and my now iphone 5 and loving it …

    • http://www.idownloadblog.com Sebastien

      Do you have the GLAS.t or the GLAS.t Slim?

      • Guest

        What’s wrong with you? Are you some kind of homo? Fag? You want to have sex with your screen protector? Quit with the adverts. French fagggggggg
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        Android baby!!!!

      • sambuzzlight

        bringing hate against nationality onto this iOS blog?? oh of course…. poordroid fans never mind

      • Guest

        Shut your mouth. He’s French. So he deserves it
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      • Guest

        Hahaha French fag

      • Milad Khahil

        Sorry the Glas.t Slim

  • http://twitter.com/lukejmulholland Luke Mulholland

    I’ll stick to my Glas.tr

    • mickey

      Glas.Tr Slim coming soon

  • http://twitter.com/dwtuts DWTUTS

    It just doesn’t fell right-
    You should change fell to feel. Before someone gets on and starts to troll.

    • http://www.idownloadblog.com Sebastien

      Fixed, thank you :)

      • Guest

        Dumbass

      • http://twitter.com/burlow burlow

        u mad bro?

      • Guest

        You a twat bro Ugh!

      • idownloadblogreader

        He’s out of his mind. Don’t give a damn about what he says. We don’t throw stones at shit.

    • Alex

      Right. We wouldn’t want anyone to troll about spelling mistakes. Thanks for pointing it out.

      • http://twitter.com/dwtuts DWTUTS

        If this was sarcasm. Than good job!!

      • Alex

        It’s then, not than.

  • http://twitter.com/MLGJeanmarc JeanMarc

    I have to try this

  • http://twitter.com/oneBurge Burge

    On kick starter there is one called Rhino shield.. £12/$18 just backed it myself , I don’t know how it will compare to this but you never know ..

  • http://twitter.com/TheToddNewberg Thanks be to Todd

    The thicker Glas.T while gorgeous seriously affected my typing accuracy. What’s been your experience typing with the thinner version Sebastien?

    • http://www.idownloadblog.com Sebastien

      To be honest, the thicker GLAS.t didn’t affect my typing, and I haven’t had any problem with the Slim either. I gotta say that the thickness difference is very noticeable though

      • Guest

        To be honest you’re a stupid. And so is this article.

      • http://twitter.com/burlow burlow

        ter ber hernerst yer aer sterperd. ernd ser ers yer

      • Guest

        See, he deleted his damn comment.

      • http://twitter.com/TheToddNewberg Thanks be to Todd

        Thanks for your response. I found that it caused a lot of mistypes especially letters on the far edges of the device.

  • http://www.facebook.com/antman217 Anthony Antunez

    The only reasons I’ve stayed away from this is the increased difficulty of installation, the extra thickness it adds (which feels weird around the home button and I really don’t want to stick one of those fugly home buttons they give on there), and the fact that if the screen gets scratched you basically have the same problem you were trying to prevent and replacing these isn’t as easy or economical as just switching out the cheap plastic protectors in 2 minutes. It just seems like a major inconvenience to me but of course thats just my opinion, the positives outweigh the negatives for a lot of people so to each his own as they say.

  • http://twitter.com/aomia syler

    Im using the one from radio shack. The thing I like about it is that I can remove it as needed untill I get it just right on my i5 and best of all it’s not easy to scratch it.

  • http://twitter.com/dtdw david tan

    slapping a glass on top of a glass to protect a glass. what has the world become …

    • http://www.facebook.com/antman217 Anthony Antunez

      Yo dawg, I heard you like glass…

      • sambuzzlight

        tempted to finish this lol +1

    • http://www.facebook.com/cameronrc Cameron Chao

      you are right, i never got the point of a glass protector, the point of the screen protector is just to provide that plastic layering to take in the scratches. Any harsh impact from falls and its likely the Glass t. wouldnt do enough to save the screen from smashing anyway.

  • MickBehr

    One thing you failed to mention in your review – a very important point – how does one remove it?

    • http://www.idownloadblog.com Sebastien

      Grab one corner with your nail, lift it up, and done. No residue or anything like that

  • http://www.facebook.com/julian.kaminski Julian Ka

    I think you made a small mistake there ind the 2nd paragraph of “The Bad” you wrote ” I’m extremely anal” hahaha

  • sault

    The really bad is that this glass is not flexible. Sit down with the phone on your back pocket and….. crack.

  • http://twitter.com/e420kush e420Kush

    I am quite happy with the toughness of the gorilla glass 2 already installed. I used to use plastic screen protectors all the time, but find that they scratch way easier than the glass on the display of the iPhone. With that being said. I have not used a screen protector at all on my iPhone 5 and I dont plant on it. I just dont put my iphone in the same pocket as keys or pocket change. Simple as that. I also use a thin case on my iphone to keep it pretty unlike the iphone in the picture which has ugly nicks and chunks taken out from being dropped on the bottom of the phone…

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