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    Default Spigen Tempered Glass Screen Protectors

    Based on my experience with a lot of different film (both wet- and dry-application style) protectors for numerous phones and tablets, and then on using a tempered glass SP for my Nexus 7, I will never go back to traditional film protectors.

    Pros:
    • As easy installation (or easier) as any film protector
    • Substantially better protection vs impact
    • Extreme scratch resistance (8H-9H hardness)
    • Don't yellow, stretch, or show wear through normal use
    • Perfectly transparent with no 'rainbow' effect
    • feels just like the actual glass screen - because it is glass
    • Can be easily removed and reapplied if needed

    Cons:
    • far more expensive than 'good' traditional screen protectors
    • Slightly thicker (though at 0.26mm thick, it's almost imperceptible)


    Spigen is producing two different styles for the N5:
    Amazon.com: SPIGEN Google Nexus 5 Screen Protector Glass [GLAS.t SLIM] Slim and Lightweight Tempered Glass Screen Protector Clear - GLAS.t SLIM: Electronics - $27.99
    Amazon.com: SPIGEN Google Nexus 5 Screen Protector Glass [GLAS.tR SLIM] Slim and Lightweight Rounded Edge Tempered Glass Screen Protector Clear - GLAS.tR SLIM: Electronics - $34.99

    Tough to say exactly what the differences are, as the Amazon site didn't make it fully clear. Both are oleophobic, which is certainly nice. Other than what seems to be an obvious difference in rounding of the corners on the GLAS-tR model, it appears from looking at the emphasized points on the packaging pictures that that unit might also be slightly more scratch-impervious (a pro) and not as thin (a con). A call to Spigen didn't reveal any more insight at this time from the rep with whom I spoke, so I'm hoping for more detail when it actually emerges on Spigen's site.

    I'm sure others will produce these as well - I'm using the one by iBlason on my N7 (2013) tablet, so expect they might follow suit with the N5. Yes, they're a lot more expensive, but, imo, well worth the price.
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    Well, you've successfully perked my interest I'm generally not a fan of screen protectors, but I'm even less of a fan of even the tiniest of scratches.The feel of most screen protectors is what really turns me off, so I generally just throw a cheap one on when I'll be near sand etc. and still want to bring my phone (aka the beach). That bumper/clear backed case might be a good purchase as I'm REALLY liking the white tuxedo Nexus 5. I'm not sure why as I never liked past tuxedo Nexus devices...but this one looks really good. I don't want white on the front, so yeah, it works.
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    Could you provide some more insight on the installation? I've always gone the traditional route because of the ability to easily remove dust with scotch tape, if something happens during installation. Are tempered glass protectors simply more rigid, but still pliable enough to use tape to remove dust?
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    How do you remove the glass protectors?
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    The glass (at least the one I've used, from i-Blason for the N7) is coated on the device-facing side with a silicon type material that adheres to the screen. When I put it on my N7, I did the same thing I always do - run the shower on hot in the bathroom for about 10 minutes, then let the room sit for about 15 minutes (the steam settling traps dust in the air), then applied the protector, so there wasn't any dust issue.

    Basically, being relatively inflexible, it's easy to line up the glass along the bottom edge of the device. Once I did that, I just lowered it down on that 'hinge' and the glass effectively drew itself onto the screen. There were a couple of bubbles, but those easily swept out. I suspect that on a smaller (5" vs 7") screen it would be even easier.

    You can lift up and remove the protector by just pulling - slowly - on an edge near a corner with a fingernail. The glass is thin enough that it has enough flexibility to make it a non-issue. I will say that I haven't had the need to remove and reapply it, so haven't, as it's been flawless, so I can't attest to how 'perfect' subsequent reapplications might be if you had to, for example, do a warranty exchange on teh device.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy8000 View Post
    Based on my experience with a lot of different film (both wet- and dry-application style) protectors for numerous phones and tablets, and then on using a tempered glass SP for my Nexus 7, I will never go back to traditional film protectors.

    Pros:
    • As easy installation (or easier) as any film protector
    • Substantially better protection vs impact
    • Extreme scratch resistance (8H-9H hardness)
    • Don't yellow, strech, or show wear through normal use
    • Perfectly transparent with no 'rainbow' effect
    • feels just like the actual glass screen - because it is glass
    • Can be easily removed and reapplied if needed

    Cons:
    • far more expensive than 'good' traditional screen protectors
    • Slightly thicker (though at 0.26mm thick, it's almost imperceptible)


    Spigen is producing two different styles for the N5:
    Amazon.com: SPIGEN Google Nexus 5 Screen Protector Glass [GLAS.t SLIM] Slim and Lightweight Tempered Glass Screen Protector Clear - GLAS.t SLIM: Electronics - $27.99
    Amazon.com: SPIGEN Google Nexus 5 Screen Protector Glass [GLAS.tR SLIM] Slim and Lightweight Rounded Edge Tempered Glass Screen Protector Clear - GLAS.tR SLIM: Electronics - $34.99

    Tough to say exactly what the differences are, as the Amazon site didn't make it fully clear. Both are oleophobic, which is certainly nice. Other than what seems to be an obvious difference in rounding of the corners on the GLAS-tR model, it appears from looking at the emphasized points on the packaging pictures that that unit might also be slightly more scratch-impervious (a pro) and not as thin (a con). A call to Spigen didn't reveal any more insight at this time from the rep with whom I spoke, so I'm hoping for more detail when it actually emerges on Spigen's site.

    I'm sure others will produce these as well - I'm using the one by iBlason on my N7 (2013) tablet, so expect they might follow suit with the N5. Yes, they're a lot more expensive, but, imo, well worth the price.

    Are these getting better because previous experience with that SGP tempered glass was pretty bad. Sensitivity on the edges was awful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by htowngator View Post
    Are these getting better because previous experience with that SGP tempered glass was pretty bad. Sensitivity on the edges was awful.
    I've only used iBlason's, so can't speak to product quality on Spigen SGP (though one reason I posted this was to hopefully get feedback from its past users). I had no sensitivity or accuracy issues from the SP on the Nexus 7 - but then again, there's a much larger bezel framing the display section, so it's not a good representative sample to comment from in that regard.

    I would expect that thinness of the glass would be of paramount importance to proper conductivity, and at about 1/100th of an inch thick the SP shouldn't pose much of a problem.
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    I am currently using a Spigen SGP glass screen protector and can state with confidence that I will never go back to film screen protectors. They are expensive, but well worth the money spent.
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    I'm going have to try one on my next phone. You guys talked me into it.

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    I never tried spg glas tr screen protector but I have owned few of their other products and have been pleased. In addition to the spg glas tr I also order spg smooth black armor slim case. I will get spg products next tuesday and hopefully within month or two a Nexus 5 will follow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by htowngator View Post
    Are these getting better because previous experience with that SGP tempered glass was pretty bad. Sensitivity on the edges was awful.
    I suspect the sensitivity and quality of the digitizer on the phone also has something to do with this. I know people had issues with them on the HTC One, but only over the home and back buttons. It is possible that areas that could be prone to accidental touches (i.e. the edges of the screen or capacitive buttons) could be tuned to be less sensitive on some devices, causing issues with glass screen protectors.
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    I'm going to wait. I have been using BestSkinsEver for years, and never had a problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nfl46 View Post
    I'm going to wait. I have been using BestSkinsEver for years, and never had a problem.
    If the feel of a film SP doesn't bother you - or if you actually prefer it - then that absolutely makes sense.. There's a lot of really good film options out there that have excellent performance. The tempered glass SP's are very expensive, relatively speaking - I only threw this out here because I suspected many who might be interested in maintaining the native feel of the device who were unaware of them.
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    I think I'll go ahead and get a set. You can never be too careful, and I'm saving money on the phone itself vs. another unlocked phone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TomW093 View Post
    I think I'll go ahead and get a set. You can never be too careful, and I'm saving money on the phone itself vs. another unlocked phone.
    Agreed. Aside from the performance 'feel' factor, two sticks bundled together are less likely to snap than one stick with wrapping paper. Just waiting for clarification from Spigen (or reviewers) as to the specific differences.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy8000 View Post
    Agreed. Aside from the performance 'feel' factor, two sticks bundled together are less likely to snap than one stick with wrapping paper. Just waiting for clarification from Spigen (or reviewers) as to the specific differences.
    Just based off the the Item Desc. it seems like the main difference between the two are the rounded edges, as you already said. I know before some swore by the rounded edges to prevent chipping over time. Hardness looks to be the same between the two as well.

    Have you looked at reviews for them for other devices to see if anyone mentions any other differences?
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    Quote Originally Posted by raichur0xx0rz View Post
    Just based off the the Item Desc. it seems like the main difference between the two are the rounded edges, as you already said. I know before some swore by the rounded edges to prevent chipping over time. Hardness looks to be the same between the two as well.

    Have you looked at reviews for them for other devices to see if anyone mentions any other differences?
    The reason I suspect there may be other differences is from the descriptions / images: the 't' model highlights its .26 mm thickness both in copy and on the packaging material whereas the 'tR' model makes no mention, and the 'tR' model highlights "extreme" and denotes "9H" on the packaging as its premier point. Of course, this could just be bad copywriting, which is terribly common in Amazon's product listings.

    I hadn't checked Spigen's earlier offerings to map changes - good call, will look into it when I get a chance and update if I find clarification.

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    Edit - looked at the GS4 offering details on their site. They were specific about the 'tR' thickness (.23mm) but vague about the 't,' so no confirmation there. The big difference is it the additional disclaimer they make for the 't' model:

    *As this is a glass product, please note that the edges of the glass are the most vulnerable areas. We highly recommend that you use a case along with your GLAS.t SLIM to avoid chipping or cracking the edges of your GLAS.t SLIM
    So basically, if you're not planning on using a case, pony up the extra $7 for the GLAS.tR. If you are planning on a case... well, still don't know if there's other advantages one way or the other.

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    Further edit:

    Spigen's guarantee does not cover against your screwing up installation, and they do not advise reapplying it; rather, they have a 'low-cost' replacement policy should you need to replace it do to user error, or if it should crack in the course of protecting your device, for up to a year. Looking at what it runs on the other devices in the series, it appears to be roughly 60% of the normal Amazon pricing.

    Quote Originally Posted by raichur0xx0rz View Post
    Could you provide some more insight on the installation?
    Found this video review / install guide on the GS4 version

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy8000 View Post
    The reason I suspect there may be other differences is from the descriptions / images: the 't' model highlights its .26 mm thickness both in copy and on the packaging material whereas the 'tR' model makes no mention, and the 'tR' model highlights "extreme" and denotes "9H" on the packaging as its premier point. Of course, this could just be bad copywriting, which is terribly common in Amazon's product listings.

    I hadn't checked Spigen's earlier offerings to map changes - good call, will look into it when I get a chance and update if I find clarification.
    I see.

    I'm just assuming the additional "R" is for rounded. It is comforting that they offer a slight discount on a replacement piece should something go wrong, though I'm sure it'll be fine.

    Since these are not shipping just yet, I had bought their basic clear ones in the interim. I was surprised that it was only $8.99 for a 3-pack, as I'm used to paying around $12-13 for a two-pack from them. First time I've had the accessories before the phone is even announced =[
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    I would also want to see how it fits with the cases. Sometimes it barely makes it or can break if the case is too snug.
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    Quote Originally Posted by raichur0xx0rz View Post
    I'm just assuming the additional "R" is for rounded.
    Looking at the specs on the 't' vs 'tR' for the Note 3 (on their Amazon product page), they specify that the 'tR' is 0.4 mm, and that the 't' is 0.26mm - and referenced as being 35% slimmer. Well.... 0.4mm less 35% leaves 0.26mm.

    Fast forward to the same respective models for the Nexus 5. The 'tR' doesn't indicate thickness, but the 't' is only 0.26mm and listed as "35% slimmer and lighter than the previous model." Short of direct confirmation to the contrary, I think it's reasonable to presume that the 'tR' model is 0.4mm thick (which makes sense to a degree - if you're going to be able to roll the edges without their becoming too thin at a point, you may need to start with a slightly thicker slab).

    So 't' looks to be the best option if you plan on using a case (thinner, lighter glass, inappropriate w/o a case as the exposed edges are more susceptible to chipping; while the 'tR' is best without a case.

    That being said, it looks like they have a new series of 'NANO.SLIM" they introduced for the GS4 and iPhones (but not (yet?) for Nexus), running as thin as 0.15mm. While it would be the most stealth install, and should cover against scratches as well, I suspect it wouldn't do as well vs. impact - depends on what you're looking for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy8000 View Post
    That being said, it looks like they have a new series of 'NANO.SLIM" they introduced for the GS4 and iPhones (but not (yet?) for Nexus), running as thin as 0.15mm. While it would be the most stealth install, and should cover against scratches as well, I suspect it wouldn't do as well vs. impact - depends on what you're looking for.
    Interesting... I would assume that the thinner one would also allow for slightly easier installation due to it not being quite as rigid, though there is that warning about flexibility. But no rounded edges. =|
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    The one I installed on my N7 (by i-Blason) is 0.24mm and was pretty flexible. Not so sure I'd want one more than 1/2 again as thick on a smaller screen.

    But... Other companies are starting to announce. Nexus 5 Ghost Glass Tempered Glass Screen Protector | MIME for example. Interestingly, Mime offers 'Feather' and 'Ghost' models that look suspiciously like the Spigen models in spec (feather is 0.15mm). I have a sneaky suspicion we may be seeing a variety of 'name brand' units that are under contracted manufacture from a common supplier. MIght have to peek around on ebay or alibaba...

    Others to watch... iLoome has begun marketing a very flexible tempered glass SP (example: iloome Galaxy Note 3 Screen Protector - Premium Flexible Glass) for a number of devices. Oh, and guess what - 0.15mm... imagine that... Nothing yet for the N5, but they have developed for Nexus in the past, including N4, so it's a reasonable expectation. They also do a series of 'normal' tempered glass SP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy8000 View Post
    Looking at the specs on the 't' vs 'tR' for the Note 3 (on their Amazon product page), they specify that the 'tR' is 0.4 mm, and that the 't' is 0.26mm - and referenced as being 35% slimmer. Well.... 0.4mm less 35% leaves 0.26mm.

    Fast forward to the same respective models for the Nexus 5. The 'tR' doesn't indicate thickness, but the 't' is only 0.26mm and listed as "35% slimmer and lighter than the previous model." Short of direct confirmation to the contrary, I think it's reasonable to presume that the 'tR' model is 0.4mm thick (which makes sense to a degree - if you're going to be able to roll the edges without their becoming too thin at a point, you may need to start with a slightly thicker slab).

    So 't' looks to be the best option if you plan on using a case (thinner, lighter glass, inappropriate w/o a case as the exposed edges are more susceptible to chipping; while the 'tR' is best without a case.

    That being said, it looks like they have a new series of 'NANO.SLIM" they introduced for the GS4 and iPhones (but not (yet?) for Nexus), running as thin as 0.15mm. While it would be the most stealth install, and should cover against scratches as well, I suspect it wouldn't do as well vs. impact - depends on what you're looking for.
    You're assumption was correct. The official specs are now located on their website. The tR is listed at 0.4mm and the r is 0.26mm.

    tR: SPIGEN SGP Nexus 5 Screen Protector GLAS.tR SLIM Premium Tempered Glass | SPIGEN SGP
    t: SPIGEN SGP Nexus 5 Screen Protector GLAS.t SLIM Premium Tempered Glass | SPIGEN SGP
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    Requesting moderator to move this to Nexus 5 Accessories Sub-Forum, please
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    I currently own a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and I use a Seidio Vitreo. I don't think I can ever go back to plastic. The glass just feels so much more smoother than plastic. It looks and feels like you don't even have a screen protector on your phone. Not to mention that the glass helps to absorb impact. If you drop your phone the glass will shatter before your actual screen does.

    I emailed Seidio and they don't know if they will be supporting the Google Nexus 5 so I ordered 2 of the SPIGEN glass. I've used the SPIGEN plastic protectors so I know SPIGEN is a quality company. I hope the glass is as good as their plastic because I need a good quality glass on my phones now. I ordered 2 in case I mess up the initial install.

    While they don't have a Google Nexus 5 compatibility chart yet, they do have one for a few phones located here. If you look at the Apple iPhone 5, the Neo Hybrid and the Slim Armour are both compatible with both tr and t glass so hopefully that is the same the Google Nexus 5.
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