Xgear Spectre Tempered Glass Screen Protector
07-09-2013 05:01 PM
- I received my Spectre screen protector today and installed it immediately. Following the instructions to clean the phone glass face well I used a micro-cloth dampened with eye glass lens cleaner and polished with the micro cloth supplied with the Spectre. Then removed the back cover and carefully aligned the protector to the top speaker and camera openings (very good bright light helps here if you have the pebble blue as I do). held the aligned top edge and let the protector drop to the surface of the phone face. Made sure the home button was aligned (it was off a bit, so I lifted the protector with a scalpel blade tip) repositioned the bottom and then pressed the screen protector into place. PERFECT! Not a single bubble! I thought I had one bubble but it was actually between the top surface of the screen and the top cover sheet. When the top cover sheet was removed I could not tell I had a screen protector on. My version has beveled edges to prevent edge chipping and getting lifted off the phone.
The pros previously listed in this thread are what I found also. The issue of the home button is not an issue to me. The screen protector has a 0.4 mm thickness but not enough to make using the home button an issue for me.
I don't feel any gap between the screen protector and the face of the phone. And find the sensitivity to be very close to the naked phone face.
The Spectre screen protector works well with my slim line Rearth S3 phone case without either one interfering with the other. They fit flush to one another so there is no gap line for dirt to get caught in, very nice combo.
This is definitely my favorite screen protector of the half dozen I have tried on the S3.08-11-2012 03:06 PM
- If you have the chance would you mind posting some pics? In the prototype samples it was reported that there was a grid like ghosting pattern in the protector. Have you noticed anything similar in you production model? I really like the idea of this screen protector. I also wonder how well it will resist scratches. Thank you for the installation review. Please keep us updated with your impressions as ut gets some use.
Sent from my SCH-I535 using Tapatalk 208-12-2012 03:58 PM
- I used one on my S2. Got it from Mobile Fun, UK, I think. Branded something besides Spectre. Paid about US $40 for it?? Loved it. Easy to apply and then, didn't know the screen wasn't naked. Never managed to scratch it or the real screen beneath it. So I guess that means it protected my S2 screen.
Now that I know how to find one for the S3, I'm a happy phoner.
Sent from my GT-I9300 using Android Central Forums08-12-2012 04:54 PM
- You can find it at xgearlive.com and when I purchased it a week ago I got a $5 discount so with USPS priority it cost a bit under $31.00 USD.delivered to my door.
Under just the right strong overhead light at just the right angle I do see a grid of tiny bright dots. But I don't see it the vast majority of the time and when I do it is not so distinctive that I notice it while actually using the phone as opposed to looking for it. And you can't see it on the whole screen at once because the angle of sight must be just right.
I will try and upload a couple of shots of the mounted screen on Monday the 13th. The packaging is also quite impressive and certainly guarantees that the screen will come undamaged to your door.08-13-2012 12:35 AM
- Here are a few photos of the SIII with the Spectre tempered glass screen installed. Forgive the dust. I just took the phone out of my shirt pocket and shot the pictures. Didn't think to "clean up" the phone for company
The surface is as smooth as the nude phone screen. Smooth as "glass" No drag or tactile feel when swiping across the screen. Sensitivity for all practical purposes the same as the nude screen.
The surface of the Spectre screen with my Rearth slim case is almost flush with the top edge of the case. I would say placing it on its face would likely bring the screen surface into contact with the resting surface depending on the type of surface on the resting area. I have not had a problem with this. I do put my phone face down when I want it to be muted using the motion feature of the SIII. But normally I place it face up so it is not muted and I get to hear and see my notifications.08-13-2012 10:33 AM
I too would love to have Xgear find a better anti-glare screen layer so the grid was eliminated. But the current product is serviceable to me and provides a tempered glass screen protector which to me is better than any polymeric material. Just my personal opinion here.
Even more importantly to me is for Xgear to provide a means of feedback and review of their products on their website.08-13-2012 01:54 PM
- Curious as to why I wasn't seeing the grid more prominently I went out in bright direct sunlight and found that if I am vertical and the phone is horizontal I can see the grid across the whole screen quite prominently. Since I never use a phone in this orientation I never realized how bright the grid line intersections can be.
It is definitely something Xgear needs to address.08-13-2012 04:04 PM
- The dots are unbearable for me. I've contacted Xgear and waiting for a response. On white or bright backrounds it's terrible. Hundreds of little sparkles. If this is a common problem I hope they will exchange or refund. I'm a little upset because I took my wet protector off to install this, so now I'm going to have to get another one.08-14-2012 03:52 PM
- I understand what you are saying. If you use your phone in a horizontal orientation you can see the grid and spots. I never use my phone in that position, but instead in a almost vertical position and didn't even notice the few spots and never see the grid.
It is definitely something to think about if you are thinking of purchasing this screen protector if you tend to use your phone on a table top for example.08-15-2012 10:02 PM
- got my glass protector today,
fits well etc,
major cons - the proximity sensor doesn't work, when I receive calls and answer it, when the screen goes off (next to face) , when i move it away from my face, the screen doesn't turn on!
i cannot turn on the screen! not until the caller cancels the call. this is a major disappointment.
I will be contacting xgear regarding the issue
will keep you all updated.
BTW does any one have the same issue ?08-16-2012 12:32 AMLike 1
- I have not found this issue since installing the Spectre glass screen protector. However, I have found before and after installation that if I don't move the phone decisively to and from my ear that the sensor doesn't always turn off the screen. It doesn't happen very often but it does happen.08-16-2012 10:45 AM
- Installed my Xgear Spectre on my Samsung S3 went on with no problem, put the phone back into my Ballistic case, fit's fine then I turned it on and I see a screen fill of tiny dot's!! they sparkle and are very distracting to me. Messaged Xgear that I need to return it for a refund. They messaged back, says there is a 20% restocking fee plus they don't return what there shipping cost was. I see they don't show feedback on there website, too bad because if I would of know about the grid of dot's on the screen I would of never would of bought it..08-16-2012 02:22 PM
- I need some clarification. I don't have this screen protector yet. But whatever I'm using shows the grid of dots, but *only* if the background is dark. I find the grid helpful when, e.g. placing icons on Apex Launcher's dock.
Are we talking about the same phenomenon?
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- 08-16-2012 02:53 PM
- Installed my Xgear Spectre on my Samsung S3 went on with no problem, put the phone back into my Ballistic case, fit's fine then I turned it on and I see a screen fill of tiny dot's!! they sparkle and are very distracting to me. Messaged Xgear that I need to return it for a refund. They messaged back, says there is a 20% restocking fee plus they don't return what there shipping cost was. I see they don't show feedback on there website, too bad because if I would of know about the grid of dot's on the screen I would of never would of bought it..08-16-2012 02:56 PM
- I also had problems with the proximity sensor. I received mine last week with the Curved Crystal and decided to try this one on first because it was glass. The dots drive me crazy but I already knew about this before I purchased so... just didn't know it was this bad. However, like someone mentioned, I've been having problems with the proximity sensor so I wrote to them and they sent me a revised version. After receiving it, I see that they blacked out the sensor part... or at least they tried to because i'm still having issues with it. My phone gets really hot when I'm on the phone because the screen won't turn off... or sometimes the screen just stays dark. Am going to return and see if they'll give me a full refund since this seems to be a defective product.08-23-2012 05:57 PM
- My oldest son recently mentioned that Xgear was advertising a new improved tempered glass screen that had better adhesive and no grid star pattern problems. I emailed about a replacement and they said they would send one out. I got it today and it is as promised. As good as the original and without the grid pattern. I am very pleased with the new screen and with the customer support by Xgear.10-18-2012 06:41 PM
- I have been back and forth with customer support at xgear over issues of the dots and the proximity sensor, which is an issue at least on the old pebble blue model. It does work most of the time in visible light, but in a dark room it frequently fails. I have to say that customer support at xgear has been TERRIBLE and they have not said one way or another if they will replace it with the "improved" version. Their website was also claiming a new version without the dots and when I emailed them about it, they said oh that's only the white one, the blue one still has the dots. What a shady website! They didn't disclose anywhere on their site that it was only the white one that didn't have dots anymore. They claim they stand behind their product, but I have not seen it in action. Very disappointed with them10-18-2012 08:52 PM
- I too have the pebble blue phone and Xgear glass screen. They did say only the white version was having proximity issues. I responded by explaining that I was having issues with the grid/star burst screen and lack of tactile response to the home and return buttons on the bottom of the phone. The fellow from Xgear then said he would send a replacement which as I mentioned above he did.10-18-2012 09:29 PM
- After using the new version of the Xgear tempered glass screen I can say all of the original complaints have been corrected in my blue version. I do notice that the glass seems to be just a tiny bit thicker than the original version but not enough to cause me any issues. It does however rise above the surface of some slim line style cases which may be an issue for some. I don't rest my phone face down so it isn't an issue for me.11-02-2012 01:03 AM
- I now have the Xgear glass screen on my S4. This version of the screen is clear edge to edge and rests on the phone screen. Installation was simple and all bubbles came out easily by brushing with the squeegee supplied. The edges are beveled even more nicely than for the S3 version. A meal stick on "over button" of the correct color was supplied but I find the recessed home button to be an advantage as it can't be depressed accidently so I didn't install it.
Unfortunately, Xgear says they have not plans for providing a similar glass screen for the Galaxy Note 8.07-09-2013 05:01 PM
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Xgear Spectre Tempered Glass Screen Protector
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