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Old May 3rd, 2013, 10:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Best screen protector for GS 4 ? Any ideas ?

Update: IMO the winner is the Spigen GLAS.t SLIM Premium Tempered Glass Screen Protector for Galaxy S4 (0.23mm). $28 on Amazon. There is also a 0.4mm variant for $35. Either product would be a GREAT choice to enhance the protection of the AWESOME GS4 display.

Gorilla Glass 3 which protects our display on the GS4 has a Moh's Hardness rating of 7. Spigen Tempered Glass has a Moh's Hardness rating of 8-9. The rating scale ranges from a low of 1 to a high of 10. See below links for more info please.
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Gorilla Glass 3.

Seriously. Up till now, within 5 minutes of buying a phone I break down and install a screen protector. This time, I'm thinking the Gorilla Glass is just too sweet: not only does it feel buttery smooth and better than any screen protector I've tried, but after a few days of use I still can't detect any skin oil residue. This is one oleophobic mf. My screen protectors, even when they look and feel almost as good, always require wiping down with a cleaning fluid every few days. So I'm going to try riding bareback this time. I really hope I don't end up regretting it, but the S4's screen just feels too good.
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Best screen protector for GS 4 ? Any ideas ?
I have the Spigen GLAS.t SLIM tempered glass screen protector on mine and because it is glass, it really doesn't feel like a screen protector. I absolutely love it thus far and managed to get it on without any dust particles since I did it in my steamy bathroom. It looks great and like I said, it doesn't appear or feel like there is any protector on it. It's not cheap ($28) but I like it a billion times more than those Zagg like protectors.
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I have the zagg hd screen protector on mine and I love it. It doesn't even look or feel like I have a screen protector on. Plus you can't go wrong with the lifetime free replacement.
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I just use the cheap ones from ebay lol I know we have Gorilla Glass 3 but drop test show that the screens can still break so it's better than nothing. I used one of the armor guard ones on my old phone and wont go that route again with protectors that require having to use solution to apply. Was a pain for me.
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I put an ifrogz screen protector on my GS4 when I got it because that's what the AT&T store had. I ordered some iSmooth screen protectors for when I need to replace the ifrogz. I previously used them on my GN2 and liked them. I prefer the dry application over the wet application methods. I just use my microfiber cloth to clean it every now and then.

More to the point is finding a case that I like. I put the Speck Candyshell on mine (about the best of the few choices at the store) but don't like it. Too slippery for me. I want something minimalist that I can slip in my back pocket or put in a slipper case of some kind on my belt. I need to run by BestBuy and see what they have in the way of cases.
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I have the zagg hd screen protector on mine and I love it. It doesn't even look or feel like I have a screen protector on. Plus you can't go wrong with the lifetime free replacement.
+1 for Zagg and free replacements. Yeah, you pay $4 for shipping, but better than paying full price for a replacement. I opted for the Zagg Extreme version though.
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None at all.

I hate the stupid things. They never look or feel anywhere near as good as the naked glass so just be careful with your phone. I didn't have one on my iPhone 3GS or my Galaxy SII and in five years between the two phones, I didn't get a single scratch on either.
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+1 for Zagg and free replacements. Yeah, you pay $4 for shipping, but better than paying full price for a replacement. I opted for the Zagg Extreme version though.
I've always steered clear of Zagg on touch screens in the past because I didn't like the somewhat sticky / rubbery feel. My finger wouldn't glide across it as smooth as it did on the glass screen. It wasn't huge, but just enough resistance that I didn't like how it felt.

Are there any different Zagg models that don't have his type of rubbery finish? I always liked the plastic screen protectors that applied by static cling (no adhesive). They feel almost just like the stock glass on the phone.
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I'm using a cheap one I bought off ebay, pack of 10 for 1.50.

Does the job and feels just fine, I've bought expensive ones in the last and they can feel worse and often rubbery, Zagg was the worst I've tried and was made even more difficult because the protector even stretches like rubber.
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I've always steered clear of Zagg on touch screens in the past because I didn't like the somewhat sticky / rubbery feel. My finger wouldn't glide across it as smooth as it did on the glass screen. It wasn't huge, but just enough resistance that I didn't like how it felt.

Are there any different Zagg models that don't have his type of rubbery finish? I always liked the plastic screen protectors that applied by static cling (no adhesive). They feel almost just like the stock glass on the phone.
The non-glare Zaggs grab at you, the others feel very smooth unless you press down. I think it's the standard Invisishield, last one of those I used, I could use less pressure than on the bare glass and got better response.
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The non-glare Zaggs grab at you, the others feel very smooth unless you press down. I think it's the standard Invisishield, last one of those I used, I could use less pressure than on the bare glass and got better response.
The ones I think I've tried are the standard Invisishield, the most common one at Best Buy that isn't non-glare. It's smooth, and you're right I notice whenever I press down on it. I must inherently apply more pressure because I noticed it had more resistance then the stock glass screen. I noticed it on everything from general swiping as well as pinch to zoom.

A guy at Best Buy had the privacy shield on his Note (where it's black from the side), and this had somewhat of a matte instead of shiny finish on it, and I didn't notice as much resistance on this one then I typically do on the standard Invisishield. Ideally I'm looking for something that feels as close to glass as possible, very slippery to the touch. At least based on the test with the dude jacking his screen with a knife and keys, the only thing you really have to worry about scratching it is rock/sand in your pockets. Metal won't do it.
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Then check out the Spigen mentioned by KupKrazy in the second post - good stuff!
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I've always steered clear of Zagg on touch screens in the past because I didn't like the somewhat sticky / rubbery feel. My finger wouldn't glide across it as smooth as it did on the glass screen. It wasn't huge, but just enough resistance that I didn't like how it felt.

Are there any different Zagg models that don't have his type of rubbery finish? I always liked the plastic screen protectors that applied by static cling (no adhesive). They feel almost just like the stock glass on the phone.
I've used the Standard ones on my past phones since that's all they offered on my old devices. I definitely knew the little stick you mention.

The Extreme barely has it. It's much smoother, but if you're really trying to notice you can still feel the stickiness a little bit. The orange peel that Zagg has been infamous for is very reduced on the Extreme. You can barely see it, and that's only when you're actively looking for it. Can't speak for the HD though, I haven't seen or touched one personally.
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Another + for the Spigen. Make sure it's the r model slim.
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I've tried several liquid applied protectors (like Zagg) and hated the rubbery grip feel & the orange peel effect. I've also tried the expensive Steinheils (I guess they changed their name to Spigen), and I had to replace them because the edges wouldn't stick (or they'd unstick after a month or two). Then, I went to the much cheaper Realook protectors, and those were the best ones I've tried (feels great, looks great, covers the ENTIRE screen, and stays on unlike the Steinheil). FYI, Realook also makes liquid applied screen protectors that are garbage, so stay away from those.

Question, is the Glas.t slim thinner than the Glas.tR slim? I'm thinking about buying one of those, even though they cost more than 5x the price of a Realook.
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Ghost Armor. They have a kiosk in International Plaza at Bay Street 1, 2223 N Westshore Blvd in Tampa. If you want to check them out in person or have it applied by their techs.
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I used the one that they sell at the AT&T store on my S4. Looks good but isn't the smoothest. I put the Tech Armor crystal clear one on my wife's S3 and it is really smooth. Like nothing is there and good fit. When mine goes bad i'll get the Tech Armor for mine. Price is right too at $5.95 for a pack of three on Amazon. I agree with everyone that the Gorilla Glass is the nicest feel, but I have scratched it before on an S3 and an EVO so I am just being overly cautious.
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Question, is the Glas.t slim thinner than the Glas.tR slim? I'm thinking about buying one of those, even though they cost more than 5x the price of a Realook.
Yes. The Glas.t is .23mm and the Glas.tR is .4mm. It's almost double the thickness but it's still quite thin.

The Glas.tR has rounded edges which are supposed to be chip resistant on the edges. I went with the Glas.t since I had a Otterbox Commuter case that protected the edges to begin with but if all you're using is the screen protector the and no other case then I think the Glas.tR is the better choice. They also come with a thin film for the back cover as well to prevent scratches.

It really feels like there is no screen protector there. I highly recommend it and yes it costs more but nothing I have every tried felt like glass. I do recommend taking the time to install in a steamy bathroom or something to avoid dust particles.
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I've tried the steamy bathroom trick to no avail. I still get frustrated and get dust/lint particles under the SP.

The only thing that works for me is to use Scotch tape when I install those cling type SPs. And that works great! Any dust particles that sneak under while I'm working are quickly removed with one piece of tape to lift a corner and another piece of tape to snag the errant debris from the screen or back of the SP.
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How in the world would a thin transparent film protect your screen from shattering when you drop it?

Screen protectors are there to protect the naked glass from scratching up against keys, fingernails, etc.

Gorilla Glass 3 does not need scratch protection.
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I'm hoping that that's the case. I've seen videos on YouTube in which people have taken the Galaxy S4 and did some seriously nasty stuff to the screen. I'm talking about using keys, knives, and other various sharp objects and then proceeding to do some seriously nasty stuff that left me wincing. No scratches what so ever.
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Gorilla Glass 3 does not need scratch protection.
In your opinion, for users like yourself.

When two substances rub together, the harder one ablates the softer one.

Keys and coins and steak knives are typically softer than hardened glass.

Quartz sand, something I encounter daily, is very hard.

Corning does not say that GG3 won't scratch - they say that scratches are "less visible" with it.

http://www.corninggorillaglass.com/sites/all/files/Gorilla%20Glass%203_2320_PI%20Sheet%20RevE_050613. pdf

"Scratches are less visible" - Corning's words, not mine - sounds pretty subjective to me.

Maybe less visible than with GG2 or soda glass (why they bother to compare to that escapes me but oh well) - but is it less visible to the point that I'd find it acceptable??

The key-scratch tests, steak knife tests, and the rubbing with a piece of concrete test really don't impress me. Might as well compare to cotton. You can look up the chemical properties and predict the winner.

Show me the results of GG3 with quartz sand used against the glass, then I'll be convinced.

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It's not going to scratch with casual and normal contact...
Casual and normal contact for many of us involves hard sand - something that those of living in the Southwest or living near the Great Lakes find more commonly than others.

Your mileage may vary, normal contact for one person is not normal contact for everyone.
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Well, I agree that it doesn't NEED it, but I don't think people should think that Gorilla Glass 3 is scratch proof. It is not. It is scratch resistant. It's not going to scratch with casual and normal contact, but some people like to have the piece of mind of not having to figure out what is too much.
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I agree with the gorilla glass. Its not made of diamonds its glass so it can get scratched and can break. Nothing wrong with extra protection.
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Now I have to decide. GLAS.tR or GLAS.t. Which one would you choose?
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Hi everyone,
I just got my S4 and am glad to join this family so far!

I'm looking for a good screen protector that can enhance the screen resolution and brightness while not leaving too much mess (etc,like fingerprints) on the screen.(striking a balance of the two).Does anyone here have any recommendations on how i can get one in Singapore?
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Welcome to the forums and congrats on your SGS4!

For the Spigen mentioned here you might try -

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Sure I will after I get it,will post my review here.
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For those of you who chose to use the Spigen Tempered Glass screen protector, here's a little advice in case you accidentally get some dust underneath the glass (where the adhesive is) or make a smudge underneath:

1. Don't panic
2. Hold the glass by the edges and go to the bathroom or kitchen where you can get a quick few drops of hand soap and water.
3. Spread some soap and water over the dust/smudge area. You can actually "feel" the dust with your soapy fingers.
4. Rinse the soap/water solution off the adhesive side (no worries - this won't remove the adhesive)
5. Carefully apply the glass over the phone again.

The adhesive is the same stuff that 3M and other companies use for their wet-apply screen protectors like invisible shield (Zagg) etc. So it takes to soap/water solution well. I've already re-applied a few buddies' glass protectors because specks of dust had gotten underneath. Hope this helps some of you. The tempered glass is an expensive investment but worth the protection - so I know making it look "invisible" is ideal. Good luck!
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Oh and another thing - if you do decide to get the GLAS.t SLIM Premium Tempered Glass and the Spigen Neo Hybrid case, the screen sits almost flush with the case. If you're looking for a case that still has that extra border to protect the screen with the tempered glass, these UAG cases fit really well with the extra tempered glass:

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Which one would you choose?
Depends if I was also using a case. If it was "going commando" then I'd take Spigen's advice and use the tR; they admit themselves that the squared-off edges of the Glas.t are vulnerable if unprotected.
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Gorilla Glass 3.

Seriously. Up till now, within 5 minutes of buying a phone I break down and install a screen protector. This time, I'm thinking the Gorilla Glass is just too sweet: not only does it feel buttery smooth and better than any screen protector I've tried, but after a few days of use I still can't detect any skin oil residue.
This is one oleophobic mf. My screen protectors, even when they look and feel almost as good, always require wiping down with a cleaning fluid every few days. So I'm going to try riding bareback this time. I really hope I don't end up regretting it, but the S4's screen just feels too good.
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Complete misinformation....Here's a great vid explaining just how gorilla glass is well gorilla glass.

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Complete misinformation....
No it's not. The post you quoted didn't claim that Gorilla Glass is indestructible, only that the oleophobic coating appears to work well. Not even Corning themselves claim that GG is anything more than scratch-resistant.
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No it's not. The post you quoted didn't claim that Gorilla Glass is indestructible, only that the oleophobic coating appears to work well. Not even Corning themselves claim that GG is anything more than scratch-resistant.
Yep and even other videos show if dropped at the right angle on the front screen it will crack (it is glass after all). Its good, but certainly not indestructible.
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No it's not. The post you quoted didn't claim that Gorilla Glass is indestructible, only that the oleophobic coating appears to work well. Not even Corning themselves claim that GG is anything more than scratch-resistant.

I was referring to the fact that even one slight scratch on the face will cause the integrity of the glass to weaken. Thus a screen protector is a must. That is all.
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Not a must, but just a cost/benefit estimation. Direct contact with Gorilla Glass feels really good, and the stuff cleans with a wipe of a microfiber cloth on the occasions that it needs a wipe. As opposed to a screen protector's greater friction (especially when warm) and daily need for a wipe down with cleaning fluid. At this point, I'm kind of resigned to the fact that I'll always want to fork over the cash for a new phone every year, for various obvious reasons. So it finally dawned on me that, based on my user experience, it's worth one year's worth of risk to always (year after year) have the feel of glass instead of screen protector under my thumb.

So, for anyone preferring the feel of glass over screen protector (virtually everyone), it just comes down to how much cost (in the form of risk) that you're willing to bear to enjoy your preference 100% of the time. A cell phone is so personal and so often in the hand that it truly sucks to mar the experience from the moment you buy it.
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I am running the stock screen protector that's on there when you buy your S4.

Yes, there's even a perforated tab at the top to remove the "overhang" part that most people would grab to remove it.

Ok, ok, yeah, I should remove it at some point!
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I've always steered clear of Zagg on touch screens in the past because I didn't like the somewhat sticky / rubbery feel. My finger wouldn't glide across it as smooth as it did on the glass screen. It wasn't huge, but just enough resistance that I didn't like how it felt.

Are there any different Zagg models that don't have his type of rubbery finish? I always liked the plastic screen protectors that applied by static cling (no adhesive). They feel almost just like the stock glass on the phone.
There are different models or versions of Zagg. One is the HD version but it is not cheap at $25.00 at Best Buy.
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There are different models or versions of Zagg. One is the HD version but it is not cheap at $25.00 at Best Buy.
Is this a wet application?

I put a skinomi on, much better than a zagg, but still a little rubbery.

Then put a tech armor on (hate peel and stick to apply), but got it spot on, but alas one tiny tiny micro-spec of dust right at an edge. Also the surface is good with sliding my finger on it for a long time (no burning feel with rubbery ones).

Bet of both worlds would be a peel on "HD" but in a wet application. Does that even exist?
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I have used Zagg invisashields on every touch screen device I have owned (wish they made one for my ultrabook) and they always keep the screens in perfect shape. sure they are a pain in the butt to install but its not like I am doing it every day. I had to have one replaced on my Galaxy Tab 10.1 after 6 months and when I took it the screen was still like new.

This time on my S4 amazon didn't have the zagg ones so I went with Armorsuit. Same basic design though. It doesn't have a rubbery feel to it very smooth works great with the touch screen
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Is this a wet application?

I put a skinomi on, much better than a zagg, but still a little rubbery.

Then put a tech armor on (hate peel and stick to apply), but got it spot on, but alas one tiny tiny micro-spec of dust right at an edge. Also the surface is good with sliding my finger on it for a long time (no burning feel with rubbery ones).

Bet of both worlds would be a peel on "HD" but in a wet application. Does that even exist?
Not really sure.
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Bet of both worlds would be a peel on "HD" but in a wet application. Does that even exist?
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Gorilla Glass 3.

Seriously. Up till now, within 5 minutes of buying a phone I break down and install a screen protector. This time, I'm thinking the Gorilla Glass is just too sweet: not only does it feel buttery smooth and better than any screen protector I've tried, but after a few days of use I still can't detect any skin oil residue. This is one oleophobic mf. My screen protectors, even when they look and feel almost as good, always require wiping down with a cleaning fluid every few days. So I'm going to try riding bareback this time. I really hope I don't end up regretting it, but the S4's screen just feels too good.
I went bareback for 3 days. Very careful where I put my phone. Scratched the glass. Added a zagg the next day. I have no idea how the glass got scratched.
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I have the Tech Armor Privacy screen protector on my S4 and I love it! I have tried several different brands including Zagg, which I have on my iPad 3...however nothing beats the ease of applying & the quality of the product in Tech Armor.
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Another supporter of the Tech 21 Impact. Unbelievably easy to put on.
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Gorilla Glass 3 = no screen protector for me! Wife has a Zagg on her S3 and it feels bumpy and sticky when I run my finger over it. Keep the phone in my pocket and it sits on my desk undisturbed during the day (for the most part), so my exposure to scratches in somewhat minimal. Also I don't live near a beach, so sand is not an issue. Sand is EVIL when it comes to screen scratching!

BTW beer, sun and hot tubs are an evil combination when it comes to your smartphone's ability to swim, but I digress...
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