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Summary:

I’ve long stopped using screen protectors on my iPhones because they’ve generally not felt or looked as good as the native iPhone display. Zagg fixes that issue with its tempered glass screen protector.

iPhone 5s with Zagg Glass

I’m such a bad iPhone owner. I generally take good care of my handsets, mainly because I sell them to upgrade from one iPhone to the next. But I’m not big into cases. And screen protectors? Don’t get me started: They’ve generally made my screen look or feel worse in the past. After installing a Zagg Invisible Shield Glass protector on my iPhone 5s, though, I’m having second thoughts.

Zagg sent me a Glass protector to try out and I wish I had one when I first bought my iPhone 5s. The protector itself is made from tempered glass, which should completely protect my iPhone’s screen from scratches. And a scratch-free iPhone can be sold for more money than an iPhone that shows some wear. You can remove the protector at any time; I’d do that before selling my iPhone 5s.

The Glass protector was simple to install; it took all of three minutes. The process involves cleaning your iPhone display with an included damp cloth, drying the display with a microfiber cloth — also included — and then placing the Glass protector on your iPhone. Once attached, you simply rub from the center to the edges to remove any trapped air bubbles. The end result? You can’t tell there’s a screen protector at all.

iPhone 5s Zagg Glass screen

You’ll be adding 0.4 millimeters of thickness to your iPhone with this screen protector, but you’d be hard pressed to realize it. The Glass is silky smooth and has rounded edges. My iPhone 5s display is just as clear and bright as it was before; viewing angles are unchanged. Zagg says the Glass protector is oil-resistant and I’d agree: I see very few smudges or fingerprints on my iPhone display. And my hope is that in the case of a drop or fall, the tempered glass protector will break before the actual iPhone 5s screen cracks because that’s not cheap to replace. Zagg has a lifetime guarantee on the Glass protector.

Zagg Glass iPhone 5s side

The Zagg Invisible Shield Glass screen protector for iPhone 5s costs $34.99 directly, which is on the high side for such a product. But this is tempered glass, not a layer of strong plastic like many other protectors. The company also offers a Glass protector for the iPhone 4 and up as well as several Samsung and HTC Android phones such as the new Galaxy S 5 and HTC One M8. For $49.99 you can even buy a large one for the iPad Air.

Overall, I’m pretty impressed by how invisible this solution is, and even though I typically pass on such products, I think Glass is a solid investment to virtually eliminate scratches on my iPhone 5s display.

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  1. richardmgarrett Friday, May 16, 2014

    Please let us know how the drop test (purposeful or inadvertent) goes! ;)

  2. I installed one of these as well and I agree that it feels wonderful and has already protected my screen from a drop.

  3. There are many glass screen protectors on the market. Some below $10 and they are great as well. The only fownliae is that the glass protector may not fit with some bumpers or cases

  4. Do you work for Zagg?

    1. No, I work for Gigaom. I review products all the time that are sent to me; been doing so for a decade.

      1. Ha, I like the very serious response to the flippit question. +1 for Kevin!

  5. Those phones do get a lot of wear. Another good idea.
    Leslie

  6. Spigen’s been offering refined glass screen protectors for various Apple and Android products for quite some time now. Their latest GLAS.tR NANO SLIM screen protector comes in at 0.23mm with rounded edges for better comfort.

  7. My wife installed one on her 5S, I liked it so I ordered one for my Nexus 5. Installed it no problem, but the next day it peeled off. Talked to Zagg and they sent me a new one… same thing happened… not sure what the deal is but I couldn’t get one to stay on the Nexus 5.

  8. Zagg is a very shady company and this type of protection is nothing new, I’ve been using them for years and you can get them as low as $3 if you look around, not zagg’s overinflated prices.

  9. I manage about 200 iPads for a community college and have had the best experience far and away with the Clearcal screen protectors. Before these, we’d see about 2 cracked screens per month, regardless of brand. Since we’ve been using the Clearcals (over 1 year), not a single broken screen. Our Apple rep recommended them, and it’s very apparent why.

  10. Felipe Ibáñez Saturday, May 17, 2014

    Hi, how do you feel the home button finger sensor, can you use it with additional 0,4mm of thickness?

    1. Yup, the Touch ID sensor still works just fine. It feels more depressed but that doesn’t affect the usage.

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