Glass Screen Shields for the iPhone are all the range, thanks in part by the popularity of the original, the Spigen GLAS.t, which I reviewed here. If you’ve not tried a glass screen protector you serious have no idea what you’re missing. Once you get one installed correctly you’ll never go back to the old, cheap screen protectors you’re probably using now.
Read on for my full review.
The iloome ScreenMate Tempered Glass 9H Hardness Screen Protector for iPhone 5 comes along with a small microfiber cloth, instruction manual and two jelly home button replacement stickers. Since the screen shield itself is so thick it leaves a pretty large and deep cutout around the home button (you’ll see what I mean later in the review.) Installing one of these buttons fills in the gap and leaves a properly space cutout for your home button. This is completely optional.
The first step to installing the iloome screen shield is to make sure your phone’s screen is 100% free of dust. And debris that’s left on the screen will be trapped under the screen shield when you install it and that results in bubbles. The problem with any glass screen shield is that they can not be lifted up and reapplied like the traditional screen shields can. That means you only get one try at getting them on right. There are those who will say it is possible to remove this sort of shield and reapply it but in my experience it just isn’t so.
Just be patient, take your time, clean your screen several times and you’ll be fine.
When you’re ready peal off the protective film marked #2 on the back of the shield and lay it on your phone’s screen. Then press, starting at the middle and moving outwards, so that the shield adheres.
When you’ve gotten the shield to fully adhere to your phone you can remove the protective layer of film marked #1. What you’re left with is a perfectly installed screen shield. As you can see from the photo above these shields are thick. iloome says they are the “world’s strongest and toughest screen protector” with a hardness rating of 9H. When I first picked one up I did notice that they do feel heavier than some of the other glass shields I’ve reviewed. However, a quick check of the specifications of the Spigen SGP GLAS.t show it’s hardness rating at 8-9H as well.
I simply can not impress on you enough how awesome the iloome product looks when you get it properly installed. There’s just no telling it’s there. Beyond looks though and perhaps even more importantly is that your phone feels as though there is nothing installed either. The glass shield feels just like the glass screen on your iPhone. It’s a win/win.
Check out my full video review below…
If you’ve been on the fence about trying a tempered glass screen shield for your iPhone because you thought the price was too high or that they were difficult to install I encourage you to give one a try. With iloome’s introductory price of $24.99 you don’t have to risk a lot to gain marvelous results.
You can learn more about the iloome ScreenMate Tempered Glass 9H Hardness Screen Protector for iPhone 5 by visiting the company’s product page on Amazon here.
PROS: Looks and feels just like the iPhone’s actual glass.
CONS: Only one try to get it installed right.