Spigen SGP GLAStR Tempered Glass Screen Protector for iPhone 5

Screen Shot 2012 10 19 at 11 21 39 AM

I had a GLASt screen protector on my iPhone 4S (read the review), I have a GLASt screen protector on my iPad 3 (read the review), and now, thanks to Spigen SGP, I have a GLAStR screen protector on my iPhone 5.

The GLASt series offers true screen protection by placing a layer of tempered glass on top of the actual screen. The amazing thing is that once it has fully adhered, you can’t really tell it is there. I HAD put a pre-order version on my phone (read the post), but the company was not happy with the fit. They retooled, and they have now released the GLAStR. Here’s a look.

Screen Shot 2012 10 19 at 11 24 14 AM

From Spigen SGP:

GLAS.tR is our chip resistant glass screen protector. It has all the great properties of the GLAS.t, but it’s been improved to ensure even longer lasting durability. The R in GLAS.tR stands for the rounded edges of the screen protector. Being made of glass, the edges of the screen protector are the most vulnerable to chipping. The rounded edges helps to deflect shock from bumps and drops. If you loved the GLAS.t, you’ll love the GLAS.tR even more!

Steinheil GLAS.tR is made to protect the LCD from damage and scratches with specially processed glass that has been reinforced to increase shock absorbency. The entire surface of the GLAS.t is transparent and the back side is covered with a strong silicone adhesive for easy installation. When installed, there are no gaps between the LCD and the GLAS.t which means the touch screen’s sensitivity is unaffected.

Screen Shot 2012 10 19 at 11 22 09 AM


Whole Transparency: GLAS.t is 0.4mm thick and made with chemically treated, transparent tempered glass.

Surface hardness: 8~9H : The surface of the GLAS.t has a hardness of 8-9H, three times stronger than regular PET film. Even shard objects such as knives and keys will not scratch the GLAS.t.

Oleophobic Coating: The GLAS.t has an oleophobic coating that prevents fingerprints and other contaminants and makes the film easy to clean.

Delicate Touch: The GLAS.t is coated on the back with a strong silicon adhesive that makes installation easy and attaches the film firmly so as to not affect the touch screen’s sensitivity.

Anti-Shatter Film: If broken, the GLAS.t breaks into small pieces that are not sharp, making it safer than other glass products.

Here’s our video look…

Screen Shot 2012 10 19 at 11 22 19 AM

I love using these as my screen protectors. Sure they are expensive, but they look and feel great; the protection they offer is amazing.

Screen Shot 2012 10 19 at 11 21 56 AM

The GLAStR screen protector from Spigen SGP comes with a cleaning wipe, an application card, a cleaning cloth, six button overlays, and the screen protector; more information can be found here.

MSRP: $34.99

What I Like: GREAT protection; All but invisible once cured; I love the cute little button overlays

What Needs Improvement: Pricey, so misapplication is costly

As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. If you are shopping on Amazon anyway, buying from our links gives Gear Diary a small commission.

About the Author

Dan Cohen
Having a father who was heavily involved in early laser and fiber-optical research, Dan grew up surrounded by technology and gadgets. Dan’s father brought home one of the very first video games when he was young and Dan remembers seeing a “pre-release” touchtone phone. (When he asked his father what the “#” and “*” buttons were his dad said, “Some day, far in the future, we’ll have some use for them.”) Technology seemed to be in Dan’s blood but at some point he took a different path and ended up in the clergy. His passion for technology and gadgets never left him. Dan is married to Raina Goldberg who is also an avid user of Apple products. They live in New Jersey with their golden doodle Nava.

3 Comments on "Spigen SGP GLAStR Tempered Glass Screen Protector for iPhone 5"

  1. Nigel F. Holderby | October 19, 2012 at 7:18 pm |

    Very interesting. I had seen some pre-production pieces a while ago, but I never tried one. As I’m horribly OCD and a huge proponent of protecting my tech investments, I’ll certainly have to give one of these a go. Thanks Dan!

  2. I was very interested in this product seems like a great idea. But after doing only a few minutes of research on the internet I found user after user complaining about bubbles forming after a month or two after installation. I would be curious how this works out for you long term.

Comments are closed.