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I guinea-pigged myself and bought the Peel Glass screen protector. Here's why I don't recommend it at all.

almost 6 years ago from , Freelance designer @ louis-andre.net

Howdy!

In the days following the Peel Glass release, I decided to order it and see if it's good. I've been rocking the Peel case for a while and I'm really happy with it. It made sense to at least try.

Shipping & packaging: This thing will arrive intact. It shipped across the border (US → CA) and I received it in a hard cardboard box that protected the envelope package from any harm. Good to know because I believe continental packages for the Peel case were only a soft envelope, and it caused a lot of shipping damage.

Included are a microfiber cloth, a dust sticker, and a "LCD cleaner" moist towel. There's a nice printed card with instructions to use the cloth, then the dust sticker on your phone's screen before placing the protector and pressing the bubbles away. All together, they do get your screen really clean.

The protector itself is a hard piece of glass, backed with a reasonably strong glue. You peel off a plastic backing, then apply it to the screen. The camera and home button holes make it easy to align.

I applied it to the screen, and it formed a ton of bubbles. No worries, right? Well, contrary to flexible screen protectors, pushing the air out is a very difficult exercise.

The actual issue, though, is that unless you're in an admirably dust-free environment, you'll get tiny particles of dust or lint sticking when you peel off the protector's backing. These make the hard plastic tent around them, and since it's not flexible, it'll never hug small imperfections. So air remains around the tiniest thing.

I probably could have considered myself done with my first try if I accepted seeing around four ~1mm round bubbles on my phone screen. The dust itself was too small to be visible, but the bubbles were very obvious, especially with the screen lit. Honestly, I didn't want this at all. So I pulled the protector off gently (this can be done easily enough – the glue won't do anything bad to your screen) and tried again.

I am a very patient person. All in all, my best attempt in the next 1+ hour left me with two tiny bubbles. This is a product that Peel "wouldn't release until it was perfect". So I myself didn't really want to give up on it until it looked right, but I eventually had to conclude that it wouldn't happen.

Especially considering that an iPhone's screen itself is made of goddamn Gorilla Glass, a protector that expensive shouldn't be a hit-or-miss expense.

If your protector starts out with visual imperfections, then it's also at the day where it's done for and should be replaced. I can't advise anyone to buy this, honestly. At 40 CAD, it makes for a costly lesson :/

TLDR: If you're a careful person, you don't need it. If you tend to scratch your phone often, get something less extravagant.

10 comments

  • Dominik PoradaDominik Porada, almost 6 years ago

    The idea of validating sponsored products should get its own category icon.

    8 points
  • ポール ウェッブポール ウェッブ, almost 6 years ago

    Thanks for the tip!

    2 points
  • Alex HeetonAlex Heeton, almost 6 years ago

    "The protector itself is a hard piece of transparent plastic" Are you sure? It's called the glass and the website says it's made from glass?

    1 point
    • Louis-André Labadie, almost 6 years ago (edited almost 6 years ago )

      I'm not sure, no. It would be thin, slightly flexible glass though. The website simply says this:

      Premium glass design.

      EDIT: Glass it is. That's a mistake on my part, I'll update the text.

      0 points
  • Beth RBeth R, almost 6 years ago

    Why didn't you return it?

    1 point
    • Louis-André Labadie, almost 6 years ago (edited almost 6 years ago )

      I don't think Peel do any form of return, but they'll send a replacement without making a fuss, if that's what you're asking.

      Additionally, it's a sticker-backed product. Once peeled off, it can hardly be handled again. I assume returns would make little sense for them.

      This said, I did contact them first. I wrote about what happened, and that I didn't want a replacement but felt it was better to tell them how it went down. They sent a short reply saying I'd get a replacement. Not sure they read the feedback paragraph ¯\(ツ)

      0 points
  • Marlon Bishop, 4 years ago

    I've installed mine, works perfectly. I watched some YouTube videos and then followed the instructions

    0 points
  • Alan Dougherty, over 4 years ago

    I recently bought it... Within one week it self-developed a crack from the button to the edge of the screen. I email them but so far they have failed to reply... Their case is mint but seems the screen protector is shoddy at best.

    0 points
  • Case KhorCase Khor, almost 6 years ago

    Is this your first screen protector or first glass screen protector?

    0 points
  • Brian Howe, almost 6 years ago

    Very useful tip! Thanks

    0 points