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Quick Look: Spigen GLAS Tempered Glass Screen Protector for Samsung Galaxy S3 [Contest Too] (Update: Winner Picked)

Here we go with another tempered glass screen protector solution for your Samsung Galaxy S3, although this time it’s made by the folks over at Spigen SGP. As many of you know after checking out my quick first looks at the XGEAR tempered glass protectors for the GS3 and Galaxy Nexus, tempered glass is the ultimate form of smartphone display protection.  

Spigen’s version is called GLAS Premium and is 8-9H in surface hardness, which means it is three times stronger than regular PET film. It also should resist scratches from just about anything, including knives and keys. It has an oleophobic coating to resist against smudges and fingerprints. The touch screen should remain ultra sensitive, and the edges have been rounded ever-so-slightly to make it much easier on the hand.

Spigen trimmed it around the edges, so that almost all cases will be able to fit with this screen protector on your device, took into account the proximity sensor issues that many experienced with XGEAR’s original glass protectors, and even tossed in different colored Home button inserts to help with pressing after the protector has been applied.

Initial Impressions

I appreciate the fact that Spigen cut the protector short around the edges so that you can still apply most cases for extra protection. I’m also glad that they worked around the proximity sensor issue that was happening during phone calls on the original XGEAR version. I’m enjoying the slightly rounded edges so that it doesn’t feel too sharp in hand and also the home button inserts that make pressing “Home” much easier.

I’ve looked at a couple of reviews who mention that touch sensitivity is not optimal, however, I haven’t run into any issues. In fact, I pressed as lightly as I could throughout an entire email, browsing session, and normal phone use and it reacted to everything I threw at it. Over time, if the adhesive were to give way, I could see there being an issue, but so far, it works perfectly.

Lastly, you won’t find the grid of dots on this Spigen version like I did on the original XGEAR versions.

At $34.99 you may consider this to be too expensive, but there aren’t many other options. If you want a tempered glass screen protector on your device, you can either go with Spigen’s or XGEAR’s ($29.99). From what I have read, XGEAR has made changes to fix some of the issues that plagued theirs initially, however, Spigen appears to have added some extra tweaks to make this slightly more appealing (lack of grid, room for more cases, and button inserts).

Update:  After a full day’s use, I have had absolutely no touch issues with this protector from Spigen. In fact, it’s as good as it was the minute I applied it to the device. We’ll see how it holds up over the matter of a week or so, but so far, I’m enjoying the protection.

At this time, we are only seeing a white version available, so blue GS3 owners are out of luck.

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Update: We have our winner! Their name is nyr2k2 and their story is as follows:

My car had blown a tire on the interstate on my way home from work one day. I got out to survey the damage, and decided that since my rim was now bent I should call AAA and get a tow. Reaching into my pocket, my phone slipped out of my hand, flew toward the other side of the car, and came to rest teetering precariously on a sewage drain cover. The phone was literally wobbling side to side, where the vibration from a passing car could easily have pushed it past the tipping point. Fortunately I grabbed the phone in time, but damn, it was harrowing.


Thanks for entering everyone!

Prize:  1 (one) Spigen GLAS tempered glass screen protector for the Galaxy S3.

How to enter:

1.  In the comments, tell us about the scariest time that you dropped your phone.
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Tomorrow at 12:00 PM PT, we will choose a winner randomly from the comments. Good luck!

  • you have a Nike fuel band too!
    The scariest time I dropped my phone it was was my s3. I was at work (at my work we cant have our phones.) Well it bounced once or twice and came to a sliding stop about 2 feet in front of my manager. ( all he did was look up and laugh at me)

  • Every time I drop my phone, I say to myself… “Thats why I have an Otterbox”… but I took out that stupid plastic protector. So I could use some smooth tempered glass.

    My DroidX has fallen two stories down stairs and rolled and still works. I would love to see how tempered glass on my SGS3 would work. Luckily my SGS3 has NOT been dropped!

  • kevin

    I remember just like it was yesterday. I was at my friends graduation and I was in a hurry because I was gonna be late. With my phone in my right hand checking the time while I jogged down the street. All of a sudden I stumbled on a rock and slamed my phone front first into the pavement. The screen was shattered beyond repair! on the bright side though it was only an IPhone and thats when I decided to upgrade to my Galaxy s 3 =) so it was not a total lost!

  • easily the time i took my case off, and 5 minutes later dropped it outside on rough pavement, from the porch so like a 6 foot fall

  • 18th.abn

    why are you guys dropping your phones???

  • Buckoman

    I had a Droid X without a case. I’m upstairs at Barnes and Noble, when I hear and feel the ring and vibrate of an important caller.

    It turns out that my phone had twisted itself backward inside my cargo shorts.

    Three rings out of my maximum six. Not good. Time to engage faster-than-blue hedgehog mode.

    Not to disappoint one of my loving fans, I quickly scrambled to get the phone out of my pocket. Pulling it up and out, when combined with the sweat and potential guilt of not being there to answer the President of the United States of America himself, (for all I know, that’s who it could have been), my phone had slid the entirety of its two sides between my nervously sweaty fingers and into the air.

    I had hit ring five.

    I played a one-phone-juggle for the entire upstairs of the store when it flew straight out and on to the down escalator.

    Ring six had come and gone. The supermodel who had desperately tried to reach me would be thoroughly disappointed not to hear my silky voice on the other end, and I don’t think I was getting any tips for my risky performance on the second floor. All while my phone had tumbled down the escalator and hit the bottom. Crickets were chirping, the people at the nook stand were glaring, and I hopped on the moving stairs of shame to survey the gruesome damage I had caused to Andy 2.2 (who still haunts me to the day, I swear). I reached the bottom, picked up my phone, whose battery cover had fallen off and lodged itself into the bottom of the escalator. The battery was 6 feet away, so I decided to brace myself for what would happen if the phone powered on at all.

    I pushed the nonexistent power button in with my nail and hoped for the best. People were still watching, almost as if they were eager to see what my reaction would be when my $200 phone became $0.

    Alas, the entirety of the right side of the screen was dead, the left side was spiraled in two places, but it worked.

    As it booted up, i swiped my lockscreen and dragged down the notification bar to see the newly left voicemail.

    I type half my password in blindly, press the virtual # button and wait. In a crackly voice I hear “You have one new message. First message.”

    It was my grandmother wondering if I could stop by her storage unit on Saturday to help her move some belongings.

    I now use a full InvisibleShield and OtterBox Defender at all times now, just thinking: that maybe, just maybe, if I get a call from my #1 Fan – The President’s Supermodel – That I’ll be prepared.

    • priceless

      • Buckoman

        The best part?

        It actually happened. I kid you not.

    • lmao winner

      • Buckoman

        It’s too bad that this is a random contest.

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  • Nicolai Sheehan

    Scariest time for me I had the wall charger still plugged into the phone while walking to me car and I dropped the phone only to watch in horror unable to catch it but the length of the cord was just short enough for the phone to swing just above the ground.

  • eclect1c

    I had my Droid Incredible in my lap while sitting in the passenger seat of the car. The car was parked parallel on a residential street with grass along the sidewalks. This means that sprinklers run and the excess water is collected along the corner of the road against the sidewalk–the same side from which I exited the car. Of course, I forgot that I had my phone in my lap and it fell about two feet onto the pavement and *gasp* in the water!

  • Scott Willenborg

    This one time, I was looking at some “art” pictures of women and my wife walked up behind me and I dropped my phone between us when she startled me. The headphones pulled out too so not only did it land face up the volume was full blast.

    Scary man, scary.

  • Ivan92116

    anytime you drop your phone is scary….my precious!!!

  • I was trying to take drunken pictures outside of a bar one night when my phone slipped out of my hand and straight onto the concrete. Miraculously my screen didn’t even crack, but the body took some damage.

  • Guy Alon

    The time the screen shattered. Thats right my Droid 4 gorilla glass was no match for 3 feet and a concrete garage floor

  • I was installing a satellite dish while standing a 28 foot ladder and went to use my og droid as a level when I got the butter fingers from the cold. Down it dropped hit a rung or two and skipped across the drive way. I practically ran down the ladder hoping it was ok, and it was with one little nick on the corner. I still have that phone up until a month ago I was using it to test roms out until the touchscreen gave up.

  • Leaving the phone on my lap while i drive. sometimes i get out and it falls out onto concrete. Like time goes so slow as i watch it fall

  • Spongehead

    This one time, at band camp…Oh, wait…

  • La2da

    I dropped my OG Droid at a pretty rowdy concert, with the screen on. Chasing my illuminated phone through the darkened mosh pit floor was like trying to snag a futuristic dollar bill taped to a string in the wind.

  • Jason Inofuentes

    Had to climb a mountain for work (I’m a paramedic, Old Rag was the mountain, patient was on the east side coming up, we were on the west side). Made my way to the top and wanted to call my wife to tell her I’d be late for dinner. Dropped the phone, it tumbled down the trail. Screen was fine. Case was scratched pretty badly. (Blackberry 8703e)

  • Troy Walbaum

    When I was still in college living in a dorm, I slept on a lofted bed about 6 feet in the air. At the time, I had a Droid X. It was sitting next to me and my alarm went off to wake me from my nap. I quickly reached for it, but instead of grabbing it, I punched it across the room. The walls were cinderblock and the floor was tile. It flew across the room, smashed into the wall on the other side, and exploded into the phone, the battery cover, and the battery. I launched out of my loft and picked it up. Other than some scuffs, no damage. Put it together and it fired right up. I almost died that day…

  • B J Books

    Dropped my Gnex face first on the bathroom tile. Luckily the case protected the screen. Phew!

  • I jus dropped my GSIII yesterday on the street 🙁 luckily I had a otter box case on it

  • 10lbmustache

    I was talking on the phone while riding my bicycle and fumbled it trying to put it back in my pocket. I tried to catch it and crashed in the process. I actually got more banged up then the phone.

  • nightscout13

    Dropped DroidX from 4 feet onto pavement, it skipped on all 4 corners for 5 seconds, then landed on it’s face. I thought FOR SURE the glass was broken. Nope.

  • My dad turned, knocked my phone out of my had, landed face down in parking lot, and he stepped on it, all in one swift move. Amazingly it survived with just a few scratches on the case.

  • MShareKim

    I had just gotten my EnV3 in blue (it was about three days old), and was so excited to have a blue phone. After four years of cell phones with no incidents, I had also decided that insurance was a rip off and removed it from the account. I was at a training in Peachtree, GA staying at a hotel and I had been playing with the phone flipping it open and shut. I got in the elevator and it slipped out of my hands and fell in the crack between the doors and floor, falling down the elevator shaft. I felt my heart drop, then I hit the button to go back to the main floor and went to the front desk, argued with the girl at the front for about 15 minutes before she called the maintenance guy who retrieved it for me though he thought I was crazy for asking. Had a little scratch in the corner but worked just fine. Every time I saw him the rest of the week I’d wave and say hello, and he’d elbow whoever was with him, point to me, and laugh. For the record, I think it was at least 3, but definitely no more than a 4 story fall (and I called Verizon that night and put insurance back on the account). Still have it in my dresser.

  • well scariest drop for me would have to be at work when i was on the
    asphalt roller and dropped it on the hot asphalt then ran over it with the roller… in the end i ended up with a half crushed phone and a melted one… wasn’t fun at all

  • While in the final stages of taking a wiz, I leaned over for the flush and my S3 came shooting out of the shallow pockets of my zip down hoodie. While in mid flush, toilet golden yellow with my recent deposit, I was faced with a tough decision. Do I go right in and hope that I’m quick enough to swoop it out before it’s flooded throughout every crevice with my sterile yet stinky liquid waste? Or do I make no such effort and just let my technological pride and joy become entirely invaded in a way I’m sure no phone (or normal person) would want to spend their last waking moments? In the heat of the moment there was no such thought process, I went straight in without hesitation, snatching my beloved device with such vigor that my sleeve also absorbed a solid pint of said pungent liquid. With phone and sweatshirt ruined, I proceeded to wash my hands for about an hour straight while showing, strangely proud that I didn’t entirely give up on my baby without a fight.

  • Kate S.

    It was that one time when intelligence clearly wasn’t in play and the downfall was brought on in threefold;
    1. This was a few years ago when those hoodies with the long pocket were considered okay to wear.
    2. I was near a tub full of water
    3. Naked toddler who sat on it before I could grab it.
    3.5 Naked boy toddler.

    I tried putting it in a bag of rice, slightly baking it (this was according to my brother who I assumed knew about this kind of stuff) but alas, I has rainbow screen until I could afford an upgrade. Thank droid this was before the time of smartphones.

  • Eric Soriano

    So far I haven’t dropped my S3 but the day is coming. I hope it has a Spigen Glas Tempered Glass Screen Protector when it does happen!

  • its not really a drop, but i got so drunk that i woke up with wet shorts in the morning, and a wet galaxy nexus… luckily fooled verizon once again and got a new one for free

  • David

    I was working on my car one evening as I finished I shut my hood but didn’t latch it due to me might having to go back under the hood. So I drive around the block but about 10miles or so on car. when I was done with test drive everything was good so I shut the hood the rest of the way by just pressing down on hood really hard.. Went into house cleaned up, showered etc. When done I went to make a phone call to call a buddy of mine. I couldn’t find phone after looking for about 30mins I realized the last place I remember phone was on the cowl of my car… ran outside opened door pulled hood release lift hood only to find my Galaxy Nexus still on cowl of hood but screen and thousands of little pieces.. Thank god I had insurance

  • I had just purchased my Bionic and the next day I could not for the life of me find it. I am walking around and I go in the bathroom. My toddler was standing on the sink holding it to his head like he was talking on the phone. He looks at me startled and drops it. In the toilet.


  • one of my kids ran across my gym bag with metal cleats on, guess where my phone was. Stepped right on the screen and put a big divot in the screen. Hello ins. replacement

  • 25 feet drop…..while working on scissor lift 🙂 that phone doesn’t need screen protector, but replacement sure does

  • unclever_username

    When I had my old DROID 2, I accidentally knocked it into the sink while running some water. The strange thing is, my mind was so immediately shocked at what was happening that I just frantically stared at it for a second or so and half-flailed my arms around. I’m sure I looked ridiculous.

  • violator702

    I was having a drink or two at this bar, and my phone slipped out of my hand. I was luckily able to grab it out of mid air. I think those few seconds took a year off of my life.

  • Michael_NM

    I mailed my OG Droid to Tato in a hard drive case. My Droid survived the trip, the hard drive case did not… 🙂

  • JonandRoid

    The scariest time is when i was on a 6ft ladder on the job as a commercial plumber, i was fiddling around with my phone (at the time photon 4g) and i lost grip of the phone, fumbling it in the air like a football, i thought i had it, but i lost it, watching it fall in slow motion to the ground hoping the screen wouldn’t break, It landed flat on the screen on the cement. I had dropped it several times in the past and hoped it was alright. A few of my coworkers saw what had happened and were like “ooooh”…so they watched me pick up my phone as i said “ahh its all good i drop it all the time” and as i picked it up, it was cracked all over…they laughed, i sulked….that was the end of my screen…..I then got the S3 to replace it and its AWESOME! hope i win so i don’t have to tell this story again lol 🙂

  • Bert336

    Jamming to the music, phone on my lap…get out to pump gas…forgot the phone on my lap…ouch!

  • kenny jaros

    I destroyed my e4gt and filed an insurance claim. Received my replacement device, put the old one in the return envelope and headed to the mailbox. On the way home I hit my leg and the new phone slammed to the ground shattering the screen! Talk about a bad day

  • Randy Bihlmayer

    It was 1 week after getting my new phone and I was getting out of the car. I had answered a call earlier and set the phone on my lap. A few blocks down the road and I forgot it was there. I jumped out like Kosmo Kramer coming through a door and my phone was catapulted from my lap. It bounced off the door and again off my shoe tumbling end over end from corner to corner as I cringed in horror. Finally, coming to a rest after a short slide on the screen. Sarcastically, I thought “yay my brand new phone is toast” while simultaneously a little bit of me died inside. The unintentional stress test on my cheap new case turned out to be a success. No real damage beyond some scratches to the cheap-o screen protector I picked up for like 10 Cents. So I could really use a nice screen protector. Lesson learned: never go cheep-o when your screen is on the line!

  • Dropped my phone facedown on on a gritted concrete deck. Scared me to death! Somehow got no scratches that time. Never ever again, please!

  • javikid

    At church trying to mute the phone while in mass lol

  • I was in a crowded night club texting and dropped my phone. It got kicked around something fierce…I eventually found the phone, no battery, no back cover…YIKES…I did find the battery, no luck with the back cover…Warranty replaced few days later…

  • mustbepbs

    My wife got in a car accident in the snow and I was trying to call the insurance company and I almost dropped my GNEX. Wouldn’t have added to the day.

  • Ryanerikk

    I went skydiving last month and while jumping from 25,000 feet I was trying to film the jump my S3 slipped out of my hand and fell straight down to earth and shattered completely. I ended up having to buy a new phone almost 700.00 plus. My Bad I guess. That’s my story on why I need protection not only for my S3 on earth but jumping down to it.

    • Wow. I wonder if otterboxes are skydiving-certified.

  • I dropped mine trying to put it in my pocket getting out of the car at work, cracked the screen all the way across. No phone while I worked for 12 hours. That was a long day.

  • Once i was on the roof of my house and my phone went rolling down it and fell off the edge luckily it was onto grass instead of the driveway so it was fine but it was pretty scary.

  • don

    Haha, one of my biggest gripes with the S3 is the smooth surface that wants to slip out of my hand if I’ve just washed all the oil off my hands, so I’m concerned for the winter here in Michigan for sure! I’ll have a case on it by then, so the scariest drop has been in the car when it went between the seat and console, but I’ve dropped this thing half a dozen times already because of how it makes me feel like it’s dainty and needs to be held gently, then that makes it wind up slipping out of my hands! I’m scared for the NEXT drop and hope I get myself a case by then!

  • ThreeWolves

    I dropped my Droid X while I was hunting one time. It fell out of the tree stand and I thought I had to get down quickly to retrieve it. However, I was wearing a Three Wolves Howling at the moon shirt and the phone missed the shirt so much, it actually flew back up into stand.

  • I once dropped my Droid 1 on gravel then slipped and stepped on it… not a good day. It survived but got a nasty scar on the top of the phone.