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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!

  • Nick

    I was getting out of my car and watched my phone skid across the ground on it’s face. I was sure that it was gonna be scratched like crazy but somehow it survived. I rarely drop my phone so it actually worried me for second.

  • peeyourownpants

    18 inches. slipped out of my pocket while i was sitting at my desk. after throwing it on the cement from 5 feet several times by missing the internal pocket in my jacket, my screen cracks from a relative water slide ride.

  • M C

    I was on vacation in Texas, getting out of the car my phone dropped off my lap. Luckily for me though it landed screen side face down and before i realized it i had hopped out of the car landing perfectly on the back of my phone … yay 🙂

  • George Fayad

    Not the S3, but i had the XGear one for my galaxy nexus. It was very effective. My only gripe i had was the lack of touch response at the upper and lower extremes of the screen.

    I will say this for the protector though:

    While working one day I lost hold of a mid tower and the edge landed right on my phone screen as it was sitting on the desk facing up. The XGEAR tempered screen protector cracked and spider webbed across the entire phone. After removing the shards I was left with a perfectly intact Galaxy Nexus. The tempered glass does the job, no doubt about it.

  • With my GS3, it slipped out of my pocket in the bathroom at work and *just* missed the toilet bowl. Now, keep in mind that the bathroom is pretty gross, but fortunately I have cheap TPU case on it that was easily washed too. PHEW!

  • nyr2k2

    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.

  • I never drop my phone, but my GF, who has a S3, is prone to dropping it.

  • I haven’t dropped my S3 yet (thankfully), but i did drop my Droid X. I was returning a cable box to my local TV provider and I had the box and the phone in the same hand. I went to get the box with my other hand when the phone dropped about 5 feet right onto the concrete sidewalk. Luckily the only thing that happened to the phone was a couple of nicks and dents on one of the corners.

  • Kpirate

    I let my friend hold my Droid 2 to see how navigation worked. She dropped it on the ground screen facing down. Phone survived without a scratch though

  • Jeremy Stewart

    I was walking through the woods and texting at the same time trying to catch a ride after a concert so I was less than sober. Without a phone I would have been in a bad situation without a way home. My Droid 1 slipped out of my hands and landed on a rock…face first! I was so worried my screen was a goner but I picked it up and everything was normal. The next day I noticed a very small scratch but it wasn’t distracting. That phone is such a tank I’m pretty sure it would survive with the roaches after WWIII. I wish I could say the same for the gorilla glass 2 on my S3 but there are already small scratches on there even tho it’s almost always in my pocket or somewhere safe and hasn’t been dropped.

  • RW-1

    Her’s a novel idea – OEM’s make thicker phones withthe glass protectors in place, or even thicker tempered original screens!
    This is all ridiculous – you have OEM’s striving to give you lighter, thinner devices, in which you then shell out for cases and screen protectors to bring it back to a thick heavier phone than what you bought..
    Think about it…. perhpas the OEM’s and the community is trending in the wrong direction here …

  • Dropped my Droid 3 on the street, like actual blacktop, the day I got it. I thought for sure the screen was going to be cracked as it fell directly on the screen. Walked away without a scratch.

  • IanKellogg

    I dropped my galaxy nexus two days after I got it. I had insurance on it and they wouldn’t replace it since it still worked even though the screen was all screwed up. I took it into my driveway and smashed it. got a new phone. Since then I put one of these glass screen protectors on it and i loved it until I got the GS3. Would love to have one of these for that phone.

  • Sparky Tweek

    Thankfully I haven’t had any major “whoops” and dropped my phone from any place high…or accidently launched it out of my hands. I just usually drop my phone from waist level to the ground while taking it out of my pocket. I always keep a case on my phones, so usually the case bears the brunt of the scratches. Knock-on-wood…I’ve never cracked a screen…and if I were to win this Spigen protector, I know my phone will be much safer! Thanks for the contest DL!

  • SJ Prettyman

    The scariest moment I’ve dropped a phone is when I was canoeing down a “stream” with a friend”. I say “stream” because it was more mud than water. My friend ended up tipping us over, and sure enough, my phone went into the mud and water! I thought I had lost my phone completely, but I did end up finding it. It didn’t work…but at least I got a free replacement.

  • John Pyun

    I was holding my DROID x as I was waving goodbye to a friend when my phone slipped and flew straight into the concrete. I thought I had finally done it. I’d dropped the phone many times before but never with such velocity. How However, when I checked it was only slightly scuffed up. suck it iPhone!

  • DK

    I had just bought the galaxy nexus, full retail, the first day it was available in stores (end of December). Coming from an HTC dinc, I ended up not really liking the phone, and by the end of that first day I already planned to return it. Before i could pack it back in the box, it decided to slip out of my hands falling (in slow-mo) waist high to a tile floor. The back pops off, the phone goes one way, the battery another. Thankfully there was no visible damage, scuff etc, i guess its design to break apart helped reduce the blow lol… Packed it right away, and was happy to get my inc back working (which had a case yet I’ve never dropped). Now I have the sgs3 (with a case) but no screen protector. help! lol..

  • Jason Scofield

    Great Story of ALL!!! Got a little tipsy at my house the other day dropped my phone on the side walk. While making my first attempt to pick up the phone i pour my drink on it. Keeping in my a huge long island iced tea went all over the phone. After making a second attempt to pick up the phone i was searching for any scratches and saw my screen would not unlock. Not knowing my phone took a screen shot of the lock screen and i was currently viewing that photo. Phones fine and still runs good. Really need a great screen protector to keep my phone safe from me!

  • skaad

    Does throwing a HTC Windows 6 phone at a wall count? Resulted in a cracked screen. Husband dropped Casio Gone off top of car then ran over it on gravel. Phone did not even get a scratch! That thing is tough and will survive a sink in a hottub too (several in fact

  • michael arazan

    I was at UMSL in st.louis city going down hill, very hilly campus, in my wheelchair carrying my backpack on my lap. Rolling down hill my glove tore exposing my skin and burning my hand causing me to let go of my chair tire and causing me to go faster downhill. I hit a bumb my backpack flung down in front of my small vulcanized solid rubber front tire slowing me down dragging my bag under the tire from a large bump in the front pocket of the bag catching the tire to slow me down caught in between the chair and the front caster wheel. I stopped got my bag from being entangled, thought my wallet in the bag caused me to slow down, and was MY D! with the bodyglove case. The body glove case cracked in half and my D1 was still in perfect condition, it is truly an indestructible brick.

  • Dropped my OG Droid when getting out of my car, luckily I got my foot under it in time to cushion the blow.

  • Scott

    I was putting Christmas lights on the roof while listening to music and had my phone in my jacket pocket… almost slipped and as I braced myself my phone slipped out of the pocket and slid down the roof. It was only about a ten foot drop from the edge of the roof to the ground and luckily it missed the solid stone bird bath. Even if it would have hit it would have survived easily… it was the OG Droid after all!!

  • I had my OG Droid Incredible resting on my English book when I was walking out of class and I accidently dropped my English book and away went my phone as well and it hit the ground and the screen shattered 🙁

  • SubMatrix

    I only drop my phone when getting out of my car. I’ll have it on my lap while driving and then forget about it until I actually step out. Then comes the horror as it hits the ground. Luckily, despite no case, the original dinc was pretty beastly so I only suffered minor scuff marks on the plastic body. I doubt my s3 would be so lucky.

  • Chris

    I was lifting dumbbells and my phone slipped out of my pocket. I didn’t notice and proceeded to drop a 40 lb weight from about four feet up onto my droid x. Luckily, to my surprise, it didn’t break

  • Piotr G.

    I was in my car on the way to work, kind of in a rush. Phone was in my lap, after arriving next to my building, and parking, I checked the area and saw a bus coming but I had enough time to get out of the car and get inside, forgetting the phone in my lap.

    Needless to say I swung open the door and just as quickly as that door opened is also how quickly I got out and saw my phone flying into the lane the bus was in, bus didn’t see my phone drop and he kept going……I thought it was done but then I saw it there, laying in the street with just a small scratch on the side……just missed by the huge bus wheels…

  • primarchlion

    Dropped my Bionic on the road at a toll booth while trying to hand them money.. Fell on the road flat on it’s face. Miraculously it seemed to survive unscathed, but later I found a single crack across the capacitive search button. Still fully functional though, and going strong.

  • saruonasaurus

    I was reading an instragram pic saying “don’t sweat the small stuff”, and right at that moment I dropped my new S3 face down flat onto the cement sidewalk :O

  • The Scariest time i dropped my phone was when it was from literally less then a foot from the ground and i picked it up like any other time expecting everything to be fine, Mind you my phone had survived drops in excess of 10 feet so it was soul crushing, Luckily for me it was a sign from above that it was time to upgrade. And none to soon as verizon was just about to go into allshare and i was not tainting my Unlimited data, Now i make it a regular point to use upwards of 10 GB of data on my S3 just to stick it to verizon for the month long headache they made me endure trying to upgrade my phone but that is story for another day.

  • NWDoden

    Hip drop on to concrete floor brand new GS3 case exploded I lost my breath but it turned out ok

  • mr_taxi

    It was my first smartphone. The Nexus One. Throughout the grueling six hour course of an organic chemistry lab, one tends to get bored while waiting for an experiment to do its thing. To help pass the time, I tend to pull out my phone from the pocket of my pants through the side vents of my lab coat. Usually not an issue. Putting the phone back in my pocket; however, was an entirely different story. You don’t always have the best tactile sensation with gloves on. I got through the side vent without a problem, thought the phone was ready to go in my pocket, and just let it go.

    My poor Nexus One dropped onto diamond plate, landing corner first.

    I didn’t have a case at the time. I had only owned the phone for a week.

    Thankfully, I did have a full-body skin, and it actually saved my phone. No scratches, or anything.

  • Manuel ORTIZ

    A few weeks back I was moving too my new place n I was getting gas and my fiance took my phone n as soon as I went too get gas she went and got out of the car and she slammed my phone on the ground n I got so scared BC I heard something crack n I thought it was the screen n it was the back cover fell off. That was my scariest moment ever. My S3 survived the pavement!

  • running to catch the 1 train in nyc, my OG droid fell out of my hand and down the concrete and steel steps, it was scary as heck. What happened to trusty droid? only some paint chipped away, i hope this spigen glass is as tough as the OG droid!

  • cleetose

    This one time I was holding my phone, and then I dropped it. The end.

  • Chris Nelson

    The day after I got my s3, no case yet and I drop kick it down the stairs. Luckily, not a scratch, but it has been in a case ever since.

  • Scariest moment for me was the other night. I dropped my S3 on the concrete in a parking lot. I had an Otterbox commuter and invisible shield on it. I picked it up and the entire front was spidered with cracks under the protecter. As luck would have it, I was in the parking lot of the verizon store. I went in. At this point my phones screen was becoming more mangled as if it had a mind of its own. The rep that I spoke to looked and sounded exactly like Jamie Foxx. He was incredibly cool and helpful and pulled some sort of strings to get me a brand new S3 out of the box right there in store. As I left the store, I looked over my shoulder and said, “thanks Jamie.” Jamie Foxx said, “I got your back.”

    …..Then i woke up.

    This is actually a dream i had this passed week. Jamie Foxx did help me out of this pickle in which my phone continued to disintegrate in my hands. Had to share.

  • K1cks

    I dropped my HTC trophy stepping out into the family room. It was naked and landed on its corner. It hit the wooden step and cracked the screen in a spider web manner. It was still usable, but I could feel my fingers catch on the cracks when sliding them across it.

  • ConCal

    My S3 slipped out of my hands on pavement and I nearly threw myself to the ground to try and catch it, I’m so paranoid about the screen.

  • Last summer I was on a crazy fast spinning and gyrating carnival ride at the fair with my teenage son when my cell went flying out of my pocket and off into outer space. Not really. It went flying off into the crowd surrounding the ride and collided with the body of a frail elderly lady at the fair with her grand-kids. It gave her a pretty nice bruise on her upper back close to her neck — which was good — because if it had hit her front it could easily have hit her in the face. Or impaled a tit. Luckily, the phone didn’t have a scratch on it when I retrieved it from her. I said, “Thanks for not breaking my phone, lady.” Just kidding. I apologized profusely — then I groveled and begged, “OH GOD PLEASE DON’T SUE ME FOR EVERYTHING I HAVE.”

    The fair called paramedics as per their liability paranoia. They didn’t transport. And there was a big brouhaha with her family and so on. I don’t blame them for being angry that their Mom nearly got impaled by a hypersonic flying DroidX — but I figured that ultimately I was going to get sued and raked over fiery hot coals by her maniacal spazzed out son and daughter — the son being the father of the grand-kids — who showed up to drive her and the kids home and follow with grandma’s car. But I never heard a word from them — or any lawyers. Hallelujah.

  • Geo

    The first night I had in my new car I wasn’t paying attention to anything but my new car. My girlfriend had my phone in her lap but I didn’t know. We get to a store, get out of my car, and I heard a phone drop on her side, I touch my pockets and I realized it was mine that dropped. I ran over to see if it had a broken screen, I was lucky it landed in a corner and on the back since it had no case, just a few scratches. Long live my g-nex. I’d like to win this case for my friend actually.

  • Jay

    Had the Droid X and there were 2 times I thought for sure I’d get a cracked screen. First time was in the bathroom and the phone fell flat, glass side down, from the counter onto granite tile. Nothing happened! Thanks Gorilla Glass.

    The other time I was driving and forgot that I had the phone in my lap. After parking and getting out the car the phone drops down onto the pavement with a little slide. Screen was still good! Gotta thank Invisible Shield for that one saving the screen from scratches.

  • froader

    Dropped my phone on the bathroom tile. Battery and back flew off. I was lucky that time…

  • Rick Barnett

    Took a date out on an abandoned train trestle to lay down in the middle and look at the stars. As I got up and sought to reposition my phone, it fell over the side. I was sure that it fell into the water far below. I looked over the edge, and by shear luck, it landed on a wooden piling that help the trestle in place. I climbed down the side with great fear but deteremined to rescue my beloved Galaxy Nexus. Recovered it with a nice crack at the top of the screen.

  • Getting out of my car with my phone, keys and shopping bags in my hand, I dropped my phone while tryin gto lock the car. The phone hit the ground but luckily on got a few vwry minor scratches because it was proteceted in a case.

  • AntiJeff

    My Droid x was sitting in the passenger seat when my wife got in to the car she put it on the dash board when I took a sharp left hand turn out the passenger window it went – that was an expensive left hand turn

  • I had my HTC Touch slide out of my pocket while getting our of the car, the door shuts, but stops. I open it to see my HTC keeping the door from closing. Did the pouch HTC provide with the device protect it enough? Hitting the power button, I see a wonder line of miscolored pixels across the middle of the screen. Looks like it is time to upgrade.

  • Alan Paone

    I dropped my galaxy nexus while I was biking yesterday and the screen cracked right at the center of the curved part. Fell straight from my pocket to the ground. I’m still totally crushed.
    I dropped my milestone onto concrete from ten feet up awhile ago and had nothing happen, I miss that quality 🙁

  • eliplan312

    I had an Atrix with me in Italy, and was cruising around on one of those boat-bus-things (which handily have nothing stopping a dropped phone from sliding out of them)… My phone fell out of my pocket and the cover and battery fell off, and I barely managed to grab them in time to prevent them from falling into the sea.

  • I dropped my phone off my 2 story balcony, some how it managed to survive. Yay Droid X!

  • mike s

    I once hopped out of my car with my phone in my lap. My Evo slammed face down on to the street. Lucky for me I just had a few scratches on my screen protector.