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Second Look: XGEAR Fantom Tempered Glass Screen Protector for Galaxy Nexus [Contest Too] [RAW]

Today, we’re taking a second look at XGEAR’s tempered glass screen protector for the Galaxy Nexus, called the Fantom. We first took a look at these back in July when XGEAR was getting close to being on final samples and definitely noticed a couple of issues which they have told us have since been addressed. So as part of Reader Appreciation Week, we wanted to talk about our new impressions and then hand a couple of these $30 tempered glass protectors out to the best Android community on the planet. 

 Second Impressions

For those new to tempered glass, you need to think of this as the ultimate form of protection for a screen. It’s glass, rather than a flimsy film, so it’s harder, more scratch and crack resistant, and feels nice to the touch. In fact, I actually like tempered glass more for the touch sensitivity than anything else. Regular PET screen protectors feel awful to the touch, but tempered glass simply feels just like if you were touching your screen.

With that out of the way, let’s talk about this new version. First of all, the phone wakes up just fine while on a call. The proximity sensor is no longer blocked allowing the phone to function properly. Touch sensitivity is also very good and the protector actually appears to be slightly thinner than it did in the past, but I doubt that to be the case. It does fit very well on top of the device though, and would almost be unnoticeable if it weren’t for the cutouts for the notification light, front camera, and sensors. I’m also no longer noticing a rainbow effect in the middle of the protector while it’s on the device.

I am, however, still noticing the grid that was showing up on the previous release. It’s not a deal breaker, but when the beauty of the Galaxy Nexus screen is one of the selling points, this grid does bring it down a notch. The XGEAR team explained to me that the grid has to do with a special UV coating which helps preserve the protector.

Overall, I’m impressed by the changes that have been made and would definitely recommend that you consider the Fantom tempered glass protector if you are looking for extra protection. At $30, it’s the only option available.



Update:  Our two winners (1 and 2) have been emailed! Be sure to check your inboxes. Stay tuned for the next contest!

Again, since it’s Reader Appreciation Week (RAW), let’s give two of these away and save a couple of you $30.

Prize:  Two (2) Fantom tempered glass protectors from XGEAR for the Galaxy Nexus

How to enter:

1.  In the comments, tell us what it will take to get you to part with your Galaxy Nexus.
2.  If you haven’t already, be sure to follow us on Google+.
3.  Also, feel free to share this post with your G-Nex friends on Google+.


Tomorrow at 8:00AM PT, we will randomly choose two winners from the comments.

  • Bill

    It would take alot to get me to part with the GNex. I only parted with the Droid1 since it was dated. It would have to be another vanilla, developer friendly phone that has taken a giant leap. Maybe a Quad-Core or higher, 3 or more Mhz, 8-10 Mpix camera, etc. In other words, I’m keeping the GNex for a while til something definitely better comes along in 2+ years. (So, the Fantom tempered glass protector would serve me well for a long time).

  • Dan McCormack

    I would only get rid of my galaxy nexus for a new nexus in two or more years when upgrading would make sense.

  • Adam Winslow

    a new nexus

  • Kristina Zajur

    I would only part with my Galaxy Nexus if there was no Google Maps 😉 jk!

  • Mike Yost

    Possibly a phone with better signal, really the only thing “Wrong” with the Galaxy Nexus to me.

  • kristina

    I would only part with my Galaxy Nexus if they took away Google Maps 😉 jk!

  • I think the only immediate thing that would get me to let go of my Galaxy Nexus, would be an Asus Padfone 2 for Verizon.

  • New666

    Only the next nexus device can part me with my GNEX.

  • The Pr0fyT

    I really need this. My Nexus is so bulky with this Otter box is can barely fit into my jeans pocket. Please.. Make my dreams come true today!

  • Stephen Hicks

    *won a new one 🙂

  • Stephen Hicks

    The only way that I would ever part ways with my beautiful G-Nex would be if someone were to come over herr right now ans try to pry it from my dead, lifeless fingers! Haha….or if I

  • will only take another nexus device along with keeping my unlimited data

  • I would part with my Galaxy Nexus for a Galaxy Nexus 2 or a Nexus 5. But it would have to be available/work on big red….

  • br_hermon

    To part from my GNex? wow… I really love this phone.. but… to part with it, I’d take a new, FREE, nexus device on Verizon.

  • DevilMan

    Another nexus is the only way I’m giving my Gnex up.

  • If VZ releases a true Nexus with first in line updates direct from Google. But we know that isn’t ever going to happen.

  • I considered on of these when they were in preorder. The initial reviews scared me off. Maybe time to reconsider

  • Adam Cargal

    It will be another nexus, Samsung or otherwise, to get me to part with the Gnex!

  • Jose Q

    I would part with my Nexus if it got Verizon to stop locking bootloaders OUR phones! Yes I know the Nexus bootloader can be easily unlocked, I’m taking one for the team here.

  • Jake

    Upgrade time, or another nexus. Or if there is a phone released that the specs are so awesome just can’t let it not be mine.

  • David Yu

    Would part if a gnex 2 came out with more edge to edge display and razr maxx’s battery

  • A phone that will be twice what my nexus is or my boss making me get a new one…

  • I love my Nexus but I would only part with it for Tegra 3 Nexus 🙂

  • michael o’brien

    Right now, not sure if I could part with my Nexus.

  • Jonathan Svor

    I would part with my nexus if I could be first in line for the iphone 6 in NY only to smash it in front of all the cheering geniuses.

  • Prox

    I would part with gnex for the nothing. Favorite phone to date and can not imagine upgrading anytime soon.

  • red014

    I will part with my Nexus when Verizon gets another Nexus and allows me to keep my grandfathered data plan with a subsidized phone. Until then, no dice.

  • Jon Gee

    A new Nexus.

  • David Le

    If it broke

  • Doug

    A guarantee that I won’t lose my unlimited data plan or that paying full price for the phone won’t mean I still have to pay the subsidized service rates.

  • Hothfox

    Another Nexus would do it. This is my first Nexus and I’m in love with how easy it was to unlock the bootloader, root it, and find custom ROMs and mods.

  • Kent Burton

    The only way i will part with my Galaxy Nexus is if it is replaced by a newer Nexus. Fingers crossed for HTC and Moto.

  • codelinx

    the nexus of next year ….

  • scott cantu

    A second job so I can afford to but a new phone at full price because there’s no way im letting my unlimited data go anywhere! The new phone would have to be able to do everything from making/ receiving calls to washing the dishes and everything in between!!

  • The only way I could part with my gnex is for the gnex 2
    Or whatever the tickles my fancy in the new nexus lineup!

  • Jonik Cannon

    Galaxy Nexus 2, if i had the Nexus

  • The next Nexus!

  • TheGreatNate

    I’m pretty sure the only way that I will get rid of my Galaxy Nexus is if I can somehow keep my unlimited data when upgrading to a new Nexus phone..

  • Death.

  • The only way I would part with my GNex would be if someone gave me a GS3 developer edition for free =)

  • das0527

    The only thing that would convince me to part with my Galaxy Nexus is a new Nexus…also made by Samsung. I’m very impressed by this phone. It’s living up to all the hype.

  • Phil McKracken

    I would part with my nexus if I could find a building high enough to toss the POS off of to guarantee it would bust into billions of pieces never to be put back together again. The voice and data reception is horrible.

  • Corey Foltman

    I would part with my Galaxy Nexus when a new greatly improved Nexus appears on Verizon

  • Only way would be if they released a quad core 1080 nexus.

  • The next Nexus.

  • Brian Sargent

    only an EMP

  • shcommish

    Give up unlimited data? It better be a darn good phone!

  • dp917

    the rumored Nexus 5

  • col3rsc

    Another Nexus

  • Andy Blystone

    It would take a winning powerball ticket so i could afford a GS3…