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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.

Buy.

Contest

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+.

Winner:

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

  • Zacharypt

    It would take a googorola nexus to get me to part with my nexus

  • FarmerTechno

    I’d part with my Galaxy Nexus for the HTC Nexus 5, if such a thing truly exists.

  • Coop

    Intrigued by the Galaxy Note 2 and what the next Nexus will offer but honestly my GNex does everything
    I need it to do plus allows me the control only an unlocked rooted phone can give me. Any future purchase would require the ability to unlock and root period.

  • http://twitter.com/Dscott1027 Dieringer Scott

    Another Nexus. Or a super phone that was produced with the combined effort of Smaung, Moto, HTC, and Sony. With an unlocked bootloader of course

  • Jon

    You can get the Nexus out of my hands if someone handed me an LG Optimus G for Verizon so I can keep my unlimited plan

  • http://twitter.com/carlosavina Carlos Avina

    Would have to be another Nexus…

  • Bodhiballer

    To part with my GNex, I’d need my upgrade to come back around. Otherwise it would need to be another Nexus, and this time around I’ll be looking for excellent battery life and camera. The radios must be better, but I assume that’s a given. Finally, I’d like better materials – I don’t hate on the GNex’s plastic, but at the same time it does not exactly inspire.

  • Chris McGee

    What’s special about the Nexus isn’t in a name, but in the dev community surrounding the device. If there were a demonstrably better phone that had a similar crowd of awesome people working on third party ROMs, I’d go for it.

  • Steve Edholm

    I wont part with it. Maybe if it breaks and a new nexus is out and I can’t replace it, but I want to keep this one for at least 3 years if I can. Then again, not quite 1 year and I did completely bust one already….

  • woot

    lets say about $800… so i can buy the next nexus.

  • cykotix

    Just like most others, it would take another Nexus device.

  • http://twitter.com/ncjones Nick Jones

    It will take the next nexus phone on verizon!! i will not go back to a skinned OS..

  • Matt Crecelius

    Another nexus and eligible for an upgrade through Verizon

  • http://www.facebook.com/Rukkian Dan Letsch

    The only thing that would get me to part with it at this point would be if I somehow smash it and can’t get another.

  • jmayniac

    Not really sure what would make me part with it, but a new Nexus phone would be a great start.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hollis.howell Hollis Howell

    Another Nexus of course!!! :]

  • Mr ilheis

    Another Nexus on Big Red. Hopefully a quad core, with SLCD 2 and a better camera. Otherwise there’s no reason to pry it from my hands. ;)

  • BlackT5

    Only if the b!tches at VZW allow another Nexus sold on the play store to run on their network. Remember when they said “authorized devices can be used”. We can only hope.

  • StealieSubie

    quad core, 2gigs, HD IPS screen, 13MP camera, SD Card slot

  • vonny571

    Not sure. It’s going to be a tough decision since I’ll be paying full price to keep my unlimited data.

  • Dan Barrow

    I’ll take stupid answers for $ 30 Alex : the next generation Nexus.

  • http://twitter.com/prambo216 Pam Rambo

    Never!! You cant have it!! – I cant imagine parting with it unless the newer nexus is even more awesome with maybe longer battery life. Or maybe if it could brew a good cup of coffee…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=612913801 Doug Miller

    I would part with my nexus only for the next one :P

  • jason ott

    $1,000,000!

  • chey023

    A new nexus. And one that Big Red doesn’t mess with.

  • http://twitter.com/GrumbleBunny JR

    I’d consider it, should another nexus be released and was entirely made of bacon.

  • JS629

    Only a newer nexus at this point.

  • http://twitter.com/scottyfromga Scott

    I WOULD NEVER PART WITH MY GALAXY NEXUS!!! This would be AWESOME to cover my slightly cracked screen…..I would be so honored if Droid-Life helped me fix my screen.

  • craig1989

    I actually think I’d part with my nexus to try out the GSIII, some of the features look really cool

  • Weston Clark

    I cracked my screen on my gnex… so a new screen/nexus would make me happy :)

  • Smeet

    A new nexus, possibly by Motorola, with no interference from Verizon. Just a pure Google device to love.

  • Jesse Funk

    only way i am planning on getting rid of my nexus if a new nexus with much better specs is released. nexus only for me!

  • MSlab

    The only thing would be a newer Nexus and only if it is on Verizon.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kmsimpson Kevin Simpson

    To get me to part with my Nexus, I’d like a phone that has much better spces, an SD card slot, one that can take pictures that are as good as mine can, and it has to be unlocked.

  • Jason Underwood

    It would take the Galaxy Nexus 2, maybe a little bit longer battery life but beyond I am beyond satisfied.

  • Dan

    Verizon to continue getting in the way of updates.

  • will

    The next new nexus

  • kevincburns2

    I would only part with my Nexus for a new Verizon 4G LTE Nexus with the battery of the RAZR MAXX and the (rumored) screen size of the Droid Incredible X

  • http://twitter.com/francoamerican5 Frank Messner

    Maybe when a second or third re-do of the GNex is out and the phone is even more solid than it is now. I will never buy another “themed” phone again. This is my first Nexus, and definitely won’t be my last!

  • T4rd

    I was about to part with my Gnex for the S3, but the locked bootloader crap discouraged me from doing it. Now I think I’m just going to wait for the next Nexus phone. It’s the only way to have the absolute best Android experience.

  • thedanks

    a new nexus device on Verizon and $600 bucks to keep my unlimited plan! hah!

  • Illegitimi non Carborundum

    When they pry it from my cold, dead fingers…

    Actually, possibly another Nexus, or another developer version with an unlockable bootloader. I love this device.

  • Matt P

    I would part with my Galaxy Nexus if it meant Dunkin Donuts finally rolls out a pay by phone app.

  • Anthony Hopf

    An act of god…. or was given a new nexus device on Verizon

  • Higher_Ground

    Since I just got my nexus in June, someone would have to throw me a free upgrade – but even then there’s nothing better a nexus IMO I’d have to wait for the new one(s?) to come out. Only thing I’d like to see improved is the camera, and maybe a better battery.

  • Dawdroid

    I’d part with my Nexus for the rumored HTC 5″, Galaxy Note II, or the next Nexus.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ray-Gray/519500594 Ray Gray

    It would take Jesus peeling my nexus out of my dead hands for me to part with it

  • Leonard Gurrola

    The only way I could part with my galaxy nexus is if Someone got jelly bean running on the iphone 5.

  • Stu S.

    Only a newer,faster,better Nexus!

  • Nathan_SG

    I dont think there is any way I would part with this phone. It is the best phone I have ever owned.