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Quick Look: XGEAR Tempered Glass Protector “Phantasm” for Nexus 7

Nexus 7 Tempered Glass Protector

Tempered glass screen protectors are all the rage these days. With displays becoming bigger and more beautiful, the last thing you want to see is a big scratch across one. The folks at XGEAR understand this and are leading the charge for tempered glass, having produced protectors for both the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Nexus. Their newest product brings that same level of 8H hardness, oil-resistant coating, beveled edges, and .4mm thickness to the beloved Nexus 7

This new glass protector is called Phantasm and retails for $69.99. If you are a DL reader, you can save $10 off of that price by using the coupon code “DLNEX7” at checkout for the next 2 days. That code expires on December 1Update:  XGEAR was kind enough to extend this coupon code to December 9.

I’ve only just applied the Phantasm, but so far, have not noticed a change in screen sensitivity on my Nexus 7. The display still looks beautiful, I can barely notice that it has even been applied thanks to the slightly recessed screen, and the viewing angles seem to be just as good. While I’ll refrain from dropping the device, just to test the screen, there are countless videos on YouTube that show off the extra protection provided by tempered glass.

Buy. (Use coupon code:  DLNEX7)


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  • Thomas Hart

    I have this on Nexus 7 and also one for my Galaxy Nexus. Great products and excellent customer support.

  • Does anyone have one for the Gnex? Thoughts about it?

  • socalrailroader
    • socalrailroader

      I can’t be the only one who liked the name Phantasm for this thing lol

  • I have an Xgear on my Nexus. It’s crap….

  • I bought the Galaxy Nexus version of this and it sucked. They didn’t take into consideration that the screen was curved, and after time the flat tempered glass began to lift up. I emailed them and their response was that I installed it wrong. Not cool at all.

  • They refused to refund my money for the defective protector I purchased for the GNex. It kept coming up at the curve of the screen. I wouldn’t purchase another product from them ever.

  • Angus Scrimm

    Does this come with the silver balls of death? Does the Tall Man endorse this product? Are those creepy dwarfs part of the marketing campaign? Booooooooy!

  • You can get a year of phone insurance for that price.

  • TylerChappell

    That. Looks. Beautiful. Similar to the glass protector I got for my Nikon D3100, but that only costs like $6…

  • Bionic

    Are you fuckngggg kidding in that price. I’d rather get a copy of Black Ops 2 with thats money.

  • Raven

    The price is ridiculous. Just spend $15 to get yourself a good case that will protect your tablet way better anyway plus provide the added functionality of a stand. Personally, I love my Blurex Ultra-Slim Case:
    I see that it is also now including a free screen protector film for the same price.

    • shiggityx2

      I have the same case and also love it, for under $15 it’s a steal. That case and a cheap $6 screen protector is all my nexus 7 needs.

  • Bob G

    Buy a layer of glass to protect your device……….. makes the innovation of fusing glass with touch screen into one piece useless.

  • SpikedRed

    Just contacted XGEAR about offering protectors for the Note II and received a response via email in about fifteen minutes, stating they would be coming soon.

  • EvanTheGamer

    Just don’t treat your Nexus 7 like you would something you don’t really care about, or allow your kids to handle it. Basically, handle it with care and this so-called expensive Tempered Glass Protector is not required. You just saved yourself some change. Simple.

    • JoshGroff

      Could always get a cheap screen protector.

      • EvanTheGamer

        Exactly. But you know what, I never did and still doesn’t have any scratches on it, only dust and fingerprints obviously. For anything else(like the G-Nex), a screen protector is a must.

      • hkklife

        I just use one of those cheap but awesome Blurex flip cases for my N7. My screen is as flawless today as it was on day 1.

        • EvanTheGamer

          Exactly! Same here. Got mine at Staples for a mere $15(when it was on sale) and never looked back. No screen protector, just an awesome flipbook case.

        • JoshGroff

          I have one of those that I ordered on amazon when I got my N7, but I recently picked up a stylus, case, and screen protector combo from GameStop from a black Friday sale. I found even with the case I somehow managed to get light scratches on the screen.

  • Chris Hollenbeck

    I hope in comes in black for the Galaxy 3 soon.

  • Alex Goodwin

    $70 protection for a $200 tablet.

    • Droidzilla

      Exactly. Go to Craigslist and list your N7 with a scratch on the screen for $130. Spend $70 more and get a brand new one. Why pay $70 to not scratch your screen?

  • pepipeman

    For the price I can buy a new Galaxy Nexus when the old one gets too scratched.

  • Johny Merg

    @google-72ca1340a5dce8facbd28aaf354389b7:disqus I have one on my N7 and its amazing, I love it, it feels like the actuall glass on the tablet

  • Matt

    $70 ($60 with discount) for something that protects something that costs $200-250? Seems a little over priced for what it does compared to the cost of the thing it’s meant to protect. The value proposition just seems off. I could pocket that $60 and put that towards another device if the first device’s screen (or any other part) gets damaged to the point where the device is no longer in good condition.

  • thedonxr

    Protector costs more than a screen!

    • EvanTheGamer

      Yep, not worth it in the least.

      • If it protects the glass and means I don’t have to get a new device if/when I drop it, it’s worth it IMO.

        • EvanTheGamer

          Just be careful and don’t drop it and you’ll save your enough some money. Simple. And freakin’ $70 just to protect $250 worth of hardware? No thanks. If it was $500+, sure, but not $250.

          Like I said, just don’t drop it, or even “accidentally” drop it and you’ll be fine.

          Or use a flipbook case(I got mine for $15 at Staples) and if you accidentally drop it, your N7 will be protected.

    • But how much would it cost to have someone replace the screen for you?

      • thedonxr

        I enjoy taking stuff apart and fixing it did it with my wife’s gnex, there are videos on YouTube to do everything.

        • Michael Hutwagner

          the gnex sucks the parts are to much money i fixed mine like 3 times and had two replacements just got a iPhone because it is 25$ to fix

          • LeDerp

            Yeah this is making my xmas season a lot harder, broke my screen/display for my gnex and quotes are OVER 9000… (okay more like over 200$). Better to sell the remaining hardware and buy a new phone than pay that for my beloved gnex 🙁

      • Michael Hutwagner

        30$ and ill do it just get the screen

    • TylerChappell

      Do they have one of these cost-breakdowns for the iPads? I wanna see how much Apple is jipping people 😀 Last I heard, they were around the $220 mark I think?

    • michael arazan

      Bettermake these for the Nexus 4 front and back, definitely the back!

  • Tom Yarrish

    So is this a competitor to Zagg Invisible Shield?

  • cgalyon

    Wonder if that could help with the Nexus 4’s back…

    • Droidzilla

      Yo, dawg, I heard you like glass . . .

  • Brent Cooper

    Anybody that has one of these on any device I’d love to hear some feedback. I currently have the standard case from the play store on my N7, but no screen protector. Any opinions would be appreciated!

    • havrin

      I have the protector offered by this company on my galaxy nexus. I’ve had it on it for about a month and like it a lot. The touch responsiveness is just as good as without it, so that’s not a concern. I haven’t had any problems with the adhesive not holding and it’s staying in place well. It also fits my phone perfectly as well. The only downside (and I don’t consider it a deal breaker) is that when you hold the phone at an angle, you can see the dots in the screen that I understand are to protect it from UV damage. It doesn’t detract from the quality of being able to view the screen, but they are noticeable if you look for them. Overall, I’m extremely happy with it and consider it a great purchase to protect my phone. Hope this helps some.

      • Brent Cooper

        Awesome! Thanks for the in depth feedback! I think I’ll look into getting one for the holidays

  • I was like, “oh sounds cool. Hope its under $7.99”, and then I saw the price.

  • hopefully these arent accompanied with a high failure rate, bad design, and terrible sketchy support personell like my s3 protector was. xgear lost my trust fast.

    • Detonation

      I don’t have one but the rootzwiki thread for the Galaxy Nexus protector followed the same trend as you described. Pass.

    • Paradisimo

      I had a miserable experience with my S3 protector as well. Bad product and even worse customer service. Buyer beware.

    • KleenDroid

      Ouch… actual customer reviews like this along with the cost of the product tend to scare me away.

  • Teng Taing

    i would, but at that price, its a little hard to stomach….