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Quick Look: Galaxy Note 2 Tempered Glass Screen Protector by XGEAR

Galaxy Note 2 Tempered Glass

We’ve covered a lot of tempered glass screen protectors over the last year. With displays growing in size by the month, protection has become more important than ever. Since tempered glass is the most popular solution at the moment because it offers the greatest level of strength, it only makes sense that we continue our coverage with the newest protector for one of the biggest displays in the business. Here is a quick look at the Voyager 2 screen protector from XGEAR for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Fit and Look

Smartphone manufacturers have gone the opposite direction of recessed displays as of late. Instead of hiding displays below the phone rim, they are popping them up, to give users a much softer and less rigid experience when swiping a finger from edge to edge. The Galaxy Note 2 is no different, so when you apply the Voyager 2, you are going to have a slight lip. XGEAR has done their best to make the edge semi-smooth, however, you will most certainly notice a difference. By no means is this a deal breaker if you are looking for this kind of protection.

Aside from the lip, the screen protector itself fits nicely over the top of the 5.5″ display of the Note 2. All sensors, cameras, and buttons are left exposed, so no functionality is lost (and yes, I tested sleep-wake during a call). XGEAR also supplies you with a home button sticker since the home button becomes slightly recessed once the screen protector is applied.

The only flaw, which was necessary, is the inclusion of the dotted grid that I complained about with these protectors a while back. The XGEAR team told me that these dots were needed in order to avoid those oily, watery-looking spots that can at times appear underneath screen protectors. I’d assume it has to do with the size of the display we’re dealing with here. As you’ll see in the photos below, the dots are not as noticeable as they once were.

Galaxy Note 2 Tempered Glass

Sensitivity

In the short amount of time that I’ve played with a Note 2 protected by a Voyager 2, I haven’t had any issues with sensitivity. Screen swipes happen as fast as they would without the protector.

The S Pen also works well. I was able to use gestures, take screenshots, edit photos, draw all over the place, and navigate as usual while using the S Pen. Even with the Voyager 2 in place, all functionality seems to still be there.

Specs

  • Surface hardness of 8H (with the hardest being 10H) keeps scratches non-existent
  • Thickness of .4mm allows you to maintain a slim and sleek profile
  • Special coating that resists oily residue from staying on the screen
  • Beveled edge keeps you safe from cracked & chipped edges
  • Keeps the smooth feel of a glass screen unlike PET films

Price

The Voyager runs $34.95 and comes in both black or white. In the box you also get a cleaning cloth and two aluminum home buttons.

Buy.

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  • Mikey

    I got this installed on mine easily and it looks great. Only thing is that it has the grid like dots and it has a spiral ring in the middle of screen that won’t go away

  • john fragoulias

    I use the spectre for my s3, and it works fine for me, I have also removed it at least ten times and reused out with no problems, the adhesive still works, which is kind of shocking, the only sensitivity issue that I experience sometimes is the back button, but it’s not a big deal, otherwise it’s fantastic, gives me piece of mind in case of a drop, at least this thirty dollar protector will shatter and not my phone screen. The oleophibic coating on it is not the best, but it’s ok, love the feel of glass under my finger, not like all those plastic screen guards that start to look like hell after a few weeks. If you do decide to remove it and reuse it, do not touch the glue part with your fingers, and before placing it back on the phone just rinse it well under the faucet with warm water, then shake it dry, and use a microfiber cloth to polish it off.

  • Benmartin1974

    Id’ been thinking of buying a galaxy note for a while. I read dozens of reviews and this one was helpful http://search4reviews.net/ , I got my delivery last month and am very happy. I Would highly recommend to anyone still unsure

  • Robert MacDonald

    I bought one of these and its horrible. The left side keeps popping up. I want a full refund with shipping cost and they wont give me it. Never again do I buy from them.

  • http://twitter.com/JoeyZimbada JoeyZimbada

    The return policy for this company is a freaking joke. The amount of hoops you have to go through in order to return a defective product is definitely not worth it. I will never buy a product from them again. They even demand you take a picture of the problem! In my case I had to take a picture of a defect in the protector not laying down all of the way on my screen. We’re talking about a picture of something very tiny in size but a problem big enough to make the protector unusable.

  • Seriously?

    Surface hardness DOES NOT GO UP TO 10H – what the HELL are these people smoking?

  • Kevin

    I had one on my Nexus and did not really care for it. One time I dropped my phone and the screen cracked. The problem was getting the screen off. I cut my fingers more than once on shards of glass and it was a bear to get off.

  • TynanDeRosa

    This seems like a bad product all around, the Note 2 is pressure sensitive, with this glass you’re essentially throwing away the wacom part of your phone.

    • http://twitter.com/InF1uxx Austin Schulz

      The Samsung S-pen has a potentiometer inside of it to track touching, it does not use pressure in the sense that you are thinking, therefore it should not affect the use of the phone. Otherwise, if it does, you can adjust the S-pen’s sensitivity to your liking by tweaking the same potentiometer.

  • jzwerlz43

    invisible shield is the way to go in my opinion

  • Humberto Cortes

    I bought a glass from these people through their ebay store it was for a galaxy s3 on white… The glass messed with the sensor even after doing the steps mentioned before purchasing.. I emailed directly to them… They sent an RMA form so I sent it back paying for my own shipping.. Unfortunately I didn’t use a tracking number so long story short after doing a case with ebay and emailing them back again I heard nothing… So I got robbed out of the $35.. dollars I paid for the glass. NEVER AGAIN WILL I BUY OR RECOMMEND THIS COMPANY TO ANY OF THE PEOPLE I KNOW.

    • lrn2read

      XGear offers a 100% 30-day satisfaction guarantee

      • Items must be returned 30 days from SHIP DATE
      • Items must be returned in full the way it was received
      • Any items returned that are returned and missing any items will be charged a restocking fee
      • Shipping costs are not refundable. No refund will be made on the shipping portions of your order.
      • Allow 5 days turnaround time for items to be processed.
      • XGear is not responsible for any items lost in transit, please be sure to have delivery confirmation for your return
      • Our Tempered Glass & EXOSkin line are not eligible for our Money Back Guarantee, please see below

      XGear offers a 100% 30-day satisfaction guarantee

      • Items must be returned 30 days from SHIP DATE
      • Items must be returned in full the way it was received
      • Any items returned that are returned and missing any items will be charged a restocking fee
      • Shipping costs are not refundable. No refund will be made on the shipping portions of your order.
      • Allow 5 days turnaround time for items to be processed.
      • XGear is not responsible for any items lost in transit, please be sure to have delivery confirmation for your return
      • Our Tempered Glass & EXOSkin line are not eligible for our Money Back Guarantee, please see below

      Sounds pretty straight forward

  • will bartlett

    those are like the spots on my TF700…dont really bother me too much…semi-noticeable though

  • lesprince

    I pre-ordered this screen protector for my Note2 when they first become available and didn’t have the dots on mine so they must have redesigned them to include the dots. I had a problem with mine having a spot in the middle of the screen like the protector was sticking to the screen, I could lift the protector up and the spot would go away but as soon as I would apply any type of pressure to the screen the spot would reappear kind of annoying lifting it up all the time to get rid of the spot plus the adhesive gets weaker every time you lift it and replace it so I ended up removing mine. Tried to contact them about the problem and they said I could return it but to read their return policy first which pretty much states that if the item has been used no refund so was going to try to use some 3m screen adhesive tape to replace the adhesive and see if that fixes the problem, but now that I hear they have redesigned it I may give it another try. I have one on my Galaxy S3 and really like it the spots aren’t that bad and I know I got used to them and they really didn’t bother me. If anyone tries this out let me know how it works after a week or so, my problem happen the first day, but if they added the dots back in that may have fixed the problem, hope so.

    • r0lct

      If they redesigned because of a problem and they don’t offer you a free exchange with at most paying shipping that says a lot about the company. Thanks for steering me clear.

      • lesprince

        That’s what I think, I just wish some other companies would come out with this style of screen protector, it’s a great idea but it seems as though X-Gear is releasing beta products without stating it’s beta or standing behind their products and when they find flaws and supposedly fix them they do nothing for the previous customers who had problems and brought the problem to their attention. I agree they should offer an exchange or something. Same thing happened on SGS3 they originally released it with dots and a lot of people complained so they removed the dots saying they weren’t necessary. The original one for the Note 2 has no dots, I received one of the first ones so I know what they offered first, now they are selling them with the dots to fix the same problem I had, but never offered to replace mine after I notified them of the problem. They did issued me RTA number but basically told me if it had been opened and used per their return policy NO REFUND or REPLACEMENT. This company seems to be lacking customer service like a lot of companies now days, once they have your money they just don’t care. I also had one of their protectors on my Galaxy Nexus and after a few weeks the protector starting lifting off my screen, maybe due to the curved screen, making my screen unresponsive, could remove it and replace it the problem went away but returned after a few days as the adhesive became less effective, I also notified them of this problem and got no response. I just don’t understand their satisfaction guarantee promise, how do you know if a product is going to work unless you try it and if it don’t work and you are not happy they won’t replace or refund your money because it’s been opened and used. WTF Totally confused???????

  • Dominick_7

    Been wanting you guys to review this, thank you! Had some questions though. First thing that stood out was your home button seems very recessed.. did you use their home button cover? Also how noticeable is are the dots on the screen. Sounds like a design change as I don’t recall anyone mentioning them on their Note 2. Also was wondering if you knew how or if this could work with the Otterbox Defender case on? Thanks for this review!

    • Brent Cooper

      A bit off topic, but is there a gap between the otterbox defenders built in screen protector and your phones screen? There is for me and I am wondering if this is normal.

      • Dominick_7

        According to them there’s supposed to only be .2mm space to account for the width of the screen protector. I’ve heard many people say though that there’s additional space like you mentioned, and that it gets annoying to touch the screen because it acts like a bubble.

  • KOBALT

    The dots do it for me. I’m sticking with my Spigen.

  • http://twitter.com/youngpettyboi Not Ur Average Joe..

    I was wondering if they would make one for the Note 2. Getting mine early next month and this is an investment I think I might make. Looks pretty slick.