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Quick Look: Fantom 4 Tempered Glass Screen Protector for the Nexus 4

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The folks at XGEAR released their new tempered glass screen protector for the Nexus 4 last week called the Fantom 4. It’s their newest tempered glass protector in a long line that includes the Note 2, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Nexus, and Nexus 7. All signs point to this version being in high demand, as they have apparently sold through their initial stock in a short few days. They were kind enough to send me a review sample to share with DL, but are not expecting to see replenished stock until closer to the end of the month. Until that happens, let’s talk about this protector. 

The first thing that came to mind when applying this was, “How is it going to work with the cascading edge display of the Nexus 4?” The answer is simple, it doesn’t cascade over the sides. Unless XGEAR can figure out a way to magically curve their tempered glass, it’s just not going to happen. But after applying the Fantom 4, I can’t necessarily find it at fault for this. With the protector on, it feels as soft as the normal Nexus 4 display, you’ll just find a bit of an edge should your finger start from off the display and then slide across it. Definitely not a deal breaker for me, but something to keep in mind. For the most part, I’d say this protector fits better than some of the others I’ve had in the past.

There are cutouts for the front camera, front speaker, top sensors, and notification light. As with any of XGEAR’s protectors, the Fantom 4 is just 0.4mm thick at an 8H hardness, so it adds little thickness. They apply a special coating to help keep off oils and fingerprints and use real glass to ensure an “OEM experience.”

If there is one issue it would have to do with a tiny oily or wet-looking spot in the middle of the device that we have seen in the past with tempered glass screen protectors. It’s not pronounced on the Nexus 4 like I have seen it before, but it’s there. In order to see it, I have to get up close and personal with the device at a 130-degree angle or so. So at normal viewing angles, you may not even notice it.

Overall, it’s another solid option (maybe even the only option) for those who want glass protection on the display of their Nexus 4. It has its minor flaws, but almost every tempered glass protector I’ve seen over the last few years does.

The Fantom 4 retails for $34.99.

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Order today from the XGEAR site.

  • Royston Glass

    I got a screen protector on ebay and it bonded fine to the screen

  • CG

    Bought one. It is twice as reflective as the stock N4 glass, almost like semi-mirrored sunglasses used to be. With any kind of bumper protector, it curves the cover just enough to make “swiping” practically useless. With the N4 bumper it isn’t too bad. And, it shows finger oil very badly. Hate it, but the best there is as far as protection goes….

  • KOBALT

    Possibly a dumb question but: Are tempered protectors reusable in case I have to warranty my phone for an internal defect? Seems to happen a lot to me…

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    I need that wallpaper from the video!! Someone point me in the right direction, please.

  • Warwick

    Is there a company that does for the Razr HD?

  • Jo

    What’s the freak’n point of using a piece of glass to protect another piece of glass!?!?!?!? drop the freak’n phone and both breaks…. YES! money well spent!!!!

    • JoshGroff

      Theoretically, the tempered glass would crack before the display and the fracture wouldn’t continue to the display itself.

    • Detonation

      Most people buy screen protectors to protect the original glass from getting scratched, not as drop protection. That’s what a case is for.

  • http://www.facebook.com/siniority Fabrice Sherif

    Hows it look with a case on it?

  • Omar Salmin

    I need that wallpaper from the video!! Someone point me in the right direction, please.

  • John Burke

    What about a back protector?

    • Trevor

      That was my first thought. I think the back of the Nexus 4 is a lot more fragile than the front.

  • http://twitter.com/Samoano_rebelde Samoano rebelde

    i need your wallpaper

  • Alan

    Where’s the saphire glass protectors being all hyped up? I want one because all the talk about it being better than Gorrilla glass got me interested.

  • Bob G

    BUT does it work with the OEM Bumper?

    • Robert MacDonald

      Im using it with the Seidio active case. Let me check if it fits with my bumper.

  • Robert MacDonald

    Bought one and i hate how xgear dont have the screen protector adhear to the screen. It only bonds to the top bottom and sides not the screen it self like spidgens glass screens do. So when your typing on the screen it has a little popping sounds were the air between the screen and glass protector move.

    • Derin Richardson

      Was going to mindlessly buy it until I saw your comment, as the glass on my Nexus 4 is scaring me quite a bit. It feels like it is not securely bonded to the phone, so I figured a tempered glass protector like this would give me a greater peace of mind, with whatever sense that makes I guess.

      But not if it merely adheres to the edges of the screen. That wouldn’t do me any good at all. Of course, I should just get a warranty replacement but…

      • Robert MacDonald

        Yeah I had this one and the one for the note 2 and there the same. They only bond to the sides and top and bottom. I dont know why they done bond it to the screen like the spigen one did for my original note. U press the middle and it auto bonds to the device. Seidio has one for the s3 and note2 and there the same as spigen.

        • Robert MacDonald

          Im also thinking about returning mine. I returned mine on my note2 and was pissed they didnt refund shipping like amazon does.

      • Ryuuie

        If the glass of the phone’s screen isn’t bonded, you need to RMA it. Don’t try to fix a broken device, just return it.

    • sk3litor

      This is disturbing because it had it on the gnex. it wasn’t as abundant but it was absolutely there because when I went to reset it the pic I was using went in to far and put a big mark in it. Maybe they did that though because of the curved screen though.

    • Akashshr

      Thanks, this was yesterday with my Nexus 4

      • Akashshr

        Oh another one, yes cry, cry as I did!

        • http://www.facebook.com/archercc Ryan Stewart

          Something that severe I doubt this would have protected you. Screen protectors only really help with scratches.

          • Akashshr

            I had the screen guard on + Nillkin hard case on it when it fell, No higher than my pocket. And it shattered…Breaking my heart on the way!

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  • Bionic

    Hey guys guess what

    • EC8CH

      X phone is such a tank it won’t need one of these?

      • Bionic

        Gorilla glass 3. Per sarge

        • EC8CH

          • Bionic

            Lmao

          • Kevin Hill

            These X-Phone blurbs are actually funny now.

    • ReturnOfTheMack

      You heard we like glass?

      Yo dawg…

      • Bob G

        Totally think this every time I see a tempered glass thing lol

  • http://twitter.com/jnewman1991 Rusty Shackleford

    I’ve been waiting for this for quite some time and actually forgot all about it until now. I’ll be buying one really soon.