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Cruzerlite’s TRUGLASS Nexus 5 Screen Protector [Review]

2013 seemed to be the year of the tempered glass screen protector. Rather than having to apply a terrible feeling plasticy, standard PET screen protector, people were choosing glass since it is both harder and feels better to the touch. But those protectors weren’t exactly the slimmest or easiest to apply, so the screen protector industry has moved towards a middle ground. Cruzerlite now carries a product called the TRUGLASS for the Nexus 5 that is certainly somewhere in the middle. 

The TRUGLASS is made of “lab tested nano-glass” that is just 0.25mm thick. There is an oleophobic coating to help keep fingerprints off, an anti-shatter film surrounding it, is flexible enough for easy application, and carries a 9H hardness rating. As you may recall, some of the glass protectors from last year were thicker, yet only carried an 8H hardness.

After receiving a sample of the TRUGLASS, I easily applied it to my N5 thanks to its flexibility. Having applied countless tempered glass protectors over the last year, I can honestly say that a flexible screen protector is much appreciated. The process was also made simple with the included cleaning wipe, polish cloth, dust removers, and squeegee.

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With the TRUGLASS attached to my device, I have yet to notice it for the most part, which is exactly what you want. The TRUGLASS, in terms of size, fits very well on top of the Nexus 5. You can tell that some care went into cutting these to a proper size. There is a lone cutout for the speaker.

It doesn’t feel terrible to the touch, and for the most part, feels quite natural. There is a slight slippery-ness to it that wasn’t there prior to the protector, but I’m not sure how big of a negative that is. Viewing angles on my Nexus 5 do not seem to have been lessened and the colors you’d expect to see from your display still shine through.

If you brush your fingers over the edges of your phone often, you will most certainly notice a sharpness or roughness where the edge of the protector sits on your screen. The Nexus 5 without a protector feels buttery smooth all the way off and around the sides of the phone, but with a screen protector attached, you lose some of that. That’s just part of the trade-off you get when adding extra protection to your phone.

Overall, it seems like a decent product that is priced in line with most other screen protectors of its caliber. I like how thin it is and how easy it is to apply. The rough edges would probably annoy me after a while, though, and I’m already slightly worried about getting used to the subtle slippery-ness. In the end, if you feel like you need a screen protector, dealing with an edge and a potentially different feeling display is part of the story.

You can buy the TRUGLASS Nexus 5 screen protector from Cruzerlite for $28.99.

  • younghope91

    What they need to make next is a nano glass camera lens protector. I got a early morning call the other drop my nexus 5 between my bed and the wall (which then landed on carpet after pull bed forward) and it had two blemish style scuffs (can’t even call it a standard scratch cuz it’s wider in diameter). Wouldn’t wipe off and luckily it wasn’t in the view of the actual camera lens. I think the diameter of the camera lens is way to large. And should pertrude so much smh.

  • Did I get a device from a bad batch or something? The phone in these images actually looks red. My N5 looks pink outdoors and orange at best indoors… It looks like I’m directing airport runway traffic when I make calls. = I really love this phone outside of that..

    Maybe I’ll pick one of these up and grab a black case while I’m at it… Or at least a red case that is actually red.

  • sproketz

    I’ve never used a screen protector on a phone with gorilla glass. Have never had a single scratch one time. From where i’m sitting, these protectors are pointless gimmicks for suckers.

  • Alix8821

    Bodyguardz PURE…. MY Note 3 is protected & actually looks better

  • Michael Peerman

    I bought a spigen glas tr slim for my nexus 5 when it first came out and I have to say I love it best 40 dollars I’ve ever spent. I also have a diztronic tpu case on it and its the slimmest case I’ve yet to use

  • Been using the Nilkin one with over half the price and has rounded edges.

  • Chris Harper

    Glass screen protectors suck they peel from the edges because they’re not plyable enough and the adhesive is not strong enough. Sorry for the spelling I’m unable to correct it because of this crappy app. Make the glass more pliable and increase the adhesive and it might actually work. I’ve gone through three glass screen protectors and all three have peeled up from the upper right hand corner down the right side across the top and down the left. Those were three different manufacturers, they all did the same thing. I’m not wasting my money anymore.this is on my Galaxy Note 3.

    • Rick

      You must be using the wrong glass screen protectors, because I have the Spigen GLAS.tR NANO SLIM ($40) and it’s flawless!

      • Chris Harper

        Hey Rick if you want to send me a new glass screen protector by Spigen I would be more than happy to check it out. That protector is probably the only one I haven’t tried. I can’t afford to try anymore. I have a new MIME sitting on my desk but that’s where it’s going to stay. I have Gorilla Glass installed now and it’s peeling off in the same places. I think it’s my screen warped in the upper right hand corner. That’s where it always originates. I love the glass but my Note 3 doesn’t. It sucks bad!

  • Rohail Ahmad Abbasi

    Got nexus 5 32 GB white covered with spigen slim armor case and a buck cheap Chinese screen protector…so far so good..


    I’m addicted to Spigen’s Ultra Crystal ones.

    On a side note, when installing, I get the best results in the bathroom. Door closed, shower on and overhead fan on. The humidity from the shower and the exhaust fan helps with the dust in the air. Flawless installation every time.

  • What good for a screen protector on the Moto X?

    • Lucas

      I have on mine XtremeGuard, very nice, it fits perfectly. And they usually have it on sale for less than 2$

  • Tobi De la Cuz

    How do they fit with a Cruzerlite case? I have a case that when I take it off and put it back on I have to manuver the edges a little so it wouldnt lift the screen protector I already have on it.

    • Derek Gelinas

      Because it’s glass the edges don’t tend to lift. If it does, just massage it back down and it goes away. That said it’s happened once to me in the months I’ve had it.

  • MistaButters

    $30 for a screen protector seems a bit steep. You can buy the iSmooth ones on Amazon for $10 and they will send you replacements for life. No joke, I screwed up the first two during install and the one i did put on looked pretty worn after 3 months, so I emailed them and they sent me 3 more for free.

    As much as I talk about keeping my phone naked, I use a screen protector because those micro-scratches you get drive me crazy.

    • Franny

      I smooth are the heat. I have one on my GN3. They go on super easy and they come with those things to remove lint if if you mess up when putting it on. I wish they made covers for everything.

  • Dan

    slippery-ness is good for swype!

  • Prime7

    I’m very happy with XGear’s Sentinel for Nexus 5. It’s basically the same thing, except it isn’t flexible (although that makes zero difference to me; in fact, I actually like that more, since it won’t bubble on application).

  • Maxim∑

    when installing a screen protector..
    (replace cat with screen protector)

    • Nexoduss

      Good one

      • Guest

        [email protected] YOUI B!TCH [email protected]

        • Philip J. Fry

          u mad

          • Nexoduss

            Haha so mad that he signed out of his name maxim. Don’t worry

        • Nexoduss

          My stance on this child

    • Sankyou

      Will it blend?

  • Derek Duncan

    I bought an Anker glass protector. Really sold on these things. MUCH better than regular screen protectors. Better than getting my screen dinged too.

  • Rob

    Just bought and installed it on my wife’s N5. Fairly simple installation, much easier than the screen protectors of the pass. I’ll admit, it seems like plastic, but it definitely is as smooth as glass. If you’re worried about scratches (especially if you throw your phone in a bag with other stuff), you might want to get this on your N5. Wish they had it for the G2.

  • Steve B

    Thank you Truglass, for the completely useless, blurry, out of focus demonstration video. Bravo.

    • Derek Gelinas

      I did a review of this product as well, and took some pics of it installed on an iphone: http://imgur.com/a/vdihd

      Pictures don’t do this thing justice. It feels as good as the glass under it and protects as well as the original glass, too. I despise screen protectors but I’m absolutely loving this one. It’s well worth the money.

      I have spoken with CL and the reason they don’t have a lot of material up yet is because the product is new and they’re a small operation. They’re working on a video installation manual.

  • NAM37
    • Sankyou

      Be wary of this on the X. They didn’t provide cutouts for the sensors and people are having problems according to Amazon reviews. I just took a flyer on this one: http://mimeusa.com/product/moto-x-ghost-glass-screen-protector/ . There’s a free shipping code at the top of their site if anyone else decides to take the plunge with me. The one I listed has cutouts so we’ll see.

      • Jaxon Wright

        I have the MIME one and it works flawlessly. alignment is kind of tricky to get, though.

        • Sankyou

          Sweet thanks for letting me know. Gives me comfort that I chose well.

  • Philip J. Fry

    I just can’t pay for $30 for one screen protector.

    • Hothfox

      I’d rather pay $30 for a glass screen protector that feels just like glass than $100+ to get my screen replaced (Moto X here). Sure, you could get a $10 film, but it’s not going to protect the device glass like tempered glass will.

      • Rob

        $10 film will just help keep your screen together after it’s shattered lol

    • bd1212

      They’re actually pretty great, to be honest. SO much easier to apply then plastic screen protectors, and they can even provide better protection since the glass layer would absorb drop damage that otherwise would pass right through a plastic screen protector. Also, there are some glass screen protectors that are $20 and come with 2 of them. I forget what the brand was, but I bought it for my S4 last year and it was awesome and definitely worth it.

    • p0k3y

      You will need to get a cheap $1 plastic protector to protect this. LOL.

    • Andrew

      FYI: Anker sells their tempered glass for the Nexus 5 for only ~$15 on Amazon.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Can’t remember the last time I bought a screen protector to be honest.

    • monkey082506

      I bought one for my Moto X, lasted about a week and said screw it. Haven’t looked back since.

      • Sankyou

        Why did you ditch it?

    • sc0rch3d

      never have. i always get a minimalist case with a screen side lip so i can lay the phone screen down

    • The Narrator

      Better safe than sorry. I’m OCD with it. First scratch, blemish, i’m forced to spend $100 on a replacement. Or use warranty for a free repalcement.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        I hear that, though people underestimate gorrilla glass. I can’t remember the last time I had a phone with a screen with scractes. Probably my VZW Gnex. I don’t worry too much. And If I decide to use a case I make sure it has enough lip for my screen.

        • brkshr

          Samsungs “fortified glass” (GNex) and Gorilla Glass 2 (Nexus 4/Galaxy S3) screens got scratched/scuffed for me. I heard it’s the oleophobic coating that scratches. Gorilla Glass 1 & Gorilla Glass 3 phones, like my OG Droid/Droid X & Nexus 5, are still scratch free.

          • Cory_S

            My nexus 5 scratched up pretty bad. Lots of little micro scratches. You d on’t notice them until you’re outside with the sun shining down but when I do I go OCD nuts and feel like tossing it in the trash. #firstworldproblems

          • brkshr

            Bummer! (knocking on wood)

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            Man what have you been doing with yours? My Nexus 5 sreen is perfect and I don’t even use a case. Had it since Day 1

          • Cory_S

            Got me. I don’t use a case either and the body is perfect. I always have a dedicated pocket for it and all that jaz. Every phone I’ve ever had gets about like this in short order though. Either I’m really unlucky, unknowingly abuse the crap out of them, or I am just much more sensitive than most.

          • Gr8Ray

            Probably sand.

          • KOBALT

            Pocket sand!

          • AngryBadger

            That is the worst. Silent screen killer.

          • KOBALT
        • MistaButters

          The Gorilla Glass is great. Then they cover it with a thin olephobic or anti glare coating and you get hairline scratches in that.

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    • Adam Truelove

      People still do this?

    • codah

      Dropped my nexus 5 onto a coarse gravel surface the other day. Face down naturally. The cheap protector did the trick. Not sure if gorilla glass would’ve helped. It was also in a SpiegenSpiegen case so all good.