so when im not misquoting cellphone prices, im taking risks on glass screen protectors
these showed up today, earlier than expected - the iloome 8H and 9H protectors.
as stated before, i got the thin 1.2mm 8H flexible one for my mrs'note3, to allow for cases to fit - and the 4mm 9H super hard one for my phone.
the packaging is excellent, its all super tidy folded cardboard and gives the impression of quality. the 9H model was a simple glass sheet with the extra button height fillers (black and white) - the 8H model did not have the home button the height spacers as it doesnt need them - but comes with the useful "hinge tape" stickers, so you apply the sheet like folding a door onto the surface
pics of the 8H fitted, you can still see the top sheet "door hinge" thing still attached. the sheet is incredibly thin, hardly more than a normal PET plastic film - edges are not too sharp, fitment (cutout etc) is perfect. check it out
its "hardly there" as it were, and the feeling under finger is really something.
the 9H thick one is something else - this one flexed ever so little when i bent it in my hand, but is otherwise rigid. its not so stiff that it feels like it would shatter - to explain the hardness, imagine if each sheet was sitting on either end on a battery lying flat - and your finger pressed the middle of the glass - the 8H would probably flex down almost an inch - the 9H would only deflect about 5mm at the most before you wouldnt want to press harder
i was worried about the thing being 4mm would be too thick - in reality it looks like its only maybe 2-2.5mm at the most.
heres what it looks like
this 9H version is something else. the feeling is cool to the touch, you can actually 'feel' the thickness under the finger, and your finger glides over the glass like nothing is there. spen responsiveness is back to perfectly smooth, no friction issues - and the pressure sensitivity seems to have increased - i can control better pressure gradients again where i couldnt before using the plastic protector. this really feels like a money device again. expensive.
photos are courtesy of each respective note photographing the other. just auto mode - no indoor lighting whatsoever, only the glare from the window directly across, which could have washed out the foreground, but it seemed to come out real good. ive turned each phone down to 6MP from 13 to hopefully take benefit of some pixel binning, and no one needs 13mp photos anyway. i was very surprised with the focus ability at such macro distances - i thought they came out pretty amazing??
so in short, i really recommend this brand. fit is perfect, no issues with bubbles or misalignment, quality is great, and the feel in hand is awesome - i dont think i would go back to plastic now, ever.
any questions, fire away.