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Otterbox Alpha Glass Review

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Otterbox Alpha Glass Review

Otterbox is renowned for its line of heavy duty cases, like its Defender and Commuter series, which are able to deliver top-notch protection from head to toe. More recently, they’ve ventured into new areas with its stylish Symmetry cases, and the battery recharging Resurgence case – so it’s quite obvious that they’re willing to branch out from what they’re normally known for. In this latest installment, Otterbox is entering the screen protector business with its newly launched Alpha Glass series, which aims to sufficiently shield and protect your phone’s display.

Otterbox Alpha Glass Review
Otterbox Alpha Glass Review
Before getting down to business with its quality, we have to first mention about how easy it is to install the Alpha Glass. Currently available for the Samsung Galaxy S5, iPhone 5s, and iPhone 5c, we’re astounded to find the installation process to be quite effortless. In fact, it boils down to three specific processes – cleaning, aligning, and applying.

First, we’re required to clean off the display of our phone (Samsung Galaxy S5 and iPhone 5s in this case) with the cleaning wipe and microfiber cloth. From there, we carefully align the fortified glass screen protector so that it’s properly in place over the display. And finally, the last step is to merely give the Alpha Glass a quick press along one edge – where it seamlessly sticks onto the surface with ease. Overall, we’ll attest that this is one of the easiest application processes we’ve encountered with screen protectors. Best of all, there’s no bubbling or stuck debris!

Another noteworthy point worth mentioning is how incredible thin it is for being a fortified piece of tempered glass. Whereas other tempered glass screen protectors we’ve used have a fair amount of thickness, this one is pleasantly thin to minimize the phone’s overall thickness. With our particular Alpha Glass screen protectors, they’re cut to fit Otterbox’s line of cases – so the glass doesn’t necessarily extend all the way to the sides of the phone. Essentially, the gaps that are present here allow cases to be fitted properly and not interfere with the glass. However, they do sell ones that completely go edge-to-edge.

Okay, we really are impressed with the installation process and thinness of the Alpha Glass, but Otterbox touts that it offers “reactive-touch technology” to retain the responsiveness of the touchscreen. True to its words, we don’t find the touchscreen’s responsiveness to be adversely affected – whereas others we’ve tested require firmer presses/swipes to respond. Now the question that remains is how tough it really is, seeing that it’s mentioned as being anti-shatter/scratch. Well, we put the latter to the test! Using the pointed edge of our keys, we firmly applied pressure along the Alpha Glass. Unfortunately, we noticed some minor scratches after a few passes, but they’re very faint and hardly noticeable unless the screen is totally off.

Yeah, there are some minor scratches, but they're tough to see unless the display is off. - Otterbox Alpha Glass Review
Yeah, there are some minor scratches, but they're tough to see unless the display is off. - Otterbox Alpha Glass Review

Yeah, there are some minor scratches, but they're tough to see unless the display is off.


For normal wear and tear, the Otterbox Alpha Glass is effective enough to protect the display on our smartphone – so we’re not too critical about the minor scratches that can only be seen with a meticulous eye. And finally, we appreciate that there’s barely any distortion to the screen with it on too. Sporting a price point of $29.95, it’s undoubtedly something that most people might view as being expensive, especially for something meant to protect the display, but it’s actually priced competitively against other tempered glass screen protectors. If you’re really adamant on having a good resale value when the time comes to retire your phone, you’ll be assured that the Otterbox Alpha Glass will keep your phone’s display sparkling new.


Pros

  • Extremly thin piece of tempered glass
  • Simple installation process
  • No bubbling or air pockets
  • Touch responsiveness is intact

Cons

  • It's still prone to scratching, but they're faint
  • $30 price is still on the expensive side
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posted on 29 Aug 2014, 00:03 2

1. Busyboy (Posts: 408; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


Ha! Otterbox wants me to buy a 30$ screen protector that scratches like a 2$ one? No thanks, I'll stick with my 9H Nilkin screen protector for 8$.

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 04:22

11. luis.d (Posts: 209; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)


Fellow Nilkin user here, my thoughts exactly.

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 00:04 3

2. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4150; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Spigen is cheaper and far better quality. This isn't otterbox's first time making screen protectors.

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 00:09

3. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3728; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


I've never used a screen protector. Why do people use them? Are they for people who like to put their car keys in the same pocket as their phone?

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 00:14 1

4. Busyboy (Posts: 408; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


I personally use it for peace of mind. Anything could happen, but it's best when you don't have to worry about a thing.

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 00:30

5. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3728; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Thanks. I've never scratched a screen yet, but I'm fairly careful. I guess these sorts of things are good for unforeseen situations.

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 01:09

6. Busyboy (Posts: 408; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


Exactly. Better safe than sorry

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 02:44

10. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1289; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


These screens can still scratch especially if the foreign object is harder than glass. Sand is sometimes the culprit. Keys and knifes are softer than glass so looking at those scratch test tells me nothing. But if my display is sapphire crystal I will not use a protector.

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 01:21

7. twens (Posts: 699; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


Sometimes I just don't get it. You spend so much money on a smartphone then you have to spend extra on protecting it and also apps. This world is a funny place.

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 01:27

8. Busyboy (Posts: 408; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


You dont have to do anything. It's optional

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 02:36

9. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1289; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


I'm pretty happy with my $8 glass screen protector from eBay. It's been on my Note 3 for 10 months now and it still looks and feel brand new.

posted on 30 Aug 2014, 13:29

12. JEverettnow (Posts: 210; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)


I use the ZAGG glass screen protector. I love it! I can't use other creen protectors, but the zagg glass works really well.

posted on 09 Sep 2014, 22:38

14. Jommick (Posts: 211; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)


I've been using a standard ZAGG since I had a samsung focus. The rest of the phone would probably die before that thing

posted on 06 Sep 2014, 20:29

13. calebchoo88 (Posts: 11; Member since: 04 Sep 2014)


yea I just love my otterbox case..the screen protector is good also..bought mine at tonidotech.com

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