Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Review: Seidio VITREO™ - SIII

I was lucky to be able to demo a Seidio VITREO™ Tempered Glass Screen Protector.

Here is the description from their website:
Seidio's VITREO is a tempered glass material that utilizes advanced technology to shield and protect your Samsung Galaxy S III's screen. Made from a high grade glass with a 9H hardness rating, VITREO™ is shatterproof, allowing it to absorb more impact than your regular PET screen protector and prevent damage from occurring to your screen. The VITREO™ surface feels just like the device's screen without interfering with optical clarity while giving you an extraordinary level of protection. The design and lightweight material will provide peace of mind no matter what comes in contact with your device.

- High grade tempered glass with a 9H hardness rating prevents damage in the event of scratches and abrasions
- Tapered (rounded) edges provide a premium and more aesthetically enhanced profile for your device
- Engineered to reinforce the strength of the critical points of impact which results in prolonged durability
- Oleophobic coating resists marks and smudges with advanced technology that reduces the appearance of fingerprints
- Full panel protects the entire screen without leaving any portion exposed
- Allows touch sensitivity and enhances optical clarity
- Easy installation without bubbling and lifting  
- Only 0.55mm (0.02in) thin

- VITREO Screen Guard
- Microfiber Cloth
- Alcohol Wipe
- Plastic Pick
- 4 Home Button Stickers

The main thing I noticed was the Seidio VITREO™ is the strongest Tempered Glass Screen Protector available. The VITREO™ is rated at 9H with the hardest being 10H. 10H is equivalent to the strength of a diamond. After further research, I've learned that 9H is equivalent to a Sapphire which in turn happens to match the strength of Gorilla Glass. 

The Home Button Stickers are a great feature that the competitor's do not include. The Home Buttons are clear and come in 2 colors. Clear and blue. Packaging was easy to get out all the important contents and was neatly organized. The glass was protector by the packaging.

Sensitivity and screen response was great. It feels identical to the factory glass screen.
This also goes for the Menu, Home and Back button. Very responsive.

Screen is still vibrant. Doesn't take away the clarity like most plastic screen protectors.
This is the a great compromise for those who wants the stock screen feel without the plastic.
It does make the phone a little thicker, but I found this to be a huge advantage. I've always found the phone to be a little thin.

The edges of the VITREO are tapered. This was done to reduce the screen from snagging.

Fits the ACTIVE® as promised.

Seidio does not guarantee compatibility with cases from other manufacturer's. But you can see here, Seidio has come up with the perfect amount of screen coverage. They left enough room to be compatible with other cases. Picture is a bumper.

The VITREO™ is available in Black and White. MSRP is $39.95.

The VITREO™ is also available for iPhone 5 and iPad.

Highly recommended. This has taken my top spot for screen protectors. I was hesitant to remove my Spigen Curved Crystal, but I am happy I did.

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