This is garbage, any of the screen protectors with the "self healing" type of optical thin film are painfully obsolete.
The s-pen should never leave indentations or smudges, ever, no matter how hard you press, otherwise it messes with the pressure sensitivity. This guy above is making a advertising pass; he probably sells this grossly inferior product. I've used just like glass, spigen, zagg, many different varieties of screen protector and after much searching, tempered glass is second to none, and just like glass is second. There are others similar to just like glass however the one above is not, JLG you cannot deform, period.
Tempered glass is a no brainer, seriously its the same thing as using the phone naked but with an extra removable shield of armor to take a blow; I've skipped the s cover on this galaxy in favor of the superior usability a glass protector and moderately protective cover allows; it's not nearly as awkward as the s cover and case I had on the note 2. At 35$ I paid for the spigen glass tr and a $10 case you have an experience that isn't interfered with by a dumb PET film and flappy cover killing active notifications. Samoled and android 4.3 favors the no s-cover approach.
If you don't want to pay $35 or think I'm some shill then go get the $15 tempered glass one someone just reviewed here, looks fine as well. Packaging on that one looks like a spigen knockoff, but I'm sure it's just as nice, pretty hard to mess up making a cut piece of glass.
If you hate the concept if glass on your glass, there are just like glass and their analogues, they are pretty nice they just have three flaws over the tempered glasses:
1. Scratches, over a year the just like glass will show usage scratches, small but they build up; after 8 months my note 2 was looking like it needed a new one not from abuse but usage, it was well covered. So they won't last 2 years of solid usage. There is even a small mark that appeared from overusage of the protector near the middle, it wasn't scratched it has just become fuzzy in a grain of rice sized area near the middle; they are not abraision proof to even your fingers.
2. Olephobics, JLG and kin are super slippery, pretty much as slippery as glass but they are polymers, and there will always be some drag especially as detritus and grease build up on the screen. Sweaty humid day, putting phone up to ear with JLG=screen is now coated in every bit of sweat and annoying to get it off. It won't come off easily like treated glass. Glass is a monolithic crystal and much harder, there is no drag, it's a different substance entirely with different physical properties, principal among them is this type of glass has a very high surface hardness. I nicked my glas.tr on my note 3 with an aluminum flashlight, and you cannot see the scratch unless you're in direct sunlight and looking painfully close; it appears the scratch made a groove literally microns thick, since the glass is so hard it only scoops out a tiny extremely shallow trail of glass particles. Such a slippery, hard, and uniform substance is perfect for something that will see a lot of use.
3. Actual PROTECTION of the screen. Let's be frank here, in the engineering world you can't get something from nothing unless you're made of magic. Case in point, fluted rifle barrels became all the rage a while back and all kinds of baloney were being put forth by the advertisers, one claim being they were stronger. Well you can't take something away from a structure and have it be 100% as resilient and capable as before, and it applies here as much as it does with fluting on barrels. A thin film of plastic over your glass screen will help but in a hard fall onto pebbles it will simply hold the glass pieces that aren't dust underneath together. If you have a monolithic piece of silica based crystal that takes the blow however, you have a much higher chance of not wrecking the $300 1080p screen we all covet in this phone. Think about it, if you have a monolithic crystal it will take significantly greater force to cause deformation and damage, than something as soft as a film. You can't get something for nothing, and for $15 or $35 I think it's worth it.
The amusing thing is, I've owned a dozen phones, and I have never broken, shattered or damaged any of them my whole life; all 100% functional, except maybe that god awful Verizon Motorola I snapped in half when I left that s***show network a decade ago. With that reasoning this note 3 is the first phone I have not and will not insure, all my other phones are flawless and I have even gained 3 by fixing other peoples unwanted shattered phones! I'm at NEGATIVE 3 shattered phones at this point heh.
So, if you're a competent gadget owner, ditch the insurance, get a dualpro or spigen case, or similar, tempered glass, and enjoy, because that insurance is such a rip off* if you treat the thing in your pocket like the big slab of glass that it IS. And now you'll have glass on your glass so your ass won't be grass when your glass hits the floor after fumbling a football pass.
*maybe take that 4 year old phone and a $1.99 microsim card tray off amazon when you go on that white water rafting adventure however, pretty sure the s-pen doesn't work underwater ;P
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Since video or it didn't happen is an easy rule on the internet, here's proof. This guys throws an iphone down jagged stone steps repeatedly, I dare you to do that with the thin film protector. It takes some serious abuse:
Watch "Apple iPhone 5 Drop Test (Spigen Tough Armor and GLAS t.R)" on YouTube