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A screen protector is probably the only thing I’d recommend any person get for their smartphone. The screen is the part that breaks the most out of the dozens of iPhone's I've broken over the years. If you've looked online, you'll see a ton of plastic and glass screen protectors, with prices ranging from $10 dollars to $40. Within that range that are products that are worth $40 but most are not. TL:DW: Plastic is tougher. Glass looks better. Current 10 slim/wallet/screen protectors for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 7: https://www.mobilereviews-eh.ca/top-10-guides/ Here's a list of recommend review videos that I show clips of in my videos: Super tough glass - Patchworks ITG Silicate glass: https://youtu.be/jE0-VNihbwU 3 Things to do after breaking a screen: https://youtu.be/QA9zEUC2bsk Pretty tough glass - WinngerGear Topaz: https://youtu.be/a14oEBfN1wI Tough plastic - Thule Atmos X4: https://youtu.be/tZO5KG1GMnQ Torture test involving plastic and glass screen protector: https://youtu.be/NQntqpu8-YI What what type of screen protector should you get? Glass or Plastic? The biggest difference from my perspective is durability. Get a plastic screen protector if you’re rough on your iPhone. if you have a tendency to drop it a lot. Or have kids who treat your $1000 iPhone like a throwable toy. Other than that, go with a glass screen protector. Before I get into the details, I have to make sure you guys know what a screen protector actually to the screen of your smartphone. All it does is provide an extra layer of protection. It doesn’t reinforce the actual screen. A bad edge drop may still break your screen. An unlucky drop where a rock makes contact between the case edge and screen protector will result in a break. Plastic screen protector - Pros #1 Pro - As I mentioned at the beginning of the video, plastic screen protectors are very durable. #2 Pro - The second pro for plastic screen protectors is that they are reusable. You can take them off, store it and use it again. Some of them are even washable which helps with long term usage. Plastic screen protector - Cons Con #1 - Plastic screen protectors show scratches easier and scratches are usually permanent. Certain screen protectors have “healing” properties which will hide light scratches. Con #2 - Lots of screen protectors have words like “fingerprint resistance” or “Oleophobic Coating”. I call most plastic screen protectors fingerprint magnets. It will take many wipes to clear the screen which isn’t something you won't have to do as often for glass screen protectors. Con #3 - Certain plastic screen protectors will diffuse the HD screen of your device. This usually occurs with built-in plastic screen protectors on cases. Con #4 - Plastic screen protectors won’t offer 100% screen coverage. You won’t see a plastic edge to edge screen protector. Con #5 - Some Plastic screen protectors aren’t as smooth as glass. There will be a noticeable difference between tracking your finger over a glass screen protector vs a plastic one. So that’s all I have for plastic screen protectors. If this video has been useful to you, consider getting your stuff through my site. Nobody pays me to break my own iPhones and screen protectors so I’d be grateful for any support you’re willing to give. Glass screen protector - Cons Con #1 - The moment you crack a glass screen protector, it is done. Ever get a chip on a windshield and watch it travel across the entire pane of glass? it’s the same for glass screen protectors. On top of that, since it’s glass and glass can be sharp, there might be a chance that you cut yourself after a bad chip or crack. Con #2 - Glass screen protectors won’t offer as much impact protection. Glass screen protector - Pros Pro #1 - Your smartphone screen is going to look great. Like nothing was sitting on top of it. Pro #2 - if you’ve been looking at screen protectors, you’ll notice that most of them claim to be of 9H hardness. Glass offers better scratch resistance. Pro #3 - Glass screen protectors come in Edge to Edge variations. RL:RIA: Plastic lasts longer. Glass looks better. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to stay in the loop! We release 2-3 videos a week so there's going to be something new every week. We're all about helping you get the most out of iOS so click Subscribe! WEBSITE: http://www.mobilereviews-eh.ca T-SHIRTS: http://mobilereviewseh.spreadshirt.com PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/MobileReviewsEh TUMBLR: http://mobilereviewseh.tumblr.com INSTAGRAM: http://instagram.com/mobilereviewseh TWITTER: https://twitter.com/MobileReviewsEh AARON: https://twitter.com/Aaron_The_Ho FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/MobileReviewsEh GOOGLE +: http://bit.ly/GplusMobileReviewsEh
So I’ve spent the last few months using several liquid screen protectors and here’s the bottom line: Liquid screen protectors are not a complete replacement for traditional screen protectors. With all that being said, liquid screen protectors are pretty cool. I’ve come to this conclusion after using three different brands of liquid screen protectors on a variety of devices. The questions I personally had about liquid screen protectors and will answer in this video include: 00:01:36 - What are liquid screen protectors exactly? 00:02:58 - Can you really re-add the oleophobic coating back to your device? 00:06:12 - Does it add to the scratch resistance of the device? 00:08:05 - Will it fill in cracks? 00:09:26 - Does it really make the screen tougher? 00:11:07 - Can you use it with other screen protectors? 00:11:30 - How well does it work with a waterproof case? And after I go through all that, I’ll tell you whether or not I would actually recommend using a liquid screen protector (00:11:44). Like what I do? Help me out by getting your stuff through my Amazon links! Doesn't have to be what I link to, you just need to use my link! See how much liquid screen protectors are on Amazon! Amazon US: https://mreh.ca/2KXW9jl Amazon CA: https://mreh.ca/2J1oOlT Amazon UK: https://mreh.ca/2KX2C10 Amazon DE: https://mreh.ca/2KWAGY0 **What are liquid screen protectors exactly? How do they work?** Liquid screen protectors start off as liquid glass. The base compound that’s used in every liquid screen protector that I’ve come across is Silicone Dioxide. Every product I used had the liquid screen protector in a wipe form and takes a couple of days to dry completely. **Can you really re-add the oleophobic coating back to your device?** I stripped 1/2 my iPhone X with a Magic Eraser and added a liquid screen protector to that stripped side. I performed a water droplet test on both sides of the iPhone and the side with the stock coating out performed the liquid screen protector side. The only thing I noticed throughout this process is that the screens on my older devices definitely felt smoother. **Does it add to the scratch resistance of the device?** It does but unlike regular screen protectors, you can't take it off after it gets damaged. The damage is going to look permanent which isn't great. **Will it fill in cracks or scratches?** I was really hoping that it would. It doesn’t. I applied a liquid screen protector to a cracked screen protector to see if it would fill in the cracks and it didn't. For scratches, I wiped my beat up Apple Watch Series 3 with a liquid screen protector and the giant gash across the front of the device didn’t look any better. Or worse. **Does it really make the screen tougher?** In short, yes it does. I took three identical screen protectors and applied a liquid screen protector to one of them. I used the first two screen protectors to determine what height they would break by dropping a 200g ball on them. It was between 9-10 inches. The screen protector with the liquid screen protector applied broke at 16 inches! **Can you use it with a screen protector on top?** Yes you can! Since it’s just glass on top of your smartphone screen, there’s no reason why you can’t add another layer of glass on your screen. Or plastic, depending on what type of protection your are looking for. **Can you use it with a waterproof case?** This is the only type of screen protector that would work well in any waterproof case since it doesn’t add any thickness to the device. From my perspective, it’s going to work with any waterproof case out there. **So would I actually recommend using a liquid screen protector?** In short? Not by itself on a smartphone. I think it's a good accessory if you're REALLY paranoid about your screen breaking and you use it with other accessories. Our smartphones go through a lot of wear and tear so the tiny bit of protection the product will offer won't be enough. However, I'm not as against using liquid screen protectors on tablets. The screen on my iPad feels like new and since I don't take my iPad much, having the tiny bit of extra protection isn't a bad thing. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to stay in the loop! We release 2-3 videos a week so there's going to be something new every week. We're all about helping you get the most out of iOS so click Subscribe! WEBSITE: http://www.mobilereviews-eh.ca T-SHIRTS: http://mobilereviewseh.spreadshirt.com PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/MobileReviewsEh INSTAGRAM: http://instagram.com/mobilereviewseh TWITTER: https://twitter.com/MobileReviewsEh AARON: https://twitter.com/Aaron_The_Ho FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/MobileReviewsEh
The BEST Apple Watch strap/band to workout with? The Sport Loop! For me anyways BUT if you're sweaty or swimmer, you're going with a Nike Sport Band. Why? Find out below! See what Apple Watch straps are on Amazon! Amazon US: https://mreh.ca/2JVhLw7 Amazon CA: https://mreh.ca/2I0O23n Amazon UK: https://mreh.ca/2K40dkW Amazon DE: https://mreh.ca/2K0YMjJ Apple makes it sound like they have dozens of bands on their website but in reality, there’s only three sporty ones. The Sport Band, Nike Sport Band and Sport Loop. I’ve done dozens of workouts with every one of these loops in order to bring you this review! What's the difference between a $300 dollar band and a $20 dollar knockoff? https://youtu.be/IK7gILY9HsI When it comes to working out, my goto is to perform constantly varied functional movements at high intensity. Which makes it pretty hard to keep my Apple Watch on all the time. Because grinding my Apple Watch against a concrete floor is probably going to happen one of these days. My arms go through a range of different movements everyday so having the right strap on my wrist computer is pretty important. Alright, so which Watch strap is best? **Sport Band** This is your basic band. This is the band that showed me that it was possible to use my laptop AND wear a watch at the same time. When it comes to working out, this is my least favourite band. Why? Because sweat tends to accumulate in the middle of the band. I’ll call this the “sweaty band feel”. I also found myself having to take the watch off completely after a workout to wipe off the back. **Nike Sport Band** So the Nike Sport Band is basically a regular Sport Band with a bunch of holes in it. This band allows for a bit more color than the regular sport band and addresses my biggest issue with the Sport Band which is the “sweaty band feel”. The holes in the band offer a bit more air to reach your skin you can focus more on your workout rather than the thinking about your sweaty wrist. The Nike Sport Band is going to be your goto band if you’re a swimmer or a really sweaty gym person. **Sport Loop** This is my favourite Apple Watch strap to workout with. This was one of the newer bands that was introduced with the Series 3 Apple Watch and it’s my favourite to workout with. It’s even quicker to adjust than the Sport Band and doesn’t suffer from “sweaty band feel” because the strap never really sits 100% on your skin. There velcro pieces allow for a bit of airflow between the band and your skin which is nice. I was initially concerned about the fabric watch band smelling after a while but it’s held up quite well given that I haven’t gone out of my way to clean it. As a downside, this watch strap is made from fabric so it will absorb water. I’m not a very sweaty person when I work out and I don’t swim so my Apple Watch is never really submerged or really wet. It does take time to dry out so if you are sweaty and or swim a lot, don’t use the Sport Loop, go with the Nike Sport Band. **Working out with the Milanese Loop and Nylon loop** So how about the Milanese and Nylon loops? Personally, I wouldn’t recommend working out with either of them but if I had to choose, I would go with the Milanese loop because it operates similar to the Sport Loop. You can easily adjust the the size of the loop to fit your liking. The Milanese loop is the only loop-based strap that I’d use in a swimming pool as well. It will dry off much easier than the cloth based sport loop. None of this matters if you think spending ~$200 dollars on a watch strap is stupid. Now I’m showing you too different looking loops in this video, one is a knockoff of the expensive Apple one. if you want to know more about the differences, check out that video. The one strap that I wouldn’t workout with at all will be the Nylon strap. This is just a normal watch strap that sits either too loose or tight on my hand, isn’t as easy to adjust on the fly and gets pretty sweaty during a workout. Having it bounce around on my hand during a workout is extremely distracting. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to stay in the loop! We release 2-3 videos a week so there's going to be something new every week. We're all about helping you get the most out of iOS so click Subscribe! WEBSITE: http://www.mobilereviews-eh.ca T-SHIRTS: http://mobilereviewseh.spreadshirt.com PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/MobileReviewsEh INSTAGRAM: http://instagram.com/mobilereviewseh TWITTER: https://twitter.com/MobileReviewsEh AARON: https://twitter.com/Aaron_The_Ho FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/MobileReviewsEh
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So the iPhone 8 and X now support 7.5 W Qi-charging. Which is 2.5 W’s higher than before. Which is awesome right? From all the tests that I did, 7.5W Qi-charging isn’t great. Why? Because the charge times for the 7.5W charger sits here when compared against all the other ways to charge your iPhone. In the next few minutes, I’ll show you what I discovered when I compared charge rates against: - A 5W Spigen Qi-Charger - A regular 5W Apple iPhone Charger - A 29W MacBook Charger - A 87W MacBook Pro Charger - and a slew of other fast chargers All the details below! The Anker 7.5W Qi-Charger is the best one I've used to date. Get now on Amazon! Get the Anker PowerWave 7.5W on Amazon! Amazon US: https://mreh.ca/2uYk7HQ Amazon CA: https://mreh.ca/2uSf3Vl Amazon UK: https://mreh.ca/2H4tH0p Amazon DE: https://mreh.ca/2GYattx With 7.5 W charging, Apple turned on that feature in iOS 11.2. When the iPhone X and 8 were announced, they were only capable of being charged using 5W which is the bare minimum is quite slow. Now we’ve known about the 7.5 W charging since launch as well so if you went and bought a Qi-charger that isn’t 7.5 W capable, well, that just sucks. So how much better is the 7.5 W charging over the normal 5 W charger? To answer this question, I ran several discharge cycles between my favourite 5W Qi-charger, the Spigen F300W and the a 7.5W Anker PowerWave charger. There’s a design feature with these two products that make it stand out over the others. I’ll elaborate after I talk about the charge rate differences. It took almost 15000 seconds for the Spigen Qi-charger to bring my iPhone X from 10% to 100%. It took this Anker 7.5 W only 10500 seconds. These numbers makes sense to me as the 7.5 W is 150% of 5W. But let that sink in, it took over 4 hours for the Spigen charger to bring my iPhone X to 100% and almost 3 hours for the Anker charger. The only time in my day to day life where I can leave my iPhone in one location for 3-4 hours at a time is when I sleep. For me, it’s almost impossible for me to get a decent charge during the day and I work mostly from home. So how does 7.5 W charger compare against the standard charger that comes with the iPhone? Well, from my tests, the was almost no difference. There was a 6 min difference between my tests which seems insignificant when you consider that it still takes 3 hours to charge for both chargers. So let that sink in, the $70 dollar, 7.5W charger will charge at the same rate as the charger that comes with the device. On top of this annoyance is the fact that Qi-wireless charging isn’t as wireless as we all think as your device still needs to be physically touching the charger. So how does the 7.5 W Qi-charging compare against the fastest way to charge your iPhone which is to use a laptop charger. With the 29W charger, it only takes 2 hours to charge the iPhone X from 10% which is a full hour shorter than the 7.5 W charger. If you’re looking for a better way to charge your iPhone, consider taking the $70 dollars you’d spend on the Qi-charger and buy yourself a 29W MacBook charger. The fast charging feature from 0-50 is handy. Going back to my lunch example, in 30 minutes, I can get approx. 50% charged on my device. So that would bring me close to 60% which would last me past supper for the day. You’ll need to get a USB-3 to Lightning cable as well and if you’re wondering, the charge time between the Apple cable and ESR cable I used in this video was negligible which is nice. Unlike some of the other lightning cables I’ve used in previous videos. If you think those $10 dollar cables at the gas station are a good deal, watch that video. So how about the 87W charger. Is it the fastest of the bunch? It isn’t. It’s actually charges at the same rate as the 29W charger despite having more than double the potential wattage. This may seem odd but these higher Wattage chargers are based on the USB-PD specification which allows the device to pull in the maximum power it can handle. At the end of the day, for Qi-charging to be a decent alternative, it’s needs to be faster. Much much faster because the money you’d spend on a charger would better be spent on getting a higher wattage laptop charger ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to stay in the loop! We release 2-3 videos a week so there's going to be something new every week. We're all about helping you get the most out of iOS so click Subscribe! WEBSITE: http://www.mobilereviews-eh.ca T-SHIRTS: http://mobilereviewseh.spreadshirt.com PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/MobileReviewsEh TUMBLR: http://mobilereviewseh.tumblr.com INSTAGRAM: http://instagram.com/mobilereviewseh TWITTER: https://twitter.com/MobileReviewsEh AARON: https://twitter.com/Aaron_The_Ho FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/MobileReviewsEh GOOGLE +: http://bit.ly/GplusMobileReviewsEh
I like Spigen cases. Their Reventon is one of my favourite cases. BUT how about their screen protectors. Specifically the Nano Liquid? This product in general is a great addition to a smartphone setup that includes a case and an existing screen protector. I personally don’t think liquid screen protectors have enough features to warrant being used on their own.
If you want to know exactly why I think this, check out my extremely detailed video regarding liquid screen protectors. I’ve used a variety of different liquid screen protectors for that video including the Whoos! Diamond Defense and CrystalTech Nano 2.0.
Detailed video: https://youtu.be/NIPOTDUnUfo
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Specifically for the Spigen Glastr Nano Liquid, my focus with this product was the re-adding of the Oleophobic coating and scratch resistance the product offered my iPhone. After I show you the results of the tests, I’ll tell you how I would personally use a liquid screen protector.
From my understanding, every liquid screen protector is generally the same. It’s made from Silicone Dioxide or SiO2. It’s liquid glass. You’re basically adding a thin layer of glass to your existing glass. The Spigen product is made in America which might be important for some. TARIFFS!
Every liquid screen protector I used was installed in the same manner. Clean your screen and then use a wet wipe to slather the liquid screen protector all over the screen of the device that you want to use. For my oleophobic test, I used an iPhone X which had 1/2 of the device stripped down to the glass with a magic eraser and an 5 year old iPad.
I did water droplet tests on both devices prior to adding the liquid screen protector to see how poorly the oleophobic coatings worked. I then installed the screen protector, waited 48 hours for the product to fully cure and tried the water droplet tests again. Thee wasn’t much of a difference between the two which was disappointing.
My fingerprint tests didn’t fare any better which was disappointing as well. Now one might think that nothing was actually applied to the screen but the screen on my old iPad felt like new. These liquid screen protectors technically smooth over older screens, filling in the gaps where the previous coating has been worn down so having my iPad screen feel new again was a pleasant surprise.
When it comes to scratch resistance, technically the Nano Liquid screen protector does improve the scratch protection it offers your device. The Nano glass is of 9H hardness which is cool. As I mentioned above, you’re basically adding a thin layer of glass to your device which will improve the scratch resistance BUT unlike traditional screen protectors, you can’t remove it after it gets damaged. So it looks like your screen is permanently damaged or technically is permanently damaged depending on how you look at it. The normal round of rocks, keys and knives didn’t leave a mark. The only thing that would scratch the product was sandpaper which was expected.
Now you might be wondering how tough this extra layer of glass which is a test I did on a different brand of liquid screen protector. Check out the detailed video for all the details.
So where does a liquid screen protector fit with my smartphone setup? Sure it doesn’t seem to add much in terms of scratch and oleophobic protection but it does add a bit of impact protection. So I would put it on my screen as well as my screen protector. The sensitivity of the device isn’t going to be impacted by the product. With that setup, you’re going to have above average protection for your smartphone.
One of the benefits of the liquid screen protectors is that after you use on one device, you can use it on another. I was able to get four uses out of a liquid screen protector with the last application being used in the impact protection I was talking about earlier.
If you want to know what I think about using liquid screen protectors on other devices such as tablets and smart watches, check out the last few minutes of the detailed video where I cover those devices.
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