Review: Caseco Screenflex glass screen protector for iPhone
I’m inclined to be somewhat harsh on iPhone 6 screen protectors that don’t cover the whole screen. The beveled edges mean developers have to either build the curve into the unit or cut the protection short. Although complete protection looks better and provides smoother use, it does two main drawbacks. First, the protector can interfere with your iPhone case if the edges are too tight around the screen. Second, the beveled edges are more susceptible to chipping and cracking, causing them to fail when the iPhone screen itself possibly wouldn’t have suffered any damage.
So, are flat glass screen protectors still a good choice for gamers? Caseco provided us with their Screenflex to test this out, and I came away more willing to accept protection that doesn’t reach edge to edge.
The Screenflex flexible glass screen protector is made from a glass/plastic hybrid material that allows it to provide a slick interface with flexibility that helps with application and makes it less likely to crack and chip on impact once in place.
Installation isn’t without its problems, but is easier than with the floppier plastic-only screen protectors you may have used in the past. Caseco provides you with wet and dry wipes to clean your screen before application, and—as always—I recommend you wash your hands before beginning the process. They also provide dust removal stickers that are useful for capturing dust particles you can see, but as you’ll note in my photos, some are still likely to work their way in.
If you don’t get precise alignment on your first try and have to pull it up to try again, you’re bound to get some dust. The blemishes with which I was left are small and unnoticeable when the phone is in use, and the air bubbles were easy to press out.
You’ll be able to see the edges of the Screenflex once it’s on, and if the games you’re playing make use of the entire screen, you may feel them, too.
The case you’re using may help mitigate this forcing your thumbs above and beyond the protector’s edges. Touch sensitivity is not hindered at all, and the Screenflex even supports 3D touch. If your game requires quick movements, you’ll be just fine. In addition, an oleophobic coating keeps water and oil off your screen, so you’re less likely to be viewing your games through greasy fingerprint smudges.
I still prefer complete screen protection, but you almost have to be more careful with them than if you had no screen protection at all, lest the protector get damaged and become unusable. That’s not likely to happen with the Caseco Screenflex. You’ll likely still have to deal with some dust bubbles and those pesky edge lines, but its glass/plastic hybrid construction provides stronger protection and easier installation that feels almost as good as the iPhone’s screen itself.
Provides: Scratch/scuff protection for your iPhone screen
Compatibility: iPhone 6/6s and iPhone 6 Plus / 6s Plus (also available for iPhone 5/5s/SE)
Availability: Now at Caseco.ca