Whitestone Dome Glass Galaxy S8 Plus Full Cover Screen Protector Reviews
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I have tried countless others.
Yes it is expensive.
Yes it is fiddly to apply.
Expense is nothing when you have a damaged phone.
Try this product once and you won't use anything else.
Not going to risk another £42 to see if I get a faulty one or something else again!
Which leads me to my main issue - the installation jig, in which your phone rests in. The jig needs revising because there is no foolproof way of aligning the glass perfectly into this jig. If you align and place the glass into it, there is an easy chance of it being pushed in too deep, which results in the glass falling onto the display & glue and causing air bubbles in the process - this happened to me first time round. The jig needs to be adjusted so that the glass can be located perfectly with no adjustment by the user required. Use small foam inserts to keep costs down maybe?
I had to clean up the LOCA adhesive off the glass and phone and retry the process. I ended up having use masking tape around the top speaker grill because the small adhesive tabs that Whitestone give you (2x) come off far too easily. On my second screen application I still wasn't sure as to weather the glass was positioned correctly but it was resting correctly on the plastic pull tab so I tilted the jig downwards to allow the adhesive to flow to the centre before removing the pull tab. Long story short, I had 99% adhesive coverage - the bottom right corner of the glass has some adhesive missing but is very hard to see unless you look very close.
The glass itself is excellent, as is the LOCA adhesive - clear and clarity wise looks no different to the stock gorilla glass. As I write this I have left the device sitting in my room overnight and there has been some glue emanating from the sides of the glass since, so I'll have to wipe that away later with a mild alcohol wipe. No case is attached just yet and I am expecting a Spigen Neo Hybrid to arrive soon, and then the nerve wracking application of that case will begin. Despite it being listed as compatible with the Dome Glass there is a good chance that it can still be lifted as I apply the case to phone. [Edit 21/04/18 - Case arrived and fits perfectly as per photos]
So far I am quite impressed despite my installation issues so well done to Whitestone.
Whitestone, your product is great but you need to assume the first application will go wrong for your customer.
1. Modify the jig/holder so that the glass can be placed securely without being pushed too deep, which results in the glass falling onto the screen. This can be offset with some foam strips on the jig for testing purposes.
2. Supply more than 2x masking tabs (for the speaker). They come off too easily.
3. If possible look at better distribution of replacement kits. I would gladly buy a kit if it consisted of 1x glass, 1x loca tube for example at a decent price since we already have the jig and the UV lamp, which adds to the initial price.
To potential users:
1. I'd advise installing this in a bathroom with good light. Preferably with a lot of steam, so after a shower would be ideal. There will be less dust in the air and despite this being the norm for tempered glass installs it is even more of an importance here - you don't want dust falling onto that blob of glue on your screen during the install process!
2. Have some absorbent tissue nearby - in-case things do go wrong, and you need to mop up that glue on your screen.
3. Watch and re-watch the install videos on youtube. Goes without saying but get it burned into your brain, especially the 'reinstallation' video should things go wrong.
4. You can use a small USB battery pack to power the UV lamp instead of hooking it to a mains usb plug.
5. Keep your fingertips clean, don't get any finger oils onto that display when you peel off its backing. Use latex gloves if possible.
6. Do not throw away the glass protector sticky backing. If things go wrong, you will need to reapply this to the glass as it will pick up small particles of debris and pull them off the glass before you re-apply to phone.
7. Do a dry run of the install. Place the bridge over the phone, obviously do not use any glue and leave the backing on the glass. Familiarise yourself with placeing the glass correctly in the jig and it resting on the pull tab. It is easy to get this wrong so practice helps.
Update: 19/06/2018 - Well the glass has held up tremendously well since my initial application back in April 2018. I am still using my S8+ in conjunction with a Spigen Neo Hybrid (it is a poor case) as I've not had time to research a better one. The glass's surface Oleophobic coating has worn off since though and as such it does accumulate fingerprints fairly quickly. The glass is as silky smooth as it was on day 1. No scratches, no cracking or issues with the glue at all.
I done a lot of research and decided to try this protector, amd I am now on my 4th one in under a year - I always use covers and cases (including tough and lifeproof ones) also... I'm not gentle on my phones.
These protectors also adhere to the whole screen not just the edges, which means you can't tell there is a protector on it when using. They can be tricky to apply I guess, but I just followed the instructions and didn't have any issues.
I definitely believe these protectors have saved my actual screen and therefore my money in not having to replace the screen professionally again. I wouldn't use any other protector now.
Easy to mess up the install if you don't watch the 'seesaw' install video.
Just check the whitestone website for the videos.
Check youtube for videos describing the cases that will fit with the dome glass.
Good luck with the install!
Very happy with this screen protector.
The installation process is very involved, but I found watching a YouTube video at the same time as installation is much easier.
It does pay to have all the bits you need close at hand. Make sure your installation surface is level / flat, as the adhesive can run off if the working surface is not flat.
After the installation, as mentioned above I would suggest not putting on case until the next day, just so the screen protector has time to settle. I also think that having the right case is going to help. All in all the Whitestone Dome is awesome. There was an extra tube of adhesive, so hopefully I can get another new screen protector and use that second adhesive tube if I wanted to stall a protector next time.
However, this screen protector worth every penny and does offer both protection and "absolute transparency" so your screen looks as great as naked.
Takes a while to put it on and can be tricky the first time. I had to take it off and clean all of the glue from the protector which took me a good hour and a half. I wish the instructions would be more detailed with a video or something.
Maybe if I'd whacked the case on straight away it could have made the sides of the protector less exposed to this happening, but really this isn't an ideal situation to be in. For the price you really want something that not only will last - you want something that doesn't compromise the phone's looks, otherwise you're better off getting a cheaper glass with the black edges that block some of the screen.
The protector looks good when in place and feels natural to the touch; I also can't see any touch recognition issues at all.
However, there are a few downfalls which means I don't think I'd buy this product again.
Firstly, the protector doesn't actually cover the whole of the front of the phone. There is a space as can be seen in the pictures which remains uncovered at the top, and it also doesn't quite cover to the bottom and round the sides all the way. This means that dust and excess glue is easily able to collect right at the top where the glass is fitted by the speaker. Other protectors work around this by covering the whole surface meaning at least the dust accumulates in less noticeable places.
Secondly, the amount of waste here borders on the absurd and it's hard to ignore. As far as I can see you can't buy replacement/booster packs, which only provide the consumables such as the protector itself, the alcohol wipes, glue etc. This means everything contained in the box, including the light, a ton of plastic and other bits are waste after using once. Being able to buy replacement packs would help here by firstly being cheaper in the long run, and secondly making the first main pack re-usable.
Thirdly, as touched upon above, is the price. I don't see quite how it's such a step above much cheaper versions with dry stick glue. The purpose of spending the money on this one is for the cleaner fit, but it isn't cleaner as mentioned above with the accumulative dust and other issues. Cheaper ones may be slightly less strong, but they still protect the screen in the vast majority of cases and often look cleaner with the entire front covered.
Ultimately as clever as this product, it needs improvement in order to justify the high price. Find a way to cover the entire front and provide a way to re-purchase the consumables as an extra pack.
The fit isn't quite edge to edge, but covers enough to feel that way and at the same time leave enough space to accommodate most cases.
Unlike other glass protectors for curved screens, this one adheres using the full surface area of the glass (instead of thin adhesive lines along the perimeter). What you get is a solid fitment, no bubbles or corners lifting up. No rainbow effect.
After a month of use, the oleaphobic coating is still strong--only picking up slight fingerprints which easily wipe away without just smearing the oils around. The glass is still clear, no signs of scratching or lifting.
The preparation and application require a bit more effort than the peel and stick alternatives, but the result is far better. Read the directions and watch an installation video prior to installing.
I highly recommend this product and have absolutely nothing bad to say about it. I can't even harp on the price because it's so Superior to others in the marketplace.
The first one for my s8+ installed like a charm , I then had the misfortune of dropping my phone face first and the dome glass screen protector cracked while protecting the screen 100%.
The second one also installed without a hitch & was on my phone up until i had to get my phone replaced due to a manufacturing defect.
After getting my replacement s8+ i ordered a third , which developed several air bubbles at the point of installation, even though i carried out the installation process according to the video guide , just as I had with the first 2, but obviously that product was faulty , but as there was no warranty extended i had to forego that money spent and ordered a 4th.
The fourth is on my s8+ to date and is absolutely great, but I must say that although certain spigen covers are recommended to use with the dome glass screen protector DOES NOT work with any of the spigen covers. I have tries the tough Armour, slim Armour, hybrid & neo hybrid and they all created problems over time. The current case Im using is the Samsung alcantara caver and the samsung silicone cover.
Finally, having spent a huge amount of money on various different screen protectors including olixar, zagg invisible shield and other cheaper products and none have worked with the s8+.
The white stone dome glass screen protector is by far the best and imo the only tempered glass screen protector that actually works with the s8plus.
1 thing do want to know is it still water proof will the glass come off in water ?????
installation complicated might not work well but you get 2 bottles of adhesive in case of unsuccessful try. my issue is light seems to bleed from all the sides of the glass giving it some yellowish hue to the edges. bit annoying but tolerable.
At last to anyone want to try this product be very careful when you drop the glass on the screen make sure you do it slow and look for the edge make sure it fit and you will have a perfect tempered glass for your galaxy s8 8+.
Once I this, I made sure the environment was dust free, took my time with the installation, making sure that I was watching the video and following instructions to the letter, and most importantly the table was level.
I cleared the installation on the first attempt. The feeling of the glass is awesome, no issue with discoloration, no bubbles, no dust.
By far the best tempered glass I've worked with and surely well worth the investment.
My phone now feels a bit more secure :-)
I followed the MobileFun installation video TO THE LETTER! And had no issues at all with the installation process. I did however get a few random bubbles on my first attempt, I contacted MobileFun and they sent me out a replacement the very next day! Second attempt I had no bubbles at all and the screen protector has been spot on!
So in summary, you'll have this on your phone probably for the duration you'll own it unless you drop it and break it so really this is a one off cost to protect your screen for the duration of ownership so the price is a drop in the ocean for the peace of mind you'll get :)
But unfortunately it breaks very easily. I have had two of these, and both have broken within the first 24 hours (after the application/setting period). The way it functions is more important than the way it is applied. So that's why it only gets 2 stars.
I can only see copycats now creating competing products like this one so the price is definitely going to fall, which is good.
I dont think it is worj money at this time. I would be happy with a £15 price tag.
in the end result was perfect no glue on the sides of phone, screen looks flawless, no fluff sticking to to any of the edges like with my previous screen protectors and my case fitted good too as there is quite a bit room on the corners and sides.
Thanks to mobilfun for stocking this item.
MobileFun were great with the turn around, keeping me informed of the updates of the arrival from the supplier and then the delivery date. I certainly will be revisiting them for my next piece of tech!
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