Once you have your precious iPhone 6 or 6s, the last thing you want to do is drop it. Almost inevitably, that’s what’s going to happen, and you might then scratch your screen or worse, crack it.
The right shield – stick-on faceplate, essentially – is a great idea, but I’m not a fan of plastic ones as they tend to bubble, often get bits of fluff stuck underneath to their stickiness (you’ll never get rid of it!) and they can scratch and scuff-up. And while the glass on the iPhone 6 is very strong, it’s never song enough. That by Urban Under Armour is a very thin tempered glass shield. In fact, the glass is so thin it’s flexible, so much so that it’s easy to think it’s actually plastic, but it’s tough, anti-fingerprint, 3D touch compatible glass with a particularly high strength.
This one by UAG is easy to apply – first clean the face of your iPhone thoroughly (a little cloth for just that is supplied), peel the backing plastic off the glass shield and stick it onto the iPhone, taking care to align it carefully, although UAG even includes a little square ‘relocation panel’ that lets you have another go once or twice (you never apply things like this in a hurry, and you really don’t want to do it more than once if you can help it).
Any air that gets trapped underneath can be pushed to the edge with that little supplied cloth, and then you have an improved protective face over your iPhone with doesn’t diminish the touch sensitivity of the screen in any way.
The curve — The problem with iPhone 6 and 6s is that the glass is actually curved away at all four edges to make the iPhone feel better and slip into pockets more easily. A shield maker either has to make the shield curve exactly right, edge-to-edge, with is both difficult and makes it harder to apply, or do what UAG has done and make it fit on the flat face only, with effectively covers the visible home screen area of the iPhone and besides, the glass curving away is less likely to land on damaging surfaces.
However, this does mean you get a visible and tactile edge around the screen, although it’s very minimal. (You should be able to see this on the main picture, above.)
A further benefit of this screen is blue light protection: it’s the blue light emitted by LED screens that lead to eye fatigue and which has also been linked to keeping you sleepless at night by tricking your brain into thinking it’s not really night time.
Feel — It’s very good. Apart from that slight lip just inside, and all around, the outer surface of your screen, you’d never know there was an extra layer.
What’s great — Extra protection! Tough and easy to apply, included cloth and relocation patch appreciated.
What’s not — The seamless feel of the iPhone 6 design is faintly compromised by the edges of the UAG shield.
Needs — Anyone protective of their pocketable investment.
What — Urban Armor Gear iPhone 6/6s tempered glass shield, RRP $39.95-$59.95 depending on size/model
System — Apple iPhone 6/6S & 6/6S Plus, plus Apple iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 (and Samsung Galaxy S6 & Note 5, LG G4, Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Surface Pro 3 and Surface 3)
Available from — Selected NZ outlets and Urban Armor Gear online.