In the past I have always bought screen protectors from eBay. Never again. The screen protectors from ebay are often ill-fitting, difficult to install and quite honestly feel and look like crap. There is no screen protector solution that compares to the experience of using a bare screen, or so I thought.
After receiving protectors from eBay that had 3 cutouts for the various holes and sensors at the top of the screen I bought a semi decent one from a reputable company. Within a few days the screen felt greasy and not slick and smooth like the glass of a bare screen so I decided to investigate another solution (plus there was a speck of dust right in the middle of the screen).
On my usual daily scouring of Google+ I came across a post by CyanogenMod developer Keyan Mobli about a tempered glass screen protector he received from MimeUSA. Not only does the tempered glass protect your screen from scratches it can also protect it from being shattered in the event of a drop. It will take the force of the drop, breaking the protector only, while the screen underneath remains untouched.
The clarity of the Mime glass screen protector piqued my interest so I further investigated and found many people recommending it (I wasn’t the only one to buy upon Keyan’s recommendation- I have chatted with several others who have done the same). Not only does the tempered glass protect your screen from scratches it can also protect it from being shattered in the event of a drop. Mime also have a Lifetime Replacement Program where they will give you 40% off a replacement protector if your Mime protector “is damaged at any time and for whatever reason….no questions asked”.
MimeUSA are glaziers based in New York who machine cut and lab test every single screen protector in New York. These are not cheap Chinese protectors. They don’t feel like it, they don’t look like it and they sure don’t cost like it. For the Nexus 5 there are two options, the Feather Glass and the Ghost Glass. The feather glass is only 0.15mm thick and it’s hardness rating is apparently similar to that of steel. It also comes with a fingerprint resistant oleophobic coating. Sounds great but from what I have read the square edges of the Feather Glass (well, from other brands that don’t have rounded edges) are more prone to chipping than one with rounded edges. It is for this reason I went with the Ghost Glass.