Liquid screen protectors are neat for many reasons with the first being that it’s liquid glass. The second is that it improves the impact protection of your device. A tiny layer of glass can improve the strength of your screen by a decent amount. I know that for a fact.
The downside of liquid screen protectors is that they are heavily marketed as improving the oleophobic coating and scratch resistance of a product and I’m less convinced that actually happens. At the end of the day, I wouldn’t use a liquid screen protector by itself. It’s a good add-on for an existing setup of a case and screen protector.
Specifically for the Nano 2.0, I tested the oleophobic coating and impact protection. I did different tests with other brands such as Whoosh and Spigen so if you’re interested in seeing how liquid screen protectors deal with cracks and scratches, I’d recommend watching my in-depth video where I cover everything you need to know about liquid screen protectors.
In-depth Liquid Screen Protector video: https://youtu.be/NIPOTDUnUfo
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At MREH, Monty and I base all our videos on actual usage. Liquid screen protectors are tougher to review as we have to wait 48 hours each time we apply it a device. With the Nano 2.0, we put it on an Apple Watch Series 2, an iPhone 6 Plus, a rock and a screen protector.
Now the Nano 2.0 had the most marketing fluff. On top of the normal claims of hardness, water repelling and scratch resistance, they added anti-bacterial and anti-radiation as well. I’ll get into this marketing fluff in a bit.
Installing the Nano 2.0 was no different than every other screen protector we came across. We slathered the liquid screen protector on our devices and rock using a wet wipe. Oddly enough, the Nano 2.0 was the only product that actually felt different. The Whoosh! Diamond Defense felt like a regular wet wipe and the Spigen felt similar.
As I mentioned at the beginning of the video, I was most interested in the oleophobic coating and impact protection with the Nano 2.0. To test the coating, I used my oldest iPhone, a 6 Plus and did a water droplet test to see how worn down the screen was. I then added the screen protector to the device and let it cure for 48 hours. I redid the water tests and couldn’t really see a difference in how quickly the water came off the screen.
To give you a sense of how an oleophobic coating is suppose to work, check out how quickly the water rolls of the side of my iPhone X with the stock oleophobic coating compared to the side that’s been stripped by a magic eraser.
Now at this point, it may seem like the water repelling nature of the liquid screen protector is false but the rock I put the Nano 2.0 on did repel a bit of water. It didn’t do much when submerged so it’s not entirely false. It’s just not as strong as the coating’s we’re use to.
If you want to see if these liquid screen protectors improve the scratch resistance, do check out my in-depth tests in my longer video where I scratch an actual iPhone with a Spigen Liquid screen protector on it.
For impact protection, I took three identical screen protectors and coated one with the Nano 2.0. I will note that this was the 4th thing I coated with the product so I wasn’t expecting it to be terribly strong.
I used my old screen testing apparatus and used the first screen protector to determine approximately how hight it would take for the glass to break from an impact using a 200g steel ball. It broke at 9 inches. I used the second screen protector to make sure that was the right height. That broke at 10 inches. Then I used the glass with the liquid screen protector and started to drop the ball at 10 inches. It broke at 16 which is pretty neat to see. This added impact protection isn’t actually marketed by CrystalTech which is a bit odd in my opinion since they do point out the anti-bacterial properties which from my understanding, occur naturally when liquid glass cures. And the anti-radiation bit? Well, you are adding glass to your device so it is going to stop something. So CrystalTech isn’t completely fibbing when it comes to their products.
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