The question is, should you spend a lot of money for it? The short answer is: Only if it’s on sale.
Or check out the FloLab screen I was talking about in the video: https://youtu.be/wR-gKtkurB8
At MREH, Monty and I base all our reviews on actual usage. We all work hard for our money so shouldn’t the companies that we give our money to, work hard to create products worthy of our time and money.
That’s what I think anyways. So in the next few minutes, I’m going to talk about the type of glass used in the Amplify, the scratch protection it actually offers, how tough it is and offer a couple of Alternatives to product.
The Amplify is Otterbox’s premium screen protector. Now there is generally a lot of smoke and mirrors when it comes to screen protectors as certain brands will claim to have great glass when they really don’t. The Amplify carries its weight In terms of where it sits in the market, relative to the quality of the product.
The Amplify is made from AluminoSiliciate glass which is basically double tempered glass where a company takes normal glass and gives it a chemical bath. This double tempering improves the amount of impact the screen protector can take.
Installation of the product was easy as Otterbox includes the standard wipes, dust sticker and frame. Re-installation at the Apple store was equally as easy though I thought it seemed thinner given that the bubbling on one corner didn’t go away. The only way to confirm my suspicion was to do an actual impact test.
Now after 8 months of usage, the screen protector looked pretty rough. All the talk about extra scratch protection and being 5x stronger than other brands is just a giant pile of steaming Marketing Fluff. I’ll be honest with you, picking up a pile of steaming Monty poop in the morning give me more answers than Otterbox’s marketing fluff.
Ewww…poop. Well, everything comes to poo, from the top of your head, to the sole of your shoe
Oh Scrubs, how I love thee.
BUT what’s the actual scratch resistance?
So nothing special. It seems like everything scratches between 6 and 7 and gets destroyed by 8.
So how about impact?
At the end of the day, the Amplify broke pretty consistently at 103 cm on my testing unit which puts up right where the Belkin Invisiglass Ultra is from the Apple store. Which makes sense, because Belkin uses Corning glass as well.
But the Amplify still falls short when compared to the toughest glass screen protector I’ve used to date, the ones from FloLab.
So can the Otterbox Amplify command a premium price of 50 bucks? Yes and no. Yes because that’s where other name brand companies have put their products at.
No because you can get a tougher Flolab screen protector at half the price.
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