In the test: Utection bulletproof glass for the iPhone 13 Pro Max

Utection tempered glass for iPhone 13 Pro Max in the test

The company wrote to me a few weeks ago Utection and offered me their Utection screen protection made of bulletproof glass for the iPhone 13 Pro Max to test. I gladly accepted the offer because this time I didn't order an AppleCare + for my iPhone. After all, AppleCare + for the iPhone 13 Pro Max would have cost me 229 euros.

Tempered glass vs. expensive display repairs

AppleCare + is not exactly cheap, but display damage is still significantly more expensive: For a display repair on the iPhone 13 Pro Max you have to pay a whopping 361 euros at Apple. Since neither AppleCare + nor a repair is a cheap thing, I save AppleCare + and hope that with the bulletproof glass I can avoid an expensive repair.

iPhone 13 Pro Max tempered glass from Utection

The test is about the bulletproof glass from Utection, which was attached to my iPhone 13 Pro Max (photos: Sir Apfelot).

Screen protection glass helps in an emergency

I was able to see that such a bulletproof glass actually helps, with my Sony NEX 7 system camera. At some point I had attached a bulletproof glass to the touch panel on the back and then completely forgot about it. At some point on vacation I put something in my backpack with the camera and while running it apparently pressed so hard on the display that the glass was splintered.

At first I got a real shock, but then later when reading the glass parts I saw that the actual display underneath was still undamaged. Since then, bulletproof glass has been my magic bullet in the fight against broken displays on cameras and smartphones - only I haven't tried it on the iPad, but there is actually also iPad bulletproof glass.

The Utection Set includes two bulletproof glasses, the mounting frame and a pack with various cleaning utensils - of course, the iPhone is not included. That's why I prefer to write "Serving suggestion" with the photo. : D

The Utection Set includes two bulletproof glasses, the mounting frame and a pack with various cleaning utensils - of course, the iPhone is not included. That's why I prefer to write "Serving suggestion" with the photo. : D

 

Here you can see all parts of the cleaning set again, which can only be seen as a white paper bag in the photo above (photos: Sir Apfelot).

Here you can see all parts of the cleaning set again, which can only be seen as a white paper bag in the photo above (photos: Sir Apfelot).

Utection tempered glass for the iPhone 13 Pro Max

But let's get to the product that I'm testing here: The bulletproof glass from Utection that was attached to my iPhone 13 Pro Max.

The scope of delivery of the bulletproof glass includes the following parts:

  • 2x screen protection armored glass
  • 1x frame for exact positioning
  • 1x microfibre cloth
  • 3x alcohol pads
  • 3x large and 3x small anti-dust pads

There is also a card on which a QR code is attached, with which you can directly access the video instructions for attaching the bulletproof glass on the corresponding iPhone model. And a map with the Utection team - so you know who will help you if you ever have a problem.

There is a QR code in the package, which takes you directly to the help page for the installation. There is also a video that explains in detail how to attach the bulletproof glass (photos: Sir Apfelot).

There is a QR code in the package, which takes you directly to the help page for the installation. There is also a video that explains in detail how to attach the bulletproof glass (photos: Sir Apfelot).

Instructions: How to attach the Utection bulletproof glass to the iPhone

Basically, it is very easy to put the tempered glass on the iPhone display:

  1. Take the iPhone out of the case (if you are using one)
  2. Wipe the surface with a damp cloth to remove dust
  3. Thoroughly clean the iPhone display with an alcohol pad
  4. Wipe off residual liquid with the microfiber cloth
  5. clean the display piece by piece with one of the large anti-dust adhesive pads
  6. Pick up individual dust grains with one of the small adhesive pads
  7. Attach the positioning frame to the iPhone (top marking facing up)
  8. Remove the bulletproof glass from the foam sleeve
  9. Detach the bulletproof glass from the white surface
  10. Place the bulletproof glass with the upper edge (with the notch) on the iPhone display and slowly lower it
  11. if it fits properly, let go of the bottom and then carefully remove the frame

Now the bulletproof glass should slowly "suck up" on the display. This is easy to see because the darker areas where the glass is already in place get bigger and bigger.

Here you can see the dark areas where the bulletproof glass has already connected to the display.

Here you can see the dark areas where the bulletproof glass has already connected to the display.

Small grains of dust leave air pockets behind

However, it didn't work quite as smoothly as described above because the display was obviously not completely free of dust. At one point a small air bubble always remained, even after the glass was loosened and reattached several times.

For such cases, however, Utection has packed two of the screen protection glasses in the set. For this reason, I removed the old glass and then freed the display of dust again with an adhesive pad. Only then did I start a new attempt with the remaining, fresh bulletproof glass.

Thorough cleaning is the be-all and end-all when applying the bulletproof glass. Every speck of dust leads to an unsightly air pocket, which you can no longer get away.

Thorough cleaning is the be-all and end-all when applying the bulletproof glass. Every speck of dust leads to an unsightly air pocket, which you can no longer get away.

This was then successful, as you can see in the photos. There were no other air pockets and you have to look very carefully to see that there is armored glass on the iPhone display. Actually, this is only noticeable at the edges and in the recess of the loudspeaker above the notch, where you can see a small paragraph.

The loudspeaker in the top of the iPhone is cut out in the armored glass, but the area of ​​the notch is protected with the glass.

The loudspeaker in the top of the iPhone is cut out in the armored glass, but the area of ​​the notch is protected with the glass.

The notch itself is not left out in the protective glass and is thus also protected. Towards the edges, depending on how precisely you have applied the armored glass, you have a very narrow area (well below a millimeter) of the display that is not covered by the armored glass. This is not a problem for me, but a customer criticized this on Amazon, which is why I wanted to mention it here. However, I cannot confirm the statement that it is at least a millimeter all around.

This is what it looks like if you haven't cleaned properly and a speck of dust has found its way between the bulletproof glass and the iPhone display. You have no chance to fix it again and you can get the second bulletproof glass directly from the set.

This is what it looks like if you haven't cleaned properly and a speck of dust has found its way between the bulletproof glass and the iPhone display. You have no chance to fix it again and you can get the second bulletproof glass directly from the set.

No more bulletproof glass without a positioning aid

A big advantage of the Utection bulletproof glass is the plastic frame, which is included in the set. This means that you can no longer make a mistake with the alignment.

In the past, because I wanted to protect the environment, I also tried armored glass without this positioning frame, but a mistake in attachment means that the glass is tilted and protrudes somewhere. This means that the glass is "over" and the environment has not been good either because you may need more armored glass than with the positioning aid.

For this reason I only use bulletproof glass with such a positioning aid.

From the side you can hardly see any difference after attaching the bulletproof glass.

From the side you can hardly see any difference after attaching the bulletproof glass.

No impairments in terms of display or operation

What is particularly important to me is the feeling when using the iPhone. I used to try screen protectors, but they always feel a little different under the fingers than the glass of the display. For this reason, bulletproof glass is the only alternative for me.

The accuracy of the inputs and the reactions of the iPhone to the inputs are not affected by the Utection screen protector. In terms of color rendering and brightness, I don't see any difference to the iPhone without a screen protector.

Here you can see very well how the color rendering is and how precisely the armored glass was manufactured - from my point of view there is nothing to complain about here.

Here you can see very well how the color rendering is and how precisely the armored glass was manufactured - from my point of view there is nothing to complain about here.

 

Operation successful: the iPhone 13 Pro Max with the bulletproof glass. You can't see a difference and no changes can be felt in the operation.

Operation successful: the iPhone 13 Pro Max with the bulletproof glass. You can't see a difference and no changes can be felt in the operation.

My conclusion on the Utection bulletproof glass

From my point of view, the Utection tempered glass is a very good solution to protect your iPhone display. Since it can be attached perfectly with the help of the plastic frame, even without a lot of experience and dexterity, it is an easy-to-apply and effective protection against damage and scratches on the iPhone display for everyone.

There are no noticeable restrictions in use, but you can already see that the original iPhone display has better treatment against fingerprints. On the bulletproof glass you can find traces and streaks from the operation much faster.

And since it keeps popping up as a question: Yes, you can use the bulletproof glass in combination with a cover. In this context I can recommend the Ringke Fusion Magnetic Case recommend which is also compatible with MagSafe.

The photo shows how much you can bend Utection's bulletproof glass without breaking it - I was pretty surprised at how much it can withstand.

The photo shows how much you can bend Utection's bulletproof glass without breaking it - I was pretty surprised at how much it can withstand.

The protective effect should be given, but I did not try it. However, I once did a little bending test with the "dirty" bulletproof glass and I have to say: the glass is almost impossible to break. I couldn't bend it so much with one hand that it would break. If that doesn't protect the display of my iPhone 13 Pro Max, I would be very surprised.

The Utection armored glass is available for various iPhone models. Here is a small overview of the available sizes:

The price of the 2-piece set with bulletproof glass - depending on the iPhone model - is between 5 and 15 euros, which I think is absolutely ok. The quality is really okay and I think you have a very good screen protector for the price.

Transparency notice

The manufacturer made the product available to me free of charge. However, he had no influence on my test report and he could not see it before it was published.

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2 comments

  1. LutzS says:

    Until now, now also the big 13, I have donated bulletproof glass, that EZ Fit from spigen. Unfortunately the notch is not protected. I hope the best 😉

    • Jens Kleinholz says:

      I think Spigen is also of very good quality. You certainly don't go wrong there. And the notch is so small that you have to be very unlucky if that particular part gets a flaw. I keep my fingers crossed that nothing happens!

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