To go with my new 8 Plus I bought a fancy screen protector that’s supposed to be near indestructible and a Tech21 case that’s not quite as slim line at the old Apple Leather case but does feel like it offers a little more protection…
I hate both… although mostly the screen protector.
The Tech21 case is OK, a little more chunky than the old leather one I had on my 6 Plus which makes the buttons a little more recessed, but the thing that bothers me the most is the bit around the lightning port. It has to be open to give access to the port (and the speakers) which means it’s quite thin there, which also means it stretches a little which makes it feel all… I don’t know… crappy. I could maybe get used to this.
The screen protector is made of magic in its protective qualities (or so I’m told and the guy pounding away on his own phone showing how tough it gives a lot of confidence, however, it only just covers the screen meaning there is that mm or so of bezel gap before the sides round off.
This means the sharp edge of the screen protector is right there and given all the swipy gestures I’m rubbing against it on all four edges and I hate it. I’ve seen other phones with protectors that are designed to work with a case and go all the way to the edge (or the case designed comes across to hide the gap) but this really isn’t the case.
I’m sure it’s very good at what it does, but the only reason I haven’t ripped it off yet is the $45 price tag… although I’m about ready to just call it a $45 lesson on why I hate screen protectors.
Then there is the $45 lesson on why I hate this case… although maybe I can return that lesson (or sell it off) and go back to the Apple case (or maybe even no case… the 8 feels very very nice in the hand).
Oh, I also bought some AirPods. I’m still a little undecided given the lack of isolation from the outside world compared to my old ones.
Bottom line, I’m a grumpy old man and I don’t like change