LA Times

Unboxing the Holy Grail, a bulletproof smartphone screen [Video]

A gadget accessories' company began selling what it claims are the first bulletproof smartphone screen protectors Tuesday.

The protectors are called the Holy Grail and are made by Seattle company Sir Lancelot's Armor. They are made out of laminated tempered glass.

Video demonstrations of the Holy Grail show that while a gunshot will destroy the screen protectors, the product will protect the phone that is behind it.

Besides bullets, Sir Lancelot's Armor pitches the Holy Grail as a product that can protect mobile device screens from key damage, razor blades and light hammer strikes. Each screen protector includes a lifetime warranty.

 “Worst-case scenario, instead of your device being broken, it's just our screen that's broken as a sacrificial layer,” company founder John Cyr told The Times.  “And then, it's warrantied, so you can just send it in and get a new one.”

Cyr said the product is an alternative to heavy duty smartphones cases that offer a lot of protection but are very bulky.

The company sells the Holy Grail screen protectors for popular smartphone and tablet devices, including the iPhone 5, 5s, iPad Air, various Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy Note smartphones and a few Google Nexus phones too.

The cheapest Holy Grail screen protector is the one that works with both the iPhone 5s and 5. It costs $30.99. The most expensive screen protector is the one for the iPad Air, which is available for $54.99, without shipping.

Besides offering durability, Cyr said users will also appreciate the Holy Grail screen protectors can be used multiple times without their adhesive wearing off. And when users place the screen protectors on their devices, they won't see any bubbles between the screen and the protector as they might with other products. 

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