Xperia Z1 Compact scratched to oblivion and shatter proof film removed

by XB on 12th March 2014

in Videos, Xperia Z1

Xperia Z1 Compact scratchedThe Xperia Z1 Compact is very likely to be the last Sony handset that uses an anti-shatter film. The Xperia Z2 will not include one and we understand that future Xperia handsets will also not use shatter proof protectors either.

In a number of recent models the screen protector has also included the Sony logo. This is also the case with the Xperia Z1 Compact. If you want to see how well the screen fares against various very sharp instruments then check out the videos below, which also shows just how to remove that shatter proof film and Sony logo with it.

The video highlights just how easy the ASF scratches, which is likely to be one of the key reasons why Sony has decided to remove it for future models. The tempered glass underneath is likely to fare much better over the long-term, but more than anything, it puts the choice into consumers hands as to whether they want to run a screen protector or not.



Via Btekt.

  • Most customers put screen protectors on their devices anyway.
    I actually like the factory screen protector, since I would never buy myself one of those, but now that it’s on my Z1 I won’t be taking it off either (even though I wouldn’t mind having a full black front without the Sony logo).

  • FixMax

    OMFG , with these scissors i feel horripilation… Holy….

  • Marcin Podsiad?y

    At last sony! So late but at last! :) good change.
    Now it’s on my own, I buy a film, scratch it? Then replace with next. They could do the same but with selling those with sony logo. Seems didn’t want to.

  • Rene Pedroso

    This is so old

  • Exodite

    It’s not a screen protector, it’s an anti-shatter sheet.

    It actually scratches /much easier/ than the actual screen itself, as demonstrated by the video, as well as acting as a fingerprint magnet.

    As for “most” people using screen protectors that’s anecdotal at best.

  • kaostheory

    Looks like the Sony logo is on the backside screen protector as well but I’ll wait awhile before I take it off.

  • xad

    FINALLY!! Never understood how Sony had no reservations about creating such lovely looking screens and then ruined them by GLUING on these shatterproof sheets that scratch like crazy and are absolute dust magnets (which is funny as the Z series is supposed to be dust repellent). And some of those commenting, no, it’s not a standard screen protector, albeit it’s less noticeable, once it’s scratched up, try replacing yours – it’s extremely difficult because…it’s glued on. It’s not there to keep the screen scratch free, but to prevent the glass from slicing your thigh in case Sony’s glass breaks.

    I had a Sony Xperia S which had one too and now have a Sony Xperia SP which does NOT have one, i think it’s the only Xperia model that does not have it as it has Corning Gorilla Glass instead and it looks lovely, no scratches or marks, very easy to clean.

    I think Xperia Z2 will be my next phone, or might wait to see if a Z2 Compact will be released.

  • Am I mistaken by aguing that an anti-shatter sheet in some way protects the screen and thus is a screen protector?

    I believe “screen protector” is just a wider concept where you have different types.

  • Exodite

    If you want to argue semantics then frankly, yes.

    It doesn’t protect the screen from scratching, smudging or even shattering. It protects the /user/ from injury if the glass /does/ break, much in the same way the lamination sheet on the windscreen of a car does.

    3rd party screen protectors differs by actually being very tough themselves, to protect the screen from wear – arguably a redundant protection for normal use with current smartphone displays but that’s beside the point.

  • scw

    To be fair most screen protector sheets do no more than “taking the bullet” for the main screen. The sheet by itself has little or no protective effect.

  • InspectorGadget80

    People are fucking stupid wasting their money just too see how tough a phone is. I like too see this dumb ass scratch up his iPhone 5s and see who’s tougher. typical wast of time watching this video.

  • wtff

    i can’t notice its upside down

  • paul

    jeez … calm your bitch titties dude

  • Ridhwan Azizan

    The back of the Xperia Z Ultra also has anti-shattered film??? Coz I has scratch it…

  • Cmmdr Keen

    horripilation! what a great word :)

  • HardyHarHar

    Try the back side too please…

  • Rob

    They had the phone on loan from Sony. Did you even look at the video before you started moaning?

    Also, if you are going to remove the film anyway, why not scratch it up first? :)

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  • Akira Y? (??)

    Dust resistant. It means that the phone will not behave abnormally when your phone is exposed in a dusty environment. I haven’t heard of a phone that repels dust… :D

  • Kris

    The back side hasn’t a shatter proof film. It’s only plastic… if you scratch it, you’re screwed and have to replace the whole back side :S

  • Basil Kronfli

    It does indeed – and the Sony logo isn’t baked into it, so removing it won’t remove your Sony logo.

  • Sumo

    Dude, calm down man. If the guy wants to waste his money, sit back and enjoy the clown show. He/she is wasting the money, not us. We need guinea pigs in this world to do the tests for us!

  • xad

    Repellent, resistant, dustproof, whatever way someone wants to describe it, it’s still funny that they stick on a sheet of plastic on the screen that is almost like a magnet for dust, and the screen is the part you want to be be dust free and clean. Just glad they’re getting rid of it.

  • WW

    ?????? …

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  • You Suck

    WHY would You even buy a PHONE if You’re so lazy just to even wipe the dust, mate? :)

  • Divya Bharathi

    Very interesting thing I just come across at – I could choose any number of items (from the list) at very heavy discount rates (up to 75% off online) – more we buy more discount – I never seen this before.

  • lksd

    @Akira; @disqus_1GSldlwU3L:disqus; You don’t own Z1, so let me explain. ASF Film is lile @xad:disqus said a dust magnet. Dust just sticks to it like crazy – that is what he meant. And since, both of you are capable of using keyboard i believe you did understand what he meant, just choose to troll instead of adding anything constructive to this conversation, useless apes.

    I did remove ASF as per instruction; Scalpel is really the best tool to use, just make sure not to cut into glass – i did not try if gorilla will withstand scalpel, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

  • You Suck

    Are you talking to me? O.o
    I sure as hell wasn’t talking to you… :”]
    And I don’t care about what you’ve to tell me. I don’t, really.
    If you think your phone is not what you want it to be, you either change it or you live with it. :”] And I do own Z Ultra, so bugger off, yeah? :) @Iksd

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