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  • Halo Back Screen Protector Makes Going Back Easier on Larger iPhone Displays


    With the larger 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, you get a lot more viewing area, but at the cost of the ability to reach everything with one hand. Apple implemented a feature called Reachability to make reaching the top of the display easier, but it just doesn't feel very intuitive. Moreover, many people are not jailbroken and don't have the ability to take advantage of popular tweaks like OneHandWizard to make one-handed use easier.

    To make things easier, a new Kickstarter project promises a smart screen protector dubbed the Halo Back by Haloband, Inc. What actually makes the new screen protector smart might interest you.

    As it turns out, this humble screen protector actually has some interesting tech built into it. At the very top left of the screen protector, and at the very bottom left of the screen protector, special "smart" areas on the glass screen protector transfer the touch energy from your finger to the part of the iPhone's capacitive touch screen where the back button most commonly resides in all or most of your applications.

    Quote Originally Posted by Haloband, Inc.
    For Halo Back, we add a circuit layer to traditional glass screen protector. It helps to lead current when you press lower left corner of the screen, so that the back button works.
    In turn, tapping on the bottom left of the screen protector simulates having to reach all the way to the top left of your device's display and tapping there, as shown below.

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    One major downfall of the Halo Back is that it appears to be made for portrait orientation only, and when you move your iPhone into landscape orientation, the Halo Back doesn't appear over any back button of any sorts; in fact, it may appear over something in your application interface that you could end up tapping on accidentally quite often, so only portrait orientation is recommended when you're using the Halo Back.

    The Halo Back, like many popular screen protectors, such as this one by Otterbox, uses a tempered glass construction, which means you'll still have the same visual clarity that you'd expect from the display, while maintaining complete protection of your iPhone's glass display.

    Although most tempered glass screen protectors are in the $30-50 range, you can take advantage of the Halo Back's Early Bird price of just $12 plus the cost of shipping (so $17 total) to reserve yours. That's a great price for the tempered glass protection as it is, but you get the bonus of having a smart screen protector for that price. It will ship in August of this year. The Early Bird price is limited, so you should act fast if you're interested.

    Due to the massive size of the iPhone 6 Plus, this could be a popular hit; however, it's also available for the iPhone 6 despite being much easier to handle in just one hand than the iPhone 6 Plus is. The Kickstarter campaign has raised over half of its goal of $20k already, sitting at just over $10k as of this writing.

    What are your thoughts on the Halo Back screen protector?

    Sources: Kickstarter
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Halo Back Screen Protector Makes Going Back Easier on Larger iPhone Displays started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 12 Comments
    1. TDH Advocate's Avatar
      TDH Advocate -
      Other than the issue with landscape, this is a really cool idea. I would buy and fund it but that landscape issue could be mind numbingly annoying.
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      Funny how the guy dropped the phone on purpose. Lol.
    1. Cokeman's Avatar
      Cokeman -
      Cool idea. I like the swipe gesture better. The issue there is Apple hasn't made it a requirement for 3RD party apps. Leaving the user never knowing what works and what doesn't.
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      I've had my iPhone 6 for some 8 months now and I rarely use it one-handed. It's an extremely expensive tiny computer - use both hands, people!
    1. WHUDS's Avatar
      WHUDS -
      guess I have big hands, I use my 6 one handed.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by WHUDS View Post
      guess I have big hands, I use my 6 one handed.
      I've found the 6 is relatively easy to wield. There's a little struggling, but it's doable. The 6+ on the other hand, forget about it.
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      I use the 6+ with one hand more than not. My hands are very big. At first, it was a big cumbersome due to the weight in comparison to the 5S or the 6. I am not used to it and this is the 'standard' for me.
    1. novadam's Avatar
      novadam -
      I also use my 6+ one handed.
    1. cpho's Avatar
      cpho -
      Although I'm right-handed, I predominantly use my 6+ with just my left hand. I can't reach the lock button on the side, so I use an activator gesture to reassign locking.
    1. Neojok's Avatar
      Neojok -
      I use my i6+ one handed too. I use virtual home a lot to lock iPhone
    1. Moneymikey's Avatar
      Moneymikey -
      I also like to live dangerously
    1. csglinux's Avatar
      csglinux -
      Don't know how I missed OneHandWizard. Just purchased it today. It's awesome [emoji2] It's really what Apple should have done instead of reachability.