I've never had a mirrored cover and this one seems to do exactly what is says. It's not a highly polished mirror but I can certainly see myself in it when the phone is not lit. When the phone is lit I have no problem seeing any of the apps or functions on the iPhone. I used it both indoors and outdoors and it was fine. A mild rainbow sheen effect can be seen when the phone is active but it doesn't interfere with the screen view at all. No problem with the touch screen and it fits perfectly on the iPnone 4 as it should. Only thing, I got a scratch on the mirror within the first day of use. I've had this phone for over a month without any protection on it at all and there were no scratches on the phone but lo and behold, a scratch on the mirror protector in less than a day. This either means I got the cover in the nick of time and saved my phone from being scratched or the screen protector scratches easily, I'm not sure which. I do like it though.