Screen protectors are sold as a necessity, but are not as useful as they used to be. In fact, screen protector can save you money and make your phone more user-friendly.
Gorilla Glass is Harder Than Conventional Metals
The original iPhone was the first smartphone to use a glass screen instead of a plastic screen. However, Apple did not use any glass. The company relied on a "Gorilla Glass" developed by Corning.
Today, Corning supplies Gorilla Glass to most smartphone makers. Gorilla Glass 6, Corning's latest formula, is harder than the glass that came with the original iPhone (or even the glass that came with your last phone). Gorilla Glass is harder than the base metals found in keys and knives, and it can be thrown to the ground several times.
In other words, the screen of your phone is much harder to break than it used to be. In the past, screen protectors were an integral part, but today they are barely a necessity. But Gorilla Glass is not perfect, right? Are not there situations where screen protection is required?
Screen protector is useful (sometimes)
Screen protectors look disgusting. They are quickly scratched and make your screen less lively. In addition, the plastic screen protectors can really hold onto the finger fat, which is a crude reminder of the countless physical functions of humanity.
But screen protectors are not useless yet. Although strong enough to withstand a strong fall, Gorilla Glass can still be scratched by stones, sand, and rare metals (such as diamonds). Your phone will look hellish if it ever gets over a gravel parking lot, and it'll be covered in micro scratches if you ever put it in a bag full of sand.
When is the last time that one of these two things happened to you? Unusual accidents rarely happen. Sure, it's nice to have a screen protector when something horrible happens. And hey, if you work on a battlefield or are terribly lucky, a screen protector is probably worth buying. But for most people, unusual accidents are so rare that screen replacement can be cheaper, easier, and more bearable than installing a new screen protector on a monthly basis.
Consider insurance for carriers or local repairers.
Screen protectors are far from as important as they used to be. They give your phone extra protection, but it is not always necessary. Imagine wearing knee pads while riding a bike. They are super ugly but could be useful in a freak accident.
The thing is, phone displays are pretty easy to exchange (easier than your kneecaps). A local repair shop should be able to replace your phone screen for about $ 100 – and that's not too far removed from what you could pay for a year's worth of $ 15 for screen protectors. If you do not mind going into a shop and interacting with a real person, it may be a good idea to skip the screen protector.
You can go one step further with transport insurance or Apple Care. Most network operator insurances offer replacement screens at a discounted price – usually between $ 20 and $ 30. Sure, these insurances are a bit expensive (about $ 100 a year), but they also cover lost, stolen and broken devices cheaply (or for free).
Either way, screen protectors are no longer a life-or-death decision. This is a form of protection that can be replaced or supplemented by a marine or local repair shop, and you probably will not miss your screen protector if you drop it.
Okay, but what if I still want a screen protector?
If you work in the construction industry, are terribly lucky, or want to resell your phone later this year, then it's worth using a screen protector. But screen protectors are available in all possible variants. We will therefore go through every type of screen protector to make shopping easier.
Here are the four types of screen protectors:
- Tempered Glass : These bad guys are much harder than plastic screen protectors, feel great, and are easy to attach to your screen. With them, however, your phone feels like a bubbly toy.
- Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) : These plastic screen protectors are super-cheap, thin, lightweight and smooth. They are difficult to install and not so robust, but almost invisible on the screen.
- Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) : Most plastic screen protectors are made of TPU. It is a thin, flexible plastic that feels weird and difficult to install. But it's thinner than glass and more resistant than PET screen protectors.
- Liquid Screen Protectors : Yes, liquid screen protectors are one thing. You can prevent some scratches, but that's all. A liquid screen protector does not protect your phone from a catastrophic accident, and it's hard to tell when you need to re-apply the stuff.
We recommend working with tempered glass or PET screen protectors. If you are tired of the screen protector you are using, change the type to see how you like it. Or stop using screen protectors.