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Should I buy a screen protector for my iPhone?

iPhone Screen Protector

PhoneSKINe Team
February 21, 2018

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Should I buy a screen protector for my iPhone?

Did you know that your iPhone screen is the second most expensive element to be replaced? With everyday bumps and scrapes or that crazy night out you really wouldn’t want to find that your iPhone screen is badly scratched or smashed. If you value your iPhone, applying an iPhone screen protector could help prevent them unnecessary events.

Smartphone screens can make or break your overall phone experience. It is also the second most expensive element of the phone to replace. If you value your device, apply a screen protector to stop scratches and other damage.

Protectors help protect against everyday scratches and face-down falls. A tempered glass protector will crack before your actual screen cracks. Also the screen protector will keep the screen safe from the keys and coins in your pocket or purse.

This article will provide an overview of the pros and cons of the different type of screen protectors available in the market as well as a useful guide on how to apply your iPhone screen protector.

Brand new PhoneSKINe iPhone X tempered glass screen protectors!

Types of iPhone screen protectors – Tempered Glass vs. Plastic?

The Apple iPhone has a specially crafted Gorilla Glass screen that is scratch-resistant. When you add a plastic protector, you can feel the difference when you use your phone; especially in terms of how smoothly your finger glides. The iPhone Tempered glass screen protectors feel more like the original screen.

PhoneSKINe sell tempered glass screen protectors for a wide range of iPhone models.

Tempered Glass Screen Protectors

Tempered glass screen protectors have become increasingly popular over the past few years. As the name suggests, they are made of glass. The process involves a tempering process of heating up glass to form a sheet and then rapidly cooling it.

Typically they are sold individually rather than in bulk packs. Tempered glass screen protectors don’t easily shatter however if it does break, it does so in a way that prevents dangerous shards from becoming a hazard.

You can if you have purchased a tempered glass protector because it will be hard and holds its shape. Its stiffness makes it easier to apply since you can carefully align it and then stick it on. On top of that, it’s far easier to pull off a tempered glass screen protector than replacing a damaged phone display.

Advantages - Tempered Glass Screen Protector

• Tempered glass screen protector material is thicker and stronger than that of your typical plastic screen protector.

• Screen protector will be extremely resistant to scratches and other visible damage

• A tempered glass screen protector has a look and feel that's very similar to your standard smartphone screen.

• Feels like the same texture as the original screen having no effect on performance.

• 3D Touch compatible

Drawbacks - Tempered Glass Screen Protector

• Tempered glass screen protectors are often significantly more expensive than traditional plastic screen protectors.

• Due the added thickness provided by a tempered glass screen protector, some phone cases may not fit properly, or the home button of the phone itself may seem more indented.

• All these disadvantages can be avoided if you purchase a PhoneSKINe screen protector. Our tempered glass screen protectors are not expensive and they fit ALL iPhone cases!

PhoneSKINe Tempered Glass Screen protectors for Apple iPhone (iPhone X model shown above)

Plastic Screen Protectors

Plastic screen protectors are the more traditional choice for those who wish to cover their phone screens without breaking the bank.

Advantages - Plastic Screen Protector

• Often cheaper than a tempered glass screen protector
• The plastic material can be easily trimmed or cut to fit any phone
• Available in a range of texture options ranging from smooth to matte.

Drawbacks - Plastic Screen Protector

• Typically thinner than tempered glass screen protectors. Making your iPhone more prone to scratches.
• They can be difficult to apply. One mistake in application could lead to the formation of bubbles or other imperfections on the surface of the screen protector itself.
• Can easily roll up if they are no applied properly or if you get water in one of the corners.

Overall, both screen protector types have their advantages and disadvantages however they can be a great options for avoiding the expense of repairing or even replacing a cracked or broken iPhone screen.

Screen protector frequently asked questions – FAQ

Once you start shopping for glass screen protectors online, you’ll see a few specifications pop up. Things like 9H hardness, military grade protection, Oleophobic Nano-coating, and so on. Below is an overview of these specifications and determine if these are important when considering purchasing your screen protector.

How do I install my iPhone Tempered Glass Screen Protector?

An easy how to guide can be seen in the photo shown.

Can Tempered Glass Protectors Bend?

Hold a tempered glass screen protector in your hand and you will feel it bend a little. The tempering process and the super thin design makes the glass tougher, allowing a little more pressure before cracking.

What is 9H Hardness?

A 9H Hardness refers to the screen not being scratched by a 9H pencil, which is the toughest of all standard collection of pencils. All PhoneSKINe screen protectors are 9H hardness tested.

What is a Privacy Layer?

This type of screen protector adds a layer of protective covering that reduces the visibility of a screen at certain angles. This can be particularly useful for when you have confidential emails or information that you don’t want the person next to you on the tube to look at! This currently isn’t available on PhoneSKINe.com but we are looking to stock this in the near future.

What is Oleophobic Nano-coating?

We highly recommend that you look out for this when deciding to purchase a screen protector. Be aware that plastic film protectors retain fingerprint smudges. An oleophobic coating repels oil, which basically means your fingerprints won’t stick on. A swipe with a micro-fibre cloth will get rid of them. All PhoneSKINe screen protectors come with Oleophobic Nano-coating.

What is Military Grade Protection?

Be aware when you find adverts or websites saying they offer military grade protection. The reason why you should be aware because it’s a gimmick. A screen protector’s toughness won’t always stop your screen from cracking upon the impact of a fall.

Should I use a screen protector for my iPhone?

Gorilla Glass is a tough layer to protect the screen of your smartphone already. For some people, that’s more than enough safety. It can be argued that a protector is never as comfortable as using the naked screen of your phone and aesthetically it’s not perfect but if it helps prevent a deep scratch it’s definitely worth purchasing one!

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