Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/190107/does-your-smartphone-really-need-a-screen-protector/
Smartphones are expensive — you wouldn’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on one and end up with a scratched screen. Many people still buy screen protectors to protect those screens, but they’ve become less necessary.
The only ugly thing about my phone right now is that bubble on the screen protector.
But seriously, I dropped my phone once and if the protector hadn't been there, me go boom, cause me doom.
I have been trying to convince people of this for a while. At least I can point them to this article.
This article tempted me to take my protector off and finally get rid of that little black speck that's been stuck under it since I applied it a year ago. But, I don't trust myself without one, and it's the same deal with a case on my device - I'm sure my Nexus 7 would be fine without one, but I don't trust myself using it without one.
I'm a bit clumsy, and every time I run without a case, I inevitably drop my phone or tablet. In fact, I got stuck with a bad cellular service plan because I managed to drop a tablet on the second day I had it. So I never roll without a case any more.
even if you put it in the same pocket with your keys and coins — it should be fine.
I don't care how strong your screen might be, this just makes me cringe :C
I'm surprised nobody has mentioned tempered glass screen protectors. They are excellent, don't affect the sensitivity of the screen, NO BUBBLES and are tough, very tough: I've seen Youtube users take a pair of scissors to a phone with one (not recommended, kids). It smashes the protector and the screen underneath is left intact.
They're not expensive either: you can buy one for around £3 from ebay Chinese sellers nowadays.
Tempered glass screen protectors FTW!
The real enemy of uncovered smartphone screens, and Gorilla glass, is supposedly sand.
I've read of people being absolutely baffled why their mobile has scratches on the screen... turns out the user has had grit in their pocket and been totally unaware.
There's at least one other use you seem to have forgotten about, even if you don't need one as you said in the article "Screen protectors change the experience of using your smartphone’s touchscreen" whether its a good or a bad thing is up to the individual.. I for example have an old HTC Evo Shift and sure the screen feels nice but its too grippy, so when I put a piece of plastic over it, my finger could suddenly glide over the screen freely which I thought was nicer, besides that.. it never really hurts to have an extra layer of protection anyway, especially when you can get a screen protector for as cheap as $1.
(you know for example sake, you don't NEED condoms but.. its never a bad idea nonetheless..)
I am on my third phone with Gorilla Glass. It doesn't scratch, and finger prints clean easy. However, it will crack. I dropped my last one out of my shirt pocket from only about 3 inches from the ground. It hit just right and the top edge cracked. Did I mention that this is my third phone with Gorilla Glass? Yes, the other two also shattered. This one the crack is along the top edge and I can still use it, and have since last summer. I cannot keep throwing $150+ at fixing my phone when the screen breaks. And, yes I know I should have picked up an Otter, or some case... but that is how it goes.
I have an LG E970 Optimus G. This thing is covered with Gorilla Glass front and back. I picked it up from Ebay for 35 Dollars and they guy told me he could not log on to a wireless device. I got the phone and sure enough it would not log on to a wireless device but it would connect to one without security. I called LG support to see if I could flash the ROM fresh somehow without rooting it. They had me send it in. It had 6 more months warranty on it. I got it for 35 and it's brand new. The guy gave me an Otterbox with it!!! How cool is that?!!! So I put on a fresh screen protector when I got the new on from LG and I have dropped this thing all over the place and not one scratch nick or scrape. This phone is notorious for having a broken screen front and back. Just look on Ebay if you don't believe me. Trust me Gorilla glass is not all that indestructible it does scratch and it does break. I"m all the time working on my car or one of my Harleys and I do my utmost to protect this awesome phone.
I slapped a screen protector on my phone not so much for the protection, but because it increases readability. I never use regular screen protectors - only matte ones. They pretty much eliminate glare and makes the screen so much more readable outside regardless of the light conditions. And they look pretty awesome compared to a glossy/naked screen.
Matte. Anti glare. That's whats important. Even if you gave me a phone with rifle bullet proof screen, if its glossy, Il put a matte film on it.
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