With mobile phones screens getting more and more bigger, dropping your phone on concrete floor is often a death sentence for the display. While the development had a big influence on scratch resistance, a massive amount of Android or iPhone phone screens break from day-to-day. While the best protection from breaking a screen is to not drop it in the first place, there are ways to protect it from cracking when it hits the floor.
Glass display protectors
Plastic screen protectors were quite popular in the past, a recent trend is using tempered glass screen protectors. But why would you put another layer of glass on top of your display, which is already protected with a glass layer on top of it? Adding a glass protector to your screen won’t change your every day experience that much. Controlling your phone still feels comfortable, your display is protected from scratches and the glass protector almost completely absorbs impact damage when dropping the phone.
Plastic protectors typically try to “keep your phone” together like security glass, tempered glass protectors have similar abilities as your screen itself. Consequently, when dropping your phone, a glass protector is more likely to shatter. However, your display is likely to stay intact – and replacing the screen protector is rather inexpensive compared to completely replacing the display.
Glass protectors usually don’t effect screen sharpness, meaning that you don’t see a difference on your display when having a protective layer on top of your screen. If you’ve ever installed a plastic protector, you’ll know the trouble of properly attaching it to your phone. Luckily, the majority of glass protectors use a full-adhesive or bezel-adhesive technology which make the installation process very easy and convenient.
Disadvantages of tempered protectors
Tempered glass display protectors are not perfect and have their disadvantages. In our opinion, one of the biggest problems with them is their thickness. While plastic protectors are usually around 0.1mm, glass ones range between 0.3 and 0.5mm. Meaning: You’ll notice that there is a glass protector on your phone. Luckily, this normally does not affect cases or protective bumpers. While 0.5mm might seem like a small number, you can definitely feel a difference when using on-screen buttons like the iPhone’s Home button.
What about curved displays
Another trend that is working against tempered glass display protectors are “curved” displays like the Samsung Galaxy S6 is running. In this context we are not talking about really curved screens, but screens that are not completely flat. The issue with tempered glass protectors is that its difficult for them to build clear real full-screen protectors. So when you buy a low-priced display protector, the edges are usually not covered. The solution for this is a full-screen, end-to-end protector, which is normally a little bit more expensive. In many cases it also comes with a coloured bottom and top part, because it has to optically cover uneven edges.
Which screen protector should you buy?
We wouldn’t recommend to go with one of the cheaper tempered glass protector options. This has two reasons: Depending on the adhesive technology used, installation can be trickier with low-price options and fingerprints might be more to see. For around $15 you’ll get a quality screen protector, end-to-end protectors usually start around $30 to $40. The most popular options are Armorz Stealth and Zagg InvisibleShield series.
If you have any suggestion for a different protector, feel free to leave a comment below.