Glass Screen Protectors: The Best Investment For Your Phone
We all want lighter, thinner phones. A sleek iPhone is great until it slides off of a desk or tumbles out of a pocket. Then, when that once pristine glass screen shatters, we learn that it will cost almost half of what we paid just to replace the broken touchscreen! If you’ve bought a new phone or want to protect an old one, a glass screen protector is one of your best investments.
Why a Screen Protector?
Phone screens are usually constructed of Gorilla Glass, a highly impact-resistant substance that already offers a great deal of protection. As such, many device owners wonder why they may need a cover for their already solidly-made touchscreen.
But impact-resistant is not impact-proof. Contacting a hard surface can still shatter screens. Additionally, Gorilla Glass can be scratched over time. One report even shows that contact with sand in a pocket is enough to pit a Gorilla Glass surface.
A tempered glass screen protector costs a fraction of the price of a new screen. It takes minutes to install, and offers additional levels of protection against scratches and impacts. It will likely wear down over time, but if it does then replacement is just as easy.
Why Tempered Glass?
Touchscreens must both look and feel great. Unfortunately, traditional plastic screen protectors adversely impact both characteristics. Plastic adds a notable, visible layer in front of the screen that can increase glare and reduce visibility. It also introduces drag into touch interactions, making flicks and swipes more difficult.
By contrast, glass is less visible because it reduces glare. It also feels more similar to the original surface, meaning touch interactions are smoother. Tempered glass is also thicker than plastic, treated with scratch and impact resistant coatings, and will generally stand up to impacts better.
Installation and Maintenance
Installing a glass screen cover couldn’t be easier. While it is best to follow the included instructions, they usually involve cleaning the screen and applying the protector with a bit of adhesive. There will usually be a few bubbles of air under the cover, though these will vanish over time.
A tempered glass protector will rarely last the life of your phone. While it does offer protection, it is not as thick as the original glass screen, and will wear and scratch over time. When this happens, simply replace it with a new one to keep your phone safe.
You’ve just spent hundreds on that new phone. Why not keep it safe by spending a fraction more on a screen protector? A good screen protector is a rare thing, an investment that pays for itself many times over.