Smartphone screen protection is an important consideration for many users who want to prevent scratches, cracks, and other damage to their devices. Whether you have an iPhone from Apple, an Android from Samsung, or other devices from companies like Motorola, Kyocera, or others, there are a variety of screen protection choices available on the market today.
With so many options available, making the right choice can be confusing. Whether you choose film, tempered glass, or liquid, it is important to understand how each product performs and evaluate which might be best for you. Here are a few options that may be worth considering:
Tempered Glass Screen Protectors
Tempered glass screen protectors are a popular option that provides advanced protection against scratches, cracks, and other damage. These protectors are made from specially treated glass that is designed to absorb impact and prevent damage to the screen. Some tempered glass protectors like cellhelmet also include additional features like oleophobic coatings to prevent fingerprints and smudges. Tempered glass performs extremely well on devices with flat displays like the iPhone 14 Pro. They are not recommended for devices like the Samsung S23 Ultra which has a curved display.
Liquid Glass Screen Protectors
Liquid glass screen protectors are often the most mysterious to consumers because once it is applied, it is invisible. Much like ceramic coatings for the auto industry, liquid glass is a nano-particle (SiO2 typically) that fills in the imperfections of your device's glass surface and bonds to it creating a stronger surface. Liquid glass is an excellent solution for providing impact protection and works equally well on flat and curved device displays. Liquid glass is not as effective at protecting your device from nicks and scratches when compared to tempered glass, but often this is far and away the best solution for Samsung users with curved displays.
Another consideration is whether you should purchase a screen protector or one that includes coverage should your device break. Device coverage will increase the price of your screen protection solution by a few dollars but could save you a major headache down the road. An average Samsung repair on a newer device can be $300-$400. Newer iPhone devices are $250-$300 depending on whether or not the facility uses aftermarket or OEM glass for your repair. Cellhelmet, as an example, offers coverage products that range from $50 in coverage up to $500 which can provide extraordinary peace of mind.
PET or Film Screen ProtectorsCompared to other screen protector options, PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) screen protectors are relatively inexpensive and lightweight. They are a popular choice for those looking for basic scratch protection for their device's screen. However, it's important to note that PET screen protectors are not very durable over time and can wear down easily with daily use. Additionally, they provide little impact protection, so if your device takes a hard hit, the protector may not offer much defense. However, PET screen protectors are still a good option for those who are looking for a low-cost and temporary solution to protect their screen from everyday wear and tear.
Hybrid or Flex Film Screen ProtectorsThese are similar to PET or film protectors but have a more rigid layer sandwiched in between to provide a greater level of impact protection than standard film. These solutions tend to be more expensive than tempered glass and have a softer tactile feel than you would experience with glass.
So what are the best screen protection solutions when it is all said and done? If it is the best possible protection you are looking for without compromising the feel and function of your smartphone, I would recommend what many premium Verizon dealers suggest which is using liquid glass to strengthen your screen and then applying a piece of tempered glass overtop to create a strong barrier against scratches and nicks. By choosing a liquid glass with coverage like cellhelmet’s you are also covered should your phone break within a year of registration.
One thing that is important to remember is that often times buying a quality protective phone case is your first line of defense to protect not only your screen, but also your camera, back glass, and housing. Inexpensive or fashionable cases may look fun, but they often lack the features and materials to adequately protect your investment. Stay tuned for our next post where we will be talking about how to pick the phone case that is best for you!
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