4 easy to install screen protectors for your phone
Oh yeah, we can agree that the luster is now gone, essentially tarnished by a single scratch on the display, but it could’ve all been avoided in the first place. Sometimes, we get worked up by the whole experience of buying a phone, but if there’s one accessory you ought to buy ASAP (even before heading out the door), it has to be a screen protector of some sort.
Obviously, there’s an array of products that one can choose from, however, some can be more of a pain in the rear to apply. Recently, we went around shopping for a screen protector for a tablet, but one of the biggest issues we noticed is the annoying amount of bubbling occurring when applying the over-sized piece of plastic. In all honestly, it actually degraded the overall look of the tablet – so why even bother? Well folks, we're here to tell you which ones are going to make the entire process simple, quick, and most important – hassle free!
Wrapsol Ultra screen protectors. Adding a thin protective film, this 100% polyurethane film is durable enough to absorb most superficial scratches – without compromising the look of your handset. Although there might be some initial bubbling, it’s mentioned to minimize after 24 hours, and after a quick pass through with the included squeegee, everything looks flawless and bubble-free. You can pick it up for as low as $15 for just the screen protector with most handsets.
3M Natural View:
3M Natural View screen protector is a simple peel on type protector and packages quite a few different technologies behind the scenes. Aside from providing superior protection against scratches, it offers crystal-clear image clarity and reduces reflections so you have a pristine looking finish. Fortunately, there isn’t much bubbling with this one when applying it for the first time, but you’ll need to make sure the surface is clean so no debris is trapped during the process. Did we mention you get a lifetime warranty with it? Pricing is also reasonable at $19 on the average for most devices.
Cellbatt’s line of screen protectors – simply, they’re super cheap! When it comes to the most basic of basic screen protectors, this will get the job done with its anti-glare protection, crystal clear application, and protection against scratches, scrapes, and abrasions. If someone happens to sell you one for more than $10, you’re probably getting ripped off. In fact, you can pick them up on the average for under $5! Talk about substantial savings!
Zagg’s extensive line of InvisibleShield screen protectors. If durability is top priority, you don’t need to look at anything else because it’s guaranteed to survive through even some of the worst instances of scratching you can dish upon a handset. However, you’re required to use the included liquid applicator to install it, which can complicate some things for people. But hey, it actually aids in helping you to apply even pressure when ironing out some of the bubbles, which goes away almost instantly. With its lifetime warranty, you can buy just the screen protectors for a mere $15.
1. gmx001 (Posts: 2; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)
I actually installed the most basic one on my iphone 4 a year ago
it's still on and it has always protected the screen...and it never bothered me a bit
2. hunted (Posts: 352; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)
No one needs how to paste a screenguard to your phone, its very easy like 1,2,3. But this is a good article :)
3. theBankRobber (Posts: 649; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)
I don't need a screen protector for my Photon. The gorrila glass is awesome and I even dropped my phone and it slide front face down a few feet. Got a few scrapes but the screen itself is fabulous.
4. RushFan2112 (Posts: 16; Member since: 16 Jun 2011)
Screen Protector? My family's Samsung phones (2x Captivate, 1x Infuse - all bought on day 1) don't have protectors and every screen is still FLAWLESS. One of those Captivates belongs to a 17-year old! I swear by Gorilla Glass and wouldn't by a phone that doesn't advertise the fact (iPhone).
5. PaulNotFromSweden (Posts: 52; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
I've tried several brands, including the expensive ones available at Best Buy. Those may be durable, but your fingers won't slide across the screen because they are rubbery and too grippy. My recommendation is the cheapo ones on ebay. Less than $5 (including shipping) will get you a pack of 3. The first can be the trial run, the second one is the final, and then you have spare if you ever need it. I've now used them on all my phones, including my SGS and SGS2. They're invisible and work great.
6. Forsaken77 (Posts: 552; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)
I recently got the iVisor AG (anti-glare/fingerprint) for my Skyrocket and I think it's great. Part of it is colored white like the phone (down by touch keys and up by earpiece) to blend in like it's part of the phone. It's washable and removable. This thing does not get one single fingerprint on it and it's the easiest protector I've ever put on. I highly recommend them. The downside is that you only get 1 for $25. They're not just for iPhones, like their site suggests, but it takes more searching to find the one you need. I previously had a Captivate and had a protector the first year and nothing the second year. If you have Gorilla Glass you don't really need one, but you'll get fingerprints like crazy.
7. hybris (Posts: 56; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
Used to use them, but I find even the smallest air bubbles extremely annoying, even if they are on the bezel. Plus, the ones I had didn't leave the touchscreen quite as responsive as it really is. I was worried about leaving it unprotected, but my Thunderbolt screen still looks flawless after about 9 months without one.
8. LoneShaolin (Posts: 307; Member since: 14 Jan 2012)
Zagg FTW. Installed on my Galaxy S2 and not a single problem. Even the microbubbles were gone in les than a day