Glass, plastic, or nothing - are you using a screen protector?

Glass, plastic, or nothing - are you using a screen protector?
Defending your phone from the daily wear and tear often involves wrapping it in a case of sorts, and there are hundreds to choose from for the most popular models. The most expensive element in our $600+ flagships, however, is the screen, and history has proven time and again that when they are dropped face-down, most phones' panels would crack, split, or downright shatter. This goes even for the rugged and shockproof ones, and replacing your phone screen costs pretty penny, especially if they are of the Super AMOLED variety, where Samsung has a monopoly. 

One way to protect your displays better, besides being careful not to drop your handset on a hard surface, is carefully placing a screen protector over it. This way part of the impact will be absorbed by the protector, and, especially in the case of tempered glass ones, your default panel could escape unscathed. That's not all screen protectors are good for, though, as they also protect from nicks and scratches, and some also diminish the reflectance, which bodes well for sunlight visibility. That's why we wanted to ask you if you use any type of screen protection for your handset. Tell us in the poll below, and sound off why in the comments.

Glass, plastic, or nothing - are you using a screen protector?

I use a plastic one
29%
I use a glass one
32.01%
I don't use a screen protector
38.99%

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58 Comments

1. BaffledTruffle

Posts: 523; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

My Xiaomi RedMi has been surprisingly tough since I got it. I've been using it for a year, dropped it countless times, and still not one scratch on its Gorilla Glass 2. (It's really fingerprint-friendly, though.)

28. waddup121 unregistered

Pretty sure many don't use it

32. BaffledTruffle

Posts: 523; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

Screen protectors? Probably. What surprised me is that cheap phones can actually be durable. (The RedMi 1S is like less than a hundred bucks now.) I always doubted Gorilla Glass's durability, but with my 1S, it kinda erased all of that doubt, especially with the newer gen Gorilla Glass variants.

2. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

My Note 2 remains unblemished and I still use it everyday

24. Landon

Posts: 1247; Member since: May 07, 2015

I have a plastic screen protector for my Note 2 but it still looks great. Can't wait for the Note 5 though!

44. GeekMovement unregistered

Same here. Used to have a screen protector, but I pulled it off.

3. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

I'm just know laughing at iPhone Apple says we use best materials then no gorilla glass on iPhone so f**k off it just make me laugh paying the most for iPhone 900$ in my country the 16 gig one and you have to buy a glass screen protector and a covering cause it gets scratched and shattered if dropped from a foot. And also it screens get shattered even with glass protection cause the side aluminum frame can't protect the screen like at all.

26. JoeDirt

Posts: 49; Member since: Oct 19, 2013

What a worthless post. It adds nothing to this article. Anyways, I use a glass screen protector with no case for both my G3 and 6 Plus. I don't use cases because it makes having two phones in my pocket too bulky. I will say the glass has saved my phones more than once when dropped! The glass does a great job of absorbing the impact, saving the phone screen.

31. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

So let me tell you that screen protector won't save your iPhone from side damage that's all I'm saying and it's due to weak design and materials of it. But you don't seem to understand anyway or would you? Hah it seems worthless to explain if you're about to keep defending it I'm not a fan of cases myself.

46. exran

Posts: 61; Member since: May 02, 2015

Not completely worthless. It is quite frustrating that iPhones are toted to have excellent material and craftsmanship but seem to be the phones which break most easily. My sister dropped her iPhone once and cracked the screen. My friend uses otterbox cases and glass screen protectors and they break every month. I have a friend who has an iPhone repair business and I've seen some ridiculous cases. Not to mention bendgate, however true that was. Meanwhile I throw my Android like a baseball and nothing happens. I've only lost one Android to water damage. Kinda irritating when people say iPhones are made better than Androids, seeing all this.

58. JoeDirt

Posts: 49; Member since: Oct 19, 2013

Androids? As in Samsung? Motorola? HTC? LG? Who cares! I'm glad you can throw your Android like a baseball and it won't break. If I throw my G3 or 6 Plus they WILL break. Making a generalizations about Android and Apple quality based on your experience is stupid. Just talk about your own phones and move on!

61. exran

Posts: 61; Member since: May 02, 2015

Yeah, by Androids I meant phones with Android on them, regardless of manufacturer. Calm down, I never incriminated either phone; I just said that I was irritated like hound.master that the iPhone is held in such high regard in terms of price and reputation when I've seen cheaper Androids made of 'lesser quality' material and design last torture much longer than fragile iPhones. Previously I talked about my experience with both types of phones, and now this is me moving on.

4. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

i have note 4 i use glass screen protector even thou i know it will survive without one

5. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Used to use them all the time(tempered glass) but not lately, gorilla glass is pretty decent and reliable these days.

7. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Even the less superior Asahi Dragontrail glass is surprisingly tough, I mean Gorilla Glass-tough, there isn't really a need for screen protectors unless you go to the beach a lot

6. peterming

Posts: 8; Member since: Jun 17, 2015

I don't use screen protector on my current daily driver: S6, 6+ and Mi Note. All of them have 2.5D front glass thus it's impossible to get a perfectly fit screen protector. I let the Gorilla Glasses do their job, and so far they hold their promise. With built in oleophobic coating I find it is easier to clean the original glass rather than the screen protector one, even if they are advertised as having the same coating. Also I find that the protector's adhesive somewhat mess up the original glass' coating once it's peeled off. One phone that needed screen protector from day one is Sony Xperia Z Ultra. That monster has THE worst glass, within a few weeks the coating started to wear out right on those points where your fingers touch it the most. It was horrible.

11. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

I don't think if the 6 plus have gorilla glass c well i never hear what glass it have just scratch resistance!!!

13. peterming

Posts: 8; Member since: Jun 17, 2015

I think they've been using Gorilla Glass since iPhone 4, but under contract Corning cannot disclose it. And perhaps they do some sort of additional strengthening like what LG does with G4.

30. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

I don't know nowhere mention that iPhone have gorilla glass and there is no side protection in iPhone 6 if it drops on side on a sharp surface the screen will crack you need a case to protect the side the design of iPhone 6 is like 3gs it's really weak.

59. peterming

Posts: 8; Member since: Jun 17, 2015

I use casings for my 6+, but not screen protector. I choose the thinnest available ones so as not to add more bulk to it.

33. buccob

Posts: 2980; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Xperias older than the Z2 has a shatterproof sheet, termically applied to them from factory. In my experience with the Xperia Pro, and 2 Acro S, the sheet is a must have even if you do have to put an additional screen protector for scratches

8. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

After 4 years of usage my 4S has only 3 little scratches without any protector on its screen. Considering that Gorilla Glass makes its technology better with every year I'd say that screen protectors are completely pointless. They won't save your screen from cracking after falling and they scratch as hell themselves.

9. namesib

Posts: 97; Member since: Feb 08, 2015

I use a plastic one on my Note 4. Unfortunately, there aren't any glass ones available in the UK that don't have the halo effect (international shipping costs aren't worth it).

10. AlbertAribe

Posts: 168; Member since: Jun 21, 2014

I don't use screen protector. Only a transparent back cover case on my iPhone 6 made by Spigen.

12. Artisto

Posts: 38; Member since: Jun 19, 2015

I use 2,5D glass screen protector on my Z2 and not only it protects the screen, it also makes the phone look a bit better thanks to that slightly cruved glass. Also it adds to the comfort of use - the finger seamlessly goes from the edge to the screen as the step that was here to protect the screen (good old times when phones were designed to last . . .) is now gone.

14. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

8 months with iphone 6, no cover no screen protector. Looks like brand new. Year and half with Moto X few scratches on the back. Screen is perfect. I guess some people are just monkeys.

15. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

TGSP's on all my devices, and cases (typically I find a good TPU like Diztronic to be enough). You might be a perfect driver, but that won't stop some idiot from rear-ending you, and being careful with your phone doesn't mean someone can't accidentally bump your elbow when you're holding it, or knock it off the table.

27. iliketech

Posts: 78; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

agreed.

16. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I used to but not anymore. It got in the way of using the device to its fullest. And as screen tech has gotten better over the years its just less need for them IMO. Unless you sell your old phones alot. I dont. I will admit it does help with scratches.

17. tokuzumi

Posts: 1957; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I have a glass one on my Galaxy S4, and love it. I bought a plastic one for my Nexus 6, because I saw the protectors didn't cover the entire glass, due to the curved screen on the 6, around the edges. But, I don't like the plastic screen protectors. I'm probably going to buy a glass one in a few months. They are so much better than any plastic protector.

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