People are taking chances with naked iPhone XS Max cover glass (poll results)

Have you applied a screen protector on your iPhone XS Max?

Yes, a film one
Yes, a glass one

We asked you last week if you like living on the edge by carrying the iPhone XS Max - a $1000+ phone - without a screen protector, and a third of our respondents answered affirmatively. 

Now, whether this is hubris or simply cold calculations that replacing the back is more expensive than replacing the front, those folks aren't keen on spending extra $10-$50 for what should already be Apple's "most durable" glass material. A much larger chink - 58% - are going with the gold standard in screen protection, applying a tempered glass one on top of the 6.5" XS Max display. Just 9% slapped a regular film protector on their expensive gadget and said: "that'll do it." 

And it probably will, since it will at least protect against scratches, while there is no guarantee that even the toughest screen protector will shatter first when the phone hits the pavement from ungodly heights. Replacing a broken screen on your new iPhone XS and XS Max will set you back $279 and $329, respectively, but a shattered rear is going to ultimately cost you $599 on the 6.5-incher. 

These tags are now more than what Apple used to charge for replacing the screens on its previous iPhones, even the X that also carries an OLED display, so if you know you can't be bothered caring for your phone, better slap a screen protector, be it glass or simply film.

Related phones

iPhone XS Max
  • Display 6.5 inches
    2688 x 1242 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera)
    7 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A12 Bionic
    4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 3179 mAh
  • OS iOS 13.x


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