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" 1242 x 2688 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A12 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2490 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3179 mAh(25h talk time)



1. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Because when you have a nice device as this, you don't want to ruin how it feels in hand by using cases and screen protectors. Screen protector only protect against scratches. They don't prevent breaking or cracking. 9h glass ones are great because if you drop your phone, they break first and absorb the impact which many times saves your phones actual glass surface. If you only carry a phone in your pocket, you don't need them. But I still use them anyways. Considering what it costs to replace your iPhone, only a fool wouldn't protect it at all cost. This is why Apple keeps getting richer because their fan base is stupid.

3. monkeyb

Posts: 413; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

If I could buy the XS or Max. I would not be using them without a case that has raised sides and a solid screen protector. I do not want to get a heartache every time it slips from my pocket.

4. RoyalMike unregistered

It's Gorilla glass 6, doesn't need a screen protector or case

7. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

I dont think Apple uses Corning Gorilla Glass anymore.

8. Tipus

Posts: 905; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

In phone arena specs it says that it uses, just doesn't say which

13. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1346; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

They do use Corning Gorilla Glass, they just don't advertise it and most consumers think it's an Apple glass with is exactly what they want people to think.

14. whatev

Posts: 2410; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

It’s Corning gorilla glass 6 you ignorant

17. luis.aag90

Posts: 278; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

Apple invested on CG so they were granted CGG6. They just don't market it as such

9. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

No screen protector on my Note 8 & I'm only using a Tech21 silicone case; dropped on everything from concrete to marble. If it works for me I'm sure it'll work for those who have the XS/Max.

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 31593; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I hate screen protectors, and refuse to use one, but my Max is in a nice clear case that rises slightly above the camera, and slightly above the screen.

11. cmdacos

Posts: 4318; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Screen protectors haven't been needed for years.

15. slashas

Posts: 146; Member since: Jul 17, 2017

Screen protectors ruin touch sensitivity, colors and looks ugly :) using mostly only case, but only for that, that I have little children’s who like to throw things away, phones especially :)

22. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Haha. You can't eve. Tell I have one on my phone. And if you put them on right and get the right kind, they don't change the color. Yes they change the feel. So what. The one I am using right now is so smooth and clear, it feels almost like the glass itself and it's clear as glass.

16. imlegitcusimthasht

Posts: 306; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

y'all need to hire some new writers or editors! Damn, The title makes no sense, I thought I was going to discover some new tyoe of glass called "Naked" glass by Zagg, or glass by Ghostek, or even some new glass tempered tech Gorilla Glass 6 in this damn poll article. Turns out its just talking about throwing on a glass screen protector. Glass is naked or transparent, no need to mention that s**t. I ain't a iPhone user, but looks to me like y'all Apple users and fan boys are pretty dumb not use a screen protector to protect a 1000+ investment. Same could be said about other brand users and fan boys, but were on an Apple article today. Lets get real, I know like 6 people with crack iPhone X screens. Lmao. Whoever mentioned glass does not protect from drops, just scratches is dumb af. With general everyday drops or even higher, a good tempered glass or TPU plastic will screen protector will absorb the shock and crack it before the display glass. What's dumb is the dude who mentioned it messes up touch sensitivity, so you rather pay for glass repair? Sometimes, you have to compromise. *Apple diss coming* I mean you already compromise the head phone jack, fingerprint senso, lack of features on Android devices. Haha. And you must be using some s**tty ass screen protector. What's worst are the dumbasses who claims they are careful and have insurance. You can be careful, but you can't prevent someone bumping into you in public or it sliding out of trousers and falling between the cracks of a car. That's how my friend cracked her X, didn't even take a hard drop. Just telling it how I see it.

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 31593; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Mine was in a case before leaving the Apple Store. Glass phones break.

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