Do I Need A Screen Protector?

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  1. apolloa macrumors G3

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    Hi Peeps,

    I am getting a iPod Touch 6th gen for Christmas. I plan to use it for my car over bluetooth and it will live in my trouser pocket. It will be in the same pocket as my key's.
    So in light of this I have got a cheapy silicon case with a little stand from ebay for it, but I have also got a tempered glass screen protector.
    But I wanted to know if I would need the screen protector? How tough is the iPod's screen? Is it pretty good at resisting scratches or would it be advisable to use the screen protector?

    What's been your experiences with the glass resisting scratches?
     
  2. OldCorpse macrumors 65816

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    IMHO, you don't need a screen protector. I have had iPT for many years, and never had an issue with a scratched or broken screen. And I do carry it in my pocket with loose change, keys, etc. I find the idea of an overlay over the screen to be not a good idea, as it would seem to me to affect the touch sensitivity negatively, while not needing protection. YMMV.
     
  3. apolloa thread starter macrumors G3

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    So you have found the iPod Touch screen to be pretty hard wearing. And your keys have never scratched the glass. Thank you for your reply.
    Is that true of tighter as well as looser pockets?
     
  4. OldCorpse macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, never had a problem with the screen. Loose pockets - dunno, my pockets tend to be on the tight side, not a whole lot of rattling going on, except when I carry stuff in my coat pockets, which happens occasionally, though not often (I live in Los Angeles, CA :)).
     
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    I've had several iPods and none of them had a screen protector. However, I dropped the last one I had before my current iPod touch 6th gen., and the glass broke in several places. While waiting for Apple to release the 6th gen touch, I covered the broken screen with a screen protector--which kept everything in place and working just fine.

    In short, you probably don't need a protector.
     
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    I enjoy Apple's very durable, coated iPad and iPhone screens. Not once since 1998 have I ever had a problem. I never use a screen protector. It's one of the best features of Apple’s devices. Period.
     
  7. cruisin macrumors 6502a

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    You are more likely to scratch the oleophobic coating than the glass. It still looks like a scratch either way.

    Metal cannot scratch glass (aside from maybe the coating). The issue is if you have something like sand in your pockets or on a table or in your hand. Sand is essentially glass, so it will scratch your screen.

    You can get a basic glass screen protector for about $10 or even less. If you want to always have a perfect screen $10 isn't terribly expensive and the second layer of glass doesn't impede touch or dim the display like the plastic ones, in my opinion.
     
  8. apolloa thread starter macrumors G3

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    Thanks guy's, having my 6S it does seem to have the good ol tough glass on it and I don't use a protector on it. I just didn't know about the iPod. My pockets won't have sand in them really, just the usual fluff you get. My key's consist of my car remote key fob made of plastic, the metal ring and then my house key and locker key, and then a small bottle opener is the keyring accessory, had it for years and it's not very big.
    It was a tough one as if I use my protector I would want to get it on on day one, with as little fluff on the screen as possible,
    Think I'll go naked and see how I get on. I want the iPod to last as long as possible.
     
  9. Starfia macrumors 6502

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    NO ONE EVER NEEDS A SCREEN PROTECTOR

    Well, maybe you do.

    Anyway, um, yes. I have a 5S with one minor but occasionally-visible scratch, depending on the lighting angle, that I think I might have allowed without ever placing the iPhone in my pocket with keys. Apple's very… non-sayey… about the improvements to their glass, but even I, the most screen-protectory person I know, have felt safe abandoning screen protectors over the past several years.

    That said… in the same pocket with your keys? o _ o

    That almost seems just silly to me. It's like you're purposely trying to scratch this gorgeous, very expensive device you have. Why not just go for a folio case or something?
     
  10. Plutonius macrumors 603

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    I don't use a case. I just put a front and rear skin on it.
     
  11. TPadden macrumors 6502a

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    No matter what Apple coats them with I find an added Screen Print Reducer allows me to not carry an additional fabric thumb/ finger print reducer. :cool:

    Without it, my iPad always looks like someone is blowing their nose on it.
     
  12. apolloa thread starter macrumors G3

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    Because in my other pocket will be my current iPhone 6S and wallet :)

    I'm getting an iPod Touch as I would like an iPod replacement for my car, now when I thought about this I had a Nexus 5 phone, and I dabbled with the Note 5, my thinking being have an Android phone still but an iPod Touch to use those iOS apps I've built up over the years but not used for a while. And as Apple updated it to some great specs I knew it would be my Christmas present, not massively expensive but a nice cool gadget I'll use.
    I will use it over bluetooth in my car hence why it will live in my pocket so I don't have to leave it in my car.
    I sent the Note 5 back as it was too big and got the iPhone for the moment. So for me it's far easier to have a purpose music player for the car, and save having to copy my music to different phones, and why not get a little 6th gen iPod Touch, it's not massively bigger then an iPod Nano in day to day use.

    The reason I will do this is because I'm a fickle person with phones this year, so have no idea how long I'll stay on iOS, and my current tablet is a lovely Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Android that I am keeping, so I didn't have an iOS device for my apps, I've had an iPad and 3 iPhones previously.
    I would like an iPad Pro too now lol.

    And I also don't like folio cases on my smaller gadgets, tablets are fine but I prefer just the back and side cases on small gadgets. The silicon one I got for the iPod has a little kick stand built into it and it will be fine for protecting the alloy case.

    So I am not purposely trying to scratch anything, my gadgets are protected, I just wasn't sure how tough the new 6th gen iPod Touch glass was.
     
  13. ackmondual macrumors 6502a

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    My IpT5 has a screen protector. It's scratched up like crazy, but I can easily* replace it, unlike if the screen were scratched. I keep it in my front pocked with another PDA. I do NOT keep it with loose change, keys, and potentially sharp-ish objects. I wouldn't do that with my phone (Samsung Galaxy s2, followed by an s4), which is why I use a belt clip for that.

    * That said, I won't be replacing the screen protector. I don't think I have the replacement ones since I moved, and honestly, they're such a pain in the neck to apply. Unlike another post, the screen prot. may make the screen less responsive, but I've never compared, and it's responsive enough to me.


    I honestly think you'd be fine either way. One argument for the screen protector is better resale value, but for me, I plan on keeping my IpT5 until the battery goes. Then we'll see if there are any cheap iOS devices with 4.7"+ screens.


    When I dropped my Samsung Galaxy s4 onto hard concrete from 5' up, the screen was still intact, but putting a screen protector over it kept the cracks from cutting my fingers. I ended up getting a replacement glass at a mall kiosk for $50.
     
  14. apolloa thread starter macrumors G3

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    I have put the screen protector on, I actually put it on during Christmas Day and it was pretty easy. Seems fine with to me and I know the glass screen is protected now, plus the silicon case is protecting the rest of it too.
    Love the iPod Touch though, so slim and compact, makes my 6S look big!! It's a great little device :)
     
  15. Aston441 macrumors 6502a

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    In 15 years have never had a touch screen device without a plastic screen protector. I am so used to them, a device without one feels weird to me. 15 years without a broken or scratched screen, despite many occasions where an unprotected device would have been broken.
     
  16. apolloa thread starter macrumors G3

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    I took the protector off as it was not very good at rejecting greasy finger prints! It looked pretty bad after not very long at all, I cleaned it off course but it only took a couple of hours of playing to get it smothered again.
    May look at different protectors.
     
  17. ackmondual macrumors 6502a

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    Back when I was into Palm OS PDAs, some users would post having a screen protector (a good one anyways) would do the following...
    -Improve accuracy with the stylus
    -reduce glare
    -protect the screen from fingerprints, smudges, and scratches

    I don't know if they make screen protectors like this anymore, but it's worth it if you find one that does.
     

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