Do screen protectors ruin the quality of the screen?

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by numbchicken, Jun 23, 2013.

  1. numbchicken macrumors newbie

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    I have an iphone 5 and I just bought the invisible shield from zagg and I have heard that it gives an orange peel effect on the screen. Is it worth getting a screen protector on an iphone 5? I have never dropped my iphone, so im worried about scratches to the screen.
     
  2. blitzer09x87 macrumors 6502

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    in my 7 years of long experience with the screen protectors i havent noticed any reduced quality.
     
  3. Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040

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    Tech Armor iPhone 5 Premium High Definition (HD) Clear Screen Protector [3-Pack] - Retail Packaging
    http://amzn.com/B008THTTUI
    I have this one. I have this brand for all my devices(not trying to promote this product). I have no problems with the way this screen protector feels. It feels like their is no screen protector on it at all if you put it one correctly with no bubbles. The screen protector has a very smooth feel like the actual screen without one.


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  4. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    The only one that will feel exactly like the screen is a glass protector. But you know what? The iPhone definitely doesn't needs one. It just doesn't scratch, at least for me.
     
  5. oneMadRssn macrumors 68040

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    I will also vouch for Tech Armor. I have their matte screen protector in my iPad, and it's great. Also, their customer support is fantastic as well.
     
  6. Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040

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    Do screen protectors ruin the quality of the screen?

    I think its more than fantastic. I spent 7$ and got 6-8 "replacement packs" for my friends."


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  7. oneMadRssn macrumors 68040

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    Ok, thats just being greedy :p
     
  8. Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040

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    I have 6 replacement packs for my iPhone 5 and 4 for my iPod touch 5:)


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  9. burninator macrumors newbie

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    No. They're the stupidest things on the planet. As someone who repairs iPhones for a living, I can attest to what happens when you scratch an iPhone glass with, say, a car key: NOTHING.

    And I can attest to what happens when you drop your iPhone with a screen protector installed: IT BREAKS ANYWAY.

    How's that for a first post? :)
     
  10. takeshi74, Jun 26, 2013
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    Screen protectors are not all identical. Some do -- and to varying degrees. Some do not. There's no one-size-fits-all answer for your question and this is addressed in the countless prior screen protector threads. If you're looking for one that doesn't impact image quality PowerSupport and SPIgen's crystal screen protectors are popular but there are far from the only options out there.

    Worth is always highly subjective on any topic and it's no different with screen protectors. Again, this a dead horse that has been well-beaten in countless prior threads that you can refer to.

    A screen protector will not provide any impact protection. All they do is protect the screen from scratching.

    That's a well documented concern about the Zagg IS though Zagg also has its fans. If the orange peel bothers you then you shouldn't have purchased the IS. Again, covered in many prior threads:
    https://www.google.com/search?q=zag...89,d.aWM&fp=522be3f4542a7d02&biw=1920&bih=995

    Always research before buying.

    I've never had these problems. Sensitivity and calibration have not been impacted on any of my devices. Dust accumulation isn't a problem. Improper installation can certainly lead to air bubbles but patience, care and practice will remove those issues. If one has issues installing screen protectors there are companies that will install them.

    In any case, as stated above, worth is subjective. It's up to each to determine if a screen protector is worth using.

    One data point != trend. People certainly scratch their screens whether you do or not. That said, scratches are a risk many are willing to live with as they don't care for screen protectors.

    Be careful with tossing the stupid label around so freely.

    Of course car keys don't scratch glass. A car key would have to be harder than glass to scratch it. Softer materials do not scratch harder materials. There are plenty of other materials that will scratch glass including sand and other grit. Scratches happen even to the careful. Car keys aren't the only things to come into contact with screens and this is evidenced in countless threads with people who have scratched screens.

    If you're counting on a screen protector for impact protection you're using the wrong tool for the job. Again, screen protectors are not meant for impact protection.

    Keep your day job. ;)
     
  11. Menel macrumors 603

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    It can, it doesn't have to.

    Some are high quality, some are not. I've seen some that are flawless, and some with bubbles trapped, color distortion, dirt trapped, or effect touch sensitivity. And others that do not.

    Many are also poorly installed.

    There are so many freaking variables.

    ZAGG skins are very high quality. They are tough, their protection, and their re-healing is amazing. Several years ago I used theirs on an old WinMo5 phone. But yes, it does have an orange peel effect as a known characteristic. But if you want the best protection, that's it.

    I lean toward PowerSupport since my iDevices. Their crystal is fantastic. As is their Anti-Glare.

    All 3 I mention are very high quality, each have different characteristics that different people prefer depending on personal taste. My installs of ZAGG, PS crystal, and PS AG have been flawless other than the intrinsic characteristics of each material.
     
  12. prezasti macrumors 6502

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    I switched to glass screen protectors and they rock! Spiegen makes a decent one, but I like the Bodyguardz Pure the most.
     
  13. lazard macrumors 65816

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    don't cheap out, use a tempered glass screen protector.
     

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