If you use a screen protector, why?

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by MrGimper, Oct 3, 2015.


If you use a screen protector, what is your primary reason for doing so?

  1. Protect the screen from cracks/shattering

    9 vote(s)
  2. Protect the screen from scratches

    41 vote(s)
  3. Both are equally important

    38 vote(s)
  4. I do not use a protector

    30 vote(s)
  1. MrGimper macrumors 603


    Sep 22, 2012
    Andover, UK
    Just trying to gauge the primary reason people use screen protectors if they choose to do so.
  2. numberfour macrumors regular


    Jan 27, 2015
    I used iphone 4 and 5 without any protection and didn't have any accidents. However, I found iphone 6 to be quite slippery in the hand and have protected it with a thin hard case and a tempered glass protector. The screen protector saved my screen from shattering when I accidentally dropped it on a concrete surface.
  3. danny8200 macrumors 65816


    Oct 27, 2014
    Chicopee, MA
    Hmmm. I use one for false peace of mind maybe? These things are becoming less and less useful.
  4. mzengr macrumors regular


    Nov 11, 2014
    Probably the same here...LOL
  5. elit3nemesis macrumors regular


    Apr 13, 2009
    I used a screen protector for iPhone 4 and 5 now with the 6s I am really debating if I should. I also have Apple Care+ so that's a reasoning why I don't want to have a screen protector.
  6. MrGimper thread starter macrumors 603


    Sep 22, 2012
    Andover, UK
    I was told (in the UK) by Apple staff in my local store, that screen scratches are not covered by AC+. It's considered wear and tear. I have accidental damage as part of my O2 contract, which DOES cover it, but it's a "send it away to be fixed" deal.
  7. Bryonator1 macrumors newbie

    Sep 27, 2015
    It's mainly so I don't have to worry about it. I am usually very careful with my devices but all it takes is that one time where I do something accidentally and end up with a damaged device. With a good case and screen protector I don't have to think about it.
  8. jpgr15 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 28, 2015
    Same boat. Signed up for the upgrade program which essentially allows two AppleCare incidents per year if you upgrade yearly.

    I'm starting to question if I even need a case (let alone a screen protector) now that I don't have to worry about resale value and I have 2 AppleCare incidents per year. Why not just enjoy the phone if I know I'll have a new one next year?
  9. CaCHooKa Man macrumors member

    CaCHooKa Man

    Sep 21, 2015
    Los Angeles, CA
    Because I paid $820 for the phone and don't want to scratch the screen. I prefer a replaceable $8 glass screen protector to scratch rather than the actual glass of the phone.
  10. danny8200 macrumors 65816


    Oct 27, 2014
    Chicopee, MA
    I sure wish Apple would revert back to the flat screens and make SP installation a lot more easier. I used to be able to install them flawlessly. Now with this damn curved edge stuff it's next to impossible to align them properly. At least for me.
  11. TillysWily macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2011
    I always run the tempered glass protectors bc a buddy talked me into one on my 6 and about 5 days after I put it on I dropped it straight on the front and it shattered the glass protector and not a single scratch on the phone. So a $8 Amazon protector saved me a $109 screen from Apple. I have apple+ as well but $8 or $129 I think I will spend the $8 every time. Might never happen again but also don't wanna throw $121 out the window bc I didn't ever "think" it could happen
  12. asleep macrumors 68040


    Sep 26, 2007
    I don't, but only reason I would would be to rebuff scratches in the coating.
  13. Rackness01 macrumors member

    Sep 23, 2015
  14. d0hv macrumors regular


    Sep 3, 2015
    I hate screen protectors and cases. I'm always completely naked 99% of the time. Screen protectors are a pain to install, when you do install them they never fit perfect, have dirt and dust under them, and they feel weird when using.
  15. docprego macrumors 65816

    Jun 12, 2007
    Henderson, NV
    I've always used a screen protector on all my phones. But the curved edge of the last 2 model years has made them a lot less attractive. Before the 6 series iPhones I could install a protector so well that it would be impossible for the average person to even know it was on the screen. Now even though I install it with equal skill, it has to stop far from the edge of the phone and is very noticeable. Not only that but dust accumulates on the edge of the protector and it's just such an eyesore. So much so that during dinner tonight in a restaurant, I tore the temporary one I had on my 6S Plus off and threw it out. My phone looks and feels SO much better now.

    Apple has said that the screen on the 6S phones is their strongest ever. I religiously keep my phone in my left pocket where nothing else is ever placed. So the only thing my 6S Plus screen will ever encounter is the material inside my various pants and shorts left pockets.

    So for all of these reasons I am no longer going to use a screen protector on my phones.

    On a side note I also took it out of its TPU case and carried it naked for the first time. What a pleasure it was to appreciate the sublime design that Apple incorporated into this phone. I don't think I have the nerve to carry it this way permanently but something like the Veil XT should offer a similar experience with a lot less risk.
  16. rstark18 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 18, 2009
    I use glass SP for micro scratches. My phone lives in my back pocket and I like to clean the screen with my shirt. Doing this with a non protected screen will scratch it in a very short time. I bought a 20 pack (yes 20) of glass screen protectors off ebay for $20. They fit great. I've given a few away to friends and used two myself. I'll probably put on a new one soon. I doubt I'll use all of them before the iPhone 7 comes out which they probably won't fit.
  17. Pug72 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 18, 2012
    Most people (including myself) who like to apply a screen protector have minor OCD with their devices.

    Understandably we want to keep such an expensive as pristine as possible. This is a worry due to the amount of use they get and the fact they need to be carried about at all times. Accidents happen.

    I've got a heck of a lot better over the years.
    Although I had to remove a Spigen glass cover I applied straight away due to the sides not adhering, looked terrible!, the plastic one I then applied isn't up to my usually 99% perfect fitting....but I've left it on, for now.

    Has the same edge not adhering issue, though not as apparent and there's lint in places that show under direct sunlight with the screen off. I've somehow convinced myself to leave it on for a while. I find it incredibly stressful trying to get them on perfectly and you can't see the tiny specks of lint with the screen on (barely with it off).

    I'll replace it when the Holy Grail of protectors arrives. :D
  18. Shadowbech macrumors 601

    Oct 18, 2011
    Apple iPhone World
    When I had owned the 6 Plus, I gave up on screen protectors and went without screen protectors until when my phone was directly under the bright sun light. It had so many micro scratches (Not that I cared about it since I don't notice this on normal lighting, just under then sun) and was visible.

    When I got the 6S Plus, I decided to go back to using a glass screen protector. Currently using Zagg HD Glass (Best Buy Exclusive only) and works flawlessly with 3D Touch.
  19. Rocko9999 macrumors regular


    Sep 24, 2015
    Death Valley ca.
    Because despite tales of lore where construction workers used there naked iPhone for 2 years as a hammer and it had no scratches, they do. The glass is not very scratch proof. So if you feel it is, go for it. Enjoy. Stop convincing others they don't need one.
  20. danny8200 macrumors 65816


    Oct 27, 2014
    Chicopee, MA
    My SP already has a scratch on it. Lack of quality control.
  21. bigpika macrumors member

    Mar 3, 2013
    I have given up on screen protectors. I had a spigen full glass on my 6 plus and it was fine. I then had to get a replacement phone and since then have tried 2 more spigen full glass and neither have worked, wouldn't adhere to the screen. And with the options available here in the UK as I've said I've given up.
  22. Berthacrowley macrumors member


    Sep 29, 2015
    Nahant, MA
    I'm a girl so my phone is in my purse a lot, rattling around with everything in my bag so I wanted the screen protected from scratches.

    I've always used a glass screen protector on my iPhones prior to the arrival of my 6s+. On the 4 and 5 the screen protectors I used (zagg & anker) were almost totally undetectable on the screen. When I ordered the 6s+, I figured it would be the same but I didn't know about the curved screen situation! I'm not sure what I'm going to do now.

    I refuse to put a non-edge-to-edge protector on because I don't want to deal with the eyesore or dust-collection & chipping edges. It also seems that the few true 3D edge to edge are hit or miss and hard to get ahold of.

    For now I'm using a grippy case and a slipping my phone into a goddamn sock before putting it in my purse. I might look into a plastic film protector in the meantime (ugh) just to protect against scratches until something like the Cinder is more readily available.
  23. sumiregusa macrumors regular


    Sep 10, 2013
    Another girl user here. I read you all the way with having to purse the phone.

    My 6S+ is currently going through the same treatment my other iPhones have since the 3G: always in a case, always with a screen protector. It's just smarter to me to be a good steward of such a huge investment and not treat it like a tank. I also get ridiculous resale value on my devices because they always stay in mint condition.

    I've been fine with plastic covers before now but I recently got into tempered glass with my 6S+ and I'm trying to find the sweet spot with brands and quality.

    I just ordered a B-Noble that will be here today so we'll see how it goes. I have high hopes that it might work just fine until Cinder isn't such a rare commodity.
  24. MrGimper thread starter macrumors 603


    Sep 22, 2012
    Andover, UK
    I had a b-noble and it didn't stick properly and I couldn't see where it actually curved as it just seemed to stick out as opposed to curve. Certainly not like the illustrations imply. I've sent it back. Not having something that poor for £26.
  25. sumiregusa macrumors regular


    Sep 10, 2013
    Oh whoops. :(

    Well I'll still give it a try once it gets here. I found out about the Ice Max 3D too late yet again so this is what I have to work with for now.

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