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ales876

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Due to the high numbers of publications of scratches, which seems to be something we need to live with it, as with higher durability, lower scratch resistant comes, I was wondering what you can recommend.

I was always a naked phone guy and actually don’t like them. I also can say that I’m a careful guy as I almost never drop my phone and normally treat it well.

But with the new glass I want to be a little more safe.

Please suggest also premium protectors, if I can spent over 1k€ I don’t mind spending a little more for protection.

Thanks!

Edit: If possible describe your personal experiences with the protectors your recommend.
 

jgo78

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ok, coming from experience. I also was a no protector person, none of my phones had protectors including my iphone x, no scratches. Now for the iphone 12, i decided to try again. First started by buying the expensive Belkin from Apple. I screwed it up leaving a couple specs of dust under the glass. Then people here recommended ESR. Bought a 3 pack from Amazon for $14.

My comparisons is this:

1) the belkin was $45 for a single protector. The glass seems good but it didn't cover the notch at the top or was wide enough to cover the entire screen like the ESR. I also noticed a slight bit of light bleed because there wasn't as much screen coverage as the ESR

2) the ESR while cheap, covered everything including the notch, i see no light bleed and was easier to put on. It's smooth and clear and looks like I have no protector on it at all.

While I'll bet the Belkin offers better protection overall, probably due to superior material, I'm extremely happy with the ESR as again, can't even tell I have a protector and no protector is better than none at all. My recommendation is for the ESR.
 

ap123ap

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Another ESR user here and very happy with it!

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Taz Mangus

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The latercase screen protector is suppose to be made of gorilla glass. Kind of pricey but maybe worth it.

 

Ramrod82

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I hate to admit but due to time constraints the one Apple put on when I picked my pro up is perfect. It’s not glass which sucks but its flawless I can barely tell it’s there. Only downside it doesn’t cover the entire screen. Yeah $50 but worth the money for scratches if you’re OCD like me.
 

Taz Mangus

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I hate to admit but due to time constraints the one Apple put on when I picked my pro up is perfect. It’s not glass which sucks but its flawless I can barely tell it’s there. Only downside it doesn’t cover the entire screen. Yeah $50 but worth the money for scratches if you’re OCD like me.
The Belkin screen protector is not made of glass? I looked on the Belkin website and all the screen protectors listed for the iPhone 12 are made of glass.
 

jgo78

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The Belkin screen protector is not made of glass? I looked on the Belkin website and all the screen protectors listed for the iPhone 12 are made of glass.
The Belkin is made of glass unless he got a different one
 

smf72

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Belkin had the ultracurve for the 11 Pro and Pro Max. Was one of my favorites. Full screen minus the notch. Hopefully they come back for 12/12Pro.
 

HarryWild

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In regards to tempered glass, I buy the cheapest 3 pack! When I was young and foolish, I purchase Zagg and pay like $30 for it! Now I just get the Amazom 9H .33 thickness shatter resistance, etc... with no frame to help place it on to the iPhone for $3.00. Of course, it up to you. I find the cheap stuff works very well for me and I usually upgrade my iPhone each year too! I do not use a case either!
 

tekchic

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Same. Cheapest tempered glass 3 pack. I never use the application tray, been eyeballing screen protector applications myself since the Palm Pro days. :)

I've never had an issue with the cheap glass, and if it happens to crack (I've never cracked a screen), I just slap on a new one. I do choose the ones with the notch cutout though -- I'm not sure how well FaceID works with the covered ones (maybe it's still fine?)
 

jgo78

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Same. Cheapest tempered glass 3 pack. I never use the application tray, been eyeballing screen protector applications myself since the Palm Pro days. :)

I've never had an issue with the cheap glass, and if it happens to crack (I've never cracked a screen), I just slap on a new one. I do choose the ones with the notch cutout though -- I'm not sure how well FaceID works with the covered ones (maybe it's still fine?)
Face ID works fine with Protector covering it no issues
 
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Snot Rox

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Sep 16, 2014
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I have the Belkin screen protector. The Apple store employee mentioned to me they’re lifetime warranty — if you get a crack or it gets damaged, report it to Belkin and they’ll send you another one for free.

it feels nice and I have no complaints so far.
 
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jeremydc

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I have the Belkin screen protector. The Apple store employee mentioned to me they’re lifetime warranty — if you get a crack or it gets damaged, report it to Belkin and they’ll send you another one for free.

it feels nice and I have no complaints so far.
What about in store installs? Will they honor that as well?
 

JPack

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$45 Belkin. Damn.

A standard glass protector costs $0.50. You’d have to replace it under warranty nearly 90 times to break even.
 
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QueenTyrone

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I have the Belkin screen protector. The Apple store employee mentioned to me they’re lifetime warranty — if you get a crack or it gets damaged, report it to Belkin and they’ll send you another one for free.

it feels nice and I have no complaints so far.

They say that but when you actually contact belkin it’s null and they don’t do replacements.
 
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ales876

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Nov 25, 2016
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ok, coming from experience. I also was a no protector person, none of my phones had protectors including my iphone x, no scratches. Now for the iphone 12, i decided to try again. First started by buying the expensive Belkin from Apple. I screwed it up leaving a couple specs of dust under the glass. Then people here recommended ESR. Bought a 3 pack from Amazon for $14.

My comparisons is this:

1) the belkin was $45 for a single protector. The glass seems good but it didn't cover the notch at the top or was wide enough to cover the entire screen like the ESR. I also noticed a slight bit of light bleed because there wasn't as much screen coverage as the ESR

2) the ESR while cheap, covered everything including the notch, i see no light bleed and was easier to put on. It's smooth and clear and looks like I have no protector on it at all.

While I'll bet the Belkin offers better protection overall, probably due to superior material, I'm extremely happy with the ESR as again, can't even tell I have a protector and no protector is better than none at all. My recommendation is for the ESR.

Cheers! You mind sharing a pic from your phone with the protector on? You mind also sharing the one you are using from ESR? There seem a lot of the.
 

Renho

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Sep 15, 2014
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I have the Belkin screen protector. The Apple store employee mentioned to me they’re lifetime warranty — if you get a crack or it gets damaged, report it to Belkin and they’ll send you another one for free.

it feels nice and I have no complaints so far.
Here is the thing about “lifetime warranty” for these. They don’t tell you that when you get a new phone, that is not covered. So when you upgrade your phone (assuming it’s a different screen size) your lifetime warranty is no longer and you have to buy a different one. So basically it’s a year or two warranty. Lol
 

jgo78

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here you go, just got a couple air gaps on the corners, otherwise perfect.
 

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posguy99

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Another ESR user here and very happy with it!
Can't see ever using one of those, the edges look like they go over the band seam and are already collecting pocket lint. You'd never be able to put most cases on the phone because of the closeness to the edge.
 
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