Screen Protector Megathread

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by larrygornick, Jun 18, 2014.

  1. larrygornick macrumors member

    May 20, 2014
    I’ve been using Apple products for years now, and I’ve had some good and some back screen protectors and cases along the way. I would like to talk about screen protectors, and try to have an all-encompassing thread; since there are seemingly thousands of them on this site, and yet the question has not been answered.

    The Question: Do you need a screen protector for you iPhone?
    The Answer: No. But you should use one anyway.

    I often read threads arguing that newer phones are being constructed out of material that is very difficult to scratch, therefore rendering the screen protector universe rather nil. However, I prompt you to reconsider. No matter how safe a phone may be independent of accesory, insurance is always good. Especially cheap insurance. There are several brands of screen protectors that are inexpensive, and while not entirely necessary. There are car insurance commercials that depict someone having a bizarre accident, and they are glad that they have the insurance to cover it. Wouldn’t you like to have that cushion of safety with your phone?
    Bizarre things do happen, and it only takes one accident for your phone to be rendered useless.

    Many complain that screen protectors have tons of bubbles, and ruin the image. So, I have compiled a list of companies that I’ve used that have worked well for me, and probably will work well for you too. These are all companies that offer protection for less than $15, and help insure you from having to pay $700 for a new phone when the accident occurs.

    1) Zagg
    2) amFilm
    3) Supershieldz
    4) iCarez
    5) Anker
    6) Spigen

    These are all companies that offer cheap, plastic (non-glass) screen protectors. I would recommend all of them, and I strongly urge all of you to consider all of them. If you have any questions, please post on this thread. I would like for it to remain on the first page for as long as possible, so as to help anyone with questions regarding this topic.
  2. haroldboston macrumors newbie

    Jun 18, 2014
    New York City
    I agree about the protector being useful, but not necessary. Thanks for the product listing, OP
  3. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Why do you think this thread will be any different than the countless prior threads? Whether to use one or not is simply a matter of preference. There isn't one option that is best for everyone.

    Again, subjective. Each needs to decide what precautions the individual is willing to take. For some, it's nothing. For others it may just be a screen protector. For yet others it may just be a case. For others it may be insurance. For others it may be any combination. No thread is going to provide a definitive answer because it's up to the individual to decide.
  4. vulcanvillalta macrumors 6502

    May 19, 2014
    I agree that the protection is just added insurance. The more insurance, the safer you would be in the event of an accident. Good list, thank you.
  5. larrygornick thread starter macrumors member

    May 20, 2014
    I'm just trying to make a thread that can narrow down the countless other threads. There are so many, I thought that by making a megathread, I could help some people have a hub to go to.
  6. kaimaikid macrumors newbie

    Jun 14, 2014
    Has anyone tried the cheap Chinese Spigen glas tr screen protectors?

    Would be interesting to see how these compare to the genuine item
  7. alexander2020 macrumors newbie

    May 21, 2014
    I agree with you. I have seen people comment on similar threads telling that they don't need a screen protector simply because they can take care of their phones. But "accidents" are called accidents for a reason; whether it is dropping your phone or keeping it on the same pocket as your keys. The screen is going to get scratches one way or the other. so I use screen protectors to keep my screen new and to mitigate or completely avoid the effects of such accidents. The product that I use is "Gearmaxx" which was suggested to me by my best friend. Really clear and does not mess with my screen's touch sensitivity. Installing was easy as well and now I use their screen protectors on my phone, ipod laptop and camera. Its a decent product.
  8. markbravo2014 macrumors newbie

    May 30, 2014
    Screen protectors are definitely a most on phone screens. Just because replacing a phone's screen is really expensive. When I first visited the Gearmaxx website, I was taken aback by the properties they said their screen protectors had. I decided to try it anyway ( I was still skeptical). The installation was really easy and I was pleased with its quality as well. I have yet to see if it lasts long but I am really happy with how my screen looks; no scratches at all!! I would definitely suggest Gearmaxx to the people who are looking for something new.
  9. lexie007 macrumors newbie

    Jun 18, 2014
    I have heard a lot of people talk about Gearmaxx recently. can you give me a link. I'd like to try this product!!
  10. markbravo2014 macrumors newbie

    May 30, 2014
  11. vulcanvillalta macrumors 6502

    May 19, 2014
  12. vulcanvillalta macrumors 6502

    May 19, 2014
    Okay, so I bought one of the gearmaxx 5S screen protectors- it is really nice, and I can say that it is very high quality. But it was a little expensive. Previous to this one, I had an amFilm one, that is also pretty high quality. Right now, it is a total of $3 on amazon. While the gearmaxx is indeed a high quality, I think I was content with the amfilm one.
  13. Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040


    Aug 24, 2012
    New York, USA

    Tech armor is the main company for screen protectors on amazon. Just sayin:) plus they are very cheap.
  14. haroldboston macrumors newbie

    Jun 18, 2014
    New York City
    Yeah, but I like the iCarez and the amfilm brand. I've had both, and they are terrific. Support the underdogs, zman!
  15. allisonfranz macrumors member

    Jul 8, 2014
    I am willing to help some people have a hub to go to
  16. larrygornick thread starter macrumors member

    May 20, 2014
    What do you mean?
  17. paulsiu macrumors newbie

    Jul 20, 2014

    I initially applied a dry applied screen protector for my wife's iphone, but I am not all that coordinated, so the protector ended up slightly off. Later, it started peeling from the edge. I replaced it with a Zagg web mount, which worked really well since I can rearrange it until it lines up. It looked and worked great, but after a year, the screen protector started bubbling up from the middle of the screen and various place and from the home button. It's like the plastic was separating or something.

    Now, I am thinking getting either a Moshi Ivisor or one of the tempered glass screen protectors. For example, I notice that on ebay, I can get this:

    However, I notice that there is no cutout for the round thing next to the ear piece (which I am not sure what the round thing is). I am also concern that the glass may scratch the screen underneath, which would not be an issue with film screen protector.

    As a note, one reason to use a screen protector is to prevent scratches. The screen is usually hard enough to prevent scratches from keys, but sand is often hard enough to scratch the glass.

  18. ZipZap macrumors 603

    Dec 14, 2007
    Light sensor so the phone knows when it's near your ear


    I had one of those accidents. Bumped my elbow on a chair and down went the phone. About 4 feet onto concrete.

    Had an ultra thin case .03 mm and it cracked at the impact point and protected the phone. Many said those cases were pointless.

    I had a Sir Lancelot from Kickstarter glass shield. One edge was chipped and one crack across the glass protector. I replaced it.

    Phone...100% fine
  19. vulcanvillalta macrumors 6502

    May 19, 2014
    Isn't it costly to replace those cases, though? Is there one that can withstand several drops?
  20. crashnburn macrumors 6502

    Nov 18, 2009
    Please link to both of the above you've mentioned. How did you install both together? Or are they compatible?
  21. calbear92, Jul 21, 2014
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2014

    calbear92 macrumors member

    Jun 19, 2014
    Apple Store Sells 3 Kinds

    Personally, I purchased ~ $20 with tax at the Apple Store, Power Support Anti-glare film set (2) front only. It's made in Japan and what's nice about this- you can remove with no residue and replace/reuse the film. Just have to be very careful about dust accumulating on the back surface.

    I had to get my replacement iPhone 5s replaced after 1 day (rattling power button and some sluggish hardware/software performance issue). I thought I was going to have to eat the new screen protector, but it peeled off with no issues (static cling!). The Genius said that I could bring the original packaging back and they would replace with new ones.

    However, I didn't want to necessarily go back to the Apple Store a 3rd time so I washed both sides with soap and water since there was some dust/lint from trying cloth and papertowels- and got it to dry spotlessly by constantly wiping off the excess water with my fingertips until dry. Reapplied to new iPhone 5s and perfect- no lint, no bubbles.
  22. vulcanvillalta macrumors 6502

    May 19, 2014
    That's remarkable. I've never heard of a screen protector being used twice.
  23. calbear92 macrumors member

    Jun 19, 2014
    Reusing Screen Protector

    I think this one is unique b/c it didn't have an adhesive. It's stuck on by static cling. I would imagine any of the other brands that also offer "no adhesive" upon removal would also have this as a feature. (pure speculation on my part as I have only my own experience to go on).

    I did it out of convenience- it was one day old and I didn't want to have to make yet another trip back to the Apple store (although the Genius said I could bring back the original packaging and they would swap it for brand new ones).

    This is why I was happy to pay the Apple Store a few more $ vs ordering same item online.
  24. vulcanvillalta macrumors 6502

    May 19, 2014
    Makes sense. I'm fairly tech-y, and usually just install them myself. There are several really good products that you can get online. Idk, just personal preference.
  25. calbear92 macrumors member

    Jun 19, 2014
    Clarify- I did remove and install myself.

    I was actually referring to the convenience of purchasing them at the retail Apple Store so they would available for my use immediately vs ordering online and waiting a few days to arrive.

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