Should I get a screen protector for my iPhone 4

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  1. hunterheath33 macrumors regular

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    I have an iPhone 4 and have had it for 5 months. Should I use a screen protector with it? Do you use any case and/or a screen protector or do you go naked?
     
  2. SandboxGeneral Moderator

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    I don't use one and never have. But if you're the type that is prone to being a bit clumsy or a magnet for bad luck, then perhaps you should get one. I also have a very minimal case, but sometimes I don't use it at all.

    It's up to you of course, if you think you need one, then you should get one.
     
  3. bandofbrothers macrumors 601

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    I use a rocket fish hard leather slip case with pull strap for when my naked iPhone 4s is in my pocket.
     
  4. cynics macrumors G3

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    I use a case with built in screen protector. Just depends on what you do. I spend a lot of time out doors doing outdoors stuff and my phone gets banged around quite a bit...
     
  5. hunterheath33 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ok. I have a Griffen reveal case on my iPhone currently and I have a cheap screen protector. It gets smudged so much! My phone mostly stays on my desk or in my pocket when I'm not using it. I'm still a student so I don't use my phone in extreme conditions. Would the Griffen reveal case or apple bumper be ok?
     
  6. batting1000 macrumors 604

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    I have a Speck Candyshell and a Ghost Armor screen protector.

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    The reveal is probably better for you. I don't particularly like the bumper because it doesn't cover the back.
     
  7. ahdickter macrumors 6502

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    If you want a screen protector that will not make the screen feel weird or lower clarity, look up Power Support screen protectors. Although they are a tad expensive, they don't come off and protect the screen extremely well.
     
  8. hunterheath33 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ok. Do any of you use no case and no screen protector? If you don't do you have any scratches on your screen and back glass? Or do you just use a case
     
  9. Technarchy macrumors 603

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    Ghost Armor carbon fiber on the back
    Ghost Armor Screen protector on the front
    Apple bumper is my current case.

    Everyone I know that rolls with no protection has scratches on the back and front. Some smaller than others but scratches just the same.
     
  10. Moe UK macrumors regular

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    iPhone 4 for 18 months not a sodding scratch, iPhone 4S for a few months and massive scratch on the front, how I did it I have no idea. You can't see it in when in use though.

    The phone seems to have somesort of coating that wears off after a few months, i noticed how nice the screen on my iPhone 4S looked compared to my 4. A few months ago I dropped my 4S in a puddle when getting out the car and paid Apple the £130 to get a replacement and noticed again the difference.
     
  11. rman726 macrumors 6502

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    I don't see the point of a screen protector. My iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4S have never gotten a single scratch on the screen.
     
  12. mattdo93 macrumors 6502

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    I agree with getting Powersupport. It really is the best crystal clarity for the iPhone 4/4s without any rainbow effects or smudging. I have a Splash masque right now and under fluorescent lighting the screen is totally rainbowed and the black bezel isn't the same true black as when I first got it.

    Anyone who says there aren't any scratches after months of using no screen shield is either blind, in denial, or just doesn't care.
     
  13. Wrathwitch macrumors 65816

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    Yes you should. For a very small cost investment you take a step to ensure that your device will look beautiful long after the first year. I always go with SGP ultra clear. Has an oleophobic coating. I brought it into Futureshop to test its unlock and the guys behind the counter could NOT believe that it had a screen protector on nor that it has been on for 2 years and is just now starting to show a bit of wear.

    I recently took my SSGS3 into Fshop to get something checked and again, they could not tell by looking at it OR by touch that there was a screen protector on it.

    I did have a Mophie battery pack case on it for 1.7 years and it was just in the last couple of months that I was using it without a case.
     
  14. ann713 macrumors 6502a

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    Absolutely! Many will argue that they've never gotten a single scratch and such, but once that screen is scratched, it's won't be pretty. The screen isn't scratch-proof. You can easily get some decent crystal shields on eBay for $3 for a pack of 6.
     
  15. wordoflife macrumors 604

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    The screen will scratch, but you probably won't notice them. If you don't mind using a screen protector, then why not? If you do mind using one (because of rain bow effect, display quality, etc), then don't use one.
     
  16. imeth macrumors regular

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    Just go naked. Iphone 4 are not worth as much anymore. Hell my top 64GB 4s is naked
     
  17. bandofbrothers macrumors 601

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    As naked as the day it was born.

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  18. solo118 macrumors 65816

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    I really like my Powersupport crystal screen protector. I actually didnt mess up the installation, so its very hard to see it. If you have a white iphone its nearly impossible to detect.

    It gets a little smudged up sometimes, but its not a big deal to wipe it down. Im the type to always sell my phone in order to upgrade so I keep it protected from day one to protect my investment.
     
  19. Sedrick macrumors 68030

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    No front or back protectors, but I do have a bumper case just so I can hold on to the slippery little devil. It also protects it from sliding off the slightest of inclines.
     
  20. wackymacky macrumors 68000

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    Laughs.

    I never had a protector or case on my 3G, 4 or 4s. Just last week, I was trying talking on the phone while carrying bags in both hands and the phone slid from under my chin and landed on the pavement.

    I don't know if a case etc would have stopped the screen getting smashed. I guess it depends on how protective you are of your stuff.
     
  21. mtcowdog macrumors regular

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    My screen protector is the only thing holding my front-cracked iPhone 4 together.
     
  22. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    As always with this question: you should take whatever precautions you're willing to take and think are reasonable. This isn't a one-size-fits-all matter.

    Some do, some do not (for both questions). Not all cases include any sort of screen or back protection (e.g. bumpers). Again, it's a matter of whatever precautions you're willing to take.
     
  23. dendkmac macrumors member

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    Had my 4S two weeks and now have a small scratch on the screen, I now have a screen protector on it to try and prevent future damage.
     
  24. boomhower macrumors 68000

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    The iPhone screen is very very scratch resistant. My wife has carried her's for north of a year by tossing it in her purse with all the crap she carries and it doesn't have a scratch. I would use a case for drop protection.
     

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