Should I get a screen protector for my iPhone 4

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by hunterheath33, Jul 15, 2012.

  1. hunterheath33 macrumors regular

    Jul 15, 2012
    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 emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    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


    Oct 14, 2007
    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 G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    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

    Jul 15, 2012
    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

    Sep 4, 2011
    I have a Speck Candyshell and a Ghost Armor screen protector.


    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

    Jun 12, 2011
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    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

    Jul 15, 2012
    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 604


    May 21, 2012
    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

    Apr 28, 2009
    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

    Oct 15, 2007
    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


    Oct 2, 2010
    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

    Dec 4, 2009
    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 65816

    Nov 30, 2008
    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


    Jul 6, 2009
    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

    Mar 23, 2011
    Just go naked. Iphone 4 are not worth as much anymore. Hell my top 64GB 4s is naked
  17. bandofbrothers macrumors 601


    Oct 14, 2007

    As naked as the day it was born.

  18. solo118 macrumors 65816

    May 16, 2011
    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


    Nov 10, 2010
    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


    Sep 20, 2007
    38°39′20″N 27°13′10″W

    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

    Jul 17, 2010
    My screen protector is the only thing holding my front-cracked iPhone 4 together.
  22. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    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


    Jul 30, 2009
    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


    Oct 21, 2011
    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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