tempered glass vs. plastic screen protectors

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  1. dubs83 macrumors regular

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    I've only ever used plastic screen protectors for my iphone and was wondering if the difference between tempered glass and plastic is that noticeable. I'm mostly concerned with making it easy to apply (no bubbles etc.) and that it is easy to take off.

    The best selling tempered glass protector on Amazon is pretty cheap. Anyone try this one...

    https://www.amazon.com/iPhone-Scree...coding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=27JKNCTKB24C2CG1VRTQ
     
  2. Freakonomics101 macrumors 65816

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    I've been using tempered glass for years. It feels like you're touching the actual glass screen vs a plastic one where it feels different. But tempered glass protectors protect the screen a lot more than a plastic one would. I call plastic screen protectors temporary protectors.... until you can get a good one that'll actually protect the screen.
     
  3. dubs83 thread starter macrumors regular

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    cool, thanks. Might just go with the best selling one on Amazon, since I imagine there all about the same in quality
     
  4. ajay96 macrumors 6502

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    I got the one that you linked to, it's great. I've been using tempered glass for the past few years and I'd recommend it.. it's saved me a few times. :p
     
  5. dubs83 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah, I've had troubled successfully applying plastic screen covers to my iphones, so do you know if tempered glass is easier to apply? I assume it is a hard/non-bendy material?
     
  6. ajay96 macrumors 6502

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    Yeah it's hard, don't try to bend it. It's actually much easier to apply than the regular plastic screen protector in my opinion.
     
  7. Septembersrain Contributor

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    I always prefer tempered glass because if you drop it, usually it'll break the protector first. I've seen cases where the device screen is not damaged at all when the tempered glass takes all the damage.
     
  8. Septembersrain Contributor

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    It's easier to position. You can lift and reseat it without messing up the adhesive as much. I recommend after using a non-lint dark microfiber cloth, continue to blow on the screen as you apply it. It'll keep the dust off the screen and protector.

    It's been 2 years since I worked in a cellphone shop but once you get good at putting them on, it'll be easy.
     
  9. dubs83 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I assume it won't interfere with my case I have on it...or any case, right?
     
  10. ajay96 macrumors 6502

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    Nope, it shouldn't. The iPhone 7 is curved slightly at its edges, so the screen protector doesn't extend all the way to the edge, it leaves some room.
     
  11. trifid macrumors 65816

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    I actually just installed an Anker screen glass protector and was surprised at how easy the installation was compared to others I've done, I'd definitely recommend them:


    One other thing to consider is that glass protectors come in different thicknesses, I think Anker is around 0.3mm which is the common thickness, but I have also used 0.15mm which is a bit less noticeable.

    Last but not least I would not recommend repositioning, the stickiness is too strong and you risk damaging it.
     
  12. Septembersrain Contributor

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    Cool thing about tempered glass is that you can change how your phone looks as well as protect it!

    iPhone 6 colored tempered glass back.

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    iPhone 5c colored front tempered glass.

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  13. iMacMore macrumors newbie

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    Anker tempered glass ftw... one of the few i've been able to stick & lift to readjust without it leaving sticky residue all over my phone
     
  14. dubs83 thread starter macrumors regular

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    They don't appear to get great reviews on Amazon, but am curious which Anker screen protector did you buy?
     
  15. Eric5273 macrumors 6502a

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    I do a lot of action gaming on my phone, and anything that makes it less responsive would be bad. How do these screen protectors affect responsiveness of the screen?
     

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