iPhone XS Max Thinking about taking my screen protector off (iPhone Xs Max)

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Nathan576, Sep 23, 2018.

  1. Nathan576, Sep 23, 2018
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2018

    Nathan576 macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2012
    So I just got a screen protector on my Max and got it on perfectly, it looks and feels as if there were nothing on it other then two problems. When you swipe up to close an app you feel a bump because that's where the edge of the screen protector is, and that just doesn't feel smooth like apple intended. That's a minor thing tho, the biggest problem that I have with the screen protector is that it makes the notch stand out much more. This is an oled screen, so when watching YouTube videos in 16:9 you shouldn't be able to see the notch because the black bars are pitch black, however, with the screen shield I am able to see the outline of the notch and it doesn’t blend in as well if that makes sense. Thinking about taking it off, I have apple care anyways. Thoughts?
  2. dazz87 macrumors 65816


    Sep 24, 2007
  3. Shazamadoo macrumors member


    Sep 26, 2015
    I don't think you need someone to tell you how to use your own device.

    Use it the way Apple intended? You paid for it, use it the way you intend to.

    Screen protectors make people feel good knowing the screen is protected somewhat. For others it is a nuisance. Applecare or not, you will most likely upgrade in 52 weeks and counting down..
  4. Nathan576 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2012
    I’m literally in the middle. I like feeling protected, especially with my flimsy apple leather case, but after not using a protector on my X and being used to how well the notch blends in without a screeen protector, I just don’t know if I can keep it. And I’m just asking advice and making conversation, that’s what these forums are for.
  5. decypher44 macrumors 6502


    Feb 24, 2007
    Orange County, CA
    I used to be a huge proponent for screen protectors. Then, about 18 months ago, I took off my Zagg glass from my 7+. Never a scratch or crack, and it’s just looked and felt better. I thought about going back to using one with my Max, but decided against it.
  6. Nathan576 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2012
    I’ve always hated them, I just put the thing on so well that it’d almost be a shame to take it off, I’m quite proud of myself lol no rainbow effect or anything. But yeah, leaning towards taking it off unfortunately, it just sucks that apple doesn’t cover scratches for apple care. That’s basically just asking people to drop their phones once they get a scratch that they can’t stand anymore lol
  7. PBz macrumors 68020


    Nov 3, 2005
    PVB, Florida
    Only you can decide. I hate them. Is my screen flawless? Nope. Scratches? Nope. Lines in oleophobic coating? Yup. Do I care? Nope. Covering amazing screen with extra layer of cheap plastic or glass, for me, goes against the core of using such amazing hardware. If I worked in a harsh environment I might consider it. Probably not though.
  8. eVolcre macrumors 68000


    Jan 7, 2003
    I’ll add one thing here. It also depends on if you travel internationally a lot. I hate them but have had one on my 7+ and now X. I’ve got apple care +. But what if I’m in Turkey ;for example) and crack the screen. I’m hosed till I get back to home base. Multiple airline trays also leave me vulnerable. Once I move back home (states) permanently I’ll never keep one on. If it cracks it cracks. Within a day or two I’ll have it fixed through Applecare.

    A high quality tempered glass screen protector is my only “case” btw. My devices are tools, I enjoy their tactile feel and don’t get the point of covering up. Naked all the way.
  9. est1738 macrumors regular

    Sep 10, 2014
    I use one of the full coverage “3D” screen protectors. I literally cannot even tell I am using a screen protector. It’s awesome.
  10. Packers1958 macrumors 65816

    Apr 16, 2017
    South Dakota
    I hate those screen protectors. Most look gaudy and cheap. It's like putting new windows in your house that are too small for the opening. They just look dumb.
  11. Nathan576 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2012
    May you share a link please?
  12. BoricuaHec01 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 17, 2012
    Chicago, IL
    I’ve never used a screen protector in my life.
  13. Velin macrumors 65816


    Jul 23, 2008
    Hearst Castle
    Never use screen protectors on anything. Never. Have had zero problems with iPhone 3G, iPhone 4s, or iPhone 7. Never a problem with iPads. And I am rough with Apple products -- they are devices to be used, not jewelry.

    Also, forget the "oleophobic coating," it's never worked for me. I regularly clean the screens using glass cleaner and paper towel. Even after years of cleaning screens with cleaner and paper towel on iPhones and iPads, no scratches.

    Remove the screen protector, they are a waste.
  14. eVolcre macrumors 68000


    Jan 7, 2003
    Edited to add. It saved my arse last year. I work in a country where devices are purchased outright , no upgrade plan etc. I was about 4 hours from the nearest apple store. My 7+ fell off the resto table , flat on its face, hard tile floor, 4 feet. It DESTROYED the screen protector. I simply peeled it off and the phone was pristine underneath.

    Until last week actually my X was naked. I don’t like the edge feeling either. It fell multiple times and surprisingly nothing happened. Tough little fella. Finally decided that I was tempting fate too much and found a random ad on IG for a 5D screen protector where it’s got actual black edges and goes over the sides. The first day was odd. The phone even felt heavier. Then you just get used to it. No edges. Fantastic product.
  15. Breezygirl macrumors 6502a


    Oct 7, 2011
    I also recommend iCarez 2.5 tempered glass protector. Looks great, easy to apply and covers the whole screen. You can find it on Amazon.
  16. eVolcre macrumors 68000


    Jan 7, 2003
    Sounds like we have the same thing. It really IS awesome. I don’t have a link sadly. It was a random ad on Instagram. More than likely sourced from AliExpress. Got to me within two days. They really are worth it. To me.
  17. Nathan576 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2012
    I’m gonna sleep on it, but I think I’m going to take it off. Since apple won’t fix a scratched phone under apple care and they only replace cracked screens, if I ever scratch it I’ll just use the phone without a case until it gets cracked lol. This notch thing I don’t think I can get over, the bump when closing apps I could though
    --- Post Merged, Sep 23, 2018 ---
    Took it off, **** it
  18. GrumpyMom macrumors 604


    Sep 11, 2014
    I actually had to put one on because the new display on my Max felt a bit sticky—that’s kind of new. I guess whatever coating they use now is kind of micro textured or something. I liked the feel of my tempered glass protector better. But I don’t like the look of it because it does have a cutout for the notch.

    I had one of the i-Carez full screen glass protectors on my X last year and liked it. I would have gotten another but it wasn’t available for the Max at the time I ordered. I’ll do fine with this for awhile.
  19. Shadowbech macrumors 601

    Oct 18, 2011
    Planet iPhone
  20. eVolcre macrumors 68000


    Jan 7, 2003
    Super interesting. Must be good. They’re back ordered for THIRTY BUSINESS days. Wowza.
  21. Shadowbech macrumors 601

    Oct 18, 2011
    Planet iPhone
    It was back ordered when I ordered it too but still got it in time for the XS Max.
  22. TheBacklash Suspended


    Oct 23, 2013


    Plastic screen protectors are junk, Glass only. And get a FULL coverage glass one.
    Grabbed this one because it would get here before the iPhone
    My Spigen one that I ordered day 1... still not here.

    Just look for full coverage 3D ones. I'd post the Maxboost ones that everyone loves, but not full coverage.
  23. clarencek macrumors regular

    Apr 8, 2008
    I just dropped my XSM put a little chip in the glass screen protector. Screen underneath is unharmed.
    For a phone this size I can’t do without a protector - there are just too many opportunities for damage. But to each his / her own.
  24. MacInFool macrumors newbie

    Sep 21, 2012

    Me too! These are awesome - better than the Peel version by a mile! The Peel version cracks if you look at it. Total crap. This one is solid and one box cones with two. Great deal. There are NO edges to deal with - you would never know anything is on your phone.
  25. ET iPhone Home macrumors 68040

    ET iPhone Home

    Oct 5, 2011
    Orange County, California USA
    I didn't think of this. Thanks. I won't be applying a tempered glass on mine.

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