Wet vs. Dry applied screen protector?

55test55

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Jun 16, 2009
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Which is better? I've never used wet but have felt a wet applied one before--it felt really sticky, which i did not seem to like. Thanks!
 

Cojm

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Sep 19, 2014
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Back in my retail days there was a kiosk that wet installed screen protectors, on one occasion I had to speak with the CEO of the screenprotector company after his employee liquid damaged a brand new 16gb 5s. At the time we only had the 64gb model in stock, so the customer got an upgrade.
 

darkonex

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Sep 18, 2014
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Definitely DO use a screen protector, they will scratch and better than having to bother using Applecare+ (some of us more so as everybody isn't so lucky to have an Apple store anywhere around us). As for which kind you will get varied opinions. I have almost always used dry ones and I'm very good at putting them on, don't do anything special I just make sure to put them on the device right out of the box so the screen is already clean, or clean it real good if it's not new and make sure no dust/lint is on then quickly do it before letting it get dust/lint on it. I've tried a Zagg wet apply on an iPhone years ago and destroyed it horribly, ended up returning for refund. Later I got a Skinomi wet apply that's currently on my iPad Mini, it works but it has some wierd texture and odd spots on it that cause a rainbow effect and even a little scratch out of the box which is something I've never had happen with a dry apply, so I stick with those from now on.
 

Whtchdr

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Jun 14, 2013
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Dry is the best. Wet typically is more bubble free, but harder to install by a good margin. Also, always go for as high of a quality as you can afford. They tend to be much easier to install and last longer. Tech Armor makes some great tempered glass options that only cost about $10.
 

liteshow

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Sep 20, 2012
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Which is better? I've never used wet but have felt a wet applied one before--it felt really sticky, which i did not seem to like. Thanks!
Forget those plastic screen protector wet or dry. Instead, use the tampered glass screen protectors. They are not only dry, but leave no bubbles when applying. Feels just like your glass screen - because it IS glass.
 

Jalopybox

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Nov 13, 2012
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With both wet and dry, the material they use is really the determining factor for me. I will say some of the wet protectors have a rubbering feel I dislike. Your finger doesn't glide over the screen, it's gets caught and sticks.

Glass protectors are really the best, but with the 6/6+ curved display there are non out right not that cover the entire screen-it's too costly to create a curved glass protector. I have one that covers the lcd area and a bit more on top and bottom. It feels just like just like the iPhones glass screen.
 

darkonex

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Sep 18, 2014
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Forget those plastic screen protector wet or dry. Instead, use the tampered glass screen protectors. They are not only dry, but leave no bubbles when applying. Feels just like your glass screen - because it IS glass.
Well ya I was gonna say those too but they really are dry apply so I include those in that category. I do have a couple of those Xtremeguard glass ones coming for $10 shipped, first time trying those can't wait!
 

deeddawg

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Dry is the best. Wet typically is more bubble free, but harder to install by a good margin.
Dry is definitely the way to go for a screen. My current favorite brand is Green Onions Supply. Used to be SPIGEN but they got too expensive relative to good alternatives.

I'll have to respectfully disagree about wet being "more bubble free". While small bubbles will evaporate through the wet-apply film, dry-apply protectors are 100% bubble free unless you bought some ultra-cheap piece of cr@p or fubared the install (dusty environment, creased the protector, etc.)

The wet-apply films are great for the backs of stuff, I've long used those for the backs of ipads and such. Keeps them scratch free and gives a bit more grippiness. Probably be worthwhile on the back of an iphone6 if you didn't want to use a case.
 

liteshow

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Sep 20, 2012
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Well ya I was gonna say those too but they really are dry apply so I include those in that category. I do have a couple of those Xtremeguard glass ones coming for $10 shipped, first time trying those can't wait!
So long as it is tempered glass, I am very sure you will like them. They are so easy to apply too.

I get mine off ebay sellers. The tempered glass protectors come in 0.4, 0.3 and 0.2 mm. Had used the older 0.4mm on my old 4s and found it a little too thick. I have used both the 0.3 mm & 0.2 mm on my 5s and they both feel right. The 0.2mm ones do cost a little more. Recently ordered a 0.3 mm for my ipad air.
 
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