Yes! A Screen Protector is Necessary for Some with the iPhone 5

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by Radiating, Feb 11, 2013.

  1. Radiating, Feb 11, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2013

    Radiating macrumors 65816

    Dec 29, 2011
    I just thought I'd chime in about this issue. I've tried the iPhone 5, with and without screen protectors and while the scratch resistant glass does hold up very well I personally can't stand the phone without an Oleophobic screen protector. Within seconds of using it bare the phone turns oily and cloudy and the black glass turns dark grey with smudges. Text and graphics are blurred and you see flare from smudges on the screen as well.

    Even with a 100% brand new iPhone 5 I purchased a few days ago which has a slight oleophobic coating I've heard, it's not enough.

    I personally use the Green Onions oleophobic or SGP oleophobic protectors with great results. So after going protector-less for just 3 days I slapped on an extra oleophobic protector I had laying around.

    Does anyone else think an oleophobic protector is nessesary for the iPhone 5, or am I just crazy about smudges?


    That level of flare is just annoying.
  2. dinggus macrumors 65816

    Jan 17, 2012
  3. mackandproud macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2008
    Have you noticed that after you chew food and swallow it, you have less food than before you chewed and swallowed? Food sucks, man.

  4. BeeJee macrumors 6502

    Nov 27, 2011
    Long Island/North Jersey
    The iPhone doesn't need a screen protector, case, bumper, or anything. It is fine the way it is.
  5. Radiating thread starter macrumors 65816

    Dec 29, 2011
    Have you noticed that when you hit your phone with a hammer and shatter the screen, it looks terrible? I haven't noticed that either! It's perfectly fine for things to look utterly ridiculous and doesn't bother me at all.

    That's funny because every single caseless slate iPhone 5 I have seen in the wild has been scratched to hell. That's over 40 out of 40.

    In fact I've dropped my phone enough times with a case on it that I know for a fact that it would be a completely scratched mess. My case even has no less than 5 major dents on it.

    Must be a coincidence.
  6. Abarth1200 macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2010
  7. xAnthony macrumors 65816


    Mar 2, 2010
    What's wrong with a few wear and tear marks on an iPhone? I've never understood people like yourself. You buy one of the most beautiful phone's to have ever been made and then you throw a chunky piece of plastic on it. Keep it in perfect condition, and then sell it to someone else down the road... So they can enjoy the beauty of the phone.

    I can understand if you're protecting the phone because you're a total klutz, but if you're just afraid of a few scratches... There's something wrong. It's a phone...
  8. wxman2003 Suspended

    Apr 12, 2011
    That should tell you one thing, that 40 out of 40, or 40 out of 41, if you include yourself, are not anal about their phone and use it without getting their undies in a bundy about ding or smears on a screen. You need to ask not why they are like that, but why you are.
  9. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    It's a matter of preference -- same as any other device and no matter how many times people attempt to reinvent this wheel.

    ...and 40/millions is close enough to zero to be zero. Statistically insignificant. Do what works for you. Your preference is just your preference.
  10. Radiating thread starter macrumors 65816

    Dec 29, 2011
    Here's a typical caseless iPhone 5, that matches most of the naked ones I've seen:


    What's wrong with dings? The same thing that's wrong with a car that has dings and dents on it. It looks damaged which isn't nice.

    Don't get me wrong. I think 99% of cases look like toys r us garbage and look really bad, but the ultra thin case I have that's color matched - you can't even tell it's there, same with the screen protector.


    So ask yourself, which looks better?
  11. xAnthony macrumors 65816


    Mar 2, 2010
    I personally would prefer a phone with scratches over a phone covered in plastic. Those pictures are macro shots posted on Gizmodo's website. If you look at the same phone from a distance, you would hardly see those marks. You should see all my old iPod's/iPod Touch's... Dinged up like crazy. (No cracked screens though) I personally prefer the wear and tear marks on a phone. I wished I owned a phone like the below... I just think that looks amazing.


    Phone's are easily replaceable. I just enjoy mine and I really don't care if it gets scuffed up, since I get a new one after a few years anyways. Most people spend more money buying cases throughout the year(s) of owning the phone, then they would if they just purchased a replacement phone from Apple.
  12. judyyhwu macrumors newbie

    Feb 13, 2013

    Maybe you should give Rhino Shield a try? They said they are oleophobic..and impact resistant! Sounds pretty tough! Or some screen protectors which are Matte?

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