YES, Screen protectors are needed

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Photogdave, Feb 1, 2012.

  1. Photogdave macrumors regular


    Dec 20, 2011
    OK. For those of you that wonder, "should I use a protector, or not.
    I do, and for the first time Ive ever dropped my phone, it saved the screen.
    I had my iPhone 4s on the arm rest of my recliner listening to a podcast.
    I moved my arm to get something and barely bumped it. It fell between the couch and the recliner on a carpeted floor.
    I didn't even hear it it fell so lightly. When I retrieved it, my heart sank.
    This big crack, gash/scratch on the screen.

    I peeled the protector.....whola! SCREEN SAVED!!!
    It looks much worse on the phone than on the computer desk.
    It actually almost gashed all the way through.
    It's deep! It would have shattered the screen
    It hit the floor and rolled over against the sharp steel bracket under the recliner. I didnt even know that was under there.
    I never ever drop phones. But **** happens and these much debated protectors saved my phone.
    Also, it's the cheap $15 3pack from Verizon. Other than the finger prints, you can't even tell when it's on.
    The phone screen with its coating is much better, but I'll suffer the prints to save the screen.
    Guys, ladies......use protectors. It's not worth the risk LOL! :eek:

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  2. Rocko1 macrumors 68020


    Nov 3, 2011
  3. sparky1499 macrumors regular


    Oct 5, 2008
    Glasgow, UK
    I have insurance for my iPhone. It covers accidental damage. If i scratch it badly or drop it on concrete it gets replaced within 24 hours.
  4. Rocko1 macrumors 68020


    Nov 3, 2011
    How much is the deductible?
  5. ericg301 macrumors 65816

    Jun 15, 2010
    ever consider that the screen protector itself is a lot more scratch-prone than the screen? just because the protector got dinged up doesnt mean the screen would.
  6. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    I'm sorry, but I can't bring myself to believe that a force that would have shattered the glass was somehow absorbed by a thin sheet of plastic.

    It's nice that your phone was ok, but I'm gonna go out on a limb and say it would have survived this fall without the screen protector.
  7. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
  8. Rocko1 macrumors 68020


    Nov 3, 2011
    Right, tell that to all the people who have scratches from not dropping their phones and being careful with them, there are plenty.
  9. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    Some people don't care about scratches, so thus they aren't necessary.
    Additionally, not everyone without screen protectors has scratches.
  10. Rocko1 macrumors 68020


    Nov 3, 2011
    Are not necessary to you. People not caring about scratches on their screen are in the minority by far. And yeah, some people who have played Russian Roulette are still alive.
  11. Shrink macrumors G3


    Feb 26, 2011
    New England, USA
    I'm one. No screen protector, no scratches - just a slip case.

    Oh, and the last time I played Russian Roulette, I won.:D

    (The metaphor was a teeny bit over the top, don't you think? :rolleyes:)
  12. sbddude macrumors 6502a

    Sep 27, 2010
    Nor Cal, USA
    you overpaid.

    I got 6 screen protectors for $1.
  13. bruleke macrumors 6502


    Jun 26, 2009
    Too pricey too. I paid 3 dollars for 30 units.
  14. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
  15. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    I'm OCD (nice way of saying anal) about my phone. Everything aside from the camera and flash is cover and has a case.

    I'm not really concern about a broken phone but the insane hassle of getting it replaced near instantly. I need my phone on me 24/7 for work. Waiting over night for some place to open in the morning can be an issue.
  16. Interstella5555 macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    have owned
    three iPhones
    none of which I
    have used screen
    on, all of which I've
    dropped multiple
    times on every
    thing from
    to concrete
    and beyond small
    scratchs (which really
    just show that you actually
    use your phone) they are all
    in pristine condition. I guess if
    it keeps me from typing like
    this I'll keep doing it.

    Also, what's the need to use LOL as punctuation?
  17. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    You'll get eaten by the OCD people for saying your OCD if your not really OCD :eek:
  18. eclipse01 macrumors 68020


    May 16, 2011
    Eau Claire, WI

    I thought I was reading a poem there for a minute.
  19. iceterminal macrumors 68000


    May 25, 2008
    Dallas Tx.
    I want to make sure I got this right.
    If fell so lightly, onto a soft carpeted floor, so softly that you couldn't even hear it.
    Yet, you believe that created a huge scratch on it. And that only your thin flimsy piece of plastic saved it from shattering?

    Is this correct?

    What in the hell kind of carpet do you have that so soft you can't hear anything hitting it, but still scratches gorilla glass?
  20. simply amazing macrumors member

    Nov 2, 2011
    sounds like a concrete carpet to me
  21. Legios macrumors regular

    Jan 19, 2012
    So it looks like you took the protector off and then took a pic? That looks like a hair rather than a scratch.
  22. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    My point is that you do not NEED a screen protector to use the phone. You can still use one if you like, but do you NEED it? Absolutely not. It is not necessary.
  23. Rocko1 macrumors 68020


    Nov 3, 2011
    Don't need hearing protection to use a gun.
    Don't need a helmet to play football.
    Don't need doors, hood, windsheild, or seatbelts to drive a car.

    Don't need more than a 3 second fuse when lighting dynamite.
  24. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    Not going to keep arguing with you about this, but millions of people use their iPhones without a screen protector. Not using a screen protector will not kill you unlike your examples. You want to compare apple with oranges, well have fun.
  25. TheOriginalKi macrumors 6502

    Jan 2, 2011
    I can never apply them to my satisfaction, I always end up with bubbles or dust, so after several attempts and several protectors, I just gave up!

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