Your smartphone – while it is rife with the most advanced technology (it’s literally a computer in your pocket) and some of your basic quotidian tasks depend on its applications, it is still delicate and the screen could scratch or crack at any moment. Many consumers are fine with this trade off – a glass screen, opposed to a plastic one, gives the phone a beautiful and futuristic patina. This is the reason why you want to use a screen protector – to keep the glass looking beautiful for a longtime to come. Here are five things to consider when purchasing a screen protector for your smartphone.
- Is the screen protector high quality? Some screen protectors can be quite inferior. In fact, low quality screen protectors aren’t much different than the protector you peel off after you first purchase your smartphone. So, you want to make sure that you research the manufacturer and read reviews before you make a purchase. A low quality screen protector can cause bubbling, which can make it hard to read your phone. It could also cause unsightly marks on your glass, which defeats the purpose.
- Can you use the screen protector with a smartphone case? Some screen protectors can be used in conjunction with a case. While a case protects the entire phone, a screen protector keeps the glass safe from damages. For instance, if you search “OtterBox Galaxy S5” online, you’ll find a number of results for this great case – not only will it protect your phone from falls and other smartphone dangers, it will look great too. Before you put the case on your phone, you want to apply the screen protector first – the screen protector won’t fit otherwise.
- Is the screen protector aesthetically pleasing? Some screen protectors are less than aesthetically pleasing – they have strange ridges, grooves and other patterns that can take away from the visibility and beautiful look of your smartphone. So, you want to make sure you get a good look at all the product photos before you make a purchase online. In a store, you may want to ask to see a sample. A screen protector should be a simple sheet of plastic.
- Does the screen protector attach to your phone with adhesive or static electricity? Some smartphone glass protectors come with an adhesive applied to one of its sides that allows you to attach the protector. However, adhesive can often have ruinous consequences for the glass on your phone. So, make sure that you find a screen protector that uses static electricity, because you can easily peel it off when you want to remove it.
Does it come with a protective cover for the back of your phone? Some smartphones come with delicate glass on the back of the phone too, so there is a good chance that you want to protect both sides. If this is the case, you want to find a protector that comes with one of these back-glass protectors. In the end, you want to protect the beauty of your entire phone – not just one side.
I have used the Zagg invisibleShield before. You may want to try it also.