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iPhone screen protector: Yes or No?


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I've seen all these plastic screen protectors for sale. I've looked at reviews for different ones. My question is......Are they necessary? I have a case for my iPhone 4s but no screen protector. I'm careful. I don't get the phone dirty. I don't cram it in my pocket while I'm doing manual labor. I'm really anal about this phone.

Do most folks on this forum recommend a screen protector?

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Never used them on any of my phones but do use rubber bumpers.
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I think they are useless. The glass on the iPhone is pretty tough. Anything sharp or abrasive enough to scratch the glass is going to cut right through a transparent film like nothing. Like saying that wearing clothes will protect you from a stabbing.
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I've been using one - and you'd never know there was one on there - until it gets a scratch that is. I have a bad habit of shoving my phone in the same pocket as my keys. It's true - the glass used is very difficult to scratch but I like having the screen protector - and I didn't think that I would.
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I LOVE these screen protectors: HD Anti-Glare Film Set - iPhone 4/4S - Shop | Power Support USA

They're anti-glare (matte finish), and do not have any adhesive on the back, so no sticky mess. They go on super easy and stay on. They're finger print and oil resistant to boot. I personally find that phones with finger prints and smudges all over them are ugly and nasty.

Highly recommended.

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I LOVE these screen protectors: HD Anti-Glare Film Set - iPhone 4/4S - Shop | Power Support USA

They're anti-glare (matte finish), and do not have any adhesive on the back, so no sticky mess. They go on super easy and stay on. They're finger print and oil resistant to boot. I personally find that phones with finger prints and smudges all over them are ugly and nasty.

Highly recommended.

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I have the same one. The front one is way more durable than the back for sure. The back of my phone has crazy scratches on it. Luckily I have the screen protector for the back too.

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Get a screen protector.

I didn't have one on my phone for a while and I have two small scuff marks on the screen from when I brushed up on a wall. If I would of had the screen protector on it from the start I wouldn't of had to worry.

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I LOVE these screen protectors: HD Anti-Glare Film Set - iPhone 4/4S - Shop | Power Support USA

They're anti-glare (matte finish), and do not have any adhesive on the back, so no sticky mess. They go on super easy and stay on. They're finger print and oil resistant to boot. I personally find that phones with finger prints and smudges all over them are ugly and nasty.

Highly recommended.

Doug

I have several of these ready to go myself - based on previous recommendations read here. I'm just waiting until I get a nick on the currently installed protector that will sufficiently motivate me to go through the trouble of taking my case off. The first time I took it off - was quite a chore.
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I often carry my phone in my purse so I thought I should get a screen protector. The first one I purchased was junk. Then, I purchased this one from Amazon and it has worked great. I hardly notice its on my phone. It was easy to "install" and I had no problems with bubbles or dust particles getting trapped. Also, the edges don't peel, which was the problem I had with the first product I purchased. I don't use the rear protector because I also have a gel case on my phone. They are inexpensive but do take about 10 days to arrive.

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I have 2 friends who elected against using a screen protector and their screens got scratched and damaged a bit. The iPhone glass does seem very hard and resistant to bumps and bruises but still, damage does happen. I think for the investment of an iPhone and the low cost of a screen protector, the piece of mind and potential protection they offer is worth it.
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I should add that I was convinced to use one with the wife came home telling me about one of her fellow teachers whose new iPhone 4S screen was already scratched up by her 3yr old. Since I have one of those myself - I figured it was worth using.
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I have one on mine, also have back protector plus case to top it all. You can hardly notice it's there, almost invisible. And you know your phone is absolutely safe from scratches.
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I LOVE these screen protectors: HD Anti-Glare Film Set - iPhone 4/4S - Shop | Power Support USA

They're anti-glare (matte finish), and do not have any adhesive on the back, so no sticky mess. They go on super easy and stay on. They're finger print and oil resistant to boot. I personally find that phones with finger prints and smudges all over them are ugly and nasty.

Highly recommended.

Doug
I have the non-matte version (I believe Power Support refers to them as "Crystal Films") and it's great. You can't even tell it's on, unlike some of the cheaper variants.

The way I figure it, I can easily replace the film if it gets scratched, I can't easily replace the screen. Better safe than sorry...

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Gorilla Glass is quite hale and hearty if the OP is as careful with his phone as he says. I don't think a screen protector is needed for just that.

OTOH, good quality screen protectors can really cut down on the oil/dirt issue and are pretty cheap and can do some good in an accident, so there's really not much argument against using them if you can apply them smoothly.
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I use the NuShield DayVue film because it lets me see the screen clearly outside. I don't have to cover the phone with my other hand to read my texts.
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I use the NuShield DayVue film because it lets me see the screen clearly outside. I don't have to cover the phone with my other hand to read my texts.
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