There is no doubt about it: Smartphones are expensive and hard to live without. We use them everywhere and in all situation, increasing the risk of dropping it. Over the years, screen sizes have been steadily increasing, further increasing the risk of suffering from a broken screen. At the same time smartphones are sold at a relatively high price, meaning that one could end up spending hundreds of dollars on a smartphone or tablet and end up with a scratched or - even worse - a broken screen? To avoid this, PanzerGlassTM provides screen protectors to almost every smartphone and tablet on the market. Many people have decided to purchase a screen protector to protect their smartphone, which we believe is a good idea - and here's why.
What is a screen protector?
A screen protector is a piece of special glass made to fit a devices perfectly. It will be placed on the original screen, it is often hardly visible and will absorb shocks and scratches instead of the phone screen itself. Should it break, it is easier to remove the screen protector compared to replacing the phone screen.
Screen protectors come in all shapes and sizes; some are made of a thin layer of plastic or foil while others (like, e.g. PanzerGlass™) is made from real glass that has undergone a special tempering process, strengthening the glass. Some manufacturers make generic screen protectors, that is not cut out to fit the exact shape of the device, while others produce several variations for the same phone or tablet model (e.g. our Standard Fit, Edge-to-Edge and Curved Edges models) to ensure a perfect fit.
To apply a screen protector, you usually clean your device with a wet wipe and a cloth of some sort (see our installation guides here) and then attach the screen protector to the smartphone or tablet. The screen protector needs to be positioned properly, so it fits the device, and you need to make sure that there are no impurities on the screen, as it will generate air bubbles under the protector (PanzerGlass™ can usually be removed and re-attached).
The final result is a device with a glass screen protector, which ensures protection of the device while keeping all functionalities working, saving you from risking having to spend time and money on repairing a broken screen.
But what about gorilla glass?
Most modern devices use Corning's Gorilla Glass for the screen. And while it is true, that Gorilla Glass is a toughened, hard glass with some scratch resistance and protects your phone to some degree, we would still recommend using a screen protector like PanzerGlass™ for a couple of reasons.
PanzerGlass™ (and screen protectors in general) works a bit like an airbag or a bike helmet; they will absorb the shock from an impact, but they don't protect against everything. If an impact is great enough, it will break both your screen protector and your device's screen, unfortunately. But you're still better protected with a screen protector attached than without one.
As mentioned, your phone is somewhat prone to scratches because you use it everywhere, every day. It is placed in your pocket or handbag together with keys, jewellery etc. It might just get scratched by some sand in your pocket.
Does a screen protector change the experience of my phone or tablet?
It depends on the screen protector you choose. PanzerGlass™ preserves 100% touch sensitivity and is crystal clear, meaning that the experience of using of your phone's/tablet's touch screen is unchanged (unless you choose a PanzerGlass™ Privacy screen protector, which will darken your screen due to the privacy filter), so your experience is unchanged.
Should you ever experience, that your phone is unresponsive or similar after installing your PanzerGlassTM please go to our RMA & Warranty page.
So, do you need a screen protector for your smartphone or tablet?
A screen protector won't protect your device from everything and is not unbreakable. But it will add a layer of protection for your phone, which, in turn, will help avoid costly screen repairs and a scratched touch screen. After all, it is easier (and cheaper) to replace a screen protector compared to a display, so we at PanzerGlassTM will of course recommend you to protect your devices with the best screen protector.