Are Screen Protectors Really Needed? (On Gorilla Glass)

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  1. Sajo

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    I was at a cell phone store the other day and overheard two different sales reps trying hard to sell screen protectors to customers buying new phones. One couple looked scared to death as the rep described all kinds of doomsday scenarios that would scratch their shiny new screen. Really? Gorilla Glass 4 or 5 is some pretty hard stuff and unless you are carrying diamond tip drill bits in your pocket with your phone you are probably never going to scratch modern Gorilla Glass. Sure Gorilla Glass can crack & shatter fairly easy if you drop your phone, but does a screen protector keep glass from cracking? I doubt it. It might help keep pieces together if the screen shatters but I don't see how it will prevent the screen from cracking if dropped hard enough. When I bought new phones recently, the sales reps tried hard to make me buy screen protectors and they were persistent. I eventually convinced them that I was not going to buy any. All of this made me wonder, with modern Gorilla Glass are screen protectors really needed? If so, why? Do you use them, and if so, why?

    I personally have not used a screen protector on any Gorilla Glass screen phone in many years, many different phone models, and have never seen one tiny little scratch.

    I am not talking about Motorola's Shattershield screens, so please don't post about those. Those are not Gorilla Glass and those do require a screen protector since the outer layer (the lens) is very soft and will scratch very easily.

    Share your thoughts.
     
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    there is a perception of protection with screen protectors but as far as being needed - nope. Gorilla Glass 4 is actually harder than temper glass.

    My note 8 has gorilla glass 5. I don't use any screen protection. I gave it a serious thought when I first got my phone but...
     
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    My first smart phone was the HTC Incredible. It had GG. The rep talked me into a screen protector. I didn't know any better. Within a year I found this site and because of a discussion on here, I decided to take it off. All my phones (Incredible, Incredible 2, Rezound, Moto X, and Moto Z Droid) had GG. Never used one again, never needed one, and never scratched or broke a screen yet.
    Edit: My wife just throws her phones in her purse and they've never been scratched either. No screen protector. They have all had GG too except for her Blackberry. That had a screen protector.
     
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  4. Sajo

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    I didn't know there was an older thread like this. I searched but didn't see it, sometimes the search feature is not reliable (or doesn't work at all). I guess it doesn't hurt to have a newer discussion.

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    over the years I found search features in forums are very unreliable. as far as restarting threads where there had not been a response for years, I don't think so.

    back to topic...
    did not mention in my first post, the only real use screen protectors have these days is to hide scratches and hold cracks together. when I had a note 3, I put some dimes in the pocket where I kept the phone. this did a number on the screen, put a screen protector on and it hid the scratches and pits.
     
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    I don't think it's necessary, but I prefer them over the naked glass - the texture feels better, and the big thing is anti-smudge and anti-glare.
     
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    I always use them bc I'm OCD.. I don't like the micro scratches that you get on the phone when not using one.. I have them on all my phones.. I'm sure the phones would make it fine but those small micro scratches I'm too OCD lol

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    you are not alone about micro scratches but so far none on my note and had it since it was released.
     
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    You're lucky... I had a few on previous phone I decided to not install one... drove me nuts lol

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    We have an iPhone 7+ and a Samsung Galaxy S7. We have found screen protection very helpful: screens cost a lot to fix.


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    I am here to tell you emphatically - Yes.

    My Wife's brand new Galaxy 9+ simply riding in her purse - huge scratch about 1 hour before I got to her with her "surprise" screen protector.
    Scratch is about an inch long. Nothing in her purse all that unusual for a Woman.

    So, take it for what its worth. Wish I had been a little earlier....
     
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    What damage did the screen protectors avoid?
     
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