Do We Really Need A Screen Protector?

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    I just got my case for my Galaxy Nexus. Now I was thinking I need to pick up a screen protector to be closer to fully protected. I have done some research and have narrowed down my choices to Zagg Invisasheild or SGP Steinheil. I have used screen protectors off and on over the years. But I have came across some info saying we don't really need screen protectors these days when considering the type of screens our phones have now.

    So my question I pose to you is.... Do we really need screen protectors?




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    And if so, what kind do you like?
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    These glass screens are so much more scratch resistant than what was on the old phones (Blackberry, Palm, etc.) that I've stopped using screen savers. I carried a Droid 1 in my shirt pocket for two years, a Bionic for 3 months and now the Gnex and I've yet to have any type of scratch. I know others have, so these screens aren't scratch proof. If I worked in a sandy environment I might consider a screen protector, but otherwise I'm good. YMMV
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    The screen protector not only protects your screen from scratches it also offers some protection to your screen if you drop your phone. It could keep your screen from breaking.

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    I don't believe a little flimsy piece of plastic will prevent your screen from cracking.
    I haven't used a screen protector since my Treo 700P 6 years ago.
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    Believe it, it has a lot to do with physics but I will not bore you with the details.


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    on my old Droid Incredible I had many small scratches just from dry fingers, don't know about my new bionic

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    Just because something has fortified glass does NOT mean that it is scratch or crack resistant. I wouldn't take the chance. I would much rather spend the $10 to get a protector than risk scratching a $700 piece of electronics! ;). I've seen lots of horror stories! ;)
    I've never just had a plain screen.
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    No, please bore us. I'd love to hear the physics of screen protectors.
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    A simple way of putting it is, plastic is much better at absorbing an impact than glass. Adding a thin piece of plastic between your phone's screen and the tile floor you accidentally drop your phone on can definitely reduce the chance of a shatter.

    After all, plastics used in screen protectors are hydrocarbon polymers, the same material rubber is made out of.
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    Keys are mostly made of brass and nickel, which can't scratch glass.

    The video looks nice, but those materials don't scratch glass.
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    A screen protector actually saved my butt once! I was on a bus with my phone next to me, and as the driver sped up my phone flew out of the seat, landed face first on the ground and slid. (This was like a week after I got my phone too). Horrified I snatched it up and to my dismay I see a huge crack. My heart sunk, I ripped of the screen protector to inspect the damage, but surprisingly there was so crack. The screen protector was what had a crack in it. Not sure if it was luck or physics, but I'm thinking it was a bit of both.

    Sent from my Cellular telecommunications device, manufactured by Motorola.
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    Had a similar situation, placed a drill next to my phone with the bit against the screen, huge scratch, thought screen was ruined. When I pulled off the screen saver the glass was fine.
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    Now a reinforced drill bit would definitely scratch glass=P Nice to see the protector helped.

    I honestly don't want to use a protector on my Nexus because the front of this device is so beautiful, but man do I feel better just tossing it around in my pocket and on my desk with my new Steinheil protector on it. It's a nice feeling not having to worry in the back of my mind that I'll pull it out to a hair line scratch from a piece of sand that got stuck in my pocket.
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    I ve had Droid x, x2, Bionic, and never used a screen protector. I've never had issues with stratches on my phones. Hell I figured if I crack the screen that's what I pay insurance for. Just my. 02

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    It's quite possible to never scratch a screen, the glass they're using now is light years ahead of phones from 2 years ago. I think my screen protector just gives me peace of mind, I have insurance as well so maybe I'll end up taking mine off if everyone else has a good experience with the screen.
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    It's quite possible to scratch the glass. I have a very slight scratch on mine after 2 weeks of use. I work in a machine shop and have plenty of things there to scratch the screen. I had a slight scratch on my OG Droid and a Zagg invisible shield made the scratch disappear. I had that protector on for 20 months without a problem. Some don't like the orange peel look, or the plastic touch of the Zagg product, but it works well. I'll be putting one on my GNEX soon.
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    I never take any chances with my devices. On an $800 device, $20 for a lifetime warrantied Zagg shield is a no-brainer. I use them on all my devices and never had a problem. They are miles better than the junk Verizon sells you.
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    The hair-width screen protector won't make a difference in a drop or a fall. If you had that screen protector on and you dropped your phone and it didn't crack, that means it wouldn't have cracked if you didn't have the screen protector. The only thing a protector can do in this case is mitigate the damage. It would maybe help (debatable how much it would help) a small crack from becoming a large crack but other than that it does nothing from to save you from an impact. It takes a large amount of force of impact to cause the reinforced glass in your phone to crack; that much force will not be mitigated by a <1mm flexible plastic film enough to make a real difference. That's like expecting rubber soled shoes to save you from lightning if you decide to play golf during a thunderstorm.

    What they ARE useful for is keeping the screen scratch free. Sand in your pocket or on your hands can scratch the phone. Also some protectors make it easier to clean oils from your fingers off the screen or make those oils less visible. Finally, some provide interesting effects like privacy or a mirror finish. So in those ways they can provide protection but unfortunately they do not offer any impact protection.
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    Good Discussion here. and THanks for the input.

    I have had screen protectors off and on. It does give me some peace of mind, but sometimes I felt that the screen protector took away from the touch screen experience a bit. has anyone else had any experience with that?
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