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Poll: How do you protect your phone from damage?

Which combination of protectors do you use for your favourite device?

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#1 moeburn

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Posted 04 February 2014 - 22:12

*I'm aware that most people go "naked" when their phone is old/replaced/out of warranty, and take off the screen protectors and case.  I'm only referring to your newest phone/tablet/device.*

 

I've been thinking a lot about smartphones, and the various lengths people go to protect them from scratches.  Most people use some combination of these two tools:

 

1.    The Screen Protector

 

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This is usually the first thing people are looking for when they get a brand new phone.  Many brands actually include a cheap one with the device in the box.  Some are just a cheap sheet of plastic, that degrade picture quality with a "rainbow" sheen and scratch easier than butter, and some are actually a secondary thin sheet of hardened glass that you place on top of the phone's glass with oleophobic properties.  There are screen protectors of all grades, hardnesses, and prices anywhere in between, but almost everyone would agree that you need one.  Why?  While the toughest, Gorilla Glass-iest, most scratch resistant screens will easily withstand a pocket full of keys or loose change, nothing short of the absolute latest in sapphire/ruby glass technology can stand up to the infinite scratching power of POCKET SAND.  The fact is, if you scratch a screen protector, you just need to peel it off and apply a new one for very little cost, but if you scratch your phone's built in screen, fixing that can be a long, costly procedure, or even impossible.

 

Unfortunately, the downside of screen protectors is that most people do not buy, or aren't even aware of the higher quality, oleophobic, hardened plastic protectors.  Most people buy the cheap $2-per-pack ones, and never change them, leaving their phone's screen a giant, fingerprint and scratch covered mess, completely wasting that nice oleophobic coating that the manufacturer was so kind to apply to their phone.  So what's the point, if your phone is going to be constantly scratched anyway?

 

 

2. The Case or Shell

 

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These come in almost every shape, color, function and variety you can imagine.  Some even have leather or fabric "covers" to protect the screen while you aren't using the phone, and some are even two-piece assembly affairs with their own built in glass screen protector.  Again, if you drop your phone with one of these on, you're only out a few bucks, but if you drop your bare/naked phone on concrete, it's gonna be all scratched to hell and ugly for the rest of its life.  

 

But the downside with these is that they usually make your phone thicker, and sometimes more difficult to handle.  Your phone's manufacturer spend years and thousands of dollars in R&D trying to shave off a few extra millimeters off the thickness of your phone, and you throw all that out the window by thickening it up with a plastic shell.  But cheap plastic shells are a "one-time-use" deal, once you drop it on a hard rough surface, they crack and scratch and break extremely easily.  Which is why some people opt for the rubber/silicone cases.  They can actually survive a 5 foot drop onto concrete without a noticeable scratch, but they're even thicker, and they make it very awkward when you struggle to slide your phone out of your tight jeans pocket while the rubber case fights you all the way.

 

 

So I was wondering, are there people out there who opt to enjoy their phone's built in oleophobic coating, who trust the Gorilla Glass's toughness and scratch resistance, who frown at the idea of doubling their phone's thickness with a protective case, and who appreciate the raw beauty and design of their phone's naked, virgin body?

 

Or is everyone ironically ruining the beauty of their devices by trying to protect their devices' beauty?




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Posted 04 February 2014 - 22:19

Every time I buy a case or screen protector I end up taking it off and/or peeling it away. A good case makes the phone a lot thicker.. which also adds to the weight.. I'll take my chances without one.

 

Screen protectors are just not possible to put on properly unless you do it in a scientific clean room or something. :p



#3 Buttus

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Posted 04 February 2014 - 22:21

nothing on mine, i bought it because it's thin, i don't want to triple it's thickness with a case.

 

and gorilla glass has kept all the scratches on the screen away.



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Posted 04 February 2014 - 22:23

Every time I buy a case or screen protector I end up taking it off and/or peeling it away. A good case makes the phone a lot thicker.. which also adds to the weight.. I'll take my chances without one.

 

Screen protectors are just not possible to put on properly unless you do it in a scientific clean room or something. :p

 

They've gotten WAY easier to put on nowadays.  Even the cheap ones.  I remember the old screen protectors, you basically just had to "accept" a bubble or two.  But with the new ones, you can just squeeze them out, with the bit of dust and all.  Or then there's the hardened glass plates, that actually intentionally leave an air gap between the device screen and the protector, with only the edge of the phone in contact with the new glass.  But as you can imagine, they tend to introduce touch sensitivity issues.

 

What ever happened to that company "Best Skins Ever"?  They made super thin transparent silicone sheets that were perfectly cut for every edge of your phone, front AND back.  It was basically like dipping your phone in a bit of liquid silicone.



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Posted 04 February 2014 - 22:23

The phone I have now, the HTC One, is the first phone I've had that I've put a case and screen protector on. It's just so thin that if I dropped it somewhere I'm sure it would just smash...the Otterbox Commuter though seems to make it pretty much indestructible! 



#6 Astra.Xtreme

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Posted 04 February 2014 - 22:24

I have this on my 5S.  It's super thin, so it doesn't add any bulk or anything.  Just enough to protect the back from scratches.

 

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Posted 04 February 2014 - 22:26

and gorilla glass has kept all the scratches on the screen away.

 

I assume you mean it's kept scratches "off" the screen.  But aren't you worried about pocket sand?  Gorilla glass might be able to resist metal, but not silicon.


I loved how thin my Galaxy S3 was, that I hated having my phone case on it.  So of course, the one day that I decided to take the case off, I dropped it onto a brick driveway, and the bottom of my phone looked like I had tried to take a bite out of it. 

 

Needless to say, I will not be taking my cheap screen protector off until I buy an expensive replacement, even IF it got completely covered in scratches thanks to an aggressive mobile gaming session and an unusually hard callous on my swiping thumb.



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Posted 04 February 2014 - 23:15

I assume you mean it's kept scratches "off" the screen.  But aren't you worried about pocket sand?  Gorilla glass might be able to resist metal, but not silicon.

 

LOL  yea, it kept the scratches off of the screen!  haha

 

but i've kept my phone in my pocket forever  (s3 when it first came out, so 1.5 years?)  and no scatches yet



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Posted 04 February 2014 - 23:19

but i've kept my phone in my pocket forever  (s3 when it first came out, so 1.5 years?)  and no scatches yet

 

 

Really?  You have an S3, you've never used a screen protector, and no scratches in 1.5 years?  I have an S3, albeit the crappy Canadian version with only a dual core, and only an Adreno 225, so maybe it has crappier glass too... but I really want to use its screen without a protector, at least for a little while...

 

Have you ever dropped your phone?  Cause I've dropped mine at least 4 or 5 times in the half a year I've owned it.  There's one small gouge in the screen protector, I'd hate to think what would happen to the S3's screen if it wasnt there.

 

edit: also I didn't realise you said "kept the scratches on the screen away", which makes sense just fine, I only saw "kept the scratches on the screen", my bad.



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Posted 04 February 2014 - 23:25

I don't use a case or screen protector on my Lumia. I've dropped it a couple of times (parking lot, hardwood floor, carpet) and it never got a scratch.

 

I didn't use a protector on my iPhone either, but I never actually dropped that one.



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Posted 04 February 2014 - 23:49

Nope.  I prefer the skin on skin pleasure of unprotected sex texting.



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Posted 05 February 2014 - 00:24

I use the otterbox defender case.  With a 2yo son.. it would be phone suicide not to have something that durable.



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Posted 05 February 2014 - 00:26

On my Lumia, no, gets a fair bit of abuse and still looks as good as day one.  On my HTC One I have one of them screen skin dealies.



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Posted 05 February 2014 - 01:26

Yes to both on my One X and Lumia 520.



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Posted 05 February 2014 - 01:33

I've stopped using screen protector and cases. Yes, they are important to protect but it removes the real beauty... besides, I rarely drop my phone anyway (almost never)