Poll: Are screen protectors still necessary?

In the seven years that I’ve been a smartphone enthusiast, I’ve gone through countless phones and tablets. The only one that I managed to screen, however, was a Samsung Fascinate (it’s a long story involving mountain biking), while some others received light scratching on their glass. Other devices, like my original HTC EVO 4G, withstood a lot of abuse and the screen never looked worse for it. But anyway, with hardened glass technologies like Gorilla Glass becoming stronger and more widespread, I continually get the feeling that I shouldn’t have to worry about scratching my precious smartphone’s display any longer.

However, ever since I broke that Fascinate, I haven’t been able to give up putting screen protectors on all my new gadgets the first day I get them. I use the wet application, self-healing rubber like protectors, and have a preferred manufacturer to buy from that includes lifetime replacements. So far, I’ve been fairly happy with the setup. Still, when I get review units in, and the display stands up perfectly well to intentional scratches with a car key, I have to think that I may be a little bit crazy. Then again, both my Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7 began to get hairline scratches on the display when I tried to go without a screen protector, which quickly caused me to get two day shipping on new screen protectors for the devices from Amazon.

These experiences brought to mind a simple question I’d like to pose to our readers here: With current glass technology, do you still use screen protectors on your personal devices, or do you find them to be a waste of money? I’m currently in the camp that still uses them as more of a precaution than anything, thanks to the broken Fascinate and a few near misses with other devices. Speaking of which, if you have any interesting stories of how a screen protector saved your device, did you no good, or any near-disaster story, fell free to share it in the comments along with the reason for your choice in the poll.


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Aaron Orquia

Aaron Orquia is an associate editor at Pocketables. He has been using Android and Linux since he bought his first computer years ago, and his interest in technology, software, and tweaking both to work just right has only grown stronger since then. His current gadgets include a OnePlus One, a Pebble smartwatch, and an Acer C720 Chromebook.

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