Smartphones are expensive. More than the price spent on them, the fact that we use our smartphone more like a PC on our palms, is the reason why any damage to the phone can make the day stand still. The screens being the most sensitive part on the phone protecting them is crucial. No matter how careful you are, fingerprints can cause smudges, keys and other sharp objects placed along with the smartphone can cause scratches and dropping the phone can cause the screen to crack. There are numerous options available to protect the smartphone screen without affecting the functionality and here are the most popular ones:
- Conventional screen guards:
What we popularly call the scratch guard is the easiest and the cheapest option available to protect the screens. These are clear and thin. The best part is that as they are thin, it feels like they are not there. So if you have a curved screen on your smartphone this one would be the easiest option. They help protect the screen from scratches. There are some that come with matte finish to resist smudges and fingerprints. But some of the clear protectors that come with glossy finish might sometimes be fingerprint magnets in spite of being able to protect the screen from scratches. There are clear phone screen protectors made of plastic but these might be slightly difficult to install.
- Glass screen guards:
Screen protectors made of tempered glass have become popular recently. These are thicker than the conventional phone screen protectors. Tempered glass protectors come either as transparent ones or slightly tinted. If you are looking to really protect your phone screen from cracks and damage this is the real deal. Though they are thick they adhere to the mobile screen perfectly and can take the impact when the phone is dropped accidentally. So before the screen cracks the tempered glass protector cracks. Though they are slightly more expensive than the other screen protectors, this expense would be much less than that made for the replacement of the actual screen. These are very easy to install. As they are made of glass, much like the original screen, they also feel like the original screen. But the fact that they are slightly raised might be a turn off for some users.
- Anti-glare screen protectors:
These are for those who are looking to use the smartphones in bright daylight for long durations the anti-glare screen guards are very useful. They generally come with a matte finish and fingerprints traces are not left behind on these. With the glare being cut down you would not have to increase the brightness to be able to view better. These are not the toughest options however and can easily take scratches and would have to be replaced frequently.
- Privacy screen guards:
One of the thickest options among screen guards these help reduce the viewing angles and thus improve the privacy. The screen visibility is blacked out from the sides. So people would not be able to look into your phone screen while you are using it. These are very expensive and the main problem is that these are not very easy to find. You might not be able to find privacy screen guards for all the models of smartphones.
Choosing the right screen protector:
Given the numerous options how exactly should you pick the right one? There are variations based on the type of installation. Some are installed with adhesives. These might sometimes leave behind adhesive residue when they are removed. Some can simply be applied by static. No matter which type of screen guard you choose cleaning the screen first. Most phone screen protectors come with alcohol swabs to thoroughly clean the screen before application of the protector. With clean hands the screen guard should then be applied. Follow the special instructions if any. Approach a professional if required to make sure that there are no air bubbles left behind which might also hinder the efficient use of the screen. Another aspect to remember is to choose the right size and the right product which is compatible with the smartphone.