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Are tempered glass or screen guard protectors worth it?
Using a screen guard is nothing new. There are many of us who have used them at some point and still use them. These, for the most part, are plastic sheets that protect the screen from small scratches. But lately tempered glass protectors are becoming popular.
A few days ago I installed one, my first tempered glass protector, on a mini iPad. So, if you like, I’d like to share my impressions and answer the questions that some users have asked about them.
Tempered glass protector, what are its benefits?
The tempered glass protectors are, as their name indicates, protection made of glass. Yes, crystal glass. A material that offers advantages over a plastic sheet but also some inconvenience.
The positive side is that its hardness and level of protection is higher, both to scratches and possible blows. It has not been my case but I have seen how after a fall the protector broke but not the glass of the iPhone screen on which it was installed. Protection that possibly does not offer a plastic sheet.
Also, unless it’s a very good quality plastic film, your fingers slide more smoothly through the glass protector. And I personally appreciate that because I don’t like the touch the plastic gives when moving my fingers around the screen.
The downside is that the thickness is greater. They are usually between 0.3 and 0.5 mm. It’s not much but once placed you can tell, especially if we don’t use any type of casing that can have a certain projection that disguises it. However, where I least like that thickness is appreciated in the home button that is “more sunken.
How to install a tempered glass
There are two types of screen guard users: those who place them at a master ninja-level and those who leave air bubbles and small specks of dust. Placing a tempered glass is easier when it comes to avoiding these air bubbles but we have to be more careful when fixing it.
We must be careful not to touch the adhesive of the glass to avoid damage after installation. The adhesive layer that they incorporate is delicate, if we touch it lightly we will leave marks that we will not be able to eliminate. Likewise, it is important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions, placing it on the surface of the device perfectly clean, clearing only a part and letting it fall on the screen as we remove that protector. Also, if we use some kind of adhesive tape to prevent the glass from moving better than better.
Taking into account the price, it is important not to go in a hurry and prepare everything well so that its placement is perfect, especially so that it fits well with it.
Sensations of using Tempered Glass
But let’s move on to the sense of use offered by the protector. No matter what quality screen protector we use, the experience will never be the same as using the device as it is, out in the open. It’s the same with the housings, we may like the touch of leather, silicone, etc … but Apple designed their products to be used without anything.
Then, of course, they offer accessories because they know that there is a large percentage of users who prefer to protect them, in addition to giving it a touch of customization.
Anyway, the tempered glass protector is much more pleasant to the touch than a plastic sheet. In the days that I’ve been using it, leaving aside this increase in thickness, the sensations are good mainly to the touch.
Many tempered glass protectors offer anti-reflective and oleophobic treatment.
In reflective subjects, the protector used offers a treatment to reduce them to the maximum and the truth is that it does not differ or increase in relation to the screen of an iPad mini retina. It also incorporates oleophobic treatment to avoid fingerprints.
I understand that all this about protectors, phone body, etc. is something very personal and that there will be those who defend them or not in almost equal parts. What’s more, many would like not to use them, but they do so for work reasons or for habits of use so as not to end up with a completely scratched screen.
Would you recommend them?
If you want to enjoy the design and finishes of your iPhone or iPad, obviously not. But if you’re looking for more protection and a plastic sheet doesn’t convince you, they’re an interesting option. However, their use in devices with Touch ID gives me some doubt. Also, in the new iPhone 6, I think they would break the continuity now offered by its screen with the aluminum body.
But well, now you must value: more protection and better touch than a plastic protector but more expensive or use the traditional if you do not want to bring your device iOS to the open.