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Protecting your smartphone screen

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With bigger screens on our smartphone, manufacturers are working to reduce the risk of damage by implementing a unibody frame and an aluminum build to make the devices stronger and more resistant.

Many vendors, including Apple, Samsung and others, are either using or planning to use Corning’s Gorilla Glass for a stronger, less scratch-resistant screen. The newest version (Gorilla Glass 5) can withstand drops up to 5 feet.

Although advancements in technology have come a long way to minimizing scratches and reducing the ease with which screens break, users should still protect their smartphone screens as well. There are two main types of materials from which screen protectors are made: tempered glass and plastic.

The question is should you use tempered glass or plastic?

Tempered glass protectors are made from glass that has been treated to increase its compressive tensile on the surface.

The advantages of tempered glass include: Sturdier, no difference in feel of the screen and easy to install.

The disadvantages: It’s more expensive, and its thickness of 0.3–0.5 mm results in a slight bulge.

Plastic screen protectors are very thin (0.1mm) plastic.

The advantage is it is cheaper.

The disadvantage is it can still get scratches, it changes the feel of the screen and it can be challenging to install.

Whether you choose glass or plastic, the experts agree, using protection on your smartphone screen can reduce scratches and an expensive screen replacement.


Kimberly Deas combines her 10+ years’ experience in telecommunications with a background in personal coaching and results-oriented training.

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