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Anymode Oleophobic 2 1.39%
Pro-Tec 3 2.08%
MFX 5-in-1 0 0%
Martin Fields 3 2.08%
Case-Mate Anti-Glare 3 2.08%
Zagg Invisible Shield 63 43.75%
3M Scotch Film Lite Matte 0 0%
3M Scotch Film Lite 1 0.69%
Rock Anti-Fingerprint 0 0%
Terrapin 0 0%
Kolay 0 0%
FoneM8 0 0%
Vikuiti CV8 by 3M 0 0%
Vikuiti ADQC27 by 3M 0 0%
Vikuiti DQC160 by 3M 0 0%
GadgetinBox 0 0%
BAAS Matte Clear (Anti-Glare) 0 0%
Trizmo Anti-Glare & Anti-Fingerprint 4 2.78%
MOFRED 4 2.78%
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Old June 6th, 2012, 12:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Is anybody going to be using a screen protecter or just leave it naked? I've been using a ZAGG on my DROID Charge & really like it, but can't make up my mind weather to put one on my GS3 when it arrives? Any thoughts?

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I always get a quality anti fingerprint/smudge screen protector. Hate seeing oil and fingerprints all over the screen.

Question is, how long will it take to get accessories for this phone. Since this is a common global design, like the iphone, we should have a lot of choices in pretty short order, i would think.
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Definitely getting a screen protector....are there available for order in the US yet?
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I've got a Zagg on mine, fitted by Carphone Warehouse for me. Much less hassle.
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Sgp when they make them.
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i got a matt screen protector in my shop which i love as it leaves no smudges unlike those shiny ones, but i know very well these types of screen protectors don't last so will probably get a zagg one, wouldn't wanna scratch my screen....its highly annoying lol
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Had them on my Droid and they worked well. Not sure if I am going to keep the S3 when I get it, so I want to protect it. I also bought a clear TPU case.
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Yeah, I always try to sell my phone when I'm done with it, so screen protector and case on all my phones.
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Are their screen protectors already out for the S3 or if there aren't, which one should I get for temp use that will most closely fit the S3?

I want to buy one before my pre-ordered phone arrives.
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I just bought a SGP Ultra Crystal. It was listed as the international version, but im pretty sure the international and the US screens are the same size.

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These were awesome on the DX, so I bought them again
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Zagg is available now. I have one of theirs on my DX and it's ok. It does have an orange peel look with the screen off, but it's not very noticeable when on. It feels a little more grabby than the Steinheil Ultraclear I had before, but has stayed cleaner. The Steinheil developed a haze like hue in high use areas.

I haven't compared brands lately, but would like to find something in the middle of these. Good scratch resistance, but still a clear view of the screen.
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Definitely getting a screen protector, either SGP or Clarivue.
 
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I am going to remember this for the first time you post on here about that nasty little scratch on your beautiful screen!
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Has anyone tried Wrapsol? I want to get a full shield for my phone because I'm likely getting a white one and I dont want any stains or anything for when I eventually sell it. Or should I go with Zagg or something else?

And kind of a dumb question... I can use another case on top of a shield like that right? I've never used one of those before, but I'd definitely want a case as well because I like the added bulk. TIA
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Isnt the S3 made with Gorilla Glass? Very unlikely to scratch?

I recently had the screen replaced on my Evo 3D, lost my screen protector. I love the nice glass-glide feeling of no screen protector.
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Isnt the S3 made with Gorilla Glass? Very unlikely to scratch?

I recently had the screen replaced on my Evo 3D, lost my screen protector. I love the nice glass-glide feeling of no screen protector.
Yes...it has the new Gorilla Glass 2.
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Yes...it has the new Gorilla Glass 2.
So if you get a case for drops, why get a screen protector?
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So if you get a case for drops, why get a screen protector?
Just makes me feel better having that added protection.
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So if you get a case for drops, why get a screen protector?
Keys, coins, or whatever else is in your pocket. I always use one, as I always sell my phones. I must admit that only one screen protector I have ever owned got scratched, so probably didn't need them all. But the screen is the most valuable and fragile part of the phone, and a scratch on the screen will always be there.
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Keys, coins, or whatever else is in your pocket. I always use one, as I always sell my phones. I must admit that only one screen protector I have ever owned got scratched, so probably didn't need them all. But the screen is the most valuable and fragile part of the phone, and a scratch on the screen will always be there.
That's true, but the S3 will ship with the new Gorilla Glass 3. Youtube videos have shown people scratching their S3, or attempting to scratch, with coins, keys, etc, and it doesn't. Is there a chance it can get scratched?
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I always put a screen protector on my phone and carry it in a case.

However, a word of warning about the SGS3, as it has a curved glass screen at the sides, the rigid plastic screen protectors don't sit properly. Although they sit fine on the screen, they lift at the edges due to the curve. This makes putting a bumper case on difficult too.

You're better off getting a soft screen protector like the Zagg Invisishield (for instance, although they 'orange peel' horribly in my experience).
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I just bought a SGP Ultra Crystal. It was listed as the international version, but im pretty sure the international and the US screens are the same size.

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These were awesome on the DX, so I bought them again
Great, thanks. Just ordered one through Amazon, since it's an easy one-click purchase. Should be here before my S3.
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I always put a screen protector on my phone and carry it in a case.

However, a word of warning about the SGS3, as it has a curved glass screen at the sides, the rigid plastic screen protectors don't sit properly. Although they sit fine on the screen, they lift at the edges due to the curve. This makes putting a bumper case on difficult too.

You're better off getting a soft screen protector like the Zagg Invisishield (for instance, although they 'orange peel' horribly in my experience).

The SGP is cut to compensate for the curved screen. Also the ultra crystal makes it look and feel like the actual glass. No orange peel or werid feel to it
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I don't think they're important now that we have corning gorilla glass on everything. These screens can be used to hammer nails into wood without even a scratch appearing on the screen.
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So if you get a case for drops, why get a screen protector?
Coins, keys, scratches, fingerprints, etc.
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I don't think they're important now that we have corning gorilla glass on everything. These screens can be used to hammer nails into wood without even a scratch appearing on the screen.
Maybe, but if you google gorilla glass and screen protector you will find a LOT of forum posts from people with phones that had gorilla glass and got scratched and those people saying from now on they will always use a screen protector.

The question is how much better GG2 is and is it just that it's thinner/lighter, or is it also more scratch resistant.

Out of curiosity, I removed my screen protector from my Atrix in March, and since then have not gotten a scratch. I keep it in my pocket, but typically don't have anything else in that pocket that would scratch a screen, so it hasn't been exposed to much.
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Maybe, but if you google gorilla glass and screen protector you will find a LOT of forum posts from people with phones that had gorilla glass and got scratched and those people saying from now on they will always use a screen protector.

The question is how much better GG2 is and is it just that it's thinner/lighter, or is it also more scratch resistant.

Out of curiosity, I removed my screen protector from my Atrix in March, and since then have not gotten a scratch. I keep it in my pocket, but typically don't have anything else in that pocket that would scratch a screen, so it hasn't been exposed to much.
I had my Galaxy S2 from September 2011 until today (sold it today) - it didn't have a single scratch. Never had a screen protector for it.

I keep my phone in one pocket and wallet, keys etc in the other.

I think gg2 is just thinner and lighter. That's all they mentioned when they introduced it.
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I was going to get a screen protector...however after watching this we should be fine without one FINALLY!

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Steinheil Steinheil Steinheil.

GALAXY S3 - Samsung - Cell Phones

Maybe Gorilla Glass doesn't NEED a screen protector, but if something that costs $14 and has zero effect on the usability of the phone (and mitigates smudges) is at all helpful in protecting something that will cost me $600 to replace, I say why the heck not?
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Steinheil Steinheil Steinheil.

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Maybe Gorilla Glass doesn't NEED a screen protector, but if something that costs $14 and has zero effect on the usability of the phone (and mitigates smudges) is at all helpful in protecting something that will cost me $600 to replace, I say why the heck not?
How "rubbery" do their protectors feel? That is one of the things I don't like about the Zagg ones.

Also, I can state that my first captivate, which also had gorilla glass, was scratched. So don't discount the possibility.
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Steinheil Steinheil Steinheil.

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Maybe Gorilla Glass doesn't NEED a screen protector, but if something that costs $14 and has zero effect on the usability of the phone (and mitigates smudges) is at all helpful in protecting something that will cost me $600 to replace, I say why the heck not?
Your logic is impeccable.
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Steinheil Steinheil Steinheil.

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Maybe Gorilla Glass doesn't NEED a screen protector, but if something that costs $14 and has zero effect on the usability of the phone (and mitigates smudges) is at all helpful in protecting something that will cost me $600 to replace, I say why the heck not?
Because the screen looks dull, most of them rubbish in daylight as they're highly reflective and the screen is really strong and easy to wipe fingerprints off anyway! Pretty sure it has an oleophobic coating
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How "rubbery" do their protectors feel? That is one of the things I don't like about the Zagg ones.

Also, I can state that my first captivate, which also had gorilla glass, was scratched. So don't discount the possibility.
Zagg are terrible. I really have no idea how anyone uses them.

A Steinheill, or my personal preference, Realook, really feel like there's nothing there at all.

I still think the screen doesn't look as good as with no protector, but there are many choices that don't feel rubbery. Once a realook is on, you won't even realize it's there.
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I had a screen protector on my Dinc until a few months ago. My phone still has no scratches on it, however, I get annoyed else with the fingerprints and overall dirty look of the screen now that was not noticeable with the screen protector on. I plan on getting one for the S III again, I am just terrible putting them on and give up quickly.
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Gorilla Glass is great, though not totally unscratchable so a screen protector covers the 1% of the time that GG doesn't cover. But, another reason for adding a screen protector is that it actually helps in case the phone is dropped without a case on it. The screen protector can act like a big piece of tape holding the glass together minimizing the chance of shattering when dropped. At least that's what I saw in a video once...
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I had a screen protector on my Dinc until a few months ago. My phone still has no scratches on it, however, I get annoyed else with the fingerprints and overall dirty look of the screen now that was not noticeable with the screen protector on. I plan on getting one for the S III again, I am just terrible putting them on and give up quickly.
I to my friend am horrible at putting on screen protectors so I always just take them to Best Buy & have them put it on for me. Sometimes they charge you & sometimes they don't.
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How "rubbery" do their protectors feel? That is one of the things I don't like about the Zagg ones.

Also, I can state that my first captivate, which also had gorilla glass, was scratched. So don't discount the possibility.
I agree the Zaggs feel rubbery, that is one of the reasons I like the Steinheil. It feels 99% like the glass. Plus there are 3-4 options (at least there were for the Dinc) re: finish/appearance/primary function. And they go on dry/with no solution, unlike some others. I have the Crystal on my Dinc currently and love how it feels, and it does not diminish the quality of the display at all.
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Three hints for putting on a screen protector. 1) Watch a YouTube video. If you haven't put one on before, watching someone else do it is very helpful. 2) Do it in the bathroom after running the shower for a few minutes. It knocks the dust out of the air and makes it easier to appy the screen protector without getting anything caught between it and the screen. 3) TAKE YOUR TIME. I am an impatient bastard, but slowing down and taking your time on this one thing beats looking at your screen and gnashing your teeth for the next 1-2 years because you weren't careful and didn't get it on right.
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Old June 7th, 2012, 01:08 PM   #41 (permalink)
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I don't like screen protectors. They feel weird and just annoy me. I'm just gonna get a case that doesn't let the glass ever touch the ground
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But, another reason for adding a screen protector is that it actually helps in case the phone is dropped without a case on it. The screen protector can act like a big piece of tape holding the glass together minimizing the chance of shattering when dropped. At least that's what I saw in a video once...
this is the best reason I have read so far in this thread for a screen protector.

Personally I never have anything else in my pocket with my phone - it has its own pocket, and I had my Desire for 2 years and never got a single scratch.
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I couldn't agree better! Always the best choice in having a screen protector film on any smart phones. I vouch for SGP Steinheil films as well!
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but has anyone tried out their Steinheil Flex HD?? I purchased the Ultra Crystal and I'm curious as to what the diff is between the two.
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For anyone after a good screen protector try Xtreme Guard.com

Here's the deal, add 3 items to your cart, during checkout, enter code big75 and get 75% off your total. I just placed an order for:

2 full body protectors and another screen protector Total: $6.25!!!
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The S3 uses Gorilla Glass 2 which although thinner, I don't believe it is any more scratch-resistant. I had a screen protector on my GalaxyS and removed it a few months back, and no scratches; still shiny & beautiful. I have a silicone cover that has kept it in great shape for 2 years!
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Gorilla Glass is great, though not totally unscratchable so a screen protector covers the 1% of the time that GG doesn't cover. But, another reason for adding a screen protector is that it actually helps in case the phone is dropped without a case on it. The screen protector can act like a big piece of tape holding the glass together minimizing the chance of shattering when dropped.
I feel the same way -- I know the display is *virtually* impervious, but if I can make the chance of damage substantially less likely without noticeably impacting performance, and at minimal cost, I'll do it. Very interesting theory on protector-as-tape... anybody want to test that?

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Personally I never have anything else in my pocket with my phone - it has its own pocket, and I had my Desire for 2 years and never got a single scratch.
Same here with my DInc, it always travels alone while my wallet and keys bunk together.

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Three hints for putting on a screen protector.... 2) Do it in the bathroom after running the shower for a few minutes. It knocks the dust out of the air and makes it easier to appy the screen protector without getting anything caught between it and the screen.
Awesome tip, thanks! Never thought of doing this, and dust is my nemesis.
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I haven't compared brands lately, but would like to find something in the middle of these. Good scratch resistance, but still a clear view of the screen.
This might just be what you're looking for:

SPIGEN SGP Samsung Galaxy S3 Screen Protector Steinheil Flex HD Series - GALAXY S3 - Samsung - Cell Phones

I'd like to try one out myself.
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Keys, coins... they can't scratch the screen. Check your hardness scale and where most metal comes in, and where Gorilla glass is. You will find that most every day objects you think are a risk, can't do a darn thing to it.

Now what you should worry about is sand, or silica. Found at beaches, and in dirt. It is easy to get a little dirt somewhere and scratch that screen.

This is why you see all these videos of people running keys and such on their phones, they know it won't hurt it at least in most cases. I tend to roll with a protector, if you get a good one it keeps the screen in good shape and it is easier to replace than the screen.
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I have the iPhone 4S and can say that the Gorilla Glass is scratchable. I don't have a screen protector on it and have a couple small superficial scratches on it. Nothing major but no matter what videos you find, daily use can lead to scratches "sometimes".

I already ordered a screen protector for the S3.
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