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Old June 11th, 2013, 07:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So tomorrow i'm getting the Verizon Galaxy S4. I was wondering rather I should get a screen protector for it. I ordered this case. Amazon.com: Acase Galaxy S4 Superleggera PRO Dual Layer Protection Case for AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Samsung Galaxy S IV (Galaxy S4, White): Cell Phones & Accessories I got the WHITE one.

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Old June 11th, 2013, 07:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The case doesn't protect impacts directly on the screen.

I know how durable the screens are, but I always put one on just in case. If you do it correctly, you won't even notice.

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Old June 11th, 2013, 07:34 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Moved to Galaxy S4 section.

I'd say it's not a bad idea to get one if you want to avoid scratches or smudges really. Cases are nice to have for a device also, so I'd get one.
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I always recommend Ghost Armor. Tough as nails, easy to clean. Ghost Armor, be sure to check out their video.
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I always recommend Ghost Armor. Tough as nails, easy to clean. Ghost Armor, be sure to check out their video.
+1!!! I always use Ghost Armor. It's barely even visible
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Screen is scratch resistant not scratch proof. I would get one just in case. If you put it on right you'll never know it's there if it's a good one.
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Although Gorilla Glass is supposed to be scratch proof, it can definitely be scratched. I was talked out of using a screen protector on my Bionic, which had Gorilla Glass and it took about a week carrying it alone in my pant pocket to have a scratch on the glass. It was very small and barely visible, but I knew it was there. I opted to use an Invisible Shield protector after that, but wished I had put one on from the beginning.

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I have a Zagg shield screen protector and Outterbox Commuter case for mine. Phone cost to much to replace if the screen cracked.
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3 pack of the Verizon screen protectors for $10. Cheap, gets the job done, and they put it on for me (it's a PITA).

Without a screen protector, I find that a scratch or two is inevitable (even if it's got gorilla-glass and even if it's stored alone in its own pocket).
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My dx made it 3+ years with no scratches. I'm giving this one a shot sans protector. If I see any scratches, I'll put one on. As for case, definitely. That's probably why I don't see as much wear. With the exception of a small crack in the camera housing, my dx looked new the whole three years.
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Don't kill me for asking this, but is there really a screen protector out there that is tougher than GG 3? Aren't screen protectors just relatively soft plastic?

Personally, I've never used a screen protector and never had any scratches. But, then again, I always use a case that has some sort of screen protection built-in.
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Don't kill me for asking this, but is there really a screen protector out there that is tougher than GG 3? Aren't screen protectors just relatively soft plastic?

Personally, I've never used a screen protector and never had any scratches. But, then again, I always use a case that has some sort of screen protection built-in.
You're right, the screen protector will eventually get scratched. However the difference between scratching the protector and scratching the screen is how much it cost to replace each one.
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If you get one make sure its not just some sticky piece of plastic, my wife makes me so mad with her screen protector. The thing is scratched to death from sitting in her purse. She claims the screen would be the one all scratched up and i just scoff
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You're right, the screen protector will eventually get scratched. However the difference between scratching the protector and scratching the screen is how much it cost to replace each one.
I guess my point is that something that scratches a plastic screen cover may not scratch a gorilla glass screen. And, if something is hard enough to scratch GG III, a screen cover might not help much.

Then again, if I was carrying a naked screen in my pocket or something, I'd want whatever protection I could get.
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I've had my S4 for about 3 weeks now, and have kept it in a case without a screen protector. I've noticed some slight scratches (one about 3/4" long) on my screen recently. Most likely from sharing my pocket with a keychain. My S2 glass screen went nearly two years without scratches, so it's a disappointment that my S4 scratched so quickly. Looks like I'll be shopping for a screen protector immediately.
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I like my phones like I like my women...... Naked!!! Sure I get some small scratches from time to time but when the screen is on you can't see them, I only notice them with the screen off and the light reflecting off it just right.

Totally a personal preference, do what you wish
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I like my phones like I like my women...... Naked!!! Sure I get some small scratches from time to time but when the screen is on you can't see them, I only notice them with the screen off and the light reflecting off it just right.

Totally a personal preference, do what you wish
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I haven't used screen protector for years. Never had one on my iPhone 4 or my 4s or my Galaxy Nexus or my Galaxy Note 2. Never had a problem. However on day 16 with my gorgeous new s4 I noticed I have a tiny little pock mark and ever so tiny short little scratch right dead center in the middle of the S-View window. Make no mistake its on the phone screen itself and you can actually feel your fingernail dip in when you rub across it ever so slowly.

You can only really see it when you turn the light just right but it still makes me incredibly nauseous just the same.

I would absolutely recommend one and Ghost Armor was always my favorite before. Worst case scenario is you use the screen protector for 3 months and decide that you really don't need it and when you peel it off the screen is just as mint as the day you got it. That's a win win and damn good peace of mind IMO, I'm telling you from experience both ways.
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Personally, I use a screen protector to help reduce glare (more than for screen protection). I switched to Frogz screensavers last year. Only a little glare reduction, but at least I can put them on without any bubbles.
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I would highly recommend a Spigen tempered glass protector. Costs a little more but feels and looks just like the normal screen, can't tell its there at all and goes on extremely easy.
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I have a Tech 21 Impact screen protector which is a revelation. Firstly, putting it on is (pretty much) foolproof. You hold it by its edges making a U shape, touch the bottom of the U to the screen and let go. Voila! No bubbles. The other two advantages I have yet to test, but it claims to withstand a steel ball being dropped on it (according to the graphic video on its site), and it says it is scratch proof. Finally, it is a fair price.
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I ordered this one, great price and the reviews are outstanding.

Amazon.com: Samsung Galaxy S4 Screen Protector ULTRA CLEAR - Galaxy SIV Screen Protector - NEW 2013 Ultra Premium HD Version - 3 PACK Ultra Clear - iSmooth - Free Lifetime Replacement Guarantee - Bubble Free Installation Guaranteed - Package Includes
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I have a Zagg screen/anti-glare protector on mine. Along with an Outterbox Commuter case. Much cheaper to replace the case or screen protector. I heard it cost a couple hundred dollars to replace this screen.
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Don't kill me for asking this, but is there really a screen protector out there that is tougher than GG 3? Aren't screen protectors just relatively soft plastic?

Personally, I've never used a screen protector and never had any scratches. But, then again, I always use a case that has some sort of screen protection built-in.
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I would highly recommend a Spigen tempered glass protector. Costs a little more but feels and looks just like the normal screen, can't tell its there at all and goes on extremely easy.
This David... the spigen Glas tr slim protector is really nice and as the name suggests....its made of glass, not plastic....
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Does the glass come off over time?
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Does the glass come off over time?
meaning what? will it slowly start to fall off? or is it possible to take the cover off?

well, i havent had it long enough to know if it will start to fall off over time although id imagine it does not...

and, the cover can be removed but once removed, wont be able to be put back on.
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Allow me to be the example. my friend was putting his cell down, to pick up mine to look at it. Mine was sitting face up on the desk. he dropped his as he went to pick up mine, and the edge of his phone, caught the edge of mine, not more than a 2 inch drop. Shattered the glass on my s4. Now I wish I had a screen protector on. Would of it stopped it? Cant be sure.....but...ill never know.
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This David... the spigen Glas tr slim protector is really nice and as the name suggests....its made of glass, not plastic....
tempered glass protectors are an entirely different ball of wax then the typical stick on pieces of plastic you get at the Verizon store or something like that.
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I just picked up an Invisishield HD for mine. WELL worth the money in my opinion can't even tell it's there. I had am iVisor on it before but I prefer this one. I somehow got a light scratch on the screen within the first 4 days with the phone so I think a screen protector is a must.
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I always use the anti-glare ones from AT&T. They put them on, when I get the phone and the last 2, they have lasted the life of the phone. When I turned in my skyrocket for the upgrade, took the case and screen protector off, the phone looked brand new. I had them put another on this phone. So far, holding up, just as well.
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I use to use a screen protector but why I just don't throw my device around and I don't let the kids play with it. I have never had a problem with any of my phones "but" I do up grade often
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Another vote for the Spigen glasstr. Best of both worlds to me....protection with the naked feel. I've had this one since I got the sg4 at launch. Love how it keeps the fingerprints to a minimum as well! I've had other kinds of plastic screen protectors ( good ones) but don't see myself going back!
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ditto on the Spigen glasstr . I just picked up the nano version. Love it. great protection, when on easy, and I love the way it feels and looks.
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I've only had one screen protector on one of my android phones in the last 4 years or so... it was on for a week... I just don't like them. They are generally thick and aren't real clear. I'm a huge fan of my screen naked. (That goes for the cases too, but that's another thread...) :-)
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Spend $10 to protect something worth $600. Seems like common sense to me.
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Unless you don't believe screen protectors really protect! I don't.
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never used a screen protector and never had a problem..i think a screen protector takes away the beauty of a HD screen. guess too me its not really a big deal if and when i get a scratch since i switch my phones every 3-5 months.
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Unless you don't believe screen protectors really protect! I don't.
How do they not protect?
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Considering that most of us are going to get new phones every 18-24 months I say it's not worth it. Yes, you will get tiny little hairline scratches here and there (that you can only see when the screen is turned off) but so will screen protectors.

Back in the Droid Incredible days I had a Zagg protector for a few months. It didn't feel very nice and ended up getting small tiny imperfections as well that I just ignored. If you are going to ignore the tiny imperfections on a screen protector then just ignore them on a bare screen! In my opinion, the phone is SO much better to use when the glass is bare.

I have insurance for the big hits so that I can leave my phone completely bare (no case, no screen protector). Made my experience significantly better day to day with my Droid Incredible, then my Galaxy Nexus, and now my S4.
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How do they not protect?


I don't believe the typical plastic screen protectors people use do much of anything.


I also don't see a compelling reason NOT to use a screen protector.
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I have used the Zagg Invisible Shield (later the HD version) on my phones for several years. I liked the feeling of protection they rendered, but I did not like the feel of it, the fact they eventually yellowed and eventually the corners would lift up.

When I got my S4 I found this one: http://www.amazon.com/ArmorSuit-MilitaryShield-Protector-Lifetime-Replacements/dp/B00BMIG4CC
IMHO it is much, much nicer than the Zagg and it's only a fraction of the price! Also has a lifetime warranty. It comes in 2 flavors: the one above is the regular one, but they also have a "case friendly" version that is slightly smaller so that a case won't push against it. This one doesn't feel "greasy" and honestly, you can hardly tell it's there.
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i just try this one GEARMAXX Screen Protector with good quality and service in eBay.
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I got a skinomi thats terrible .
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Old October 19th, 2013, 01:53 PM   #44 (permalink)
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I've dropped mine at least twice face down on the marble floor and it survived. Not that I'd recommend dropping it. I do however have a rubber case around the phone itself so that probably stops it from a direct impact.
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Old October 19th, 2013, 03:14 PM   #45 (permalink)
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I posted this June 11th and you guys are still talking about it!
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this is an old topic and different ppl have different view. For me, I never apply screen protector, the reason is simple, I want enjoy using the phone as much as I could. If I apply screen protector, it's like buying another low quality phone. I only use the phone for around 2 years, why protect it so well.
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I only use the phone for around 2 years, why protect it so well.
I can think of a few.

1) If you sale it, you'll most likely get more for it if undamaged
2) Protection from sumdges and fingerprints.
3) Screen getting scratched from objects in pocket/bag/purse
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