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Old July 19th, 2013, 07:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys. I'd like to know which screen protector is better, the spigen glast slim, or the glast nano slim? Thanks.

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Hey guys. I'd like to know which screen protector is better, the spigen glast slim, or the glast nano slim? Thanks.
I know these aren't one of the choices but I just got mine in the mail and the SP went on easy and they have a Lifetime warranty. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BT7RAPG/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i01?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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I googled up "Galaxy S4 Gorilla Glass" (or something like that) and did some reading.

Seems like the glass is already quite scratch resistant and that a screen protector isn't all that necessary. However, should you need to replace it, there is a $7 kit on Amazon, including tools, to replace the glass. Since I paid $29 for the screen protector on my present phone, I think when I get my S4, I'll forego the expense of a screen protector.

The only hangup with the GG3 screen is that it seems like it has a higher propensity to shatter on impact but I don't think a screen protector is going to help much with that.

Just opinion here, of course.

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My old smartphone (a Droid 2 Global) went about 2.5 years without a screen protector and without a scratch. Ditto for my wife's identical smartphone.

Unless you're particularly tough on phones for some reason, I'd avoid the expense of a screen protector.
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Thanks, but I've heard screen protectors are really helpful, so I would want to buy one the two I mentioned.
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Thanks, but I've heard screen protectors are really helpful, so I would want to buy one the two I mentioned.
You might want to consider who you heard that from. When I called Verizon to get a different phone number assigned as my primary number, they tried to sell me a phone protector. And people who have spent money on screen protectors are going to want to convince themselves that they didn't waste their money.

If I'd bought a screen protector 2.5 years ago, I'd probably think they were great too because my screen was unscratched that entire period of time.
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So would you advise using no protector at all? Just plain, bare screen?
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So would you advise using no protector at all? Just plain, bare screen?
Yes, that is what both I and Louwags suggested. My wife and I went 2.5 years on our old smartphones without a scratch. I suspect that if we'd used screen protectors we'd have probably had to replace those a couple of times.

But it does depend on your use. If you're going to be putting your phone into your pocket with keys, then a protector might be more useful. If you're not going to be using a case on the phone, the screen might be more exposed and more likely to need protection. But for most people, screen protectors are probably unnecessary.
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Seems like the glass is already quite scratch resistant and that a screen protector isn't all that necessary. However, should you need to replace it, there is a $7 kit on Amazon, including tools, to replace the glass. Since I paid $29 for the screen protector on my present phone, I think when I get my S4, I'll forego the expense of a screen protector.
No screen is completely scratch resistant but I hate screen protectors and simply being careful has served me well in my last 5 1/2 years of smartphone ownership. I haven't scratched the screen at all on any of my last three phones and I achieved that by just being careful.

I have yet to see a screen protector that didn't have bubbles or dust under it, look naff and worst of all, feel horrible. The combination of Gorilla Glass and an oleophobic coating makes for a lovely screen on the S4. It's a shame to spoil it by putting a screen protector on it.

Still, some people are clumsy. If you're one of those, then a screen protector may be the safe approach.
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I have a zagg screen protector (I scratched the screen in the first week). I have a gelaskin for the back.
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I just order the Glas. t nano and am so excited
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No screen is completely scratch resistant but I hate screen protectors and simply being careful has served me well in my last 5 1/2 years of smartphone ownership. I haven't scratched the screen at all on any of my last three phones and I achieved that by just being careful.

I have yet to see a screen protector that didn't have bubbles or dust under it, look naff and worst of all, feel horrible. The combination of Gorilla Glass and an oleophobic coating makes for a lovely screen on the S4. It's a shame to spoil it by putting a screen protector on it.

Still, some people are clumsy. If you're one of those, then a screen protector may be the safe approach.
Well, I'm not clumsy, surely. But in the event that I do drop my phone, which is bound to be sometime, the protector should prevent any great damage to the screen. I just want my phone to be as safe as possible.
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I just order the Glas. t nano and am so excited
Nice! After applying it and using it, could you please let me know how it fairs?
I would really appreciate any useful information. Thanks!
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I've had my phone for about 3 weeks now, and I know this isn't an extended amount of time, but, I constantly keep my phone in my pocket when on the go... Which is pretty much all the time! LoL... Anyhow, I have had a variety of objects in my pocket with my phone from keys to nuts, bolts, and screws(Job related & yes I know, not the smartest idea.) and I don't have a single scratch. The screen is simply awesome in my opinion! Now, I wouldn't recommend doing what I have on purpose but, $#*t happens!
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Haha, really?
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Well, I'm not clumsy, surely. But in the event that I do drop my phone, which is bound to be sometime, the protector should prevent any great damage to the screen. I just want my phone to be as safe as possible.
That, IMHO, is more the job of a proper case.
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No doubt the screen is of good quality. But as said above, I'm quite sure, if the phone was to skid across car park concrete floor, having additional layer protecting the glass, would be better than not having one.

Also, someone said about dust and bubbles. I yet to see it. We have been using screen films for over a decade here. Anyone who deal phones, does the installation very well and for free. Even Samsung give screen protectors with every phone at no cost. In fact, it comes with the phone by default. And they stick it before they power up the phone. The box even comes with tiny wipe micro fabric just for that.

I have some really visible scratches on my s3, and no, I don't mix it with keys and coins in my pocket. I will stick to protectors for a while.

Secondly, I use matte screen to reduce reflection and make finger prints hardly visible. Looks far more elegant than with bunch of smear marks.
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No doubt the screen is of good quality. But as said above, I'm quite sure, if the phone was to skid across car park concrete floor, having additional layer protecting the glass, would be better than not having one.
I think it is highly unlikely it would make any difference at all. If you drop your phone onto a concrete floor, it's not scratches you have to worry about but a smashed screen. A screen protector will not provide any protection against a smashed screen.

If you intend to start chucking your phone around then the only way you are going to protect it is with a completely enclosed case like the Otterbox Defender.
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No doubt the screen is of good quality. But as said above, I'm quite sure, if the phone was to skid across car park concrete floor, having additional layer protecting the glass, would be better than not having one.
That's a situation where a case should protect the screen. But I do understand some people don't like cases.
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That's a situation where a case should protect the screen. But I do understand some people don't like cases.
Personally, I like and I use cases too.

This will be hard to explain....

Being genuine leather enthusiast, I order my cases from Etsy. But given they are order made, the case has yet to arrive, so I bought temporary one for now.

The case is like an ipad stand, it fold at the back of the phone <here is the part
I can't explain>; when someone call, I open the cover, flip it backward, against the back of the phone. As I hold it by the cover, before I grip the phone, the cover tend to fold and I lose the grip, having the phone slipping out.

Little diagram will demonstrate better. And I know, it's not the cover fault, it's me being lame. But I'm rushing, kids, work, people keep calling, I tend not to focus on this things, and I had my phone almost fly my hand number of time.

So, that's why I use cover and screen protection. Overcompensate for my lameness.
And as you said, some people don't like cases. In fact all my business partners hate them, so are my sport friends. People mount them in designated holders in cars or bikes, slip them into water resistant pouches, and they hate to keep removing it out of a case, mount, and then put it back. I can understand. My case has such a grip on the phone's bezel, it takes a bit of afford to remove it.

Anyway you got the picture ....just wanted to point out, that there are number of scenarios why people would use glass protection. Some of which we never take under consideration.

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I agree that case would not provide much protection, because when open there is absolutely nothing protecting the glass. The retaining clip which holds the phone in although extending the entire length of both sides, doesn't seem to protrude very far off the screen surface.

I have two folio style cases for my Nexus 7, and they both provide more screen protection than that particular case. I didn't look for folio type cases for my S4, because I didn't see them as working well with a car dock.
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I googled up "Galaxy S4 Gorilla Glass" (or something like that) and did some reading.

Seems like the glass is already quite scratch resistant and that a screen protector isn't all that necessary. However, should you need to replace it, there is a $7 kit on Amazon, including tools, to replace the glass. Since I paid $29 for the screen protector on my present phone, I think when I get my S4, I'll forego the expense of a screen protector.

The only hangup with the GG3 screen is that it seems like it has a higher propensity to shatter on impact but I don't think a screen protector is going to help much with that.

Just opinion here, of course.

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Not to throw water on your fire but... there have been many posts of those who have taken on the task of replacing the glass, not the digitizer, and all seemed to have mixed results. They would seem to work good for a few days then problems would arise with touch issues, dead spots, etc. It seems the factory glass is bonded to the digitizer with some sort of adhesive that is near impossible to replicate on the home bench.

On the other hand the original screen really is quite durable. Get a decent case that will keep the screen from touching when laid face down and you should be fine.
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Not to throw water on your fire but... there have been many posts of those who have taken on the task of replacing the glass, not the digitizer, and all seemed to have mixed results. They would seem to work good for a few days then problems would arise with touch issues, dead spots, etc. It seems the factory glass is bonded to the digitizer with some sort of adhesive that is near impossible to replicate on the home bench.

On the other hand the original screen really is quite durable. Get a decent case that will keep the screen from touching when laid face down and you should be fine.
I guess I'm just a bit too paranoid. I just don't want anything to happen to it, haha. Will the Spigen Neo Hybrid protect my phone if it's face down?
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I guess I'm just a bit too paranoid. I just don't want anything to happen to it, haha. Will the Spigen Neo Hybrid protect my phone if it's face down?
It should, barely. Some have complained that the headphone and USB cutouts aren't exactly right, making it difficult to use those ports.
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Now, I'm confused. Some people say screen protectors are useless, and that a cover will do, others say that covers don't provide great protection to the screen.
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Now, I'm confused. Some people say screen protectors are useless, and that a cover will do, others say that covers don't provide great protection to the screen.
The latter don't want to admit they've been wasting their time and money.

Seriously, it's a difference of opinion and a difference of circumstances. There are at least three groups here:

1. Those gone for years without a protector and without a problem.
2. Those who have used used screen protectors and not had a problem.
3. Those who have scratched their screens in the past and now use a screen protector.

I would suggest only listening to the first and last group, because the second group's experience doesn't prove anything because they possibly/probably would have had the same experience without a protector.
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Some people say screen protectors are useless, and that a cover will do, others say that covers don't provide great protection to the screen.
Anything that covers the glass will provide protection against scratches, so it's really just a matter of personal preference and how you use your own device. With the emphasis on "you" and "your".
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Been wanting to weigh in on this issue for a while...

There are an infinite number of factors that determine why one drop fares better for a phone than another drop - cases, protectors, angle, speed, distance, landing surface, and on and on.

I just recently put the Nano on my S4. Even if it's a false sense of security, it's worth it to me because I worry less about my screen and enjoy the phone more. But that's me. Everyone has different levels of anxiety about potential damage to their phones, real or perceived.

If you have 30 bucks to spare and you think it will give you more peace of mind, then go for it. No one here can assure you one way or the other since everyone's phone experiences and mindsets are different. Just know going in that nothing is a sure thing.

I've read enough posts on various boards saying that it's less about scratch resistance than about shatter protection. Some report from unfortunate drop experiences that the glass protector has shattered leaving the underlying original screen unharmed. Others say that's not typical. There's no definitive word on the subject, regardless of how authoritative some posters can sound. If there's a chance that I might avoid a shattered screen, then it's worth it to me. The Nano is pricey, but when I indulge, it tends to be on my techy stuff. Some might see that as foolish, but wouldn't hesitate to spend up on those bumper protectors for their cars, which I think is wasteful.

And, fwiw, you don't have to be a clumsy person to drop your phone. I never understood the argument that if you are careful with your phone, you shouldn't have to worry. Sh*t happens to the best of us. :-)
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it is very much a personal perference thing. My phones are totally naked, no case no screen protector. I'm personally willing to take the risk of damaging my phone in an accident, others believe that a little insurance/protection is worth the money and the change in appearance.

I do have a couple tiny scratches on my screen but they are only visible with the screen off and me holding it to the light to get a good reflection off of it....with the screen on, they disappear. Each person has their own preference, so go with what you want.

Hopefully, someone with knowledge of the 2 protectors you inquired about can help you out, wish I could give you more intel on your OP but I like my phones like I like my women......naked!!!
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Not to throw water on your fire but... there have been many posts of those who have taken on the task of replacing the glass, not the digitizer, and all seemed to have mixed results. They would seem to work good for a few days then problems would arise with touch issues, dead spots, etc. It seems the factory glass is bonded to the digitizer with some sort of adhesive that is near impossible to replicate on the home bench.
Not throwing water on my fire at all. All information is worth having and what you posted is as critical as anything else.

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On the other hand the original screen really is quite durable. Get a decent case that will keep the screen from touching when laid face down and you should be fine.
I have the Zagg protector on my SII but also a case that keeps the screen from touching, as you mention. The screen is, of course, pristine after about 18 months.

As an aside, this article is somewhat informative on the subject of Gorilla Glass.

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I for one is for using a screen protector and case. I have my S4 in an Outterbox Commuter case with a Zagg Shield Screen Protector. Total cast was around $50.
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This is mostly a religious debate, I think. You place your faith in Gorilla Glass, or in the great God Zagg! Substitute other deities as necessary.

I have carried a bare flagship smart phone in my pocket since buying an EVO 4G on release day in 2010, and never had a scratch. I do try to keep everything out of the pocket, though. And I did scratch the plastic screen on the Palm Pre that preceded these.

This article and test is interesting

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/upgrade-your-life/scratch-test-does-phone-really-screen-protector-173351434.html

Based on this and the urgings of a friend, I think I am going to get a Zagg protector on the screen of my 32gb S4 when I get it in a week or two. This will be mainly over dropping, not scratching. My intuition has always been that a protector would help in a drop. I am also gonna use a case for the first time!

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The stupid thing about the case is that it doubles the weight of the phone. So much for Samsung et al making great, lightweight phones.

It also makes the phone 10% thicker, wider, taller (okay, I made up the %. shoot me) so there again, so much for great phones that are unobtrusive or made from great materials, etc.

Nevertheless, I know how clumsy *I* am and a case is pretty much mandatory.

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I was torn between Zagg Invisible Shield and the one integrated with the Otterbox case. I went for the Otterbox Defender with its 3 layers of protection and front cover... it feels a tad slicker than the Zagg and with luck I won't ever press nails into it like in the Zagg advert showing how strong it is...
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I always popped the defender protector out and put on a zagg.

Its only held on there with some adhesive, and the zagg is much better quality
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