Protecting your device

May 04, 2016

It’s very common to see someone’s phone with a cracked screen, tiny or otherwise, and it sure takes away from the phone; a constant reminder of your carelessness. But it’s not always the case, sometimes accidents happen and you drop it by accident. So how do you protect your precious device from hideous dents and cracks due to those careless moments and accidents?

Well most smartphone screens have reinforced glass, such as the Corning Gorilla Glass on the Samsung Galaxy S3 onwards. With these, you don’t really need extra protection as they can protect you from scratches. Replacing a screen, however, is still quite expensive, especially on those 5-inch screens, these are some methods to provide added protection:

Screen guard

These are additional accessories placed on top of the screen to protect it from scratches and cracks. They could be of two types:

Polyurethane protectors

These are the most common and some phones have it installed by the manufacturer, so you have it when you buy the phone. If you see an unused one, it just looks like a transparent piece of plastic sheet.

Because of this, they can only protect you from scratches, but they are so cheap therefore, I’m not complaining. And you don’t need professional help installing it, simply open it up and apply it across the screen. To avoid bubbles, clean your screen thoroughly beforehand.

Don’t fret if you get bubbles, peel it off, wash and clean it using alcohol or methylated spirit, wait for it to dry and try installing it again. The first time I did it, took me like 5 tries, but you’ll come to see how easy it is.

Glass protectors

If you want more protection, these are the kinds of protectors you need. Made out of a thin slice of glass, 0.2 mm, they can protect your phone from scratches as well as cracks. Some models marketed as shatter-proof resistant glass can withstand very high impacts, like the one in this YouTube video:

With such a screen protector, you can be sure your screen will be well guarded. Hence the reason they are more expensive than their polyurethane counterparts. Installing it may be a bit more complex, but they are less prone to bubbles. It’s probably best if you left that to someone who’s done it before, it’s not something you try on your own for the first time.

Besides the obvious purpose, most of these protectors also have anti-glare properties which protect your eyes, especially if you use your phone for extended periods. This is because they absorb and filter some of the light emitted by the screen.

Full body covers

To keep your device safe when you accidentally drop it, this would be needed. My phone’s back cover once got cracked when I knocked against something while it was still in my pocket, and I vowed to always have a cover because of the hassle I went through replacing the whole body.

If you already have a screen protector, just go for the one that covers the rest of the body, leaving the entire face open. Otherwise, you could get one of those that completely enclose the phone, and you open it up like a notebook. PS, I’ve always disliked these, despite their effectiveness.

What next?

I would advise anyone to get some kind of protection for their device, unless you’re super-careful and never ever drop your phone. What’s more, these covers are available in all sorts of designs and colors, or you could get one custom-made. So it’s not just about the functionality, they could also be stylish. What are you waiting for?

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