Smartphones are quite expensive these days and they just seem to be getting pricier. Every time a new iPhone makes it to the mainstream or a Samsung Galaxy is launched, we are eager to get our hands on it, that is, once we have saved up enough.
Having said that, we don’t want to buy an expensive phone just to end up with a scratched screen. Fortunately, most smartphones today feature a Gorilla Glass screen, which is designed to withstand common scratches and marks due to its tough structure.
Gorilla Glass Explained
Most smartphones you buy today feature different versions of Corning’s Gorilla Glass. The tough, scratch resistant glass has been standard across all smartphones for the past many years. The manufacturer has been constantly innovating and releasing newer versions of Gorilla Glass.
Gorilla Glass 3 was released in 2013 and the company promised that it was 40% more scratch resistant than the previous versions.
If you have a smartphone that is not more than 5 years old, it is already fairly scratch resistant. Still, the chances of your phone screen sustaining scratches depend largely on your extent of use.
Many smartphone owners looking for additional protection use screen protectors to keep their phones scratch free. These protectors are thin sheets of paper or glass, cut to fit the shape and size of your phone.
The sheets also features cuts and holes for speakers, buttons and ports (if any).
To apply a screen protector the screen is wiped and cleared of dust then the protector is pressed on the screen. It is slowly pushed down evenly to avoid the buildup of air bubbles. When done, you have an additional layer of protection that keeps your smartphone protected through thick and thin.
Do You Really Need Additional Protection?
While Gorilla Glass will withstand common sources of scratches like keys in your pockets or even coins, there are something that will still leave marks behind.
For example, sand, rocks, sharp metals—all of these will scratch and possibly break the Gorilla Glass. At the same time, every time you drop your phone, you might notice a scratch on the screen.
Screen protectors work as an additional coating that is the first point of contact for any sharp objects or in case your smartphone falls on the ground. This means any scratches and damage sustained will only be restricted to the protector. Whenever you take it off, you will still have a brand new-like smartphone screen resting under.
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