Which Screen Protector Material is Best?

Every day your devices are at risk of damage. From potential accidents in the home to hazards outside, there are many instances where you could easily break or scratch your mobile gadgets.

Phone with plastic screen protector.

While the screens of smartphones, laptops and tablets are made of some of the strongest materials on the market, they’re not indestructible. Therefore, protecting your devices is advised so they don’t break when an accident occurs.

It’s not just drops that can cause serious problems; everyday wear from contact with objects like keys, coins or even countertops can cause damage to the screens.

Cracked or scratched screens are not only visually displeasing but can also interfere with the functions of your device, from interacting with apps or using certain letters on touchscreen keyboards.

Replacing the screen outright can be an expensive fix, especially if you are repairing newer models on the market. One way to avoid these pay-outs is by protecting your devices with adequate insurance cover and screen protectors.

If you’re considering purchasing a screen protector, you may be reviewing the options available to you. With various screen protector solutions on the marketplace, all offering different benefits for device protection, it can be difficult for customers to make the right purchasing decision. One of the key distinctions is the materials used, ranging from different types of plastic films to tempered glass. The questions that follow are: what are the differences, and which one is better?

Tempered Glass

Tempered (or toughened) glass, is a safety glass that has been treated to improve its strength in comparison to standard screens. The process of tempering compresses the outer layers of the glass which makes it stronger but also means that if it sustains a serious break, it separates into small granular parts instead of jagged shards. Tempered glass has many other applications, including swimming pools and shower doors.

Tempered glass protectors generally cost more than plastic protectors due to the materials they used. Again, cost between tempered glass protectors generally equates to quality.

Regarding the screen experience, tempered glad screen protectors are thicker than plastic ones, averaging around 0.3mm to 0.5mm thick, which can be noticeable while you are using the phone. However, tempered glass is incredibly easy to use. It Is just as smooth as a normal phone screen, as well as prevent any unwanted finger marks with its oleophobic coating that resists oil.

Tempered glass protectors are made to fit the intended model. They can be put on easily by aligning the protector, placing it over the screen and applying gentle pressure to release any air bubbles. Special care is required in the application of tempered glass protectors. If you are not careful, tempered glass protectors can trap dust or dirt when you apply it due to where the adhesive is applied. Previously, tempered glass protectors suffered from lifting in the middle due to the adhesive located on the four corners, and this caused problems with their usability. Tempered glass design has developed to help alleviate the problem.

Some tempered glass includes dot matrix patterns to help with the reactiveness of the cover. This can sometimes create a “rainbow” between the two pieces of glass (the protector and the phone screen). While tempered glass is susceptible to the same damage as your phone’s screen, they are easier and cheaper to replace; they also provide the ‘glass feel’ that some individuals like.

Plastic Films

Generally, most adhesive film protectors are made of two types of plastic: polythene terephthalate (PET) or thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU). PET makes up the fibres in clothing and containers, while power tools and footwear, among other things, are made by TPU.

The low cost of plastic screen protectors makes them firm favourites with customers. The screen protector quality ranges depending on which one you opt for, so as with any purchase, it isn’t best to go for the cheapest on the market. If your primary goal is protection from cracks or scratches, then you should look at anti-shock screen protectors which helps to absorb some of the shock from a fall.

Plastic screen protectors are slimmer than their tempered glass counterpart, coming in at an average of 0.1mm to 0.2mm thick, helping to create a seamless screen experience. To enhance the user experience, plastic films also come in a range of texture finishes from matte to smooth, each with their own benefits. Plastic film protectors can help to prevent glare, finger marks and even with the latest technology, help to eliminate visual hacking through privacy filters. They are smooth and thin which creates a comfortable and reactive touchscreen experience.

There are various methods to apply plastic screen protectors, from water and tape applications to adhesive films that instantly stick once pressure from a tool is used to smooth out the protector over the screen. Generally, the adhesives are better and easier to apply, preventing any air bubbles or bumps that can drastically affect look and usability. See the video below for more details about how to apply Celicious screen protectors:

All our plastic films are custom-made to fit your specific model, which prevents any overlap and need for you to cut the protector yourself. Custom-made plastic protectors do not compromise the look and feel of your phone, as well as stop the protector coming loose over time. Browse our website to find the protector for you!

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