• Getting a 4s - Do I need a screen protector?
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Hello, I'm getting an iPhone 4s at the beginning of June. I'm beginning to buy things already to prepare for the upgrade. I've bought a hard case and silicone case already. My question is should I get a screen protector or should I be fine without one? Any other addons I might need as well? Thank you.
I hate using a screen protector. The actual iPhone 4S screen feels nice to touch and touching a screen protector just feels cheap. Also, the Gorilla Glass is very scratch resistant so you don't really have to worry about scratching it in your pocket. I've had my 4S for a two months without a screen protector and I have no scratches whatsoever. But in the end it's really all up to you. If you really think you want that extra protection you should take it, but I don't think it's necessary at all.
I've been using my old android without a case or screen protector for years so I think I should be fine without a screen protector. Thanks for the input!
You'll want a case but not a screen protector. In my experience scratches only happen on modern devices if you are an idiot and put your keys in your pocket with your phone, but even then you'd have to have keys of sand or something I'd only recommend a matte screen protector because that can make the surface muuuuch smoother, but that makes the screen look worse.
Screen protectors on phones with Gorrilla glass and that alike is totally redundant. Cases on the other hand..
Any cases you guys would recommend? I bought a silicone and hard case off of Dealextreme. Both seemed to have good reviews, but I'm open to any other suggestions.
[QUOTE=AnalAnnihilator;35838095]Any cases you guys would recommend? I bought a silicone and hard case off of Dealextreme. Both seemed to have good reviews, but I'm open to any other suggestions.[/QUOTE] If you aren't going to drop it, you won't need one. I don't own an iPhone myself, but I've heard good things about the otterbox defender.
I use a Gelascreen protector and it does feel smooth. Although a lot of people say they aren't needed it is better to be safe than sorry. I would use a case as well.
I wouldn't recommend it as the one on my iPod has fallen apart, but Speck CandyShell is a decent example of what to look for. I'd get something that goes past the bezel, so if the phone falls face down it won't land on the glass, but rather the case.
Don't buy an iPhone right now, wait until the iPhone 5 comes out here in the next few months.
of course it feels the best without a screen protector, but for me i have slight sweaty palms and thus i use a matte screen protector which is both smooth and prevents thumbprints.
I got a silicone case from [URL="http://www.belkin.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Product_Id=512089"]Belkin[/URL], although it's meant for a plain 4 (so the mute button is slightly misaligned) it works great with the 4s [QUOTE=marcus5;35844858]of course it feels the best without a screen protector, but for me i have slight sweaty palms and thus i use a matte screen protector which is both smooth and prevents thumbprints.[/QUOTE] You don't really have to worry about thumbprints with the glass the iPhone uses, my mother uses a screen protector and it actually makes thumbprints much worse.
[QUOTE=TheDecryptor;35844931] You don't really have to worry about thumbprints with the glass the iPhone uses, my mother uses a screen protector and it actually makes thumbprints much worse.[/QUOTE] Well im not sure which kind of protector she's using, there is 3 types afaik, one is clarity-> clearest but does not repel thumbprints, 2nd is matte-> not the clearest but repels thumbprints( im using this) 3rd is mirror -> see your own reflection but attracts thumbprints.
I got a screen protector for my 4s, aside from being redundant.. it reduces glare, it's p. nice
[QUOTE=Dav0r;35849374]I got a screen protector for my 4s, aside from being redundant.. it reduces glare, it's p. nice[/QUOTE] yeah like I said the only reason I'd recommend one is glare reduction/smoother surface (oily screens make it really uncomfortable to swipe)
Don't bother with a screen protector. I just have a cheap £2 case that flips over the screen when I'm not using it. When the screen does get dirty it's easy to wipe clean anyway.
[QUOTE=benaq;35837483]I hate using a screen protector. The actual iPhone 4S screen feels nice to touch and touching a screen protector just feels cheap. Also, the Gorilla Glass is very scratch resistant so you don't really have to worry about scratching it in your pocket. I've had my 4S for a two months without a screen protector and I have no scratches whatsoever. But in the end it's really all up to you. If you really think you want that extra protection you should take it, but I don't think it's necessary at all.[/QUOTE] i'm pretty sure iDevices don't have gorilla glass, which is why you hear about them be shattered constantly
[QUOTE=Banana Lord.;35868649]i'm pretty sure iDevices don't have gorilla glass, which is why you hear about them be shattered constantly[/QUOTE] [url]http://9to5mac.com/2012/03/02/apple-acknowledges-use-of-corning-gorilla-glass-on-iphone-means-gorilla-glass-2-likely-for-iphone-5/[/url] [url]http://www.engadget.com/2012/03/02/apple-name-drops-corning-as-iphone-glass-manufacturer-we-feign/[/url] Apple just plays things close to the chest. Gorilla Glass is scratch proof, not shatter proof. Just think about it, to make glass more scratch resistant it would need to be harder which would make it brittler.
not once did I shatter my droid's screen, but I'd say there's a chance 75% of people I know with an iDevice have shattered the screen
That's not really because of the gorilla glass though, you can blame the design of the iPhone for that. I can't really think of any Android phones that are completely glass like the iPhone.
Thanks for all the input guys. It's really appreciated. I went ahead and bought another four different cases for it as they are relatively cheap on dealextreme. I really appreciate all the advice and though put forth from you guys.
Go with TPU cases, they're cheap and a lot like silicone but they dont pick up pocket lint and slide right into pockets while still being grippy in the hand.
In my experience, I originally thought the iPhone 4's gorilla glass would be tough enough to withstand my pocket. I was wrong, and like any normal person it ended up smashed up next to my keys in the pocket of some jeans. Result: scratched screen. Small, but noticeable in any strong light. I grabbed a matte screen protector straight away to prevent it happening again. The screen still feels good and in direct sunlight it's even easier to read at lower brightnesses. The only negative I find is that when wearing polarised sunglasses the screen goes strange colours. However I'm not sure if this is an iPhone issue or screen protector.
Heh. I've been using a screen protector since I got the 4S back in October, and from reading this thread I thought I might as well remove it and... well, for one the screen somehow feels more colorful. :v: [editline]13th May 2012[/editline] Also it feels more responsive.
[QUOTE=Banana Lord.;35880637]not once did I shatter my droid's screen, but I'd say there's a chance 75% of people I know with an iDevice have shattered the screen[/QUOTE] I dropped my iPad 3 from my loft bed a few nights ago, and it landed on a hard wooden floor and walked away without a scratch - and it's much heavier than an iPhone. I'm not sure if this is the same glass that is all over an iPhone, but either way: Stop pulling statistics out of your arse.
[QUOTE=PieClock;35941250]Stop pulling statistics out of your arse.[/QUOTE] Actually I've been meaning to post here, I scratched my screen protector pretty good last week. Thanks for the hostility though.
[QUOTE=Banana Lord.;35943047]Actually I've been meaning to post here, I scratched my screen protector pretty good last week. Thanks for the hostility though.[/QUOTE] I don't think he's being hostile. He told you to stop pulling statistics out of your arse. It's a figure of speech and hardly hostile. Not to mention that made up statistics help no one. [QUOTE=Superwafflez;35938641]In my experience, I originally thought the iPhone 4's gorilla glass would be tough enough to withstand my pocket. I was wrong, and like any normal person it ended up smashed up next to my keys in the pocket of some jeans. Result: scratched screen. Small, but noticeable in any strong light. I grabbed a matte screen protector straight away to prevent it happening again. The screen still feels good and in direct sunlight it's even easier to read at lower brightnesses. The only negative I find is that when wearing polarised sunglasses the screen goes strange colours. However I'm not sure if this is an iPhone issue or screen protector.[/QUOTE] Thanks for the input. I think I should be fine without a screen protector then. I tend to keep my phone in one pocket and the keys and clutter in another. That sounds like one of the only things that could cause damage to the phone aside from something causing major damage like dropping it. If I ended up dropping the phone then I don't think a protector would do much anyways. Anyways, thanks. I'll be sure to keep my keys away from my phone once I get it.
Does the iPhone 4 have a different glass than the 4s? Because I got a 4 and although I am very careful with it - using it in a clean empty pocket, never dropped it I noticed a few deep scratches on the screen and back. In my opinion a screen protector is always necessary. It's just a bitch to apply one without bubbles. That's why I never used and still don't have a screen protector for mine.
In my experience I have never known anyone who replaced a scratched up screen protector anyway
Another quick question, should I get a black or white 4s? I'm not sure which I want so why not let you guys decide.
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