While Apple’s Ceramic Shield glass panels do sport amazing durability, at the end of the day, glass is still glass. And as a quick online search will show you, even the iPhone 14 and 15 are not immune from screen durability issues. With devices still getting scratches and cracked screens, sometimes even without being dropped. Or at least, without the owners admitting they dropped their devices.
What this means is that if you want your iPhone to live a long healthy life, it is still a good idea to use a case and screen protector on your phone. But the good news is that screen protectors don’t need to be a simple compromise. There are many ways to use screen protectors to improve your experience as an iPhone owner, especially if you know the right kind of protector to buy. Here’s how.
1 – Improve Your Privacy
A privacy screen protector works by limiting the viewing angle of your screen. The result is that while people looking at your screen dead on will be able to see it just fine. But everyone peeking at it from the side or from above — such as someone trying to peek over your shoulder — will only see a black screen or an extremely dim screen.
You can see examples of this type of screen protector on the ViaScreens website. And I don’t need to tell you how useful this added privacy can be. A screen protector like this can let you get work done or handle personal issues on your phone without nosy people keeping an eye on what you’re doing. Whether you’re using your phone at work, the office, or around that one relative who enjoys gossiping a little too much.
2 – Reduce Glare
Glare is one of the main reasons why it is so hard to use your phone while out on a bright sunny day. Modern iPhone devices help combat glare through a combination of brighter screens and special coatings to reduce glare on the Ceramic Shield. But those strategies don’t always get the job done, and to make matters worse, using your screen at peak brightness to fight the glare also reduces your battery life.
An anti-glare screen protector can help solve the issue. These protectors — often also called “matter” or “paper-like” screen protectors — help turn your screen slightly more opaque. This results in a massive reduction in glare, making it much easier to see your screen while surrounded by strong light.
3 – Renew Your Coatings
One of the elements that make an iPhone screen special is the coatings used. Different coatings are used to reduce glare and keep the screen from getting all oily as you touch it. And this is great when your phone is brand new, but these coatings aren’t made to last forever. Constant use and contact with air will wear off these coatings, leading to your screen feeling and looking just a little less nice every year.
A premium screen protector can solve that. While cheap screen protectors are often just plastic, the high-end ones will also use different coatings to help the screen feel and look nice. Installing one of these is a great way to make an old iPhone feel brand new again, at least as far as your fingers are concerned.