July 16, 2021

The glass screen on your smartphone or tablet is an extremely vulnerable part of your device and can be prone to scratching and cracking. Even as technology companies strive to create stronger and tougher screens, unfortunately accidents still happen resulting in damage that not even the best screens can withstand. 

One of the most common accidental ways of scratching a device screen is through putting it in your pocket or bag with a metal object such as keys. Even the latest iPhone or Samsung Galaxy will succumb to this if they are not protected correctly. 

However, there is a simple way or protecting your phone or tablet screen through applying a screen protector. A screen protector is a sheet of thin material made to provide extra protection against all that potential damage. The most common screen protectors are made of tempered glass and are available right here from DeXTech. 

Many people ask if tempered glass screen protectors are really worth it. Below we break down the pros and cons of these cost effective protection accessories to help you understand the importance of them! 

 

PROS OF A GLASS SCREEN PROTECTOR:

Scratch Protection -

Protection of your screen from scratching is one of the greatest benefits of a tempered glass screen protector. Unlike most PET plastic screen protectors that will not protect from scratching if there is some significant force applied, a tempered glass screen protector will ensure that your actual device screen stays spotless for it's lifetime or until you pass it on to its next owner. 

The value of your device will remain 10-20% higher if there is no scratching on it making it easier to sell when the time comes to upgrade or replace it.

 

Crack and Shattering Protection - 

Tempered glass screen protectors act as a second glass layer on your device which helps to prevent cracks forming if you accidentally drop it. When there is significant impact to your phone, the screen protector takes and absorbs the impact instead of the actual device's screen.

Although this is dependant on the amount of force that the phone is placed under, it is far more likely that the screen protector will crack rather than the phone or tablet's screen. This is a huge benefit of a tempered glass screen protector as it can save you hundreds of dollars from not having to replace your screen! 

 

Inexpensive Investment - 

As wear and tear prevails, your screen protect will need replacing. However, this is not a worry as they don't break the bank. Tempered glass screen protectors start from just $10 here at DeXTech (depending on model) and are a fantastic investment to protect the cosmetic condition of your device. 

 

CONS OF A GLASS SCREEN PROTECTOR:

Thicker Than Other Screen Protectors - 

On average, tempered glass screen protectors will range from 0.3mm to 0.5mm in thickness. Although the functionality is not compromised through this, some people do no appreciate the cosmetic appearance of having this addition to their screen. However, the feel of a tempered glass screen protector is the same feel as the actual screen of your phone or tablet, so this is something you won't have to worry about. 

Sometimes tempered glass will come with no cutouts for the front camera which can result in some minor distortion to the image. This won't always be the case, but we do recommend getting a glass screen protector with cutouts around the camera area.

 

Fingerprints  - 

Like any glass, fingerprints will show up on a standard tempered glass screen protector just as they would on your actual device's screen if you were using no protector. This can be frustrating sometimes, especially if you have a job that results in debris and moistures residing on your fingers. 

However, you can get tempered glass screen protectors with anti-fingerprint coating on them. These are generally not that much more expensive so if it is something that bothers you, find a protector that has this added bonus! 

 

OVERALL:

So, is it worth it? If you are wanting to add extra protection to your device and help prevent unwanted breakages, extending it's lifetime and value, then we highly recommend applying a tempered glass screen protector to your device! 

Although there are some minor cosmetic adjustments that come with a screen protector, you will soon become accustomed to them and not even realise that it is on your phone.  

If you are wanting to purchase a screen protector for your device, get in touch with our team here at DeXTech or simply purchase one through our website here!

 

 

Here at DeXTech, we are here to help you with your technology requirements. We stock a wide range of Apple products, from the iPhone 4s all the way through to the iPhone XS, plus the iPad range. Along with this, we carry a huge range of Android smartphones and tablets, including Samsung, Pixel and LG. With these devices on hand we are able to offer technical support every step of the way from assisting to get your device setup to dealing with issues such as network issues or software troubleshooting. We have a helpful team who can lend a hand via our tech support email address: support@dextech.co.nz. Do not hesitate to reach out! 

 

 



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