Best iPhone Screen Protectors
Do I really need a screensaver?
The glass of your gadgets has become much more resistant to scratches since the days of the iPod. Corning Gorilla Glass won’t scratch if you rub it with the keys or drop the shift, which is a big step forward. It is not, however, unshakable, as some people believe.
Glass vs plastic
Your first decision is whether you want to go for glass or plastic. Plastic certainly tends to be less expensive and thinner, but it has some cons. It can be scratched quite easily and will not last as long as a glass option. Opting for this material will leave you with a somewhat altered touchscreen experience as it will not feel similar to your phone’s bare screen. However, it is likely to cover your entire screen without changing the appearance or being obvious to the eye, as they are usually around 0.1 millimeters thick.
Glass screen protectors can be expensive, but they offer more durability that keeps the device protected. The glass surface provides an experience that is extremely similar to the touch and feels you would have if you were not using a screen protector. After all, the screen of your iPhone is glass. Glass also has a higher tolerance against scratches compared to plastic options. You might notice the edges of the glass screen protector more, as they tend to be slightly thicker (we’re talking about between 0.3 and 0.5 millimeters thick). The glass protector aims to recreate the traditional touch screen experience while protecting against damage.
Screen savers can also add more utility to your iPhone. Some models are aimed at reducing blue light or glare, and even add a layer of privacy by locking the screen when viewed from the side. There are also screen protectors that feature antimicrobial coatings that work to reduce the spread of germs on the surface of the phone’s screen. Most guarantee to break down 99% of germs and bacteria (although we cannot guarantee that it will be effective against Covid-19). We haven’t had a chance to try this yet, but it’s still an additional feature worth noting. There is a wide range of screen savers, which means there is one that will cover all your needs to keep your device safe from accidents.
No matter what you are looking for, there is a screensaver out there for you. Below, we’ve broken all our favorite protectors from top brands like OtterBox, Invisible Shield and more.
What is a privacy screensaver?
A privacy screensaver serves double duty as a screensaver to keep your screen scratch – free while also keeping your data safe from prying eyes. As a regular screen protector, these can be from PET film or variety of tempered glass. However, it has an additional anti-spy layer that limits the viewing angle of the screen.
How does a privacy screensaver work?
Most privacy screen savers use a form of micro blind technology that allows screen light to pass only at certain angles. Essentially how venetian blinds work, but on a microscopic scale. The filter layer is set to a narrow front angle, usually 60 or 90 degrees, and anyone looking at your screen from beyond that viewing angle will see nothing.
The best privacy screen savers and what to look for
There are quite a few brands that make privacy screen savers. However, there are a few things you should know before buying one.
Micro blind technology: some privacy screen savers use some kind of micro blind technology. These provide a better viewing experience than other options that are simply glass or darkened film.
Tempered glass or film – this is a personal preference regarding the type of screen protection you are looking for. Both can have privacy layers. Finding full coverage with a tempered glass panel can be a difficult touch, especially if the phone has a curved screen. Tempered glass is much better when it comes to protecting the screen.
Two-way or four-way privacy: a two-way filter displays a screen only in portrait orientation. The obvious advantage here is that if you want to share something on your phone, all you have to do is rotate the phone to the landscape. However, if full privacy is what you are looking for, 4-Way privacy filters work in both orientations.
The most obvious advantage of using a privacy screensaver is in the name: privacy. Knowing that any sensitive information is safe from the prying eyes of viewers is a big positive.
It’s also not just about privacy in public areas. If a spouse, partner or roommate gets upset by the fact that you are on your phone all night, a privacy screensaver helps here too. It ensures that you are not disturbed by the light of your phone, while you can continue to enjoy it without any problems.
Of course, the privacy screensaver also gives you the same advantage as a normal screensaver. It provides a great way to keep the screen scratch-free and safe during accidental bumps and drops.
Other advantages are often specific to the manufacturer. Some screen protectors come with an anti-glare coating, blue light filter, filters to reduce eye strain, and hydrophobic and hydrophobic layers to keep the protector free of fingerprints and oil stains.
Privacy screensavers sound fantastic on paper. Unfortunately, the reality is a little different. Many companies promise no problems with clarity or brightness, but that is not always the case.
You can overcome the problem by increasing the brightness of the screen, but this will make the battery run out faster. Having the brightness too high could also reduce the effectiveness of the privacy filter when the phone is angled.
The need to keep the phone directly in front of you also takes away those quick looks aside in time or notifications. This is something I do very often, and it will take a lot of getting used to if I have a privacy screensaver on my phone.
Sharing something that is on the screen becomes difficult too. You’re going to have to angle in the immediate to show other people a video or a photo. Two-way privacy screens help by allowing you to display the screen smoothly in the landscape. However, this will not be possible with four-way privacy screen savers.
Finally, the reduced viewing angle may not be as limiting as you would need. As low as the viewing angles of 60 or 90 degrees sound, anyone standing very close, for example, in the subway or on a bus, will still be able to see over his shoulder and get a somewhat clear view of the screen.
Privacy screensavers are the ultimate privacy solution that some phone owners want. It’s also not perfect, so you’ll have to get used to a slightly reduced viewing experience. However, keeping prying eyes on public areas might be necessary for some, and that’s when the privacy screensaver is absolutely a must.
If anything is possible, it would be best to simply avoid access to sensitive information while in public, though. Phone and screen manufacturers spend millions to deliver stunning viewing experiences and no user wants it taken away. That said, privacy triumphs by showing a vivid screen. Ultimately, you are the best person to judge if a privacy screensaver is something you will need.
As time goes on, the phone’s screens are better and stronger, eliminating the need for screen savers. Gorilla Glass is designed to handle hard impacts; however, it can’t stand it all. The screen of your iPhone 11 may still break if you are not careful with it.
Screensavers are the Last Defense your screen has to break. The screen saver will get the hit and break in place. They also help prevent scratches. If your screen protector gets a scratch on it, it can be easily replaced because they are relatively cheap compared to the cost of replacing the phone screen.
If you are interested in getting a screensaver, here are a few things to think about before buying one.
Look and Feel: the two most important things when it comes to how a screensaver looks and feels are clarity and thickness. The iPhone 11 has a magnificent screen, so it would be a shame to cover it with a cloudy protector. The thickness of the protector will affect the way your phone responds to touch. Too thick of a protector, and your phone could start to lose tickets and feel more clunkier.
Application: Bubbles are the nightmare of screen savers. It can be very difficult to set up a screen protector on a phone by hand without getting dust or bubbles between the screen and the protector. Many options offer slides or trays that allow you to perfectly lower the protector on the screen, making it easier to apply.
#Protection: if you are going to buy a screen protector for a phone that already has a strong screen, then it should offer much more protection. There are three main types of screen savers:
Tempered glass – these are the hardest and thickest screen protectors. They offer the most protection, but can sometimes make the phone feel less sensitive.
Polyethylene terephthalate (PET): these are some of the lightest and softest protectors you can buy; however, they don’t offer much more in terms of protection.
Thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU): TPU is the most common form of plastic protectors. They offer a good balance between protection and soft touch feeling. However, they can be difficult to apply.