- 11-18-2012, 07:35 AM #2
Gorilla Glass (original or 2) can still be scratched/broken/shattered, it's just that it's more resistant to it. Strangely, it seems very resistant to DELIBERATE damage (key tests, steel wool, nails, etc), but you can wake up one morning to see hairline scratches in it because you put it in your pocket yesterday, and grains of dirt abraded it.
It's so much better than old phone screen materials, but it's not perfect. Putting a screen protector on it will change the feel, so you need to weigh that against the possibility of scratching it.
- 11-18-2012, 08:22 AM #4
Yes, Gorilla Glass can scratch - Trophy had it, and twice I ended up with scratches that I have no idea how they got there. One of them was about two inches long. I am NOT a person who carried a phone in his pocket, but in a belt case, so it wasn't keys or coins, so I've been puzzled as to what happened. I don't know how much better the GG2 is, but my point is that even though it is resistant, like the others have said, it can be scratched, and is more likely to happen inadvertantly, so a protector is a wise investment. It will change the feel, which is why I never put one on Trophy, until about a month ago. What changed my mind is this - I'd had screen protectors on prior phones, which were all Windows Mobile with stylii, and were rubbery feeling, which was nice for using with a stylus, but not what I wanted for finger. I had no idea they had nice feeling protectors for finger use until last month when I changed my step-daughter's screen on her Arrive, and what we bought for her phone came with protectors and I felt them, so I put one on my Trophy. It changed the feel slightly, but not enough for me to forego the protection on a much more expensive screen.
- 11-18-2012, 10:16 AM #7
Personally I have not had a screen protector on any of my smartphones for about 2 years. That being said, if you put your phone in a pocket with anything else in it then I would recommend a screen protector. I don't do that and I take good care of my stuff. But even if you take good care of your stuff I have seen peoples phone screen scratch just because they had it in a pocket with some change or keys.
11-18-2012, 10:19 AM #8
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I get a new phone every 2 years so I will put my faith in GG2. I saw some videos and it is so hard to scratch. Plus, I love the feel of the screen - I simply don't want to cover it with plastic :)
I am curious how well/bad using the phone with gloves would be with an added screen protector?
- 11-18-2012, 08:53 PM #9
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12-07-2012, 11:47 AM #16
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I can't decide if I should get one or not. For the moment, I'm cleaning the phone once or twice a day with a microfiber cloth while I figure it out.
Most of the ones I've seen online are the wet application screen protectors, that seems to be really popular now. I haven't used one like that before. Verizon's are dry, right? Are they crystal clear ones that don't diminish the screen's vibrancy much? Is the feel almost as good as the bare screen? Pretty nice that they installed the first one for you. It'd be ideal for me to find one in store this weekend.
- 12-08-2012, 09:27 AM #18
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- 12-10-2012, 03:59 PM #23
i put ghost armor on my 8x screen. i've used zagg, skinomi, and bse in the past.
this is definitely the best of the bunch, but it still sucks. nothing can beat the oleophobic properties of the bare glass. you put it in your pocket and it comes out clean. with these soft screen protectors, the screen is constantly dirty looking. And let's not forget how bad the orange peel is.
Still waiting for SGP to make a hard screen protector. they're more susceptible to scratches since they don't "self heal", but i rather have hairline marks on my screen protector than orange peel and a fingerprint magnet.
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