How to Choose the Right Screen Protector for Your Device

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Electronic devices are not only expensive but contain a lot of your valuable information. You spend money to have the best devices, so why not protect your them with a screen protector? Screen protectors help devices last longer by making them more durable to everyday bumps and drops. Here are some things to consider when trying to choose the right screen protector for your device.

Material

Screen protectors come in an array of materials that all offer their own benefits. PET (polyethylene terephthalate) is a type of plastic that comes in several variations. It also depends on what specific applications you plan to use it for.  PET screen protectors have a polyester film that includes scratch resistant matte coating for the front of the screen. It also uses a silicone adhesive to make it stick onto the screen. PET screen protectors tend to run cheaper and hold up to fingernails, coins, and keys. This is a good screen protector if you are looking for light protection.

TPU (thermoplastic polyreuthane) is chemically enhanced plastic. This material offers increased toughness that withstands scratches, oil, and grease. The material possesses elasticity properties that give it self-healing abilities. The softness of the screen protector gives it the ability to absorb impact such as drops and scratches while it retains its original composition.

Tempered glass (TG) is the highest quality screen protector out there. This multi-layered screen protector, comes with shock absorbent silicon followed by a layer of PET film. Lastly, it uses an optically clear adhesive around those two layers. Tempered glass and oleophobic coating are also layered in. Even with all of the layers, it’s not heavier than PET or TPU screen protectors. A tempered glass screen protector is also better at light transmittance which reduces glare. When picking the material for your screen protector, keep in mind the amount of impact you want it to handle. You also want to keep in mind the amount of money you plan on spending for it.

Features

When looking for a screen protector, you want to consider the features most important to you. Different screen protectors provide different benefits. There are a lot of features to choose from such as drop resistant, self-healing, anti-glare and privacy screen. Of course this list isn’t exhaustive. Keep in mind the features you want from your screen protector when trying to choose the right one.

Mounting

There are two different ways to mount a screen protector: dry and wet. Dry mounting keeps the screen protector glued to the screen by static electricity. There is no adhesive involved when dry mounting which makes the application process very straightforward. You don’t have one shot to get it perfect with dry mounting. Most dry applications will allow you to carefully peel them off the phone and try to align it better. You just have to make sure that there are no dust particles trapped under the screen. This can cause some bumps and bubbles.

Wet application works by spraying liquid on the underside of the screen protector. Wet mounts are known for being easier to place without forming air bubbles or trapping dust. Like dry mounts, you have a second chance at aligning it correctly. You have to dry your phone, re-moisten the protector and get rid of the excess liquid in order to apply it again.

Price

Once you identify which case you want, you still need to continue shopping around for the right price. Often times you can find the same phone case for a little bit cheaper on another site. This ensures that you get the best deal available. Also, make sure to watch out for knockoffs. You don’t want to waste your money on a cheap, non-quality case.

An easy way to find the right screen protector is to read reviews on the cases you are interested in. This way you get a clear sense of the quality in the case, and if other users have reported any problems using it. By reading other’s reviews about the case, your prevent wasting your money and your time. Several discussion groups exist online, that talk about the products and post pictures of the best screen protectors. Do some research on screen protectors and end up saving time and money in the long run.

When you invest in an expensive electronic device, you want to make sure that it stays unbroken. With so many choices out there, it can be hard to find the right one. When trying to choose the right screen protector for your device, keep in mind the material, features, mounting process, and price.