So, you just threw down some serious cash on the new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. The screen is much bigger than the previous models, sure, but that also leaves more real estate susceptible to the occasional scratch, nick, or drop. And considering it’s going to be a little while before you can get your hands on the iPhone 7 — or maybe not, knowing Apple — you might want to take a few precautions to ensure your iPhone’s gorgeous display remains as pristine as possible. A simple screen protector will suffice for most, especially when paired with the proper case, thus helping shield your display with tempered glass and full-screen protection that costs far less than the price of a replacement display. Now, if only you could avoid dropping it in the first place…
Rest assured, your screen is perfectly safe in Moshi’s hands. This case is incredibly easy to apply, and because it’s a solid screen protector opposed to a sheet, you’re less likely to create bubbles when you pull the backing paper off and apply it to your phone. Removal is just as easy given the supplied suction cup, too, and its stout design is crafted to resist everything from razor blades to hammer blows. It mimics the responsiveness of your phone’s display for the utmost precision, and even though it will likely crack if dropped, it’s still designed to leave your phone unscathed.
Simply put, Spigen makes one of the best film screen protectors out there. The company’s film protector, though harder to apply and not as strong as a glass protector, remains durable and provides ample protection against everyday scratches. You can apply the thin film without spray, however, you’ll still have to deal with the occasional bubble during the application process. It’s also responsive and crystal-clear if properly applied, but we suggest pairing it with a full-body case given the film isn’t the best at handling shock absorption when dropped.
Zagg’s Mirror Glass is a thin glass protector, sure, but it’s also one sturdy enough to protect against common scratches and falls. It’s incredibly easy to apply, especially considering the top tabs allow you to position it without producing fingerprints and smudges, while the anti-glare coating ensures you can view your display in the peak afternoon sun. Zagg additionally offers a Privacy Glass version designed to prevent others from viewing your display, though, both options require you to exert a bit more pressure when utilizing your phone. Sometimes protection comes at a cost.
Otterbox may be known for its killer case selection, but the company also make a pretty sturdy screen protector. Its tempered glass protector is thick, perfectly suited for fending off unwanted scratches and cracks, yet it also retains the bulk of its responsiveness once properly applied. Doing so isn’t as easy as other glass options on our list, which often leads to a build up of dust beneath the film, but it should stick to your display for a good while once applied with a steady hand. The glass’ anti-shatter properties also add to its appeal, along with its resounding clarity.
Tempered glass protectors are a phenomenal choice for someone who wants maximum protection within a minimalist design. Obliq’s flagship offering is completely solid, thus eliminating the risk of bubbles while curbing any unwanted rainbow effects that might otherwise persist in certain lighting conditions. It retains your display’s clarity and responsiveness, too, and features anti-shatter coating designed to keep your display intact when dropped. It will crack, but at least it won’t send debris flying every which way like some screen protectors currently on the market.