A while ago I mentioned the tempered glass screen protectors I got for my Nexus 6. Well, I recently had cause to discover just how well they worked. I happened to drop my phone in the parking lot of a restaurant and broke…the screen protector. It was a rather scary-looking crack, in fact, as you can see from the picture at left.
Happily, when I got the phone home and was able to peel the protector off, I found that the screen itself was entirely unharmed. (The protector cracked in a few additional places as I peeled it off.)
I did discover, to my annoyance, that the fundamental problem of applying a screen protector hasn’t changed. When I applied the second tempered-glass protector in my apartment, even after taking appropriate precautions, I ended up trapping a couple of dust specks under it and ending up with bubbles I couldn’t get rid of. I ordered another pack of protectors (Amazon affiliate link), and this time took them to the local public library—a much more dust-free environment. Happily, applying the replacement protector worked properly there.
Now, I can’t be sure that a drop that was bad enough to crack the screen protector would have been bad enough to crack the screen itself if I hadn’t had it on there, or if I’d been using a traditional vinyl protector. But it might at least have scratched the screen. Suffice it to say, tempered-glass screen protectors are a good idea.