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    A common question, that gets asked in the forums, is whether a screen protector is necessary on a phone manufactured with Gorilla Glass.

    Gorilla Glass is advertised as being scratch resistant. It should survive contact with keys, coins, and even razor blades without being scratched. However, even Gorilla Glass, can still be scratched by common abrasive materials such as sand, tungsten carbide or diamonds. It would not be uncommon for abrasive particles to come into contact with your phone screen by way of cleaning cloth, pant pocket, or even a case lining. Many forms of jewelery are made of tungsten carbide and/or diamonds. When these materials come into contact with Gorilla Glass, scratches can still occur. If you want to ensure additional resistance against scratches you will need to use a screen protector.

    If it's your preference to not use a screen protector (put me in that category), you will want to take extra care in order to avoid scratches:

    * Always use a clean microfiber cloth when cleaning glass. My personal favorite is Klear Screen. Both their cloths and cleaning solutions have proven to work well for me over the years. Wipe the screen gently. It's a phone screen not a bathtub.
    * Abrasive particles often find their way into pant and coat pockets. Protect your phone with a microfiber sunglass bag, prior to sliding it into your pocket. This will provide extra protection against abrasive materials.
    * If you use a pouch type case, consider that abrasive particles often find their way inside the lining of these cases. Sliding the phone in and out of these cases can also introduce fine scratches.
    * Avoid direct contact with certain types of jewelery.
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    Mine got scratched with nothing but a coin in my pocket. It's a deep one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cory Streater View Post
    A common question, that gets asked in the forums, is whether a screen protector is necessary on a phone manufactured with Gorilla Glass.

    Gorilla Glass is advertised as being scratch resistant. It should survive contact with keys, coins, and even razor blades without being scratched. However, even Gorilla Glass, can still be scratched by common abrasive materials such as sand, tungsten carbide or diamonds. It would not be uncommon for abrasive particles to come into contact with your phone screen by way of cleaning cloth, pant pocket, or even a case lining. Many forms of jewelery are made of tungsten carbide and/or diamonds. When these materials come into contact with Gorilla Glass, scratches can still occur. If you want to ensure additional resistance against scratches you will need to use a screen protector.

    If it's your preference to not use a screen protector (put me in that category), you will want to take extra care in order to avoid scratches:

    * Always use a clean microfiber cloth when cleaning glass. My personal favorite is Klear Screen. Both their cloths and cleaning solutions have proven to work well for me over the years. Wipe the screen gently. It's a phone screen not a bathtub.
    * Abrasive particles often find their way into pant and coat pockets. Protect your phone with a microfiber sunglass bag, prior to sliding it into your pocket. This will provide extra protection against abrasive materials.
    * If you use a pouch type case, consider that abrasive particles often find their way inside the lining of these cases. Sliding the phone in and out of these cases can also introduce fine scratches.
    * Avoid direct contact with certain types of jewelery.
    Thanks. This is very useful information. I have some screen protectors waiting in my file cabinet, but I haven't found a use for them yet.
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    Mine was scratched within a day, nothing else in my pocket but some chapstick. It wasn't huge, but it was visible. I won't dare let my phone go naked now.
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    My wife's Epic got scratched badly from her earrings...
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    I dropped mine getting out of my car and there is a small nick in it not really noticeable but i am anal i might use my insurance and get a refurbished one that is not scratched IDK. But i am getting the screen protector from seido was just waiting for them to make it available.
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    My mom and brothers have protectors on their epics and I have to say it takes alot away from the phone. Im pretty rough with mine and np scratches yet. So as of now the way the screen protector makes the screen view and the touch responsiveness loss just isnt worth it imho.
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    phantomskinz in my mailbox before I even purchased my Epic
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    at first i didnt but decided not to risk it

    so i got a skinomi
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    I started noticing scuffs on my screen and figured it wouldn't hurt to try a protector, so i did hours of research and finally decided on the REALOOK two pack on ebay for $11. I couldn't be happier. It was a bish to install but it looks amazing and unless you're looking for it you can't even see it there. The only issue I've noticed is that it's a little more prone to fingerprints, but of course they wipe right off. Definitely a great investment, and I have a 2nd as a backup!
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    I got a screen protector a few years ago for the Samsung Instinct from the mall (the guy was so persuasive!). A few days later the touch screen stopped working. Idk if it was a coincidence or not, but i'm scared of screen protectors.
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    I am super anal about my phones and first thing I did was order a pack of ultimate screen guards from seidio. Covers perfectly and I haven't noticed any less response to touch. I had one on my Palm Pre for over a year and never got a single scratch on it.
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    when i first got my phone i went straight to a screen protector i wasnt about to scratch this beautiful screen. then i found out it was gorilla glass i was a bit skeptical at first but after watching videos about gorilla glass i decided to take it off... (mainly because it effected the quality, more glare, and more fingerprints.) now my epic is naked i still feel uncomfortable but i definetly like it better because of the quality of the screen( especially with movies)

    however if i knew of a screen protector that was grease resistent i would probably take a look at it any suggestions?
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    Not sure about being specifically grease resistant, but there are a few threads in this forum about screen protectors and how users like them. I would take a look at a few of those to get an idea.
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    It seems the ones sold in the stores are thicker, which hurt the functionality of the phone. I opt for the full screen Ebay choices, they're way cheaper and thinner but protect as good.
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    Bodyguardz is the way to go. Had it on my last phone, and have it on my EVO. Somewhat pricey, can be tough to put on, but so worth it!

    You can't see it, it covers the whole phone unless you order just the screen part, and it feels cool. It's the same stuff they put on car bumpers to avoid stone chips. I hate cases and covers, but bodyguardz is great. Doesn't mess with the look of the screen (I swear it's almost better in some light, like less glare), and doesn't affect touch responsiveness.

    Just follow the directions, and be patient. It takes a few days before all of the solution evaporates, and you may think it's not gonna work out because there may be some air tiny bubbles, but after about three days, it's AMAZING.

    I really can't say enough good things about it. I'd post pics, but you can't see it at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by igobytony View Post
    Bodyguardz is the way to go. Had it on my last phone, and have it on my EVO. Somewhat pricey, can be tough to put on, but so worth it!

    You can't see it, it covers the whole phone unless you order just the screen part, and it feels cool. It's the same stuff they put on car bumpers to avoid stone chips. I hate cases and covers, but bodyguardz is great. Doesn't mess with the look of the screen (I swear it's almost better in some light, like less glare), and doesn't affect touch responsiveness.

    Just follow the directions, and be patient. It takes a few days before all of the solution evaporates, and you may think it's not gonna work out because there may be some air tiny bubbles, but after about three days, it's AMAZING.

    I really can't say enough good things about it. I'd post pics, but you can't see it at all.

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    I have HATED every screen protector I've tried. The bodyguardz have caught my eye, mainly because they don't catch my eyes so to say...
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    I have used invisibleshield and love it. They are a bit pricey but well worth it.

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    I just noticed a couple tiny marks on my screen. Gonna get a screen protector now. Never nothing in my pocket with phone.
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    I have always used screen protectors, this is the first phone without, and I love it.
    After listening and looking at gorilla glass and how it doesn't scratch, thought it was worth trying.
    I now have a few scratches in screen, small and I'm extremely careful, they don't show when phone is on, only off.

    Wondering what would happen if Samsung was asked, while under warranty, to replace screen?

    Wonder if they get worse, if Sprint would fix under TEP? Heck, I would even pay $35 for new screen.

    Anyone tried any of these??
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    I dont care what kind of glass yo have you always need a protector.... just like driving with out a sear belt not worth the risk
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    i put my phone in my left pocket, and nothing else goes in there...i have no need for a screen protector

    however, i saw a pack of 3 for $1 and a case for $3 on amazon, so i decided why the hell not...don't use the case, the extra bulk doesn't feel smoth in the hand

    the screen protector, however, doesn't really detract from the phone...an added layer of protection that can't even be felt...i did put it in my keys pocket one day and can see two small scratches on the protector...better that than the glass...worth a buck for 3...plus if done right, you get no bubbles so it is seamless
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    My Epic stopped a bullet from entering my thigh. The glass got scratched. I will be getting a screen protector next time....
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    How to not get bubbles under a screen protector. Use a little water with a very small amount of liquid soap in it. Like one tiny drop of soap in a gallon.

    Clean the screen then wipe it with just enough of the water to get it wet, not enough that it runs inside the phone. The soap is so the water fully wets the glass instead of beading up.

    Lay the protector on the screen then squeegee it flat. The soapy water allows the air bubbles the be worked out. Eventually the water evaporates.

    The same trick works for applying window tint film.
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    using a screen protector is convenient, why not get one ?
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