2019 is becoming the year of frameless smartphones, resulting in larger screen sizes, but maintaining contained dimensions for the device.
However, having a larger screen surface has a serious drawback: the probability of your smartphone’s screen breaking increases significantly as the bezels, which have been reduced so much in recent years, also act as a protective barrier to prevent damage to the screen if your mobile fell from your hand.
Luckily, the always ingenious accessories industry has been able to react in time by offering a wide range of products to protect the screen of your mobile to prevent it from breaking.
How to protect the screen of your mobile?
Use a protective cover
The simplest and most obvious accessory is to take your smartphone well protected under a protective cover that cushions the impact of falls avoiding especially the blows in the corners, which are the most common cause the breakage of the screen or the appearance of a small crack that over time will grow.
Fortunately, smartphone cases and protective housings have evolved a lot over the last few years, and the materials used in their manufacture are extremely resistant and light, which will allow you to preserve the original design of your mobile.
These protective cases for your smartphone can completely cover the device as an armour, in which the smartphone will be absolutely protected against any type of impact and even protect it from water.
Of course, this is an extreme solution as it completely hides the design of your smartphone, but it is an ideal solution for those users who need total protection for their mobile, such as those who practice extreme sports or adventure or work in environments with hostile conditions for the smartphone.
For other users, a simple protective cover or bumper – with or without a cover, depending on their preferences – covering the corners to cushion the impact of falls is more than enough. On the other hand, most of these cases have been designed so that the edge of the front slightly protrudes from the screen. That way, even though the case doesn’t cover the screen, it never touches the surfaces when you turn your smartphone around, so it also directly protects the screen.
Tempered glass screen protectors
If you prefer to do without cases, bumpers or any other method of protection that alters the design of your smartphone, but are still concerned about the protection of your smartphone’s screen, you can consider using screen savers for your mobile.
These protective films consist of a transparent film that is fixed directly on the glass of the screen and protect your mobile from scratches and small impacts that, if luck is not on your side, can end up with the screen of your smartphone broken into a thousand pieces.
There are different types and qualities, but the most recommended are the tempered glass sheets that offer greater resistance than those made of plastic.
The protective tempered glass sheets are between 0.3 and 0.5 mm thick, so they will hardly alter the appearance of your smartphone by offering extreme resistance to your mobile in the event of falls from less than a metre, such as when your hands slip or if it falls out of your pocket while sitting.
When buying one of these protective sheets of tempered glass, you must bear in mind that they have been designed specifically for your smartphone model as it must have the necessary laces and holes for the proper use and that, given its great strength, you can not easily adapt it.
Unlike the protective plastic or vinyl sheets, the tempered glass is more rigid, so after installation is much more complicated to appear air bubbles or wrinkles.
On the other hand, if the tempered glass sheets are more rigid, how do they adapt to the curved screens and bevels of today’s mobiles? Well, it’s simple, incorporating the same curve like the screen. That’s why when you buy it, it’s so important to choose a model that’s specifically designed for your smartphone.
On curved-screen smartphones such as Samsung’s Edge models or iPhone 7, the protective foil is also curved and even completely covers the front to fit like a glove to the features of the screen and protect it in all its corners. Here are some examples of screen protectors for the Galaxy S7 Edge or iPhone 7.
Liquid protection for your smartphone
Another lesser-known alternative is the use of liquid armour that, once applied to the smartphone, protects it from all types of scratches and impacts.
The liquid used acts as a nano shield that absorbs the energy of the impact and prevents damage to your smartphone.
The liquid solution applied to protect your device is completely transparent and invisible after application, so your smartphone will not appear to have an additional layer of protection.
The downside of this system is that it’s not easy to find and you’ll have to import it.
Choose a rugged mobile
If, for some reason, your smartphones often end up with their screens smashed to bits, you may need a stronger smartphone than the usual smartphones.
Luckily, there is now a wide range of options for choosing an impact-resistant phone and not all look like a brick as they did a few years ago.
In fact, brands such as Samsung are launching stronger versions of their flagships specially designed to withstand greater impacts or harsher working conditions and are called Active.
On the other hand, there is a wide range of rugged smartphones on the market for all pockets and tastes.