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I use a screen protector ...

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Never. Gorilla glass doesn't need protecting.
  11000 votes / 59%
On a phone only.
  3807 votes / 20%
On larger screens only.
  210 votes / 1%
In some environments.
  791 votes / 4%
If it has a screen, it gets protected.
  1025 votes / 5%
I never even take the protective plastic stickers off anything.
  725 votes / 3%
Don't own any devices with "screens."
  883 votes / 4%
18441 total votes.
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  • Just Never (Score:5, Informative)

    by DaemonDan (2773445) <dan@demonarchives.com> on Saturday July 13, 2013 @08:52AM (#44269309) Homepage
    Why isn't just not using one at all an option?
    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward
      Maybe because everyone should have protection? We should all practice safe sexting?
    • by rwa2 (4391) *

      Because someone has stock in Corning, I guess.

      Corning is pretty cool.

      • by Concerned Onlooker (473481) on Saturday July 13, 2013 @03:51PM (#44271529) Homepage Journal

        Way, way back in time I was visiting a friend whose mom had just gotten a newfangled cutting board. It was ceramic and it was made by Corning. We were geeking out about it a bit (it was so novel) and then my friend tells me the coolest thing about it is that it's unbreakable, upon which he grabs the thing and throws it on the floor. You guessed it. About five thousand pieces.

        • Re:Just Never (Score:5, Informative)

          by tsa (15680) on Saturday July 13, 2013 @09:40PM (#44273147) Homepage

          Good for your mum. Glass 'cutting boards' ruin your knives.

          • by 1s44c (552956)

            I was silly enough to buy a cool looking marble one once. It ruined my knives. Never again.

            • by tsa (15680)

              You can now buy cutting boards made if bamboo. Never buy these either; they are pretty hard too. Soft wood is the best.

        • Re:Just Never (Score:5, Insightful)

          by devent (1627873) on Sunday July 14, 2013 @09:25AM (#44276769) Homepage

          Ceramic cutting board? The boards to cut vegetables and meat? Why not wood, then you can even throw it on the floor.

          • by jma05 (897351)

            Cutting on wood (and plastic boards) creates grooves and other uneven markings on the surface. So cleaning an old board is a bit harder. Tiny bits of organic material (especially if it is meat) can collect there, if you are not careful (although, if you put it in a dishwasher everytime, it should not matter), and act as breeding grounds for microbes. This won't matter much if the food later cut on it is cooked, but can matter if it is served raw, as in salad vegetables. Glass and Ceramic are much easier to

            • Seriously, look it up.

              Also, with a wood cutting board if the surface gets beat up over time just scrape it back down with a card scraper or use sandpaper (just look out for grit embedded in the wood which will do bad things to knife blades).

            • Well, see, you have a choice. If the cutting board is softer than your knife, you will create grooves in the surface that are hard to clean. If the cutting board is harder than your knife, then you will be dulling and ruining your blade with every cut.

              Most people prefer to have softer cutting boards, because it is easier to clean them than it is to replace expensive knives.

              If the board is made of wood, just rub it with a generous handful of salt and enough water to make a paste. You'll sand the indentati

              • by mcmonkey (96054)

                Well, see, you have a choice. If the cutting board is softer than your knife, you will create grooves in the surface that are hard to clean. If the cutting board is harder than your knife, then you will be dulling and ruining your blade with every cut.

                Clearly the answer is a cutting board made out of knife blades.

            • by zazzel (98233)

              Except that wood releases substances that are practically antibiotic, where cut. And you can actually plane them again. Or put them in a dishwasher, or pour boiling water over them, or just burn them in your fireplace. Or just be happy that you are using such a wonderful material, which won't even harm your knives. Whatever. I have never seen any reason NOT to use wooden cutting boards.

            • by mjwx (966435)

              Cutting on wood (and plastic boards) creates grooves and other uneven markings on the surface. So cleaning an old board is a bit harder.

              At that point, get a new board.

              Seriously though, a decent wood board will take years to get into that state. Same with plastic. Cheap wood/plastic boards will only take a few weeks.

              The alternative is using metal or glass, which ruins knives. There's just no easy way around it and good boards cost less than good knives.

            • by jma05 (897351)

              Augh. I did not realize that this would attract this much attention. So let me answer some of the over-the-top responses I got.

              I was a busy foreign grad student with few cooking skills (It’s cheap to eat out where I come from and now I don't need to cook) and prepared food in a hurry. I got nearly all my knives and boards for free. The wooden board already had grooves. No, nothing seemed to happen to it as I put it in the dishwasher for years. I had no idea what kind of wood it was or how long it had

        • by mosb1000 (710161)

          I think they mean it's unbreakable under normal circumstances (such as dropping it on the floor, as opposed to throwing it). Obviously, if you set out to break something, you're going to be able to do it. Those specialty ceramics certainly are hard to break, I've used them for years and I've only ever broken one bowl. But when they break, they break into a million pieces.

      • by frisket (149522) <peterNO@SPAMsilmaril.ie> on Sunday July 14, 2013 @05:42PM (#44280245) Homepage

        Corning is pretty cool.

        I wouldn't know...I've never corned.

    • Don't complain about lack of options. You've got to pick a few when you do multiple choice. Those are the breaks.
      • Given that the option "Never." is more obvious than "Never. Gorilla glass doesn't need protecting." I'd say that disclaimer does not apply in this case.

    • by Smivs (1197859)

      Why isn't just not using one at all an option?

      +1

    • Why isn't just not using one at all an option?

      I concur - I dont have a screen protector and gorilla glass sucks donkey ...
      My Samsung galaxy s2 screen broke after a mere knock on the edge after falling out of my pocket.. Its not that strong. I reckon that gorilla glass has a lot of paid shills to make sure their product doesn't get a bad name. 3...2...1 - paid shill time :)

  • by pcjunky (517872)

    I leave my protector on a new phone for a few months until it's gets too scratched. Then I remove it. Removed it from my current phone about 3 weeks ago after using for over 6 months with it on. So far so good.

    • by hutsell (1228828)

      I leave my protector on a new phone for a few months until it's gets too scratched. Then I remove it. Removed it from my current phone about 3 weeks ago after using for over 6 months with it on. So far so good.

      That's the reason why I use clear sealing tape as a screen saver for my phone (and a portable GPS for my car). That and an X-Acto Knife.

      It looks and works in exactly the same way, costing next to nothing, being easily replaceable when needed and doesn't take any more time than the original product — which i would buy, if it wasn't for the fact it's an unforgiving product (at a sucker price) if I made a mistake with its application.

      • by arth1 (260657)

        How do you use a portable GPS as a screen saver for your car? Or an X-Acto knife as a screen saver, for that matter?

        I use Rain-X on top of the screen protector. It works wonders for resisting fingerprints, and lasts for a long time as long as you only use clean water when wiping it - never alcohol.

        Carnuba hard wax is even better, but you have to mask the edges and speaker hole with tape until it's buffed, or you'll get white residue. Apply 2-3 times, and you'll have the slickest and clearest display pos

        • by hutsell (1228828)

          How do you use a portable GPS as a screen saver for your car? Or an X-Acto knife as a screen saver, for that matter? [ ... ]

          Good point. After reviewing what I wrote, I can see how the badly written sentences in my comment fail to explain my intentions; it would have been a little better if I hadn't at the last moment included the additional replacement example in the parenthetical phrase — which also misused the preposition for instead of in and the article a instead of the.

          The idea of using Rain-X as a screen protector for finger prints is awesome and it's something I'm definitely going to do. I'm not sure about the Ca

        • I think he meant he uses clear sealing tape as a portable GPS for his car. Where can I get some of this magic tape?

  • Are a huge profit upsell for the people selling mobile phones. Don't let the cat out of the bag how damn good gorilla glass (and GG2 and GG3) really is.
    • by PhotoBoy (684898)

      Definitely. It's not the screen that needs protecting these days it's the rest of the casing I'm usually worried about!

  • by Jack Malmostoso (899729) on Saturday July 13, 2013 @09:19AM (#44269433)

    Not sure if it counts as "protection" but at work I installed one of those polarized filters on my screen.

    I really hate the idea that anyone walking past my desk can see what I'm working on.

    Yeah yeah, "working on".

  • by PrimaryConsult (1546585) on Saturday July 13, 2013 @10:51AM (#44269841)

    While the ability to change it if it gets scratched is a bonus, not having reflections when looking at the screen is its main purpose. Ten months and am still on the initial one.

    • by yurtinus (1590157)
      Yes this! I've had these on my tablet and phone since I got them - tablet nearing two years old, and phone a year old. Haven't had to replace any of them yet!

      My kingdom for matte screens!
  • I had a nice screen protector on my Galaxy Nexus. A few months ago it started peeling off and since I was going to upgrade soon I just pulled the thing off.

    Used the phone the same same way I always did - mostly having it rattle around in my pocket - for three months. Not a scratch on it. The screen still looks perfect.

    That said I did just get a new phone and I put a screen protector on that one. It's new, I figure I may as well. At least until I'm used to the phone.

    It's also in a case, because it's a new ph

    • by tsa (15680)

      I always kid myself into thinking that a screen protector helps against breaking the glass when the phone falls. Until now it seems to work.

      • by Jethro (14165)

        Hehe. I'm more worried about it getting scratched while just being in my pocket or, you know. Sitting on a table. It's not like I ever put the phone in the same pocket as my keys or a leatherman or anything. With any decent current phone I really don't need a screen protector... but you know, it's a new phone, I may as well pretend.

        • by ArsonSmith (13997)

          I often find my S3 is in my pocket with some loose change that I don't get often enough to think about what pocket I put it in. Sometimes with my keys just due to forgetting sometimes someone elses phone I was asked to carry. I throw it on the table and drop my keys on it almost daily. It's about 6-8 months old and is just fine. My older droid X had the same treatment for over 3 years with no noticeable scratches.

          At this point if a phone were to get a scratch on the screen I'd blame the phone manufactur

  • Never (Score:4, Interesting)

    by WhatsAProGingrass (726851) on Saturday July 13, 2013 @11:00AM (#44269893) Homepage
    I have never used any type of phone protector and have never broken a phone. I honestly do not get how some people break screens all the time. I have dropped my phone maybe 3 times in the past 2 years. Granted any one of those drops could have broke the screen but didn't. Most people go through phones so fast, I don't see the point in protecting it more than just taking good care of it in your pocket and take it out of pocket if you are doing activities that could damage it.
    • by acid_andy (534219)
      It's because they take their phone with them when they go out getting very drunk. Sooner or later it's gonna get smashed like that.
    • by Burning1 (204959)

      It really depends on the phone. My Nexus S has been dropped a dozen times without issue. My wife has been through an iPhone 4 and a Nexus III. Larger phones don't seem to like being dropped.

      Screen protectors are different... There's all kinds of shit in my pockets that can scratch even gorilla glass. Plus, the screens are oil resistant, which is nice.

      • by rwise2112 (648849)

        There's all kinds of shit in my pockets that can scratch even gorilla glass. Plus, the screens are oil resistant, which is nice.

        Are you carrying around a bunch of diamonds, or what? The hardness of gorilla glass is about 9, there's not much harder. Steel is between 4-5, glass is 7, diamonds are 10. Hardness is scratch resistance, and has nothing to do with shatter resistance however. Nothing will stop it from shattering if it hits at the wrong angle.

  • by scotts13 (1371443) on Saturday July 13, 2013 @12:04PM (#44270279)

    Up to my ears in tablets, laptops, phones, and other displays. Never scratched a single one. I put stuff in cases if I leave the house (yes, I'm that guy who still carries his phone in a holster, not his pocket) and otherwise I'm just careful.

  • My phone doesn't need Gorilla glass to be very durable, It simply has a small screen.
    It can last without recharging for more then a week of normal use.
    And it can take quite a beating, (my wife washed hers 3 times)
    It's not very good for surfing the internet or taking pictures but it is a much better phone then any "smart" phone.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Oh goody! A phone bore.

    • by geoskd (321194)

      My phone doesn't need Gorilla glass to be very durable, It simply has a small screen. It can last without recharging for more then a week of normal use. And it can take quite a beating, (my wife washed hers 3 times) It's not very good for surfing the internet or taking pictures but it is a much better phone then any "smart" phone.

      Look mom, an oxymoron!

      • by OneAhead (1495535)
        *looks around*
        Not here [merriam-webster.com]...
        Not here [merriam-webster.com]...
        Oh, this must be one of these "look there, a three-headed monkey" things. You punk! Get off my lawn!
  • Gorilla glass does need protecting, just not from minor scuffing. I have a couple of deep gouges in my phone's screen from my keys when I made that mistake.
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      So don't put your phone in the same pocket as your keys. That's a lot simpler than putting a light blocking, grainy looking, bubble forming, high friction piece of plastic over the screen.

      • by prelelat (201821)

        Keys in the right phone in the left. I have yet to scratch my phone I'm still rocking out the original galaxy S... It's time to upgrade but at least I'll get a newer version of Gorilla Glass.

      • I get that - i referred to it as a 'mistake.' =)
    • Ditto. I though Gorilla glass was rated on the hardness scale as being between 7 and 9. Apparently it has the same hardness as sapphire. While a grain of sand is enough to scratch it, I didn't think brass keys could. So where in the hell are all these scratches coming from. There not noticeable unless I look for them with the screen turned off. And when I find them, I can fell them with my fingernail along the groove.

      • by yurtinus (1590157)
        Sand or grit on the keys or keyring, or grit brought into your pocket from other stuff you carry around.
  • I have this leather case, so when I drop my phone it protects whole of it. Never really cared about safeguards from wear on normal usage... tho I wish now that I didn't use that night clock - it burned into my screen.

  • My Android phones that will not respond to finger pressure if there is a screen protector, I just use a "Ballistic" case which is good enough for most things.

    My iPhones, I use a Otterbox Defender for their cases. It does add substantially to the size of the phone, but after years of constant use/abuse, the devices I have don't have any scratches/dents/cracks on them. I'm lucky enough to have not shattered the screen, but there always is a first time.

  • I use screen protectors on any device with a stylus. Gorilla glass is good enough for everything else (including my phone).

  • I use matte screen protectors on my phone and my tablet - because the idiots that design them think shiny screens are a good idea. However, having a screen protector on my phone paid off in another way, when i dropped it and broke the glass. The screen protector makes it less of an issue than it would have been without it.

  • I have a cheap protector on my phone screen for scratches. I have a better hard plastic screen protector on my DLSR, so if the camera smashes into anything hopefully the plastic will break and save the screen. Total cost for both was under $10.

  • That's why I use a screen protector on my phone

  • My digital cameras have protection. My previous phone did and needed it. I used it without a screen protector for the last six months of its life and it looks like it ran into an angry belt sander in a dark alley and I never kept it in my keys/change pocket. It got tore up by pocket lint. My current phone, Galaxy Nexus, doesn't need it and doesn't have it. The front of the phone looks pristine aside from one tiny scratch outside the display area. Same with my Nexus 10 tablet, tho only for about six mo

  • I bought a few packs of screen protectors when I first got my first Android cell phone a few years ago, but they were a royal pain in the ass to cut down to size and replace so I just gave up. They're just not worth the trouble. By a month or so I was done with them and returned the remaining packs to the store. It's definitely not worth the price asked.

  • by tsa (15680)

    I have a screen protector on my iPad that makes the screen matte, to avoid the glare. Of course that ruins the 'retina' resolution, but I don't care about that.

  • I use only pocket protectors!
  • I don't need no stinking screens!

    I browse /. using Lynx on an ASR-22 teletype hooked up to a 300 baud acoustic coupler, you insensitive clods!

    • by c0lo (1497653)

      I don't need no stinking screens!

      Lucky you... summer time, I can't get out without a thick-ish SPF30+ screen, melanoma's no joke.

  • by Kenshin (43036)

    People keep grimy, grungy screen protectors on their phone the entire time they have them.

    They have this beautiful, pristine sheet of glass they're "protecting"... and they never actually see it or get to touch it.

    It kinda bothers me.

  • I'm using screen protector on one of my phones because the phone came with glossy screen. Adhesive sheet of plastic was only option to get matte display.

  • I used one on my iPhone 3GS that I bought a few years ago. It made it look pretty bulky. It got super scratched up and all, ended up looking pretty shoddy. I was considering getting a new phone, when I just took the screen protector & case off, and it looked so brand-new and shiny that I was like screw it, I'll keep using this one for a bit.

    So it's like having 2 brand-new phones in one!
  • Screen protectors don't just protect the screen from scratches. They also improve the touch interface by increasing friction.
  • by eth1 (94901)

    I've never had the glass on any of my phones get a single scratch on it, while the screen protectors scratch easily.

    So if you use a protector, you end up using a perpetually scratched screen because of your attempt to keep from scratching the screen? Makes no sense.

  • Gorilla glass is by no means scratch or break proof. however I tend to churn through my phones every 12-18 months so I don't give a crap if it gets scratched and I prefer not having bulky covers or films over my screen. Only broken 1 screen in the past 5 years and that was just as I was due for a new one anyway.
  • Ordered a packet of new screen protectors, because the current one was looking pretty awful after 18 months in my pocket.

    Some weeks after the promised delivery date, they hadn't arrived, so I emailed the seller. They sent them out again. The package arrived the next day(!).

    I destroyed two of the damn things trying to get them to line up, finally getting the desired result with the last one.

    Two days later, I put a huge scratch right across it.

    Two days after that, another packet of screen protectors arrived :

  • A lot of employees at the banks I work in are mandated to "protect internal company information by all means reasonably possible, especially when not on company premises". For mobile devices that have access to corporate email, this means using polarising privacy filters on their phones, so that the viewable angle of the screen is cut down drastically.
    As an aside, a lot of employees also request them for use on their desktop systems, at which point HR and Compliance/IT start taking a keen interest in what t

  • "CowboyNeal protects my screen".
  • . . . a ruler. I use it to smack the knuckles of anyone pointing at something on my monitor when their finger gets too close.

    Stupid fingerprints.

  • is my screen protector, so it's whichever one I happen to be using while he's around, and not doing my dishes, feeding my like a roman senator, or being my preferred Cloud solution.

  • No matter how clear these stick-on things are advertised, they're never as clear as just the gorilla-glass. Either you see that oily / multi-color bit, it's never on right, it starts to peel from the sides, there's the smallest air-bubble that you can't get out, etc. Or even some of the great ones I see, still aren't as clear as a regular screen that you just maintain.

    I'd rather just put a very slim silicone case on it to cover the edges and help prevent drop damage. With the SMALLEST LIP possible above

  • In Soviet Russia screen protects you.

  • I protect the screens on my digital cameras and mp3 players. My phone, tablets, etc. do not get protected as Gorilla Glass is tough enough to last 3 to 5 years before I need a new device.

  • Don't understand these screen protectors. If I put one on the screen it'll still keep the mosquitoes out, but it'll also keep the cool breezes out of my kitchen, in which case what's the point of having a screen instead of just a window? Stupid new-fangled fads.

    -- hendrik
       

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