Adrian Kingsley-Hughes/ZDNETFirstly, I want to acknowledge a screen protector that proudly served its purpose. My iPhone endures a lot, and has taken plenty of falls. The other day, it endured a nasty fall onto rocks and the screen protector, which had been in place for almost a year, finally cracked. But the iPhone was unharmed, proving the protector did its job. It was time for a new one.Also: Is your iPhone experiencing connectivity issues after updating to iOS 17.2.1? We may be able to helpI thought it was a good opportunity to try out some new screen protectors that make it easier to install. These protectors not only make it easy to align onto the screen, but it also prevents dust and dirt from getting trapped underneath during installation.First off, I want to answer a question that is often asked — do you still need a screen protector? Also: 5 quick tips for improving your Android phone’s securityYes, I still believe it’s necessary. Not only do I frequently see smartphones that are scratched or chipped, but broken displays are a common occurrence. While a screen protector isn’t a guarantee against damage, it does help protect the screen from nasty impacts. So, I believe it’s still worth it. And I’ve been evaluating some protectors that are designed to be easy to install. I’m happy to report that not only do these screen protectors align perfectly and go on without trapping any ugly air bubbles, but they also have a feature that eliminates any dust present on the display right before application, leaving no unsightly dust particles sandwiched between the display and the protector.Also: My search for the best bargain Android tablet has come to an endFurthermore, after testing numerous screen protector kits, I would say they are so easy to install that I could probably do it with my eyes closed. I’ve tried kits for the latest iPhone models, as well as earlier models like the iPhone 11 and X.The process is simple. First, I remove my iPhone from its case, then take off the old screen protector, and give the device a quick wipe with an alcohol wipe. Most kits come with these wipes, but I always like to give the entire phone a good wipe to get rid of all the grime. Then, I take the screen protector kit out of the box and read the instructions. I even tested a kit that included protectors for the camera lenses — a very thorough kit. I place the iPhone in the supplied frame and give the screen a final wipe. Next, I close the frame and pull the tab out from the bottom, allowing the dust eliminator strip to cover the display and the protector to apply itself. Finally, I press the spot marked on the frame to attach the protector to the display. Upon opening the frame, I notice a few small air bubbles, but they’re easily eliminated using the applicator tool. The whole process is a breeze, and I can’t imagine using the older-style screen protectors anymore, where I had to remove the dust by hand and cross my fingers that more dust wouldn’t settle onto the screen before applying the protector. If you’ve had trouble with screen protectors in the past, I highly recommend giving these a try.
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