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Saturday, November 8, 2008

Screen Protectors

By Chase Mathewson

Pretend you just bought a new cell-phone or iPod or some other digital thing. Or maybe you don't need to pretend; maybe you did just buy one of those, in which case your chancing upon this article is quite serendipitous. Or you're just good at using the internet. Anyways, it would probably be a good idea for you to protect your new device, to prevent it from getting scratched up. You want to keep it looking the way it did when you first bought it. You need a screen protector.

Yes, I know it comes with a screen protector. They always come with a screen protector. These are adequate, but they are not built to last. They adhere to your device through static cling. These screen protectors come in packs or 15 to 20 and need to be replaced frequently.

Newer screen protectors, such as the invisible SHIELD, are made from a urethane film. This film is far more durable and lasts much longer than traditional screen protectors. Many of these newer screen protectors provide more than just protection for the screen, they cover the entire body of the device as well. Which makes these screen protectors a desirable alternative to cases and silicone skins as well.

Unlike cases, these screen protectors add no extra bulk to your devices and they allow them to retain the sleek aesthetically pleasing look that no doubt attracted you to it in the first place. Of course there are some downsides to these screen protectors. The most notable ones are price and installation. Unlike other screen protectors that adhere through static cling, these screen protectors have a sticky adhesive on them. So applying them is a bit more difficult than traditional ones.

These screen protectors tend to be a bit more expensive as well. Most cost around $10 for a screen protector to over $20 for full body protection. This higher price is offset by longevity and more protection. So if you've just bought a new cell phone or other digital device, or simply want to prevent the one you have now from looking like Robocop after he gets all shot up by the police, it would be a good idea to invest in some protection.

Based in Utah, Chase Mathewson is a copywriter and expert in the screen protector industry.

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