Did you know that most phones get broken or damaged within the first 10 weeks of owning it? So while you should be congratulating yourself if you’ve had yours for longer, it doesn’t mean that you should be reckless.
Today, smartphones, tablets, and other handheld devices come with the meanest, toughest and most resilient screen displays and panels. With credit to technologies and materials such Corning Gorilla Glass, it takes quite a lot to damage or break them. However, people have discovered outstanding ways to inadvertently scratch, drown, melt, crack, drop and snap their screen panels right off. Of course, the most effective way to keep your screen panel safe is not to drop it in the first place. But since prevention is always better than repair, here are six essential tips for protecting your mobile phone screen.
#1: Choose your Touch Tools Wisely
Thanks to the development of highly interactive screen displays, it is now possible to use an array of items to operate your device. However, it is recommended that you use only your fingers or a stylus pen if it comes with the instrument. Other devices such as the Sony Xperia allow users to use pencils. Just make sure that your mobile phone is designed to be used with a particular tool before forcing it on the screen. Otherwise, you can’t go wrong with a clean set of fingers.
#2: Choose your Pocket Wisely
One of the most universal mistakes that many people make is to stash their phones in the same pocket as their keys, coins, and other pointy objects. That’s basically putting your screen through a blender all day long. Sure, the screen might be scratch resistant; but some scratches will get through. Other mistakes include stashing your phone in the back pocket of your trousers. Sitting on your phone will damage more than just the screen.
#3: Don’t Leave the Display to Idle
Have you ever come across the phrase burn-in? This is basically what happens when people leave their phone displays idle for a long period without deactivation. Screen burn in usually manifests as ghosting or afterimages. Setting a lock screen timer will help protect your mobile screen from burn in among other issues. Similarly, the last thing you want is to expose the screen to direct sunlight. Exposing your LCD display to the hot sun will most likely damage the quality.
#4: Get a Screen Protector
As careful and gentle as you may be, it’s only a matter of time before something bad happens. Screen protectors help protect your screen from scratches and prevent damage in the event of a drop or hard impacts. While plastic screens were very popular in the past, a recent trend that has really caught up is tempered glass protectors. Tempered glass allows the user to have a high-quality experience while still offering full impact absorption.
#5: Use a Phone Case
Even with a tempered glass screen protector, some impacts are so hard that the entire phone shatters to pieces. Getting a phone case is like fitting your device with body armor, so it pays to invest in a decent sleeve, hard case or padded bag for your device. There are plenty of affordable and highly effective casings that comprise of high density, shock absorbent materials. Other cases even go as far as waterproofing your phone. Currently, cases and phone bags are the most efficient way to protect your phone from a barrage of elements. This way, scratches, dents, and cracks will be the very least of your woes when your phone has an accident.
#6: Screen Cleaning Practices
Hand up if your only form of screen cleaning involves rubbing your shirt or sweater all over the screen. This is by far one of the principal contributors to screen fogging and mini scratches. When cleaning your smartphone display, it’s always advisable to use a microfiber cloth which is actually more than perfect for touch screens. If you have prescription glasses, the cloth that comes with the casing will do just fine. You could also use a moist cloth, but be very careful with what type or amount of water you choose. Ordinary tap water has calcium which does not over-rub, so always use a few drops of distilled water.
Today’s array of Smartphones are built to withstand the normal jostling of a modern life. However, very few can actually hold up to a short swim or being used as a chew toy by your dog. They say that prevention is the best kind of medicine; the above tips will definitely help protect your mobile phone screen from all sorts of damage. Remember to be very careful when operating your phone and for Pete’s sake, try to be more gentle.