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Best and most durable screen protector to use with a Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra phone

Hi,

We have a Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra phone and we want to buy the best screen protector for it.

I saw that there are different types such as gel, tempered and gorilla glass screen protectors but am unsure which would be best.

We have used the following screen protector twice for this Note 20 Ultra phone but the screen protector cracked both times the phone was dropped;
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B08DCMS2RM/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=AJVB72ADLDX5E&psc=1

The phone was dropped from a height that you would not expect to make it crack so the Whitestone Dome Glass screen protector did not seem to be as strong and durable as we thought.

1. Which of the following is the strongest and most durable material for screen protector; gel, tempered glass, gorilla glass or something else I may not have mentioned?
2. What would you recommend as the best and most durable screen protector to use with a Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra phone?

Thanks,
Robbie


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Hi,

I don't have the same phone, but I did purchase the following screen protector for my Samsung S9+ phone on the 20th Feb last year and have been very happy with it. Durable and not a scratch on it since purchasing it, despite the phone being dropped multiple times, even on cement a couple of times.

https://www.amazon.com.au/gp/product/B079YC1TRH/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Can highly recommend the material from personal experience. Can search for something similar suitable for your phone and the item you've linked to appears to be tempered glass as well so not sure why you've had problems with it? Maybe try a different manufacturer.

Edit to add: Also bought this, so a combination of the two may be why the glass protector worked well for me.

 https://www.amazon.com.au/JETech-Samsung-Galaxy-Protective-Shock-Absorption/dp/B0799FNX5F/ref=pd_bxgy_img_2/356-2672815-5550320?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B0799FNX5F&pd_rd_r=924e92df-a4b9-4c07-ae18-a803e7f6d11c&pd_rd_w=aQCpa&pd_rd_wg=GN0dI&pf_rd_p=941f1e44-bea3-4be4-a9fa-15e250ac3327&pf_rd_r=PPW01DXCPKQNCXHV1K6M&psc=1&refRID=PPW01DXCPKQNCXHV1K6M

Though it only fits over the back of my phone, it does offer extra protection to the screen via the lip it provides to the front, so perhaps it's a combination of the two is what worked? I've dropped my phone from face height (and as previously mentioned, on concrete a couple of times too) and no damage.

Can't guarantee the same will work for you, but I've been extremely happy with my glass protector and case. It fell flat on the glass side once and like I said, not a single scratch.

Hope that's helpful.

Regards, Andrew
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Hello...
to be honest...
What you wrote is exacly, where the problem resides...
"The phone was dropped from a height that you would not expect to make it crack "..
The glass usually do not crack from a directly hit onto the glass.They usually break if they get a hit at one of the corners or the glass borders. Even the device own enclosure can damage the glass
So it depends, how the device hits the floor.
Of couse you can destroy any glass easily with the right tools.
But no sceen protector is capable to avoid this. A screen protector can reduce an impact directly onto the glass if you penetrate your device with a screw driver or similar tools.
Or watching some youtube videos, they test such protection foils with a hammer. I destroy you handy just with a needle.

From the physical perspective, the break point depends from the energy per area. It is very easy to break the glass with a small and pointed tool, more harder with a more flat one. So, if the device falls down, it usually doesn't fall plain onto the glass, it hits the floor mostly on the corners of the device. And that means, a high energy on a very small point of the glass.
This has just something to do how the device is constructed and where is the center of gravity. I would assume, the handy developer doesn't really take care a lot.
Following this, the most efficent way to protect the handy if it falls down is an external enclosure, which goes around the corners (what is usually the case just to fix it).

What a screen protector may do is, to keep the device together, if the screen is broken, otherwise the glass would fall apart. Also it is sharp. The second is, that you avoid scatches (what an enclosure does als well), as any scratch may reduce the stability of the glass. If the glass surface is really scratched, it doesn't matter how it falls down. Just the vibration from the hit will break it. Or even if cracked the glass just by using an aircraft. The pressure difference was enough to break the glass.
Just remember, how you break glass in general, you scratch it, and with a little bit pressure, it breaks exactly at the scratch. To fullfill these two options, you can use even the foil from your lunch package.

But lets just assume, you son penetrates the handy with a fork. The foil has to distibuite the energy to a larger area to avoid reaching the break point. A more soft foil with handle it better than a more hard foil. This has just something to do with the impulse energy. As harder the material, as more directly is the impusle transmission. Remember the playtoy with the metal balls which kick each other (newton pendulum), doesn't work with soft balls.

So summa summarum...
If you want to protect your device as best as possible, use an external enclosure and the cheapest sceen protector you can find. Screen protectors are maily money printing machines, as the production costs are less than a cent.     .


 



Hi Bembi,

Sorry, forgot to mention this. It could also have to do with something else I put on my phone as well that I bought a month later?

This: https://www.amazon.com.au/JETech-Samsung-Galaxy-Protective-Shock-Absorption/dp/B0799FNX5F/ref=pd_bxgy_img_2/356-2672815-5550320?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B0799FNX5F&pd_rd_r=924e92df-a4b9-4c07-ae18-a803e7f6d11c&pd_rd_w=aQCpa&pd_rd_wg=GN0dI&pf_rd_p=941f1e44-bea3-4be4-a9fa-15e250ac3327&pf_rd_r=PPW01DXCPKQNCXHV1K6M&psc=1&refRID=PPW01DXCPKQNCXHV1K6M

Though it only fits over the back of my phone, it does offer extra protection to the screen via the lip it provides to the front, so perhaps it's a combination of the two is what worked? I've dropped my phone from face height (and as previously mentioned, on concrete a couple of times too) and no damage.

Can't guarantee the same will work for you, but I've been extremely happy with my glass protector and case. It fell flat on the glass side once and like I said, not a single scratch.
Yea, Andrew, this is exactly what i mean (the enclosure)
Even the borders are higher than the glass, so not really possible that the glass touches the floor. 

I do not want to say, that a foil is completely obsolete.
I still have the original foil from the production on my glass. And a enclosure around it...
But a flip case, I guess this one..
https://www.amazon.com.au/Samsung-Galaxy-S-View-Flip-White/dp/B07MWC8V1N/ref=sr_1_29   

Scatches on the glas damages the molecular stucture of the glass, and if scatched enough, there are enough potential breack points on the glass. Scratched glass will break if you just put the handy a bit harder onto the desc.
I just want to say, that a glass foil avoids more the scratches - the reason why it breaks - than it really avoid the break from the hit itself. And to do this, you do not need a high tech (lets say expensive) foil. 
And beside this, if the glass as well as the foil is not completely dust free when you put it onto the glass, a foil can have the exact opposite effect. Built in crack point by glass protector.    


 

If you don't mind bulkiness, then get something like an otterbox and it will be drop-proof from normal heights and the screen will be well protected.
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Hi all,

Thanks for the useful information.

Here is the back cover I have been using on my Samsung phone;
https://shop.samsung.com/ie/galaxy-note20-ultra-protective-standing-cover-black

The screen protector would have to be able to fit the Samsung phone when using the above back cover.

With this Samsung phone, while the above back cover was on the phone, I had used the Whitestone Dome Glass screen protector as mentioned before but this screen protector cracked when the phone was dropped.

I understand that the screen protectors are just to protect the original phone screen and that they are not going to last long if dropped on the corners or onto something sharp but I would like to know the screen protector will protect the screen underneath and that it would be worth the money put in.

1. On Samsung's website, they say that the Samsung back cover I use meets a military-grade standard for drop testing. What do you think of our Samsung phone back cover case that was mentioned above?
2. It seems that tempered glass is the strongest material for screen protectors at the moment, is this correct?
3. Would we be better off getting a lightweight and cheap screen protector or heavy strong screen protector?
4. What would you say is the best and most reliable brand for tempered glass screen protectors?

Thanks,
Robbie



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