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Hydrogel screen protectors were released to the public and immediately became popular for their resistance to fingerprints and their amazing ability to self-heal any severe screen scratches.
On the other hand, we have their biggest competitor: Tempered Glass Protectors. Both options are excellent in terms of protection, but they do have their differences and some drawbacks, too.
In this article, we’ll compare both of them and we’ll analyze their pros and cons. Let’s get started.
- Tempered glass is made with solid TPU, offers higher protection, is cheaper, comes in different types, and offers good touch sensitivity.
- However, it is not as smooth, it has a bulkier design, and the oleophobic coating does not erase fingerprints and stains.
- Hydrogel is elastic and offers a seamless experience. It is thin and preserves touch sensitivity, is easy to install, and prevents bubbles. The aqua shield technology prevents stains and fingerprints, ideal for curved displays.
- But, it is expensive, and the thin structure does not offer enough protection.
- Combining hydrogel and tempered glass while using a gorilla glass device can make a phone nearly bulletproof but may affect touch sensitivity.
Which is better, a Tempered Glass or Hydrogel screen protector?
Tempered glass is superior in terms of phone protection and much cheaper than Hydrogel. But, Hydrogel has the unique ability of self-healing, and it’s easier to use. Overall, tempered glass protectors are the safest option for most users.
Below is the full list of their benefits and drawbacks:
- You can make your smartphone pretty much bulletproof if you use a hydrogel screen protector and, on top of that, a tempered glass one. And if it’s a gorilla glass device, it’s even stronger.
- Touch sensitivity will most likely be affected. Make sure that you use high-quality protectors if you actually attempt to do that.
To conclude, screen protectors are made to do what their name implies: protect our very expensive phones.
In terms of features and overall quality, hydrogel is the clear winner, but when it comes to actual protection, there is only one choice and that’s tempered glass.
In my opinion, it’s up to your personal preference and budget (let’s not forget how pricey hydrogel is) to choose which of the two screen protectors suits you most. Let me know in the comments down below if you have any further questions on the topic.