Upgrading your iPhone SE with a new tempered glass screen protector is one of the easiest ways to give it a total makeover—but it’s something most people overlook …
Instead, they just grab the first screen protector they can find, usually something cheap from the store where they got their phone, and they don’t realize what they’re missing out on.
And it makes sense. After all, it’s better to have some kind of screen protection than nothing at all, especially when one accidental drop could lead to a cracked screen and hundreds in smartphone repairs.
But without a crystal clear screen protector, you really are shortchanging yourself especially when you’re talking about the iPhone SE with its dazzling Retina HD display and its outstanding 4K camera.
And it’s not just about protecting your phone’s valuable touchscreen from scratches, scrapes, and breaks. With the screen protectors available now in 2020, you can also add useful antimicrobial protection, filter out blue light, or even add a measure of privacy so you can rest at ease while browsing in busy restaurants or subway trains.
So today, we’re going to take a look at how one of the most affordable, most flexible cell phone accessories can help give your iPhone SE a complete makeover …
Before we start looking at specific screen protectors, let’s take a look at why tempered glass is the top choice when it comes to protecting your cell phone screen.
Historically speaking, plastic screen protectors have been the top choice for most cell phone users due to their low price and ready availability. Both of those advantages have sort of disappeared in recent years, with Caseco’s tempered glass screen protectors selling for prices on par or lower than comparable plastic alternatives.
Tempered glass screen protectors are almost always thicker and stronger than plastic alternatives. They also don’t age quite like plastic, staying crystal clear through years of rough use. They look so much like your smartphone screen, in fact, that you might not even notice you’ve got one.
So why would anyone still buy a plastic screen protector? Mostly because the margins are great for the stores that sell them. They make most of their money on accessories, after all, so many cell phone stores will mark up the price of plastic screen protectors just to pad their pockets. A quick check online and you’ll see tempered glass screen protectors can be quite affordable.
You can see that tempered glass is very much a direct upgrade from your average plastic screen protector. You might pay a few dollars more for a substantially nicer accessory, but it’s worth every penny.
With that in mind, let’s look at a few of your choices:
Our first choice today incorporates one of the most fascinating new technologies of 2020 …
These antimicrobial screen protectors use an FDA-approved process to embed germ-fighting agents into the screen protector itself. This is proven to prevent the growth of potentially dangerous germs, and since it’s embedded (instead of coated onto the surface), you can rest assured that its germ-fighting properties will stay active for a long while. The compound embedded in these screen protectors works by preventing germs from growing on your cell phone, eradicating some 99.99% of common pathogens like Staph and E. Coli. That gives you a practical level of protection year-round, through Summer vacations and Winter flu seasons.
Given the fact that we take our phones with us practically everywhere we go (including some not-so-sanitary places), this screen protector offers a whole different level of much-needed protection in the age of Coronavirus.
Naturally, the glass itself is the same 9H tempered glass Caseco uses for all their screen protectors—ensuring reliable scratch-resistant performance. Combined with their antimicrobial clear tough case, this screen protector is an awesome choice for practically anyone, especially medical professionals, teachers, and parents …
Impossibly thin, flexible, and perfectly transparent, Caseco’s Screenflex Screen Protector is something you truly have to see to believe.
At just .01mm thick, Screenflex screen protectors are designed to preserve the native touch experience of using your iPhone SE while adding a substantial layer of protection. Not only are they resistant to scratches and bumps, but Screenflex screen protectors also have an oleophobic coating that prevents fingerprints and smudges from showing up.
Screenflex’s flexibility makes it tremendously easy to install without worrying about bubbles or bad fit. Just clean the screen of your phone and apply the adhesive.
Screenflex is going to be a perfect upgrade for the tech-savvy crowd or anyone who likes a more minimalist look with their iPhone SE. Some people are highly resistant to the idea of installing a screen protector on their phones because they’re worried about how it might affect the display. With Screenflex, there’s absolutely nothing to worry about.
While it doesn’t provide quite as much protection as some of our other choices, it’s still tempered glass. That means Screenflex provides great protection from scratches and dings, and the oleophobic coating will keep your iPhone SE looking fresh for some time to come.
You might have seen privacy filters in the office, where they’re used to keep prying eyes from glancing around at computer screens. These Privacy Tempered Glass Screen Protectors serve the same basic function for your iPhone SE …
Covering the iPhone from edge to edge, these Privacy shields make your screen appear pitch black at an angle of 45 degrees or greater. This would be inconvenient if you were looking at a screen from across the room, but since most of us hold our phones directly in front of our faces while we are using them, it makes perfect sense.
It’s got the same oleophobic coating to reduce the appearance of smudges and fingerprints, and it’s scratch-resistant like Caseco’s other screen protectors. All that with the added protection of a two-way filter in a screen protector that’s just .2mm thick.
This is a great choice for busy professionals who want to keep prying eyes off potentially confidential documents and emails. Combine this screen protector with one of our RFID-shielded wallet folios for perfect everyday protection. But it’s also a good choice for the social media junkies out there, who might not want every passerby glancing at their Instagram feed or their Snapchat stories.
Check them out for yourself!
Blue light has a wavelength of between 380-500nm, making it the shortest and highest-energy wavelength. While sunlight contains blue light, it’s most commonly found in the fluorescent lighting and LEDs used in office settings.
It’s estimated that some 43% of adults work in a job that requires prolonged use of computers and tablets, which means they’re exposed to abnormally large amounts of blue light.
While our eyes have evolved to filter and handle practically every type of light on the UV spectrum, humans have a specific weakness when it comes to that high-energy blue light—which passes through the cornea and reaches the retina of our eye. Prolonged exposure can lead to retinal damage, macular degeneration, and even loss of vision.
Nearly 70% of all Americans have already experienced symptoms of digital eye strain, ranging from blurry vision to headaches, insomnia, and even back pain. Digital eye strain has even overtaken carpal tunnel syndrome as the #1 computer-related complaint.
Our smartphones are certainly a marvel of technology, but they can be a major source of this blue light, with younger children and teenagers particularly at risk. So if you’ve found yourself experiencing headaches or having trouble sleeping lately, Blue Light may have something to do with it.
Blue light glasses are becoming increasingly popular for those who work with computer monitors all day, but what about when you’re not using your computer monitor … and you’re staring at your cell phone screen instead?
Caseco’s Anti-Blue Light Tempered Glass Screen Protector provides a solution to that problem, filtering out the harmful blue light from your smartphone’s screen while allowing non-harmful light through the crystal-clear screen protector.
Its fingerprint- and smudge-resistant, with a custom-fit design that fits the iPhone SE edge to edge. There’s a slight tint to it due to the Blue Light filter, but it’s the kind of thing you quickly grow accustomed to.
So if you’re sensitive to the potentially harmful effects of Blue Light, or if you’d just like to sleep a little better at night, then this might be the perfect upgrade for your iPhone SE.
If you’re not interested in Blue Light filtering, privacy screening, or germ-fighting innovations and you just want a classic, crystal-clear screen protector then the Screen Patrol is going to be your top choice.
This tempered glass screen protector is just .33mm of 9H tempered glass with an oleophobic coating to prevent smudges and fingerprints. Screen Patrol gives you the perfect edge to edge coverage and HD clarity at a price that even plastic screen protectors struggle to match. The strong layer of tempered glass is ideal for preventing scratches and protecting your screen from accidental drops.
The Screen Patrol iPhone SE Tempered Glass Screen Protector is a quick and easy upgrade from your existing screen protector, with a cleaning kit included in the package. While it doesn’t have the additional features of the alternatives mentioned above, Screen Patrol still makes a great choice for a backup screen protector or for someone who wants maximum clarity and visibility with their smartphone screen.
We’ve all done it at one point or another.
You bought a screen protector so you wouldn’t have to worry about staring at cracks on the screen of your brand new phone. Then, at some point along the way, you cracked the screen protector, but you haven’t replaced it yet.
Each of the screen protectors we featured here today is modestly priced and perfect for any budget. Each one of them also provides some great benefits that go above and beyond just protecting your investment—whether that means shielding your eyes from harmful blue light or keeping prying eyes off your cell phone screen.
So what have you got to lose? Upgrade and get rid of that cracked old screen protector today!
As with all products, Caseco’s tempered glass screen protectors come with a 100% money-back guarantee including refunds and exchanges. Each one comes packaged in BPA-free, plastic-free packaging that’s environmentally friendly and ready to recycle. A percentage of the proceeds from each purchase is donated to charities like 1% for the Planet.