Even if your phone looks clean, trust us, it's NOT. Read below to learn more about the dangers that lie on your device and how to keep a clean phone screen.
In the last decade alone, thanks to a vast increase in mobile data speed and availability coupled with an explosion of apps and programs, the smartphone has evolved beyond simple conversation and web browsing. Our business and personal culture has shifted into a multi-task environment with the smartphone at its core. From work emails to social media and online shopping, the need to be connected has vaulted the smartphone to a digital personal assistant- one that is accessed thousands of times daily.
One study suggests that we touch our phones 2600+ times per day, while another has this number MUCH higher at 5400. Either way you slice it, anywhere we go, the phone is not far away. Every new location and each of the thousands of daily touches add another opportunity to increase the amount of bacteria and germs on your phone. It is no surprise that research indicates our phone screens are 10x dirtier than a toilet seat. So, how can we change/reduce this?
Limit the germs on your phone
- Maintain a clean environment for your phone at home by regularly cleaning your counters/tables/surfaces with antibacterial cleaner. If your phone is constantly tossed into a purse or bag, make sure the interior is emptied weekly, quickly sprayed with Lysol (or equivalent) and wiped down.
- Avoid using your phone in the bathroom and don’t place it on a sink or other bathroom surface while you’re in there.
- It sounds obvious to wash your hands regularly, but honestly how often do we really wash our hands unless we need to? By sticking to a regular schedule of hand-washing throughout the day, you can reduce the amount of germs you transmit to your phone.
- Absolutely clean your phone regularly, especially after letting your children use it. A wet tissue or towel is a good start, but using a formulated solution or wet wipe is best. The Tech Armor Cleaning Kit provides a variety of tools to make sure you keep your phone cleaned at home and on the go.
Limit the exposure to your phone
Anytime you touch your phone, whether to your face (while talking) or simply touching the screen, you are allowing germs and bacteria to access your system. However, recent technology makes it possible for us to access and use our devices with limited tactile input.
Unlocking your phone
Obviously it’s important to keep your phone locked to keep sensitive information from falling into the wrong hands. However, each time you unlock it with a long, complicated code you pick up the germs on its surface. Using Face Unlock on certain Android phones or Iris scanner on the new Samsung Galaxy S8 will eliminate this exchange. Even Touch ID on Apple iPhones/iPads reduce the contact to one, simple touch.
Talking/texting on your phone
Using headphones or a bluetooth headset to talk on your phone will eliminate direct exposure to your face, while the latest voice recognition apps can easily create texts/emails with limited touches.
Using inherent software like Siri on the Apple iPhone or the newly-launched Bixby on the Samsung Galaxy S8, we can also access a wealth of information without a single touch.
More about the Tech Armor Complete Cleaning Kit
The Tech Armor Cleaning Kit uses TechClean Purify Go products for maximum care of laptops, tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices! The Purify Go formula cleans your screen, while providing a lasting, clear coat finish that makes your device screen smoother to the touch.
Both Alcohol and Ammonia Free, our formula is safe for all high-tech device screens and works with all Tech Armor Screen Protectors. TechClean Device Cleaning Wipes are pre-moistened tissues designed for people on the go. The Tech Armor Cleaning Kit washes away harmful germs and bacteria to keep your devices as safe as possible. In addition to keeping your personal phone germ-free, this kit is excellent for:
- Children's tablets / readers
- Portable gaming devices (like the new Nintendo Switch)
- Laptop screens, keyboards and trackpads
- and MANY more!
When developing superior protection for top devices like the iPhone 6 Plus, we often field test our products to see how they stand up to the rigors of daily use. From standard drop tests and bike ride mishaps to two-story falls on concrete, we feel our methods yield superior results. Still, one of our loyal Twitter followers in the Tech Armor nation shared a story with us this week that raised the bar!! We couldn't help but share it here with you:
@TA_TechArmor thx ur case & screen protector saved my phone! Works perfect still #MowedOverMyPhone#FlexProtectAir"
He couldn't be serious, right?
That's what we thought, so we reached out to Nic for more info on how this happened and some proof of life on the phone. Fortunately, he was more than willing to share the story and imagery! We'll let him take it from here...
"My name is, Nic Hale, from Oklahoma and I just want to send a praise to Tech Armor products! I have an iPhone 6 Plus, so I bought: a Tech Armor glass screen protector, as well as the Flex Protect Air case. I bought this case because of it's sleek, simple design while protecting the phone. Still, little did I know I was going to truly put the product to the ultimate test!
Last Sunday morning, I went out to our property to mow. I had my Bluetooth headphones on, rocking out, while I drove around on the mower. I made a few passes around the yard and next thing I know my music stops and then my headphones warned of a "low signal". I stopped the mower, realizing my phone wasn't in my pocket and thinking, "hmm I must have left it in the truck". Well, it couldn't be in the truck, because I was closer to the truck than before and I didn't lose signal... I thought 'oh no that's not good', I quickly retraced my last pass of the mower and as I walked over, I saw my phone laying face down in the grass. As I got closer, I realized the case is no longer on the phone. I thought to myself, "there is no way this phone is not completely obliterated!"
I reached down and grabbed my phone, much to my surprise, there is very little damage, considering, what had just happened. My screen was perfect, with no scratches, cracks, chips, nothing!! The back of the phone had a small chunk out of the bottom corner and a few surface scratches... A true testament to the case taking the initial blow is the fact that the phone is actually bent and the screen (like I said before) is still perfect. This small, thin case saved my phone! I believe the case took the first, major impact when going into the mower. It launched the phone out of the case, out of the mower and then the case must have stayed in the mower longer, because it ended up completely destroyed!
Basically, I'm writing this letter to tell you, thank you for making a great product!! I truly believe that had your case not been on my phone, I wouldn't be typing this message on that same phone today! "
Well, Nic, we thank you for sharing the story and upping the ante on our field test process!!
Looking to protect your iPhone 6/6s or 6/6s Plus just like this? Look no further than Tech Armor! Our top-rated screens and cases deliver MAXIMUM protection for a fraction of the retail price. Not really an "Apple person"? Not to worry, we carry our premium Ballistic Glass for several top devices including the new Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, LG G5 and more! Backed by our industry-leading, Limited Lifetime Warranty, you can be sure that we've got you covered!
For those of you who prefer to purchase your products on Amazon (trust me, we LOVE Amazon Prime too), you're in luck! All Tech Armor products can be found on Amazon as well, so stop by our Amazon storefront today and arm your device!
The “perfect fit” for the Samsung Galaxy S7… how do we go about achieving this goal and what does it even mean? Back in the days of the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S5, developing a screen protector that fits the device “perfectly” was a relatively easy task. The flat-glass screens offered a two-dimensional problem that was easy to solve: simply define the edges (height and width) and provide precise cuts for all camera and speaker holes. Done!
Now the game has changed with recent device launches as manufacturers have embraced the curved screen. Our once simple problem has expanded to include a 3rd, curved dimension! In order to provide a low-cost solution using flat glass or film, we MUST now account for this curve to avoid installation issues.
With the recent launch of the Samsung Galaxy S7, we’ve received some complaints from loyal Tech Armor fans who claim our HD Clear and Ballistic Glass screen protectors were improperly cut and thus do not fit. At first glance, their imagery seems to lend validity to that assumption, however our product was deliberately designed to avoid the increased curve of the new S7 screen.
Look at the comparison below… On the LEFT, you can see how the glass rests on the flat areas of the glass- providing a perfect seal to protect the flat areas of the screen. On the RIGHT, we’ve created this image to illustrate what would happen if we extended our screen to “perfectly fit” the device.
The flat shape of our screen protectors would create a gap between the device and allow air, dirt and debris to creep under. Every time you pulled the device out of your pocket or purse, the potential for peeling would drastically increase!
At Tech Armor, we pride ourselves on seamless installation with a bubble-free guarantee and we take great care in the design of our products to ensure this promise. While the competition scrambles to redesign their glass and film options (we’ve heard rumors of some manufacturers recalling product), we’re standing by our designs to avoid the curve.
Check out this video demonstration below for a live look at how our Ballistic Glass (at 60mm width) provides seamless coverage vs. a Zagg screen protector (at 64mm) which produces the less-desirable halo effect.
That being said, what about those customers who are willing to pay a little bit more for a COMPLETE edge-to-edge solution? Tech Armor recognizes that a flat glass or film solution offers the lowest possible price, but some customers are willing to invest more… we have not ignored this demand!
Available right now:
FlexiClear Edge to Edge TPU Screen Protection
From scratches to high impact drops, your Samsung Galaxy S7 is completely covered with our shock-absorbing, precision cut TPU (thermoplastic) screen protector.
Experience COMPLETE edge-to-edge coverage! The flexible nature of our FlexiClear screen reaches the edges of your device and conforms around the curved profile for MAXIMUM coverage!
- 3D Curved Glass Edge to Edge Screen Protection
- Galaxy S7 Edge Curved HD Clear Film
- Galaxy S7 Edge Curved Ballistic Glass
There's been a curious arc over the lifespan of the mobile phones. They started out huge and bulky, and gradually shrank over the years until the mid to late 2000s, when smartphones first started appearing on the market. Since then, phones have actually started getting bigger again – some are nearly as large as a tablet.
This has some benefits, obviously. Larger screens mean larger viewing areas for games and videos, and easier typing when entering text. But it also comes with a drawback – a higher chance of needing repairs. Those larger screens mean that more of the screen space is exposed to the elements, which could lead to things like:
- Shattered glass
- Permanent stains and smudges
- And more
To make things worse, the larger size of the devices mean that they're harder to hold onto, that they're more chance of damage if they're dropped, and that they run the risk of being twisted or bent if accidentally forgotten about and left in a pocket. Simply put, you need to pay attention to how you're taking care of your larger devices.
Whether it's a mobile phone or a tablet, it's important that you invest in a good screen protector. And the larger the device's size, the stronger and more reliable the protector will need to be. Ballistic glass helps defend against everything that can be thrown at a screen and more, and is a solid investment if you have a larger device.
Large devices offer plenty of benefits, but come with added risks. With repairs reaching hundreds of dollars – sometimes even if you have a warranty – it's important to protect your device so you can enjoy it for years and so when you're ready for an upgrade you can get the maximum price for it on the resale or trade in market.
Check out our screen protectors for larger screens. They'll give you the protection and peace of mind that you need.
When people hear the term 'Ballistic Glass', it usually conjures up images of bulletproof glass at a bank window or the glass fitted onto cars of VIPs. And essentially, that's exactly what it is. But we think it's important to understand that ballistic glass is available for a lot of other uses as well – including protecting your mobile devices.
Ballistic glass is a stronger version of glass that is designed to provide maximum protection to whatever it covers while still keeping an unobstructed, unaltered field of view. As a result, it can cost a bit more than traditional glass but the tradeoff of extra strength is well worth it for the improved durability and protection received.
Ballistic glass has begun to get serious attention in the mobile phone and tablet device marketplaces, due in large part to the fact that the options available from Tech Armor are receiving such strong reviews from users. Here are some of the primary features you'll get in a good ballistic glass screen cover.
- Crystal clear clarity. It will look like there's nothing on your phone or tablet at all
- Smudge and fingerprint resistance to maintain a good field of view
- Rounded edges that won't scratch the corners of your screen
- .33mm thickness that is fully scratch resistant
- Smooth, easy operation. The glass won't impede your usage of the device
- Easier to apply to the device than cheaper, thinner options
Ballistic glass stands out from those thin, flimsy screen protectors in numerous ways. The biggest is that it offers far more protection. It's easy for a screen to get damaged through the thin protectors if keys in your pocket scratch up against them or if you accidentally drop the phone. While ballistic glass won't keep the entire phone safe, it will keep the screen in pristine condition.
Of course, the price will be slightly higher when you buy this higher quality glass screen. There are key reasons that it's worth the investment aside from the obvious fact that you'll get better protection. In particular:
- When you buy a smart phone, you're investing in what is essentially a computer. Even if you have good warranties in place, a replacement screen can cost hundreds of dollars. Ballistic glass makes it almost impossible for your screen to become cracked and damaged, keeping that investment safe.
- Reselling your phone or tablet when you upgrade is something well worth doing, and something that can help offset the cost of your new device. But if your screen is damaged, you'll essentially lose the ability to sell your new device and will be left with a phone or tablet that's no good to anyone. With screen protection, you preserve your resale value.
There are plenty of different options out there and plenty of reasons to invest in good Ballistic Glass screen protectors. We offer a full lifetime warranty on our protectors, and guarantee that you'll be satisfied with your purchase. To learn more, check out our full selection of ballistic glass products for yourself. You'll be glad you did since it's an investment well worth making.