Apple Watch Series 1-5 all need the best protection from Apple Watch Screen Protectors.
Apple Watch gradually becomes our everyday necessity. We wear it everyday and everywhere, such as meetings, dates, sports activities etc. Due to frequent usage, it is unavoidable that some hard objects like table corner may leave scratches on the watch screen. This is why Apple Watch users definitely need Apple Watch screen protector to protect the screen for durability.
In this article, we will compare two types of screen protector: The Simple Screen Protective Film and Tempered Glass Screen Protector. After reading this article, you will be able to choose the most suitable one for your beloved Apple Watch.
Table of Comparison
For the tempered glass 9H screen protector, it is a 3D protective film which protects both the surface and the four curved edges of the Apple Watch. The black curved edge of the screen protector provides maximum protection from side to side. It effectively prevents dust or liquid entering the watch’s internal parts.
For the simple protective film, it is a 2D protective layer which protects the surface (screen) of Apple Watch. After you stick the protective film on, it will protect the screen from scratch and liquid. However, if your Apple Watch accidentally hit the table corner, the protective film cannot protect the 4 curved edges. The four corners or the edges of Apple Watch can leave scratch marks.
To sum up, in terms of coverage, the tempered glass screen protector provides a more comprehensive coverage than the protective film.
2. Protective Level
For the tempered glass 9H screen protector, apart from the basic anti-scratch, anti-dust and waterproof functions, it can also anti-oil and fingerprints. Why are these two features important? Fingerprint is always an issue on smartphone screen and Apple Watch screen. The oil and dirt from our fingers can make the fingerprints stick to the screen. Therefore, if less fingerprints and oil are left on the screen, the screen will remain clean and crystal clear. Moreover, this screen protector is made of 9H tempered glass and oleophobic coating. It provides military-graded strong shield for Apple Watch screen.
For the protective film, its main functions are anti-scratch, anti-dust and waterproof. The Apple Watch screen will not be badly damaged if you accidentally hit the water sink and splash some water on it. It acts as an extra protection of the screen.
To sum up, this screen protector provides a stronger protection than the 2D protective film.
3. Transparency & Sensitivity
Both the protective film and the 9H screen protector perform well in transparency and sensitivity of the Apple Watch screen. These two screen protectors are designed with high transparency which you cannot even see there is one protective layer on the screen. The sensitivity of the touch screen will also be unaffected and it’s just like a ultra-thin second skin. The touch feelings will still be smooth and comfortable. Both these two screen protectors can protect the screen from obstacles without affecting the transparency and sensitivity.
Since the protective material and technology are different for these two types of Apple Watch screen protector, the prices may vary. The 2D protective film is relatively cheaper as it only covers the surface of the screen and is not made of tempered glass materials. On the other hand, the 3D screen protector covers both the surface and the 4 sides of the Apple Watch. It is even made with 9H (Standard to stand hard objects) tempered glass material which is a much stronger protection. Therefore, it is relatively of higher price than the normal screen protective film. But definitely it's worth the price.
For the Apple Watch screen protective film, there are 4 sizes: 38mm and 42mm for Apple Watch Series 1-3 ; 40mm and 44mm for Apple Watch Series 4.
For the Tempered Glass screen protector, it is only applicable to Apple Watch Series 4 and Series 5. There are two sizes: 40mm and 44mm, which perfectly protect Apple Watch 4 and 5 screen.
I believe now you have a better understanding on these two Apple Watch screen protectors. You can decide whether you want a simple or a more advanced protection for your watch.
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