There was a time, back in the early days of the iPhone, when I purchased both a case and a screen cover. These days, thanks to Apple Care and the iPhone Upgrade Program, all I buy is a case and I skip the screen cover.
Recently I read about a $30 screen cover called Whitestone Dome Glass, a full-screen adhesive of tempered glass for new iPhones and Apple Watch Series 4. That got me to thinking how much extra effort and expense goes into protecting our cherished Apple gear.
Cover Me Up
If you’re at all like me then you have a household full of Apple kit; from a few Macs to a few iPads, and perhaps more– Apple Watch, AirPods, Apple TV, Beats headphones. The list can grow quickly. The most expensive devices would seem to be the ones most prone to an expensive repair should they be dropped, right?
I checked. My place has plenty of Apple products and protective gear, too. My iPhone Xs Max has a case; not leather, not silicone, but with enough bounce and give to help it survive a drop. I hope. But no cover for the iPhone’s display. Each of my iPads– an older iPad Air and a newer iPad Pro– have a case to protect the display and corners, and stand upright for video viewing or typing. No screen cover, though.
I have two Macs. A desktop bound iMac with no additional protection– other than a power surge protector. The MacBook Pro has a plastic cover; top and bottom. It was on sale at Amazon. Prime rules, amirite? It also has a keyboard cover that matches but I’m not sure why I bought it other than I’m clumsy and drinks occasionally do not stay where I think I’m putting them. Half the time I remove the keyboard cover to bang on the keys the old fashioned way.
Last year I bought a few Watchbands on Amazon, and a cover for Watch. I use the Watchbands. They’re a bargain on Amazon compared to those you can buy from Apple. I scratched my first Apple Watch and thought a cover might save me from future clumsiness. It did not, and not because the cover could not protect, but because the cover was so ugly and visually obtrusive that I took it off after the first few days and never used it again. And, yes, I banged the Watch case a couple of times anyway.
What caught my eye about the Whitestone Dome Glass was both the price and the protection. The price is high so protection should be higher, right? This is a tempered glass screen protector that avoids the typical air bubbles, scratches, and lack of clear transparency more common on the $10 protectors. These use something called LOCA– a Liquid Optical Clear Adhesive that helps to form an anti-shatter protection barrier.
I haven’t tried it yet, but it looks good.
As expected, the Whitestone website has all the basic instructions for installation, and the company sells protective displays for a variety of premium smartphones.
My questions are obvious.
What protection do you have for your Apple gear– iPhone, iPad, Mac, Watch, et al? A basic cover and nothing else? A display screen protector? An extra cover for a Mac notebook? And, as a follow up, what kind of success– or failure– have you had with such add-ons?
Inquiring minds want to know.