The World of smartphones have completely migrated from the previously popular keypad model to the modern all-screen model types of smartphones. Currently, there are two dominating types of screen types for the all-screen smartphones currently being sold in the market;
- Shatterproof display and
- Corning’s Gorilla Glass series.
Corning’s Gorilla Glass vs Shatterproof display: What you need to know before choosing your next device
Having a shatterproof display that does not break into smithereens upon impact is a dream come true for millions of users that have gone through the traumatic experience of seeing their expensive and prized possession meet its demise with the hard and unrelenting pavement, or just another hard surface.
Such phones feature Corning’s latest version of Gorilla Glass, the Gorilla Glass 5, and it’s is found on several flagship smartphones released in 2017.
Now looking at the loss the person has to endure in watching the Gorilla Glass shatter, you’d probably think that having a shatterproof display presents a far better formula than Gorilla Glass 5 right? Right or wrong, the explanation will expose you to a brief truth about both display types.
Shatterproof display will easily take a beating from your regular hammer beat down session. This is because instead of using tempered glass, this display utilizes several layers of plastic attached to the front side of the phone to protect it from various elements.
In short, since it is essentially plastic that is protecting the mobile phone from a painful ending, the display will remain unscathed, in a matter of speaking.
You are probably aware that plastic is soft in chemical composition, so if a sharp object such as a knife, coin or even your fingernail scratches the surface of a phone that features a shatterproof display, there is going to be an irreparable mark on that display, prompting the owner to make a quick trip to the smartphone repair center.
If you are going to purchase a handset like the Moto Z2 Force, which has a shatterproof display, it is highly recommended that you purchase a high-quality tempered glass screen protector so that the front side of the device can have a significant layer of protection.
Corning Gorilla Glass
As for the Gorilla Glass 5, which is found on most of the recently released Samsung Galaxy series devices, it can easily shatter when significant brute force is applied in form of a hammer beatdown, but the glass is extremely scratch-resistant. The current-generation Gorilla Glass 5 can easily come out unscathed to things like knives, keys, coins and definitely your fingernails.
In the majority of cases, it is pointless to have a screen protector applied to a phone that features the latest version of Corning’s Gorilla Glass because the glass itself can prevent the smartphone to a certain extent and having a tempered glass protector will be considered redundant.
If applying a tempered glass screen protector is done to protect the phone’s display from cracking or shattering when dropped, then you would have wasted money on a decent-priced accessory since it would crack all the same.
- Do not bring sharp objects near your Shatterproof display smartphones and if you’re not sure you can do that, remember to buy a screen protector for your smartphone.
- Corning Gorilla Glass display devices are scratch resistant but, you DO NOT handle them carelessly as a fall won’t just take you to the repair shop, but you’ll be spending more money which might even be enough to buy a new phone.