First, the main advantage of a tempered glass screen protector is that it is much harder to scratch than a plastic one, and therefore should last the life of the device with no cosmetic issues. Another benefit is that most glass protectors feel significantly better than plastic ones. Ever notice how a plastic protector never feels quite as slick as the bare phone? A tempered glass protector basically fixes that "issue" if it's something that bothers you. That alone makes it worth the cost for some people. My Pixel did a flip and a drop on a hardwood floor. My cheap chinese tempered glass screen protector survived flawlessly!! Not a scratch. The actual screen itself has several large cracks and no longer functions, so I am SOL and ordered a replacement phone last night. I am now contemplating not even bothering with these tempered glass protectors. level 1 · 3y Yells at Clouds To be quite honest, screen protectors in general are pretty much not needed any more, what with most phones today using Gorilla Glass 4 or better. You are not scratching that thing unless you happen to carry loose diamonds in your pocket . Theres this new "5D" tempered glass and I dont see anything revolutionary about it either. r/IsItBullshit A community for asking whether programs, services, or rumours are bullshit or not. 510k Members Whether the tempered glass breaks before the phone’s glass is irrelevant to whether it protects it. What matters is how much more it protects it and in this case whether it protects the phone more than a plastic screen protector. Bullshit. Tempered glass screen protectors are usually a similar hardness to the Gorilla Glass that is already on your phone so having a second layer of a similar material is better. They tend to be thicker than plastic ones which helps protect against deeper scratches that would cut through the plastic and they're also much harder than plastic ones so they offer much more scratch resistance. You can see the scratch tests people do on the tempered glass protectors on youtube that would cut right through plastic screen protectors. They usually have the same oleophobic coating that your phone's screen has so it feels exactly the same along with being glass too so even when it wears away, it still feels similar to a phone with no screen protector where the oleophobic coating wore away. IsItBullshit Tempered glass provides no advantage compared to tempered glass vs film screen protector reddit normal plastic screen protectors. IsItBullshit My anecdote: I've not used a case or screen protector since 2013. I don't baby my phones, and yet no screen scratches/shattering. Search within r/IsItBullshit r/IsItBullshit Log In Sign Up User account menu Found the internet! 4 IsItBullshit: Tempered glass provides no advantage compared to normal plastic screen protectors. Close 4 Posted by 3 years ago Archived IsItBullshit: Tempered glass provides no advantage compared to normal plastic screen protectors. I have not tried to use tempered glass on my phone, a simple screen protector does the job. tempered glass vs film screen protector reddit A lot of my friends use tempered glass but they usually break easily. level 2 · 3y Wait what? I can hardly read that sentence As far as whether it's worth it? That's a personal decision. Plastic protectors work just fine. And to the point of some people saying go naked, yes modern gorilla glass is extremely durable. But there are many minerals all around you that can easily scratch the hardest glass, and little particles of sand can be found where you least expect it. So while the chances of actually scratching your screen anymore are pretty low these days, a little drag across a dirty table or some jumbling in a bag or pocket that has a seemingly negligible amount dirt/sand in it can result in scratches. So the question is, run naked with a very low chance of anything bad happening, or use a protector and know you'll never have to deal with scratches? Now as far as protecting the phone, there are two aspects. The scratch protection is going to be the same. Any sharp object that manages to get through either type of protector is probably going to destroy your phone anyway. As far as drops and other impacts, both types of protectors are generally laminated layers that disperse energy well and can do a decent job of absorbing and redirecting the energy from an impact before it cracks your phone screen. Now you've probably noticed tempered glass protectors are much more susceptible to cracking. That's not exactly a great selling point, but it's better to have the protector shatter than the phone. Also the difference between 2.5D, 3D, 4D, 5D, and the other types in tempered glass is usually just the smoothness. Up to 3D refers to just the edge which is fully rounded instead of being flat and having an edge. 4D and up is small improvements like better tempering and the improved smoothness of the face and rounded edge. I'm not sure where you got the part about 5D being new since it's actually kind of old. Last I checked, they were on 7D and they might be on 8D or 9D now but it's hard to tell because a lot of the time chinese sellers like to just make up the numbers as a gimmick. level 1 · 3y · edited 3y The tempered glass screen protectors break easier than the screen, but the screen wont break when the protector is on, even if the screen protector is already smashed. Where as the thin rubbery plastic protectors only protect from scratches The thing is that the screen most likely didn’t save it and it would’ve been fine without the, now broken, tempered glass. I dont know the science behind it but it has saved my galaxy from several falls on concrete floors and rocky pavement where it fell screen first. If you're worried about shattering, a good case or bumpers will do a lot better. You may get a ton of anecdotal "I dropped my phone and the screen protector saved it! how do you take a glass screen protector off your "