The iPhone is obviously one of the best looking smartphones on the market (though we may be biased...), but sadly it isn't the most durable - especially the display.
Here, we round up some of the best (and coolest) iPhone screen protectors that you can buy in the UK, including some that offer additional features like self-healing tech or 3D viewing functionality.
Just Mobile AutoHeal Screen Protector for iPhone
The Just Mobile AutoHeal is a full-coverage 2.5S tempered glass screen protector that offers something something slightly out of the ordinary – auto healing screen technology. Keep in mind, this protector is available for the iPhone 6 and 6s and the 6 Plus and 6S Plus. The technology should repair minor scratches on the screen protector, which should keep your iPhone looking as good as new for a bit longer. Remember, a good case can take your screen even further. Check out our round up of the best iPhone 6s and 6s Plus cases
Although with this being said, we tried scratching our iPhone 6s with a wire brush and the scratches stayed put, so we’re not sure just how effective the technology is. However even without self-healing tech, the screen protector is still made of tempered glass and should dissipate the force of impact and save your iPhone screen from shattering if dropped.
It also has a handy tab that allows you to align the screen protector against the phone before attaching it, allowing you to get a perfect fit with no bubbles.
JETech Tempered Glass Screen Protector
The JETech Screen Protector, made from tempered glass, offers hardy protection for your iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 7 Plus (5.5in displays only; for iPhone 8 and 7 screen sizes click here). The glass can resist scratches up to 9H, which is a measurement on Mohs Scale of Mineral Hardness, where 10 is for diamonds (and 1 is for talc).
The protector should keep your screen unsullied from greasy fingerprints and dust, while still maintaining transparency and responsiveness.
JETech promises bubble-free and hassle-free installation. The only thing to remember is the protector does not extend over the curved edge of the screen, but this may not be a dealbreaker considering JETech offers two protectors in a pack plus a lifetime warranty.
BoxWave Glass Screen Guard with ClearTouch SmartButtons
The BoxWave ClearTouch SmartButtons is (apart from a mouthful) a screen protector that doesn’t just provide you with extra protection, but also looks to level the playing field with Android and Windows devices.
How? By including ‘return’ and ‘confirm’ buttons for one handed use, allowing users to tap to the dots to the left or right of the home screen to perform actions that would usually require you to reach the top of the display. It is a fascinating concept but takes some getting used to for iOS users, although Android users that have made the switch to iOS may appreciate the functionality.
It’s also made from tempered glass with a 9H hardness rating, the strongest rating for tempered glass, which should provide shock absorption and protection against both scratches and drops.
The BoxWave ClearTouch SmartButtons is available for the iPhone 6 and 6s.
Nearpow Crystal Clear Screen Protector
Here's another option if you want to protect your iPhone 8 Plus or iPhone 7 Plus from the dangers of bumps and scratches--and knives (or so Nearpow claims, though we wouldn't advise testing). This tempered glass protector is only 0.26mm and comes in a pack of three.
Application should be easy and leave a bubble-free finish. Removing the protector should not leave any residue on your phone either.
This protector is also 3D Touch sensitive, fingerprint resistant, anti-shatter and waterproof. The kit comes with wet and dry wipes, a microfibre cloth, a dust removal sticker, application guides, and a bubble-removal card. It's hard to go wrong, especially since you get all this for less than a tenner.
Whoosh3D Screen Protector for iPhone
The Woosh3D screen protector claims to bring 3D functionality to your iPhone 5c through not only 3D content available on YouTube, but also your own videos using a conversion process within the accompanying app (an app for a screen protector? Madness!).
It should provide users with a Nintendo 3DS-esque 3D effect, and you can adjust the level of depth from within the app. Although it’s a screen protector, it’s only made from plastic and probably won’t protect your iPhone from anything more than slight scratches, but the benefit of this is that its barely noticeable when applied.
The packaging doubles up as a ‘prep pad’ that helps you align and apply the screen protector perfectly, which is an issue that many users struggle with.
The Whoosh3D protector is not currently available in the US.
ARKTeK Super Thin 2.5D Screen Protector
The Arktek 2.5D tempered glass screen protector is a good example of a cheap screen protector that’ll do the job. The company uses high class Japanese Asahi Glass with a hardness rating of 9H, which should protect your iPhone display from scratches and general damage – and measuring in at only 0.26mm, it’s one of the thinnest tempered glass screen protectors available.
The company claims that it preserves the HD quality of the display, and also features an oil resistant coating that should help repel the skins natural oils and fingerprints. And did we mention that you get not only one, but two in a pack?
This protector is available for the iPhone 7 and 8, and their respective Plus models.
Cadorabo Bulletproof Glass Screen Protector
Okay so first of all, we don’t recommend that anyone shoots their iPhone with this screen protector on to test its bulletproof claim. We think it’s bulletproof in a metaphorical way; the same way a bullet proof vest will protect a police officer, this tempered glass iPhone screen protector should protect your iPhone from damage and is scratch resistant.
The glass is also water, dust and fingerprint resistant and comes with an alcohol pad and micro-fibre cleaning cloth if you ever do need to give your phone the odd wipe.
The Cadorabo protector will fit the iPhone 8 Plus, 7 Plus and 7S Plus.
Zagg InvisibleShield HDX Display Protection for iPhone
The ZAGG invisibleSHIELD HDX, for the iPhone 6, is a great combination of both clarity and protection, namely because of its origins in the military. ZAGG claims that the original concept for the invisibleSHIELD HDX was used to protect high-speed helicopter blades from dust, dirt and debris.
Combining the military grade technology and nano-memory technology creates a tempered glass screen protector that, the company claims, can withstand up to 3x the pressure of standard tempered glass screen protectors. Don’t worry about loosing quality with this protector either, as ZAGG claims that it will preserve the “vibrant colours of your display”.
Shark Proof Liquid Glass Screen Protector
This is a cool one - you apply the screen protector from a sachet in liquid form. The kit comes with a cleaner and primer for your iPhone, and in fact one pack has enough liquid for all screen sizes up to fourteen inches.
There's an applicator and full instructions, and once applied to your screen and set, should offer up to two years protection. We've seen this product in action, and it is incredibly durable, withstanding intense key scratches and even knives. Really works!