The iPhone X has the biggest screen that Apple has ever put on an iPhone (at least if you measure diagonally) thanks to reducing the bezels to their bare minimum. That's great, but it also means there's that much more screen available to scratch, chip, or smash entirely.
Given that Apple is charging a massive £286.44 (or $279 in the US) for screen repairs out of warranty - over £100/$100 more than for any other iPhone - that gives you even more reason to invest now in keeping the phone safe to save money down the line.
A good case for your iPhone X is almost essential but for complete protection you'll also want to pick up a screen protector, which should help reduce damage from drops while minimising the tiny scratches and chips that can build up from day-to-day usage. It won't help avoid the burn-in problems from the new-to-iPhone OLED technology of course, so check out our guide to avoiding screen burn-in.
Read on to find out which iPhone X screen protectors the Macworld team recommends. We've also rounded up the best screen protectors for other iPhone models here.
Tech21 Impact Shield Self Heal for iPhone X
This Tech21 screen protector is built out of three layers to try and maximise protection.
The layer that sticks to your phone is soft, to absorb force, while the top layer is made out of a self-healing layer that smooths over small day-to-day scratches.
In between the two is Tech21's patented BulletShield, which it claims is used in bulletproof glass. They don't quite claim it'd make your iPhone bulletproof - and we really don't recommend testing the theory - but it should handle your house keys just fine.
Spigen Glas.tr iPhone X Screen Protector
Unlike the Tech21 protector, Spigen's only has one layer. That layer is glass though, so it should hold its own.
You get two in the pack, so if it gets too scratched it's easy to swap to the second, and the thin design is built to be compatible with just about any case you might use.
Peel Glass Screen Protector for iPhone X
Peel's tempered glass screen protector goes right up to the rounded edge of the display, which should help you feel that your screen is safe even if you're using a slimmer case for the phone - like Peel's own super thin case (£19/$25), unsurprisingly.
It comes with everything you'll need for an easy application, and is almost impossible to spot once it's on the phone - so much so that you might just forget it's there at all.
Belkin ScreenForce Glass Screen Protector for iPhone X
Belkin's ScreenForce protector has a curved edge to fully protect your iPhone X screen. It's built of four layers of tempered glass, so you can expect durability and safe-guarding from drops and scratches.
At 0.3mm thick, Belkin's ScreenForce protector is designed for a seamless, non-intrusive experience which preserves screen sensitivity.
US shoppers get a limited lifetime warranty. UK shoppers get a 2 year limited warranty if you buy the Belkin ScreenForce directly from Amazon.
Tozo iPhone X Glass Screen Protector
This glass offering from Tozo is fairly unique in that the screen protector itself uses bent glass. That means it covers the corners of the iPhone X, not just the front of the display, adding a little bit of of extra protection against drops and knocks, not just direct scratches.
The only downside is that it adds a tiny bit more bulk (as in, millimetres) which means it might not fit well with super snug cases - though it should be fine with most cases that aren't form-fitting.
Karapax iPhone X Glass Guard
If you haven't heard of Karapax, you might know parent company Anker, which is one of the most reliable phone accessory companies around right now.
This set of two glass Karapax screen protectors comes with a full-body frame for easy application, and the protectors themselves are designed to be fingerprint-resistant and shatterproof, so even after a big drop you won't get loose glass flying around.