Apple first introduced the biggest screen on an iPhone with the iPhone X (though that title has now been surrendered to the 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max). With the iPhone XS, you get the same screen size, but with even greater contrast and clarity.
The iPhone XS (reviewed here) boasts a contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1 which means images and videos appear in higher definition. Yet, a higher quality screen doesn't do much if enmeshed with scratches and cracks.
Given that Apple is charging a massive £282.44 (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 XS or iPhone X is almost essential, but for complete protection you'll also want to pick up a screen protector. This 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.
We've also rounded up the best screen protectors for other iPhone models here.
Tech21 Impact Shield Screen Protector for iPhone XS
This Tech21 screen protector offers a flexible layer that sticks to your phone to absorb force. It's self-healing, which means that it smooths over small day-to-day scratches.
It's made of 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.
Moshi IonGlass Screen protector for iPhone XS/X
Moshi is a name we've come to trust for its high quality products. The IonGlass fits the iPhone XS and iPhone X and Moshi claims its tougher than tempered glass and steel, due to it being atomically strengthened.
We tried scratching our sample with a pair of scissors, but the protector was impressively left unscathed no matter how much pressure we applied. We feel certain it will be equally matched against the set of keys in your pocket.
It's not available in the US.
Zagg Invisible Shield for iPhone XS
The InvisibleShield Glass+ serves protection on two front: for the screen itself, and also your eyes. Using its EyeSafe layer, it blocks blue light and 99% of UV light which can be especially harmful to children's eyes.
It also promises a 100% clarity and bubble-free installation, which means that it integrates seamlessly with the original screen – you won't realize it's there.
Zagg offers a limited lifetime warranty on this iPhone XS screen protector. The company will replace the guard for free as long as you own the device.
Spigen iPhone XS Screen Protector Glas.tR
Spigen's screen protector only has one layer, but that layer is glass so it should hold its own. It boasts 9H tempered hardness and is fingerprint resistant.
The thin design is built to be compatible with just about any case you might use. The Glas.tr is available for the iPhone X too for which it comes in a pack of two, so if one gets too scratched it's easy to swap to the second. US visitors can find the iPhone X version here though it's only a single pack.
Peel Glass Screen Protector for iPhone XS
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 for the iPhone XS and iPhone X (£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 XS/iPhone X
Belkin's ScreenForce protector has a curved edge to fully protect your iPhone XS and iPhone X screen - it's compatible with both models. It's built of four layers of tempered glass, so you can expect durability and safe-guarding from drops and scratches.
At 0.33mm 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 XS/iPhone X Glass Screen Protector
This glass offering from Tozo has curved edges like the Belkin protector. That means it covers the corners of the iPhone XS, not just the front of the display, adding a little bit 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.
Anker iPhone XS/iPhone X Double Defence Screen Protector
Anker is one of the most reliable phone accessory companies around right now.
This reinforced glass screen protector comes in a set of two and is shatterproof to keep cracked glass together, so even after a big drop you won't get loose glass flying around.
It's Double Defence technology refers to its use of two layers of glass to insulate impact from the actual phone screen.
It doesn't have curved edges like some of the other protectors featured in this list, but it does come with an installation clip to align the guard and an 18-month warranty.
JETech Screen Protector for iPhone XS (3-Pack)
JETech's tempered glass screen protectors are 0.33mm thin, come in a pack of three and with a lifetime warranty. It's slightly smaller than the surface area of the screen so it doesn't prevent a case from fitting the edges.
In terms of protective features it's similar to the other protectors listed here with 9H hardness and a fingerprint and scratch resistant surface. It however, costs a fraction of the price at £5.99/$7.99.
ESR iPhone XS/iPhone X Screen Protector
The ESR tempered glass screen protector can withstand 22lbs of force. It is shatterproof, scratch-resistant, fingerprint-resistant and promises bubble-free installation. It comes with an installation frame too so that the protector goes on properly aligned with the phone.
On top of that, it comes with a lifetime warranty and costs just £10/$10 on Amazon right now.