Iphone 5 glass vs. Iphone 3GS?


Jan 19, 2005
I used to own a 3GS, and relatively recently got an Iphone 5. With the 3GS having a screen protector I recall was a pretty good idea (not that I dropped my phone very often or anything), and the thing stuck on their dutifully for three years. Well, for whatever reason the ATT store this time around gave me a really crummy protector that peeled off within a few weeks (in both cases they put it on for me too).

after being tired of a linty half suck on screen protector I just ditched it, even for the second time (as the Iphone case I just bought came with one that also was rather poor in comparison to my old one that lasted three years).

Anyway, make a long story short, I am now hearing that since the 4s maybe, that they upgraded the materials the front is made out of, with something called "gorilla glass" or somesuch? Does that mean my phone will likely be fine and scratch free even without a protector this time around?


Limp Gawd
Jun 18, 2012
I have the iPhone 5 (had the iPhone 4). Never used a screen protector and never had a scratch on either. I'm also very careful with my phone.


Nov 1, 2004
If you don't drop it your are fine.

However, a screen protector will most definitely help in the event of falls or just wear and tear over time.

Spigen has generally been regarded as the best maker of screen protectors for the Iphone.

The tR (see here: http://www.amazon.com/SPIGEN-SGP-SG...id=1362542746&sr=8-2&keywords=spigen+iphone+5) is expensive but gives you the closest thing to glass you will get (it actually is glass).

I have the ultra fine on mine (see http://www.amazon.com/Spigen-SGP-SG...d=1362542794&sr=1-21&keywords=spigen+iphone+5) and it definitely does cut down on smudges / glare and looks nice. However, it definitely does reduce visibility.

There's also the ultra crystal which is good in that it doesn't reduce visibility (although it attracts tons of fingerprints) http://www.amazon.com/Spigen-SGP-SG...d=1362542794&sr=1-21&keywords=spigen+iphone+5


Mar 4, 2008
You'll still want a screen protector if you don't mind the change in the way the screen feels.