The best Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus screen protectors

Guard your Galaxy with the best Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus screen protectors

Best Galaxy S9 cases
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The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus may no longer be the latest Samsung flagship range, but they’re still formidable smartphones. The design may be three years old now, but it’s still a stunner, and it combines that with equally stunning specs and a display to die for. Samsung has fixed the few elements that went wrong with the Galaxy S8 — including the awkward position of the fingerprint scanner — but it’s also improved the basics too, adding upgraded hardware and a more powerful camera with a variable aperture.

But there’s little doubt the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus will both come off badly if they take a tumble onto the sidewalk. That’s why we’ve found you the tools to make sure your new Galaxy smartphone can survive its time as your best pocket friend. We’ve gathered some of the best S9 cases and S9 Plus cases to keep your phone safe, but what about your display? The display is the most important part of a phone, and if it breaks, your phone needs sudden repairs. We’ve found the best Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus screen protectors to make sure that your huge AMOLED screen stays free of cracks and scratches.

Tech21 Impact Shield Film Protector

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A trusted Samsung partner, Tech21 is a good first stop for phone protection. Tech21 has a great selection of cases, but it’s the screen protection options that concern us today. The Impact Shield is made from a flexible film, but don’t let that put you off if you’re looking for a good amount of protection. It uses Bulletshield, a high-performance material used in bulletproof glass, so it has impact-absorbing qualities not usually seen in film. However, it’s still not up to the level of a tempered glass protector, and if you’re looking for thicker protection, move along. But even with that caveat, it’s thin enough that you’re unlikely to notice it, and it’ll protect well against scratches, dirt, and fingerprints. Unfortunately, it’s on the expensive side.

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Olixar Full Cover Glass Protector

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Nothing protects glass like glass, so if you want a protector that can handle some abuse, you go for tempered glass. This protector from Olixar is made from 9H tempered glass, making it scratch-proof and resistant to bumps, fingerprints, and dirt. It’s thin too, measuring just 0.33mm thick. However, keep in mind that this screen protector is best used by those without a case, as it’s a full coverage screen protector. That means it won’t play well with cases and will likely lift off the screen if a case is forced on. But what it lacks in case compatibility, it makes up for init’s large coverage area.

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Ringke Dual Easy Film Protector

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Attaching a screen protector isn’t hard — but it can be extremely fiddly. That’s where Ringke comes in. The Dual Easy film screen protector comes with a multi-layer installation process that removes dust and debris, so you can be sure your screen protector won’t have any distracting motes of dust between the screen and protector. Outside of that, it’s a fairly regular film screen protector. It’ll prove resistant to scratches, dirt, and fingerprints, and will work well with protective cases. On the minus side, it won’t prove hugely resistant to major bumps — but it’s super slim, won’t affect your screen sensitivity, and comes in a twin pack.

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Rhinoshield Impact Flex Film Protector

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Another film protector with a lot to offer, Rhinoshield’s Impact Flex protector is flexible and thin, but extremely tough. It’s made from a flexible film that uses a specially designed impact-absorbing layer to reduce the effect of shocks and bumps — so much so that Rhinoshield claims it can absorb up to 4 times as much impact energy as Gorilla Glass 3. Even with that protection though, it’s only as thin as a sheet of printer paper and has an oleophobic coating to resist fingerprints, dirt, and smears. However, that comes with some downsides, and it’s definitely on the more expensive side for a film protector.

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Skinomi MatteSkin Anti-Glare Film Protector

Fed up of the sun’s strong light reflecting off your phone’s screen, making it impossible to check up on social media or watch a video? Skinomi’s MatteSkin comes with a special matte coating that helps to cut that glare right out, making it much easier to use your phone while you’re out-and-about or under strong lighting. As it’s made from a thin film, it won’t be as protective as tempered glass, but it’ll protect against scratches, dirt, and fingerprints. Best of all, it comes in a twin pack, making it a great value.

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Spigen Neo Flex Film Screen Protector

Spigen’s film screen protector applies wet to the screen, reducing the chance of a rainbow effect or trapped bubbles, and it bends around the curved screen on the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus to ensure thorough coverage. It’s fully case-compatible, so if you’re combining this with one of Spigen’s cases then you don’t need to worry about the edges being lifted off, and the self-healing properties will allow it to heal from any minor impacts. It’s not glass, so it’s not the hardest of protection, but it will resist scratches, and make sure dirt stays away from your screen. Even better — it’s a twin pack, so you can easily replace the first if it gets mucky.

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Otterbox Alpha Glass Protector

If you’ve seen one of Otterbox’s many protective cases, then you know it takes smartphone safety very seriously indeed. This Alpha Glass screen protector brings Otterbox’s celebrated pedigree of protection and applies it to your device’s display. It’s anti-shatter, so won’t come apart into tiny shards if broken, making it safer for you. Otterbox also promises that it will not interfere with touchscreen responsiveness or impair your phone’s image quality. It’s definitely heavier duty than a film protector, but it will also protect against more direct and harder threats, and will usually take a blow that would otherwise break your screen.

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Whitestone Dome UV Cured Glass Screen Protector

It’s one of the pricier options on this list, but you get a lot for your money. The Whitestone Dome screen protector is made from tempered glass and attaches to your screen by a rather unique method. Place your device into the provided rig, and follow the instructions to apply a thin layer of liquid glass. The protector is then lowered onto the screen and any bubbles removed. The whole thing is cured with Whitestone’s UV lamp, ensuring a close and tight fit to your device, reducing the risk of sensitivity loss or a drop in image quality. Somewhat uniquely for a screen protector, Whitestone claims the liquid glass and curing process will also fill in any existing cracks on your screen, making this one of the few protectors to be useful after you’ve broken your screen. The protector itself is tough, and covers the whole screen — but it may have issues with some cases, so check before you buy.

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