2021 has officially begun, now that Samsung has unveiled the first major smartphone of the year, the Galaxy S21. Not only does the S21 offer high performance and great specs, but it looks absolutely beautiful, boasting ultra-thin bezels and a very smooth edge-to-edge display. However, as sexy as it is, it won’t fare too well if you happen to drop or knock it. That’s why we’ve put together a list of the best Samsung Galaxy S21 screen protectors available right now.
These screen protectors will ensure that your S21’s display remains intact for as long as possible, while also retaining the screen’s transparency and touch-sensitivity.
Spigen may be best known for its cases, but it also makes some pretty darn good screen protectors. This particular protector is made of tempered glass, making it resistant to scratches, scuffs, and splinters. It also incorporates self-healing technology, allowing it to gradually repair slight marks over time. As a bonus, Spigen has designed it to be fully compatible with all of its cases for the S21.
If money is no object, then this number from Whitestone is pretty much the ultimate in screen protection. Constructed from tempered glass, it’s really built to last, with Whitestone offering a limited lifetime warranty that grants you the ability to request a replacement if your protector “is damaged or worn.” On top of this, the protector uses patented liquid glass, which disperses over the S21’s entire screen, repairing pre-existing cracks while also creating an airtight edge-to-edge barrier with the display. If that isn’t enough, the protector is also fully compatible with the phone’s fingerprint scanner.
Made of PET-based hybrid glass, InvisibleShield’s GlassFusion protector combines the durability of actual glass with the flexibility of polymers, enabling it to absorb shock and disperse impacts that might otherwise cause damage. This particular protector also benefits from an uppermost layer that’s made of a polymer material called D30, which has been broken down and engineered to be optically clear. Together with the underlying layers, this makes the protector around 20% stronger than its predecessors. Throw in some anti-microbial coating, and you have a very comprehensive package.
Made from a chemically reinforced glass, PanzerGlass’ screen protector for the Galaxy S21 is tough and shock-resistant. Not only will it protect your phone’s display from scratches and other damage, but the use of an underlying anti-shatter film means that, in the worst-case scenario of a massive drop, the protector won’t break into fragments. It comes with an oleophobic coating that repels oils and other oleaginous liquids, and that also retards the growth of bacteria. To cap it all off, it’s also fairly thin, at 0.4mm, so you’ll retain pretty much the original transparency and responsiveness of the S21’s screen.
Another company that also makes some great cases, Tech21’s protectors also aren’t half-bad either. This particular specimen is made of toughened glass reinforced by an anti-scratch finish, so you can rest assured that it will take more than its fair share of punishment. It also boasts an antimicrobial finish that will reduce microbes on your screen by up to 99.99% (although make sure you take care of the remaining 0.01% by regularly washing your hands). To make installation easier, it comes with an alignment applicator, so you shouldn’t have much of a problem fitting it to your S21.
Sold in a pack of four, this protector from OMOTON is probably the thinnest item on this list. Measuring at only 0.1mm, it will ensure a very high level of transparency and responsiveness for your S21’s screen, while also keeping the phone’s fingerprint sensor in full working order. Its made of PET film, so it isn’t quite as hard as glass equivalents, but it does use scratch-resistant materials to ward off any unwanted marks and blemishes. Also comes with an installation kit, so that you don’t end up with bubbles.
Olixar is one of those companies that make great cases and great screen protectors, and its Samsung Galaxy S21 screen protector continues its tradition of ultra-thin yet ultra-hard protectors. It’s made with chemically reinforced tempered glass that boasts a 9H hardness rating (the highest possible), ensuring that your S21’s screen is protected from scratches and other kinds of damage. It also has an underlying anti-shatter film, which stops the protector (and your screen) from breaking up. With a thickness of only 0.26mm, it is highly transparent, featuring a light penetration ratio of 95%. This also means that it does a very good job of retaining the full functionality of the S21’s display, including its built-in fingerprint sensor.
Sold as a pack of three, this Galaxy S21 screen protector from ESR is made of a flexible polymer film, rather than tempered glass. While this means it isn’t quite as hard as glass protectors, it does offer several advantages. Firstly, it makes the protector more transparent and responsive, avoiding any unwanted interference with the phone’s fingerprint scanner. Secondly, it comes with self-healing materials that remove light scratches over time, so you don’t end up accumulating dozens of marks after one or two years. Lastly, its thinness ensures greater compatibility with cases, while still covering the entirety of the S21’s screen.
Here’s a high-value three-pack that combines a screen protector with a camera lens protector, just in case you’re worried about something catching the S21’s rear cameras. It’s composed of tempered glass, yet at 0.15mm, it’s one of the thinnest protectors on this list. This allows for a high level of transparency and sensitivity, which again means that the fingerprint sensor won’t be affected by the protector. Helpfully, the protector also incorporates hydrophobic and oleophobic coatings, so that your phone doesn’t pick up greasy fingerprints or smudges. It also uses electrostatic absorption, which helps to make installation easier than normal.
Here’s something you don’t see every day, a screen protector that’s made with film and tempered glass. In other words, this is a film-based screen protector that offers all the transparency of film coverings, yet has been reinforced with tempered glass, so that it provides a higher level of durability than the average film protector. It’s ultra-thin, at 0.15mm, meaning that you’ll hardly notice it’s installed. It’s also surprisingly strong, with its use of nano-elastic materials making it more impact-proof than other protectors. The protector comes in a pack of three, along with three separate camera lens protectors made of the same material.
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