Best screen protectors for the Samsung Galaxy S7

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Screen protectors literally add another layer of safety to phones. Whether you’re scared of shattering your phone’s display or just want to prevent little hairline scratches, a screen protector is a cheap way to bring in extra protection on top of well-made glass. Although both sides of the Galaxy S7 are made of Corning Gorilla Glass 4 to resist damage, many people still want to place a screen protector on their stunning new device. Damaging a $700 phone even in the slightest isn’t quite a pretty thing to experience, especially if you don’t have insurance; a screen protector isn’t a bad idea after all. The little accessory could save you from having to pay hundreds of dollars for repairs or an entirely new phone.

Let’s check out the best screen protectors for the Samsung Galaxy S7.

ZAGG HD Dry InvisibleShield Screen Protector

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Among the world’s biggest and best providers of screen protectors is ZAGG. The company, which focuses on all accessories relating to mobile device protection, has a low-cost screen protector available for the Galaxy S7. That’s surprising considering its products normally carry heavier-than-standard prices online and in retail stores.

ZAGG’s HD Dry InvisibleShield screen protector for Samsung’s flagship is “exceptionally clear, unbelievably thin, and virtually indestructible.” Despite being so thin, this screen protector is military grade and has self-healing technology for molecules to deny scratches and nicks. If it does break or show blemishes, ZAGG will honor the product’s lifetime warranty and replace it with a fresh screen protector. The lifetime warranty cancels out the letdown that ZAGG only includes one screen protector.

  • Types: Front, Front+Back
  • Pricing: $20-$35

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Yootech HD Ultra Clear Film Screen Protector

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Aiming for value? Stop searching and just get Yootech’s screen protector for your Galaxy S7. At a price that is less than $10, Yootech is allowing you to pull off a steal by picking up three HD Ultra Clear Film screen protectors in a single package. But don’t expect to go through all three right away if you mess up during the installation process. Yootech says these are hassle-free and bubble-free, meaning you can just peel it off and reposition if necessary.

Don’t let the low price fool you. Yootech is getting demand so high that Amazon is running out of stock frequently. And, if reviews are your thing, the HD Ultra Clear Film screen protector is rated with four stars from over two hundred customers, 50% of which gave Yootech’s option five stars.

  • Types: Standard
  • Pricing: $8

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Spigen Crystal Screen Protector

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My personal favorite when it comes to accessories is Spigen because of the company’s quality, design, and pricing. It’s not hard to get a well-made product from Spigen while avoiding spending a lot of money. The Crystal screen protector is simple, coming with exactly the stuff you need to get a screen protector placed perfectly on your Galaxy S7 in one try. With the three screen protectors is a wet cleaner, squeegee, dust removal sticker, and multiple guide stickers.

The Crystal screen protector has cutouts to match your phone’s home button, camera, and sensors. Its high quality optical base PET film resists scratches and doesn’t have that rainbow effect you’ve seen on other screen protectors.

I’ve been buying from Spigen for years, and I can confidently tell you that their customer service is excellent and willing to work with you to solve any issues. Then again, its products are so good that you probably won’t have to ever contact the customer service department unless you want to thank them for this screen protector’s quality.

  • Types: Standard
  • Pricing: $10

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Spigen GLAS.rT SLIM HD Screen Protector

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So maybe that Crystal screen protector from Spigen was a little too simple for your needs. That’s why Spigen developed the GLAS.tR SLIM HD screen protector. Rather than being a plain piece of plastic, it’s made out of tempered glass. That allows this screen protector to be tougher than the competition. And there’s an oleophobic coating that pushes away oils and fingerprints so your screen looks as dazzling as the first time you took it out of the box.

Still, even with its fancy technology, Spigen GLAS.tR SLIM is priced attractively. Spigen includes one screen protector, a dust removal sticker, a micro fiber cloth, and two wipes.

  • Types: Standard
  • Pricing: $25

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OtterBox Alpha Glass Screen Protector

 

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If you chat with anyone about protecting their phone, OtterBox is guaranteed to be included in that conversation. OtterBox, a company synonymous with mobile device protection, has a screen protector for the Galaxy S7 available in two varieties — Clear and Privacy. Everything about them is the same, including the tempered glass and polyester design, with the exception of the Privacy version blocking visibility from outside the front of the phone.

OtterBox’s Alpha Glass screen protector shields your phone from incoming hits and sudden drops, using its tempered glass design to hold everything together. If something wild happens and the screen protector disappoints, OtterBox will honor the 1-year warranty.

  • Types: Clear, Privacy
  • Pricing: $36-$40

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IQ Shield Screen Protector

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IQ Shield is probably a company you’ve heard little or nothing about, but I’m here to tell you that they deserve your attention. Now, yes, the sample shot has LG’s software sitting on the Galaxy S7; however, don’t let that turn you off. IQ Shield has three unique screen protectors to give you the exact type of protection desired.

The Tempered Glass version offers superior strength in its tempered glass build; the LiQuidSkin version keeps it simple during installation; the Matte version rids your phone’s display of any glare in bright lighting and pushes away dust, fingerprints, and other unwanted items.

All of these screen protectors have IQ Shield’s lifetime warranty attached.

  • Types: Tempered Glass, LiQuidSkin, Matte
  • Pricing: $8-$10

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Closing

The screen protectors listed above are what we call the best of them all, but other options exist. The six included in our picks are meant to give you guidance as to the brands and types to stick with, and everything we mentioned here will ship for free. As you can tell, the benefits go further than just the screen protectors themselves. The makers of these screen protectors care about customers, showing that by having lengthy warranties and free shipping.

Do you have a favorite screen protector? Head down to the comments section and tell us what your go-to is.


About the Author: Justin Herrick

Born and raised in New Jersey, Justin is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University where he studied marketing with a focus on digital marketing. He's very talkative and enjoys discussing anything from technology and sports to video games and television. As for Justin's current device rotation, he carries around the Google Pixel and Nexus 9. In the rare case that his phone or tablet is not in his hand, he is either flicking through cards on his Moto 360 (2015) or typing away on the Microsoft Surface Book. Justin is patiently waiting for the day that Google replicates the Galaxy Nexus with modern day specifications.


  • dom2114

    any word on which is best to use with cases? some of them are prone to have the edges peel up with a case (I realize this will vary by case, but some are advertized as ‘case friendly’…where the protector leaves a small gap at the edge of the phone so the case has room.

    another related question, but there’s also been a lot of talk about whether these protectors (the glass ones in particular) cover the entire screen, or just the flat portion of the screen and skips the curved edges?

    • Justin_Herrick

      Certain companies, including IQ Shield, do have special versions that are case-friendly. It’s best to go to the manufacturer’s site because Amazon listings can be a little odd every now and then. If it’s not clear, then definitely emails customer service departments.

      For your other question, it’s too hard to tell what is/isn’t covered.

  • spydonhot

    I’d love to know which one of these protectors the author actually put on a Galaxy S7 before posting his “authoritative review”.

    I think if the author had done so he would have known all the difficulties the S7 has with it’s slightly curved glass near the edge. I have tried almost all of these products and can attest that they all have major design flaws.

    In addition, I have contacted a few companies about “warranties” on their products and the fine print would invalidate 99% of consumer’s claims. If these manufacturers actually “cared about customers”, as is claimed in this review, they would not manufacture such terrible products in the first place.

    This page is nothing more than an advertisement for disappointing products – as a result I would be wary of any other reviews posted on this site.

    • Justin_Herrick

      If this is a paid advertisement, please speak with our accountant and find the where any of the manufacturers gave us a penny or more.

      I assure you not a company paid us to be included in our list here.

      • spydonhot

        Please don’t insult people’s intelligence. You may not be paid by the manufacturers, but the Google Ads on your site monetize this page.

        Back in April when I googled for product reviews your page came up. I purchased all of these products based on your endorsement and passed them around the office and can attest that these products don’t even meet the minimum threshold for “best screen protector”, which is a product that actually fits the screen. Now eight months later I’m looking again and your site pops up.

        I just want to save people the time and expense of buying any of these products. None of them take into account the Galaxy S7 screen curve, and all of them performed poorly over a short period of time.

        If you want to write a review of a product, I think the requirement is that you actually used the product or, at minimum, provide anecdotal reference to someone who has used them.

        The title causes the reader to assume that “Best screen protectors for the Samsung Galaxy S7” is a page pertaining to products that someone has actually tried out and objectively ranked.

        A more accurate title for this page would be “Screen protectors for the Samsung Galaxy S7”, or a more honest title, “A list of random screen protectors you may want to try”.

        All that said, I’m not personally attacking you; I trust that you are not maliciously misleading people just to get traffic to your page, but nonetheless, people are buying this crap based on your endorsement.

        • Justin_Herrick

          We’re not insulting anyone. Don’t walk in and make false claims saying we’re being swayed by the companies we cover. That’s dangerous territory. I, along with everyone on the team, maintain a high level of integrity for Talk Android.

          Read reviews. A lot of people are happy. There are unhappy people (like you), too. Many reviews on Amazon go both ways. If you look at some of the reviews on Amazon for these screen protectors, you’ll notice evidence of people getting the wrong products at times. We can’t prevent that. So, as you see, there are a myriad of things that could cause your negative experience and someone else’s positive experience.

          In the end, I stand by what we published in this list and it will remain.

  • TIberius

    I have yet to find stellar reviews on any screen protector for the S7 because of it’s curved edges. Great SEO page to draw traffic but was hoping to find info addressing that issue as another reader posted. Would be nice to see each of these tested on an actual phone. Case in point, the first one listed, Zagg HD Dry has a 2.4 rating on their own website. Probably not one of the best screen protectors with a rating like that.