Matte vs. Glossy Screen Protector: Pros and Cons

A factor of choosing a screen protector that sometimes goes ignored is the question of the finish. Do you want a matte or glossy screen protector?

Let’s go through some of the details of each so you can go into your next purchase fully informed.

Think of a matte finish as something like a frosted window. Likewise, a glossy finish closely resembles a crystal-clear window. A frosted window combats glare and resists smudges much more than a clear window, but diffuses—and even blocks—some light.

Both styles have their own set of properties, positives, and negatives. Let’s take a closer look.

5 Key Differences Between a Matte vs. Glossy Screen Protector

1. Clarity

Although the difference is relatively slight, a matte screen protector does transmit less light than a glossy screen protector. This added diffusion of light is the very thing that reduces glare on the screen from bright lights—read: the sun—but it does also affect the screen image.

If you’re a big media consumer or do photo editing on your phone, you may want to forgo a matte screen protector, as brightness could be slightly affected. Pixels could also take on a slightly fuzzy quality as well. Because a glossy protector doesn’t diffuse light, these problems aren’t present.

The winner: Glossy

2. Saturation

The anti-glare properties of a matte screen protector may affect the way colors appear on a device screen. Because light is diffused through the protector from both directions (both going into the screen from an external light source, and emanating from the LCD itself), you may notice a slight desaturation of colors. Videos may take on a slightly more muted tone. Keep in mind that this change is slight, so only the eagle-eyed need concern themselves.

The winner: Glossy

3. Outdoor Use

This category is where matte screen protectors shine—or not, as the case may be. If you’ve ever tried to make a call or watch a video in bright outdoor sunlight, you know that it’s near impossible.

The backlighting of an LCD, paired with the reflective glass screen, is no match for the power of the sun. A matte screen protector largely fixes many of these issues. By diffusing (rather than reflecting) a large portion of the sun’s fun-destroying rays, its much easier to see the screen outdoors with a matte screen protector on board.

The winner: Matte

4. Smudge-resistance

Here’s another area where a matte screen protector comes in handy. We’re all aware of the fingerprint-prone nature of our device screens. If you’re the type that goes mad over smears and smudges, a matte screen protector is just the thing for you. The slightly rougher surface is naturally fingerprint resistant, leading to a much cleaner overall look.

The winner: Matte

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5. Durability

The great thing about choosing between a matte vs. glossy screen protector is that durability isn’t much of a factor at all. The durability of a well-placed screen protector has much more to do with the specific maker or manufacturer. You can rest assured that SaharaCase ZeroDamage Tempered Glass is created to only the highest standards, featuring laser-cut bevels and a premium oleophobic coating.

The winner: Both! (As long as you go with SaharaCase).

Matte vs. Glossy: Which Screen Protector is Better?

Let’s tally up the totals: Looks like—it’s a tie! It turns out that choosing a matte vs. glossy screen protector has much more to do with personal tastes and habits.

If you do a lot of outdoor device viewing, a matte screen protector is the way to go. However, if you’re mostly indoors and value the most accurate color and brightness rendering, stick with a glossy protector, as it will most closely replicate what your screen looks like without a covering.

And, if you’re looking for the highest quality scratch protection, fingerprint resistance, and precision engineering, go with a SaharaCase ZeroDamage Tempered Glass Screen Protector. Your device will thank you!

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