Unlike other “budget” phones, the new iPhone SE is loaded with an incredibly powerful A13 Bionic processor and should receive regular updates over the next 5 years. That is unless you break it. Buy a screen protector today and make the most of your time with the new SE.
While there are a million different screen protector brands to choose from, we’re going to focus on three brands with three very different products. Tempered glass, plastic, and privacy screen protectors all have their benefits, but we’re going to try and describe why each particular style of screen protector might work best for you.
One last note: the new iPhone SE is the same size and shape as the old iPhone 8. Any iPhone 8 screen protector (or case, for that matter) will fit the 2020 SE. Now let’s get into it.
For Ultimate Protection: amFilm Tempered Glass (2-Pack)
Tempered glass screen protectors are thicker than their plastic counterparts, but they’re scratch-resistant and offer the highest level of protection for your phone’s display. They’re also incredibly easy to install and totally resistant to the bubbling and peeling that’s common when using plastic screen protectors.
amFilm sells our favorite tempered glass screen protectors. They’re durable, affordable, and 99% transparent. And, because they’re sold in packs of two, you can go for a few months without buying any replacements.
For a Small Footprint: amFilm Plastic Protector (3-Pack)
If thick tempered glass screen protectors aren’t for you, then it’s time to buy a plastic screen protector. Plastic screen protectors are nearly invisible and provide a thin layer of defense for your phone’s display. They’re also dirt cheap, so you can comfortably replace them before they get too ugly.
Once again, we suggest buying from amFilm. The company’s plastic screen protectors are resistant to grease and fingerprints and come with a handful of tools (squeegees, rubber bands, etc) to ensure a clean bubble-free installation. They also come in packs of three, so you can quickly replace old screen protectors without waiting for a package to come in.
For Privacy: JETech Tempered Glass Anti-Spy (2-Pack)
JETech’s anti-spy screen protectors are the odd duck here. They’re made of tempered glass and offer the same protection as amFilm’s tempered glass screen protectors. But they also contain a layer of transitioning film, which prevents nosy onlookers from peeking at your screen. When viewed head-on, JETech’s anti-spy screens are almost as clear as a typical tempered glass screen, allowing you to use your phone around snoops without compromising any comfort.
JETech sells its anti-spy screen protectors in two-packs, and cost a few dollars more than average tempered glass screen protectors.
JETech Privacy Screen Protector for iPhone SE 3/2 (2022/2020 Edition), iPhone 8 and iPhone 7, Anti-Spy Tempered Glass Film, 2-Pack
JETech's anti-spy screen protectors keep snoops out without compromising your experience. And since they're made from tempered glass, they offer more protection than plastic screen protectors.