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.
Olixar Tempered Glass Screen Protector
Olixar is one of those companies that make great cases and great screen protectors, and their Samsung Galaxy S21 screen protector continues their 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.
ESR Liquid Skin Full-Coverage Screen Protector
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 a number of 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.
Gesma Tempered Glass Screen and Camera Protector
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.
QHOHQ Tempered Glass Film Screen Protector
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.
LYWHL Tempered Glass Screen and Glass Protector
Here’s another tempered glass screen protector for the Samsung Galaxy S21 that boasts a 9H hardness rating. In practice, this lets you scratch the phone’s display with metal items (e.g., keys, knives) without noticeably marking it, although we obviously don’t advise you to try such things at home. The case also promises a high level of touch sensitivity, although the manufacturers advise users to set up fingerprint sensing before installing the protector. It uses higher quality adhesive than other protectors, making installation fairly stress-free and unproblematic. Comes in a pack of two, with two separate camera lens protectors.