You may have seen people with briefcases in your favourite malls promising a new type of screen protector for your phone. The so called Liquid protector is promised as an alternative to the normal screen protector.
Smartphones ship with touch screens and the biggest risk is the glass shattering after a fall or a knock. This is why people buy cases and screen protectors to protect their investment. A screen replacement can be as much as half the cost of a smartphone and that can be a pain when you send your phone for repair.
The main goal of a screen protector is to protect the main glass from shattering. The secondary goal is to protect the display from scratches. Most modern smartphones have pretty good scratch resistance but glass is glass and glass breaks.
This is what the liquid protector guys have been focusing on. The whole demonstration is to convince you that the “liquid” layer they apply on your phone protects the phone from shattering the display. They even go an extra step of “drilling” the phone with a power drill to sell the product. Traditional screen protectors have an obvious layer on top and since liquid screen protectors don’t have that, they seem very attractive to people.
However, the lofty “promises” from liquid screen protectors have left a lot of people with damaged phones. The promises of protecting your precious screen from cracking are not true and we have seen people share their experiences on social media.
I know this is a late reply and I wish I had seen this tweet earlier but please to anyone else thinking of getting this Nano gel, it’s the biggest scam in screen protector history. 1. There’s no way to remove it 2. If it breaks, guess what? https://t.co/JqVQKZ3Fsf pic.twitter.com/DVwCvhiUAg— GATHONI 🇰🇪 (@QueenGathoni) December 29, 2019
Y’all trust this Nano screen glass tech? Cause I want to get it pic.twitter.com/cXddpIbOLC— WAINAINA🎨 (@ed_wainaina) December 28, 2019
That liquid screen protector scam, this is how my friend's phones cracked after dropping from a stool-height… 😂😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/tuzSyRWPWe— 𝕂𝕖𝕟 ℕ𝕫𝕦𝕜𝕚 🇰🇪 (@RegularKenyan) January 24, 2020
Those stupid liquid protectors😡. What they don't tell you ni once it hits the floor, that impact will affect your screen too. 😭 pic.twitter.com/iU5DNK7Jvj— Sambi (@aenid_kat) December 28, 2019
These are some of the many unreported incidences of displays cracking in a spectacular fashion after falling. This goes against the claims by the liquid protector guys that the screen offers crack protection.
Liquid screen protectors were initially not cheap. Some places initially charged Ksh. 1,500 to apply the coating on the display and the back. That is not cheap and their target market was malls where they were able to target people that have money.
The dealers changed tact and went for the masses at the grassroots. Right now, the prices have plummeted.
You can apparently get a liquid screen protector for as low as Ksh. 100 in some regions in Nairobi, which is way cheaper than the screen protectors you can buy around.
Liquid screen protector combine great marketing and a great price that seems to be an attractive combo for unsuspecting Kenyans.
The false promises have left people feeling like they have been scammed since the liquid screen protector did not live to its expectations when the phone falls for example.
Unlike normal screen protectors where you pull off the protector, the one with the liquid sceen protector requires a whole screen fix and this will warrant an expensive display repair.