Why Smartphone Screens Are Easy to Break and Expensive to Replace


Smartphones have come a long way since its creation, yet one thing remains constant – their screens are still far from indestructible.


Shattered screen remains to be the leading type of phone damage despite new and innovative engineering breakthroughs in the smartphone industry. In fact, broken screens still make up roughly 50% of all smartphone repairs.

A black iPhone 6 Plus with broken screen lies on a leather pad on a flat wooden surface

Photo from: Warren R.M. Stuart/Flickr CC

Who’s to blame? Partly, it’s the consumers. They demand a device to be sleek and stylish rather than bulky and sturdy. Simply put, consumers want their phones to be fashionable rather than strong.


This kind of mindset in consumers is an undisputed variable when it comes to phone designs today, and smartphone makers just happily oblige.


With phones being sleek and stylish, the screens have to use thinner glass to reduce its bulk, compromising its ability to absorb shock when dropped or subjected to extreme pressure.


Creating these kinds of phones means the glass has to be the top priority.


Faced with this problem, smartphone makers spend hundreds of millions of dollars on research and development each year to balance practicality and design to make their products essentially strong enough to survive accidental drops.


But this proves to be a rather difficult challenge to solve as keeping the balance between scratch-resistance and shatter-proofing for glass smartphone screens remains to be figured out.


While scratch-resistance in phone screens is coveted, this feature makes the composition of the screen brittle and prone to breakage. Meanwhile, shatter-proofing your phone’s screen means incorporating plastic into the mix, which makes it particularly prone to scratches.


Corning, a company that creates the toughest glass in the world, recently released Gorilla Glass 6 that is believed to survive a drop from a height of 1.6 meters or higher over 15 times.


However, with this upgrade, the prices of phones that will utilize this technology will immensely rise along with the price for their repair.


So, is there any solution to this? Probably not anytime soon. For now, there is no better way to protect your phone but to use a reliable screen protector like Liquipel's liquid glass screen protector, which strengthens your phone’s defense against scratches and enhances your device’s screen durability. Also, make your phone safe from unwanted damages with Safeguard Protection Bundle, which includes an ArmorTEK Case that protects your device from all sorts of impact so you can keep it looking new for as long as possible.