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Continuing right along with our accessories that solve dumb Nintendo Switch design flaws is the amFilm Tempered Glass Screen Protector for Nintendo Switch. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love the Switch but there are definitely things Nintendo could do to improve the device which (thankfully) are easily solvable with inexpensive accessories. For instance, likely to make it super difficult to ever actually shatter the Switch screen no matter how many times you drop it, Nintendo didn’t go with a glass screen like most modern mobile devices. Instead, the Switch has a plastic screen, which is surprisingly simple to scuff- Even when doing things the Switch is designed to do, like pulling it in and out of the Switch dock.
When I read about this in some of the early hands-on pieces, I came to the conclusion that a screen protector for the switch is a must-have, which I wasn’t super happy about. Historically, my experience with screen protectors is … sub-optimal to say the least. I gave up on them back when everyone was using transparent plastic film which required the hands of a god-tier ocular surgeon who specializes on operating on baby eyes (I’m not even sure this is a thing that exists but I’d imagine if it did they’d need supreme precision) to apply both with proper alignment and without air bubbles. In my entire adult life I’ve been happy with exactly one film screen protector application.
The amFilm Tempered Glass Screen Protector for Nintendo Switch is the first tempered glass screen protector I’ve used, and wow, what a difference. Instead of the soapy water solution, and all the other incredibly stupid stuff you had to do with plastic film screen protectors, the process of installing this is absurdly simple.
Basically, you clean your Switch screen super well and precisely position where you want it on top of the screen. Then, you use two included pieces of tape to tape one side of it, effectively creating a flap of sorts, so when you lift up one side and put it back down it’s always in the same place. This totally solves the positioning problem. Then, you once again really, really make sure your Switch screen is completely dust free, peel off the back piece of plastic on the screen protector, (AGAIN MAKING SURE YOUR SWITCH SCREEN IS DUST FREE) and then you just let go of it. Thanks to the taping and positioning you already did, it lands perfectly in place, and since it’s just one smooth application you completely miss the opportunity to get tiny air bubbles. Make sure the center of the screen protector contacts first, then you can use the included squeegee to seat the rest of it which will push any of the bigger air pockets out.
This was so unbelievably easy it’s borderline stupid. Additionally, they include two screen protectors in the pack so you effectively get a do over if you screw the first one up for “free." I’ve had a amFilm Tempered Glass Screen Protector on my Switch for over a year now, and it still looks great. Also, it’s worth mentioning that there’s a whole bunch of similar products on Amazon. The amFilm variety is just the one I have direct experience with, presumably they all work the same, although the price difference is incredibly minimal (basically a spread of a dollar as of this writing).
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