OtterBox’s antimicrobial glass screen protector is finally available

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OtterBox is making a new screen protector that kills germs.
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In early January, OtterBox announced that it would be adding antimicrobial technology to its line of Amplify glass screen protectors. At the time, that seemed like overkill. Today, just three months later, a global pandemic is raging and the world seems like a far different place.

Ironically, OtterBox’s antimicrobial screen protectors are now available for several iPhone models. It’s unclear whether the same technology will be added to products for Android devices anytime soon. Regardless, the idea of a germ-killing screen protector doesn’t sound nearly as outrageous as it did a few months ago.

The Dirtiest Item

Several research studies have proven that smartphones are some of the most disgusting things on the planet. The amount of bacteria per square inch found on the screen of your phone is about 25 times greater than what’s found on a toilet seat. Your phone is also about three times dirtier than a doorknob in a high-traffic area.

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With that in mind, you should probably start thinking about how you can clean your device. Many people use a soft cloth and an alcohol-based cleaning solution. Others have a device that cleans their smartphone with pulses of UV light. OtterBox’s newest screen protectors take the hassle out of keeping your smartphone clean.

The accessory maker now infuses silver ions into the Corning glass screens of select models of its Amplify line. Currently, the antimicrobial screen protector is available for the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, and the iPhone 6/6s/7/8.

The technique used to make the protectors is EPA-registered and kills 99.9 percent of surface bacteria. OtterBox claims that its offering is the first to have that honor. At $50, the Amplify screen protector is more costly than a typical glass covering. However, the added benefit of an always-clean screen might be worth it.

As for those worried about the antimicrobial properties interfering with the quality of the screen protector, there’s nothing to fear. The company said in its original press release, “The antimicrobial property of Amplify screen protectors is embedded into the glass so it is able to maintain its damage resistance, optical clarity and touch sensitivity.”

Not a Perfect Solution

It’s worth pointing out that OtterBox isn’t marketing its new screen protectors as a miracle solution. They aren’t going to keep you from getting sick or from catching the coronavirus. In fact, it even includes a disclaimer on its website stating that “Amplify Glass with antimicrobial technology does not protect users or provide any direct or implied health benefit.”

However, with that being said, it’s an ideal product for germaphobes who can’t stand the thought of countless tiny microbes living on their phone. Having a screen protector that keeps itself relatively clean can deliver some peace of mind.

Of course, it’s no replacement for frequently washing your hands, not touching your face, and avoiding large crowds. Still, OtterBox’s Amplify screen protectors might be worth considering if they are compatible with your smartphone.

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