Once upon a time, screen protectors were an absolute must for phones because the screens were about as strong as chilled butter. These days? Not so much.
Full disclosure: I used to be religious when placing a screen protector on my phone. It made me want to buy the protector before I bought the phone, so when the second clip came from the screen, I could get on the protector.
But today? I haven't had a cover on my screen in a few years. Glass technology has advanced so much that there is little or no chance that the screen protector you buy will be tougher, more durable or have better anti-fingerprint technology than the super-strong Gorilla glass screen on your phone that is coated with much more advanced anti-fingerprint and anti-reflective coatings .
If your phone spends 90% of its day secured in your pocket, what exactly are you protecting it from?
There are, of course, exceptions to the rule. Even though my iPhone spends all day in my pants pocket, away from anything that could damage it. My wife's iPhone spends all day in her purse, which is more like a wood chipper filled with makeup compacts and keys than the soft, safe bag that is my pocket. In that case, we are willing to use screen protectors to serve as ritual victims to protect the actual screen of her phone.
For more information on why you can probably ditch your screen protector (and when popping one on is a good idea), check out our full review of the topic on Review Geek.