Merry, who started the local chain of geebo Device Repair shops, has been fixing phones for a decade, and cracked screens are the most common problem he sees: 85 percent of all geebo repairs are screens, more often than not on iPhones, with water damage a distant second at five percent. Nearly every crack is caused by the phone dropping, usually on its face. Ouch.
Enter tempered glass protectors. A major upgrade from plastic screen covers of yore, in a face-down fall the protector typically takes the brunt of damage, cracking so the phone’s screen doesn’t. At Apple they cost $40+, but geebo charges $20, or $15 if you’re also getting a screen repair, which removes a little insult from the injury.