The Galaxy S10 may be a couple of generations old, now that Samsung has released the
Galaxy S21, but it remains an excellent phone.
The device comes with a gorgeous 6.1in Infinity-O Dynamic AMOLED display, while the S10 Plus (
reviewed here) comes with a larger 6.3in screen. Both feature 93% screen-to-body ratio which means it’s a lot of glass to protect.
S10 and S10 Plus were the first phones to introduce an ultrasonic, in-display fingerprint scanner to the mass market.
While it’s an innovative feat, it does creates a problem where screen protectors are concerned. Many third-party options come with a small cutout, to ensure it can scan your finger properly. However, a growing number are able to detect the waves through the protective materials – and we’re looking at them here.
Keep in mind, the issue doesn’t affect the
S10e, which has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner built into the power button.
Without further ado, here are the best options on the market for your Galaxy S10. Many of these screen protectors are also available for the Galaxy S10 Plus.
If you’re looking for all-around protection, check out our guide to the
best Samsung Galaxy S10 cases.
Spigen Neoflex – Best value
You can always rely on Spigen for solid protection, and that includes the screen.
Compatible with its complete case lineup, the NeoFlex provides edge-to-edge protection
The wet installation process means it can be installed without creating any unsightly bubbles.
Spigen has opted to go with a complete screen coverage, meaning the ultrasonic fingerprint scanner will work through the material just minutes after application. However, Spigen recommends you leave it overnight to absolutely guarantee all will be fine.
You do lose the feel of a glass protector, but you more than gain that back in full fingerprint functionality. Some people may even prefer the flexible film on offer here, particularly when it’s available for just
Whitestone Dome – Best glass screen protector
The Whitestone Dome Glass Screen Protector provides 9H tempered glass protection, though at a hefty price – that said it’s one of the few third-party screen protectors without a cutout that maintains the ultrasonic fingerprint scanner’s sensitivity.
Whitestone’s achieves this with its Liquid Optically Clear Adhesive which does not produce the air gaps that typically form between the screen and protector. This gap would otherwise interfere with the ultrasonic waves.
The application system is the most advanced of all the screen protectors on this list. You have to cure the protector onto your S10 using a UV lamp (provided), so instructions should be followed carefully. It can even be applied to screens that are already broken.
Just be sure to carefully watch the
application video before you begin. Whitestone offers a lifetime warranty.
Available directly from
Whitestone Dome site, or on Amazon for
US$59.99/AUD$89.07. Also available for the S10 Plus for
Otterbox Alpha Flex – Best premium plastic protector
Otterbox is a name you can trust when it comes to phone protection.
The Alpha Flex protector for the S10 is both scratch and shatter-resistant and doesn’t get in the way of the ultrasonic fingerprint scanner.
It’s also designed to fit the curves of your screen so you’re protected from all sides.
Pick it up from
Otterbox for £34.99/US$49.95/AUD$79.95.
Zagg Ultra Clear – Best budget protector
We’ve recommended Zagg before for other phones, such as the
Galaxy S9. This is a clear film protector that goes directly onto the screen.
It offers protection from scratches and smudges and preserves clarity by 96%. Of course, you won’t get the same glass feel with a film protector as you would with a tempered glass option, but you do get decent protection backed by a lifetime warranty.
Available directly from
Zagg for £9.99 (reduced from £19.99), or from
Amazon for £7.90 where you’ll also find options for the S10+ and S10e.
Eiger 3D Glass – Best budget glass protector
Eiger’s screen protector, made of Japanese tempered glass, is curved at the edges to protect the contours of your Galaxy S10. It covers the S10 from edge-to-edge and has a cut-out for the in-screen fingerprint reader. Keep in mind, its edge to edge protection can impact its compatibility with cases.
Apart from a 9H hardness rating, it comes with an anti-dust layer that keeps the protector secure.
Pick it up from
Amazon for £12.99.
QDos OptiGuard Glass Curve – Best thin glass protection
£39.99 (approx $51.30)
The QDos OptiGuard Glass Curve screen protector for the Galaxy S10 is also made from Japanese glass and is remarkably thin at 0.3mm, which makes it case-compatible while offering edge-to-edge protection for the
S10 Plus (both at £39.99/US$39.99).
The same thinness does also make it fragile, so we would recommend not bending it during application, as the glass will snap, as it did in our experience.
QDos does offer a Lifetime Warranty, however, so if the protector does get damaged, you can have it replaced.