I learned my lesson years ago and have since placed a Zagg screen protector on all new iPhones (and iPads) I get. For me, these screen protectors truly protect against scratches as well as impacts and cracks. I don't drop my phone ALL the time, but I've surely dropped phones enough to produce a busted screen or two, I believe; yet they all stay intact. I'd suggest a Zagg protector to anyone currently looking to protect their phone's screen... For the now.
..And for the future?..
Screen protection may become a concern of the past if Apple rolls out a new mechanism that they believe may help protect phones' screens from the ugly demise of a fall.
Here is the story from New York Post:
Hmm.. Wonder how much that'll cost us consumers, IF it's ever rolled out. I'm skeptical on how efficient this mechanism would actually be in protecting the screen from cracking. Even an iPhone that lands on its back is susceptible to screen cracks, right? Would the price of a feature that only has a fraction of a chance at working be worth it? For me, I think I'd rather stick to a $30-$40 screen protector that's already proven to work.
I suppose we'll see..