Even if you aren't planning on taking any heavy artillery to your Fire, having a screen protector like this (the XO isn't made for the Fire yet) can be a good idea for a number of reasons. In case of accidents or scratches, the screen will be safe, and you're also likely to have a better experience with viewing the screen. And, no, a protector won't diminish the touchscreen if applied correctly. So let's look at what's available for the Fire.
There are two main options, the Skinomi TechSkin and the HHI Screen Protector. At the moment both are discounted down to a third of their normal price, but because the Skinomi offers lifetime replacements and has many more strong reviews, that one would be our first choice.Name: Skinomi TechSkin
Description: This kit includes: Skinomi Film for your device, installation squeegee, application solution, detailed instructions, and Lifetime Replacements program.
Skinomi TechSkin goes beyond traditional screen protectors, skins, covers, and cases. This protector is made from clear thermoplastic urethane Film - the same Film used to protect military aircrafts and NASA space shuttles. It has the ability to resist high levels of abrasion, making it the ultimate protector for gadgets and devices. The Film "scratch-proofs" your device without adding bulk like traditional cases. Skinomi TechSkin is designed to provide lifetime protection for your device. If the Film ever wears or scratches, Skinomi will replace it under the Lifetime Replacements Program, for as long as you need it for your device. If you ever need to remove the TechSkin, it peels off easily leaving no residues unlike other screen protectors or skins.
Now applying the screen protector to the Fire is kind of a fun and interesting process. It involves moistening your hands and the film with a liquid solution, setting it onto the device, and the ironing out any excess liquid with a little squeegee. It might sound complicated, but there's a great video here that'll walk you through every step of the process. (Same procedure even though the video is for an iPhone.)
Fortunately, there is no real danger of messing up because the protector can be removed at any time. It's not like you're gluing it on or anything. And then once you've got it on, you really don't have to worry about it anymore. You just get to enjoy a little better usability and some extra peace of mind.
Lastly, I was searching around for any apps related to the screen, and I found this free one that makes it look like your screen is cracked. It's perfect if you want to play a gag on your friends. Get it here: Crack Your Screen.
Check back in with us later for more practically free apps!