View Full Version : [iPad] Do you use a screen protector?

Mar 6, 2013, 10:13 AM
I Just got my first Ipad which is an IPad 3. Now I'm curious, who uses a screen protector? Why or why not? I do use one on my Iphone but that is mainly because I carry it in my purse and do not want it to get scratched up.

I have read reviews on amazon for screen protectors and it seems that there are a lot of negative reviews. Most of my friends do not use the screen protectors.

Mar 6, 2013, 11:55 AM
I don't use a screen protector on my iPad Mini. I use a Smart Cover and it does a wonderful job protecting the screen.

Mar 6, 2013, 11:57 AM
I use a folio style case so I didn't see a need for a screen protector. Flawless screen after one year with the iPad 3.

Mar 6, 2013, 12:57 PM
Yes, I do: The SGP Steinheil Ultra Crystal (http://amzn.to/S6IxQI).

As to why: Because, unlike the iPad screen, you can replace it by just peeling it off when it's scratched out.

Mar 6, 2013, 02:52 PM
Currently use a PowerSupport AG on my mini as well as iPhone. I just like the feel way better and much less fingerprints.

Mar 6, 2013, 10:26 PM
Yes, I do: The SGP Steinheil Ultra Crystal (http://amzn.to/S6IxQI).

As to why: Because, unlike the iPad screen, you can replace it by just peeling it off when it's scratched out.

One of the best screen protectors in the market

Mar 7, 2013, 08:00 AM
I use a powersupport hd antiglare on everything I get. To me its the best one out there. Don't like fingerprints on my devices.

Mar 7, 2013, 08:11 AM
i use a powersupport hd antiglare on everything i get. To me its the best one out there. Don't like fingerprints on my devices.


Mar 7, 2013, 08:27 AM
I Just got my first Ipad which is an IPad 3. Now I'm curious, who uses a screen protector? Why or why not? I do use one on my Iphone but that is mainly because I carry it in my purse and do not want it to get scratched up.

I have read reviews on amazon for screen protectors and it seems that there are a lot of negative reviews. Most of my friends do not use the screen protectors.

Get a good (read - apple store brand, not a $7 amazon one) smart cover or smart case.

I don't use a screen protector on my iPad, and it's fine because I use a good case. Cheap cases fall off easily (especially the magnetic ones) and can let your screen get scratched.

On my iPhone, however, I use a screen protector because I like having my screen open all the time, I use the spigen Glas.T tempered glass protector. It's amazing, but impractical for the iPad.

Mar 7, 2013, 10:46 AM
Nope, Smart case works perfectly for my wife and I....

Mar 7, 2013, 08:45 PM
No need to reinvent this wheel yet again:

Mar 7, 2013, 10:04 PM
I use one just because its such a small thing to ease the mind because knowing my luck the moment i dont have one somehow i'll scratch it. To be honest, I don't even notice it's on there.

Mar 7, 2013, 10:14 PM

Mar 8, 2013, 07:17 AM
I tried but I peeled off the screen protectors off my iPad and iPhone quickly and I was relieved to go back to the "original experience". I find protectors always spoil a bit the touch feeling and the look. When you're paying for the design and slickness of an iDevice, it is a bit frustrating having to add a layer of cheap plastic on top of that nice shiny gorilla glass...

Since my iPhone and iPad are both protected by folding leather cases, the screens don't really require an extra layer of protection.

Mar 8, 2013, 07:52 AM
The Just Like Glass Screen Protector is just like what the name says. It literally feels just like glass. Which is actually important to me because I have a quality device and I want a quality experience with the operation of the device. I donít want to have a screen protector that marks up easy, feels cheap or is a pain to install. Fortunately, the JLG looks good, feels good and is not a difficult installation.

The installation is a rather simple process but you must pay attention to the details in order to set yourself up for success. DBA does a great job of filling you in with all the necessary info and tools to complete a quality installation. I strongly encourage you to read the directions a couple times before installing the JLG on your device. It would be wise to have your tools and supplies laid out and ready for use for when their number is called.

In a nut shell the installation is a wet application. Follow the guide provided in the packaging to the ďTĒ and you should not run into any issues. Pretty much all you have to do is make sure you are indoors with a dust free environment. Meaning shut off fans or anything that can blow around dust. Wash your hands, have a bowl of water next to you, clean the screen off prior to peeling off the screen protector from the film and most of all be patient. Do not rush yourself and budget yourself some time. Make sure your fingers are wet when handling the screen protector and spray the sticky side with the provided solution. Line up the screen protector with landmarks such as the home button and the camera. Make sure the sides are flush and are not slanted. Once you have everything lined up get a squeegee or credit card with a cloth on the edge to work out the extra liquid and bubbles. I like to start from the middle and work it out to the sides. Wipe off the device and inspect.

A few things to keep in mind is that it is common to have slight bubbles or hazing. Try to work those out as best as you can. Over the next day or so the bubbles will fade away. Every few hours you will need to press the edges down to help secure the sides. By day three the screen protector should look pristine.

I really like the feel of the Just Like Glass screen protector. The responsiveness and feel are great. I tested out the responsiveness by performing slow and fast swipes, along with a typing test. Everything worked just fine. The installation wasnít too bad. I didnít line up the JLG just right during the first two attempts but was able to get right about the third try. I have had the JLG installed for about a week from this date and there a couple minute bubbles left over and the edges didnít adhere to look as if there was no screen protector installed. But I take the blame for those issues. This was not the best install I have done and I have installed a few JLG screen protectors on other devices near perfectly.

A couple cool facts that stand out to me about the Just Like Glass is that it adds 30% protection against impact. So it not only protects against scrapes and scratches but will help reduce the chances of the screen breaking by 30%! The other fact is simply the feel. I love how it feels like glass and not plastic.

I put together a video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=XRlznNhmCTI) of it. Might help.

But I also use the smart cover too. I have a two year old so I have to have good protection.

Mar 8, 2013, 09:07 AM
Ripped my screen protector out 1 week after installing it. Decided the risk of accidentally scratching the screen outweighed having to contend with a grainy screen every day.:o

Che Castro
Mar 8, 2013, 09:16 AM
I use a screen protector full body "ghost armor"

Plus a Smart Cover

Stay away from zagg

Apr 1, 2013, 11:57 PM
I looked at reviews of several tempered glass protectors and settled on the Pure for both my iPad mini and my iPhone. It is a dry application, though they send alcohol swabs and a microfiber cloth to prep the surface which is very helpful. The protector for the mini comes with 2 small suction cups and instead of following their video instructions, I viewed an independent review and placed them at opposite corners so I could visualize the alignment with the home button and the microphone at the top. The adherent surface is tacky but you can make minute adjustments before pressing down on the middle.

Also the instructions call for removing the mylar protector on the screen and applying the suction cups directly to the screen. I opted to apply it the the mylar instead so that I don't scratch the actual screen protector surface.

I kept the suction cups and used them on my iPhone, which did not come with any suction cups, these were handy.

I love the glass feel as it replicates the "naked" surface of the iPad and iPhone. I do notice that the mini is a little blurry held at certain angles, might be my aging eyes, but the 4mm thickness may be contributing too.

Lastly, since I had already ordered another product from Body Guartz (actually an utter failure), I was registered as and Advantage member and was able to get both Pures for 20% off. The glass protectors are quite a bit more expensive than standard screen protectors, but they are supposed to last until they are actually damaged rather than wearing out.

Apr 2, 2013, 07:53 AM
I don't use one - I just make sure I clean the screen regularly and treat it with care/protect it with a smart cover.

All the apple employees I've ever spoken to have adviced against screen protectors, although I can no longer remember why.

Apr 6, 2013, 08:49 PM

Apr 7, 2013, 06:29 PM
I have never and do not plan to.

Apr 7, 2013, 07:54 PM
I use this screen protector from iskin.com. I love it.


Apr 7, 2013, 08:52 PM
i use this screen protector from iskin.com. I love it.



Apr 8, 2013, 05:56 AM
Why is that funny?

Apr 9, 2013, 08:45 AM
Why is that funny?

If you need to ask, you wouldn't believe me anyway.

Apr 9, 2013, 10:05 AM
Don't be like that. Just say it.

May 15, 2013, 09:22 PM
I have been going without a screen protector on my iPad 3 for 10 months now.
I really regret it. The screen has several deep scratches in it and thousands of thin ones, despite having had a Smart Cover from day one.

Jun 15, 2013, 03:17 PM
I think screen protectors help to some extent in protecting the screen from scratches and possible breakage. Also saw less fingerprint smudges on my iPhone screen with the protector on it. Got a case last year which also came with a screen protector, but didn't like it that much. It started to peel off from the edges within no time, then someone told me about this rather unknown brand, HAGZ Screen on Amazon. Got one and have been using it since late last year without any issues yet.

Stop promoting your product. You only have four posts on this account and every single one is about the HAGZ screen protector. You've been going around resurrecting old threads and continually posting about it.

Jun 19, 2013, 01:18 PM
No. I hate the film bubbles it makes.

Jun 22, 2013, 06:01 AM
I use a screen protector on my GS3. If rather not, but that device is always in my pockets and gets exposed to much more potential damage. I never used one on my iPod touch, had it for almost three years. Scratching was minimal (just some of those barely noticeable hairline ones). I most likely will never put one on my iPad. But never say never. I have a 4yr old and a 9 month old. If they start wanting to use it more I may rethink the screen protector thing.

Jun 23, 2013, 10:07 AM
I've got one on my iPad mini and Samsung galaxy note.

I don't have one on my iPod touch or galaxy tab.

Jun 23, 2013, 12:35 PM
Yes I use a screen protector for my ipad mini and my iphone 5. It helps for scratches, smudges, etc.

Jul 4, 2013, 07:49 AM
I've used an SPG/Spigen Ultra-Fine anti-fingerprint screen protector on all my iPhones & iPads the last few years, and I believe they're far & away the best. They're on the pricey side, but go on easy, fit perfectly & look invisible. I'll come back for more...

Jul 4, 2013, 09:44 AM
I don't use one on my iPad. First, I have a smart cover that gets the job done. Second, I don't put my iPad in as risky situations as I put my phone (which has a screen protector).

Jul 4, 2013, 07:33 PM
Thought I didnt need one!
THEN THE DARN SCREEN got this weird
green distortion in it. anyone know what thats

Jul 5, 2013, 10:36 AM
I use one on our iPads and iPods. They've all been Zagg's (HD and regular) until recently when I bought the ipad screen protector Walmart sells for $17. It's texture is completely flat, smoother than Zagg, and doesn't smudge. It is a dry install, and mine doesn't have a single speck or bubble. They also include a back cover with a faux carbon finish in black or grey, but I didn't install that. It's stiffer than a Zagg, so the edges don't show any sign of even thinking about peeling up...at all. It's dimensions leave about 1.5mm around the edges, so that can only further help any issues with peeling. I ordered a Zagg HD for the second ipad 4 we bought, and it's still in its packaging.

Jul 15, 2013, 04:09 AM
Try these:
Tech Armor Apple New iPad 4, 3 & 2 HD Clear Screen Protector with Lifetime Replacement Warranty [2-Pack] - Retail Packaging

You get lifetime replacements. I use these. I have 4 extra packages of 3 :)

Sent from my iPod touch using Tapatalk 2

Jul 18, 2013, 10:02 PM
I did, but stopped after a while and I'm loving the feel of the naked screen. All I have for protection is a smart cover for the screen and a Caudabe Mini Shell for the back. iPad is still in great condition.

Jul 19, 2013, 05:20 PM
I use the Zagg HD screen protector. Contradictory to what people have posted here, the HD version is very good even with a stylus. I had the Original but it was tacky and gross.
I have a protection plan with Future Shop which features an unlimited number of replacement Zagg Original screen protectors but they agreed that I could pay the difference between the Original and HD with each replacement, which is like 5.49$. I haven't had to replace it yet, so take into account that they last along time.

Thierry ba
Jul 24, 2013, 03:46 AM
Screen protecors are like condoms. No!

Jul 24, 2013, 02:33 PM
Screen protecors are like condoms.
Hope you're not trying to use one as a condom. :eek:

Jul 24, 2013, 05:04 PM
I've found that I really don't need a screen protector on my iPad. The manner in which I use it just doesn't create a situation where I am likely to damage my iPad. i'm not constantly pulling it out of my pocket or using it in public places etc.

However you might need one if you're one of those tourists that uses your iPad to take pictures when out and about (I always thought this looks ridiculous).