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dazcox5181
Jun 12, 2010, 07:34 AM
I've had the griffin matte anti glare screen protector on since a day or two after getting my iPad. Put it on mainly as was travelling on holiday and wanted to be sure everything was safe ( also have the apple case on)

It's an ok protector- but does give that slight mottled effect, most visible on text.

I was in the apple store today and couldn't help notice how much sharper the screen looks without a protector on...

From your opinions is there much point in keeping it on - most owners I doubt bother with it anyway?



peapody
Jun 12, 2010, 07:51 AM
Did you also happen to see the smudges and oils from hundreds of people using the devices everyday? Disgusting.

JonMPLS
Jun 12, 2010, 07:57 AM
I know what you mean . . . I left mine on for about a day. Normally I would go with one, but the screen is just so nice without one I decided to take the risk . . . When my case orders show up I will be using a folio case which will help. My iphone, which goes in my pocket, has had a screen protector since I bought it.

I see one a little like seat covers on a nice car interior. It does protect the interior, but you never get to see the original seats.

BacklitFirefly
Jun 12, 2010, 08:04 AM
I haven't ever used a screen protector. iPad looks too yummy without it (well, if the glare isn't too much, but I am mostly indoors when using mine.). I've had it since April 3. Mostly I keep it in the Apple case, but have often used a neoprene sleeve to take it places, and also use without the Apple case. I have never seen a scratch yet.

andothfc
Jun 12, 2010, 10:16 AM
It depends what your priority is. With a screen protector you avoid the horrible fingerprints and moving your finger around the screen is a little smoother. Obviously also gives you a better chance of avoiding scratches and it reduces glare.

However, a clean screen with no protector certainly looks better and the glass is very scratch resistant as it is.

Personally, I couldn't go back to having no protector but each to their own.

peapody
Jun 12, 2010, 12:34 PM
For sure the clarity of naken glass is tops, but man those fingerprints. I had to microfiber that sucker every 5 minutes.

historyteacher
Jun 12, 2010, 12:56 PM
I must say that I love my experience with my power support AG. I think I like the feel better with it on than just the glass alone. When it gets oily your fingers tend to stick rather than slide. Just my $0.02.

jm5309
Jun 12, 2010, 03:28 PM
I treated my iPad the same as my iPod touch from day one. I had it in a case and covered with Power Support AG before I even turned it on. Yesterday I was looking around in the app store, and when I saw one particular picture with beautiful, vivid colors, curiosity got the better of me to see what the screen looked like without a film.

I must say, I am loving it. Sure there are lots of fingerprints and glare in certain lighting, but that screen is gorgeous. It doesn't take much time or effort to wipe the screen when the prints get on my nerves, and I just bump the brightness up a bit if there's too much glare. I'm currently using it without a case or screen protection, and I just love how the whole thing feels. Very light, sleek and beautiful. I might decide to use the screen protector again one day, but for now I'm enjoying it without.

PatrickCocoa
Jun 12, 2010, 03:54 PM
. . . at least where my iPad screen is concerned.

The screen is bright and clear without a protector. The oily smudges don't bother me, and I like the feel of the glass (with its coating). It's never been "sticky" to move my finger, as noted by some others.

I've had an iPod Touch (whom I've named Touchie) for almost two years now. No screen protector, and I've carried it every day in my pocket. No scratches on the glass (the back has plenty of scratches).

I can see how the matte screen would be appealing to some, particularly if the reflections are bothering you, but try the naked iPad and decide.

antiprotest
Jun 12, 2010, 04:02 PM
Bare screen is best. No problem with fingerprints, smudges at all.

jeremy3721
Jun 12, 2010, 06:01 PM
I'd never use a matte anti glare finish screen protector. They look terrible IMHO. I do however use a crystal or clear screen protector. I'd already gotten one very tiny scratch on my screen and heard about others getting fine scratches so I wouldn't go without it. The clear versions don't really impact the quality of the screen. Definately no where near as much as those anti glare versions. I'd rather have a couple of small scratches and fingerprints than look through those grainy things.

yvrgal
Jun 12, 2010, 09:28 PM
Get the Power Support Anti-Glare or Clear. I have been using Power Support on my iPhone for years and it's the best. No smudges, no scratches, no glare from the light. And it keeps the screen at its best.

cloroxbleach4
Jun 12, 2010, 09:29 PM
Remove it. Let your ipad be free!

Ingram
Jun 12, 2010, 10:17 PM
I'd never use a matte anti glare finish screen protector. They look terrible IMHO. I do however use a crystal or clear screen protector. I'd already gotten one very tiny scratch on my screen and heard about others getting fine scratches so I wouldn't go without it. The clear versions don't really impact the quality of the screen. Definately no where near as much as those anti glare versions. I'd rather have a couple of small scratches and fingerprints than look through those grainy things.

I second this. I can't tolerate matte/anti-glare screen protector. The clear ones are fine with me. Of course, when the screen is off, naked screen looks a whole lot nicer, but when the screen is on, I can hardly tell the difference.

mrcc
Jun 12, 2010, 10:23 PM
I had a screen protector on my I touch n my phone regret it from day 1

Icaras
Jun 12, 2010, 10:35 PM
I'd never use a matte anti glare finish screen protector. They look terrible IMHO. I do however use a crystal or clear screen protector. I'd already gotten one very tiny scratch on my screen and heard about others getting fine scratches so I wouldn't go without it. The clear versions don't really impact the quality of the screen. Definately no where near as much as those anti glare versions. I'd rather have a couple of small scratches and fingerprints than look through those grainy things.

Agreed, just get the Power Support Crystal Film. It will hardly compromise any image quality for the screen, yet continue to protect it.

Get the Power Support Anti-Glare or Clear. I have been using Power Support on my iPhone for years and it's the best. No smudges, no scratches, no glare from the light. And it keeps the screen at its best.

I think the general consensus is stay clear from Anti-Glare if you want to retain the purest image quality of your iPad. But that's not to say the anti-glare is bad. You do sacrifice the original image clarity but gain the anti-glare effect, which some people appreciate more. It really depends on the user's choice, but it's obvious that the OP here would be better off with the crystal film.

gwynne
Jun 12, 2010, 11:36 PM
I have to eat crow here. I've been snarky about screen protectors before, mostly because I'd never so much as scuffed my iPhones in years of ownership and I figured it would be the same scenario. However, I have one long, faint scratch on my iPad, and one tiny little ding, both I suspect from the diamond on my engagement ring sliding around (needs to be refitted since weight loss). Nothing else has happened that could explain it.

On the bright side, it's only visible when the unit is off and viewed in the light from a specific angle. I still dislike screen protectors and it's more that I wish I'd been more careful, but I can no longer begrudge others the desire to use 'em.

yvrgal
Jun 13, 2010, 05:02 AM
Agreed, just get the Power Support Crystal Film. It will hardly compromise any image quality for the screen, yet continue to protect it.



I think the general consensus is stay clear from Anti-Glare if you want to retain the purest image quality of your iPad. But that's not to say the anti-glare is bad. You do sacrifice the original image clarity but gain the anti-glare effect, which some people appreciate more. It really depends on the user's choice, but it's obvious that the OP here would be better off with the crystal film.

I agree with the quote above. The Clear Film from Power Support will be the best choice for the OP.

A friend of mine is choked that he didn't protect his iPad screen from day one. There's a small scratch on his screen already from one of the keys in his bag.

eagleglen
Jun 13, 2010, 08:11 PM
I've got the anti-glare too and am also missing the pop the naked screen had. I think I would rank it's virtues as it's screen protection, fingerprint reduction, and anti-glare. So my question is, does the crystal film offer comparative fingerprint reduction? If so maybe I'd enjoy that version better with 2 of my 3 objectives fulfilled alone with the brilliance of the naked screen.

jzeddy
Jun 13, 2010, 10:36 PM
I first used the PS AG screen protector based upon the reviews. However like many here, I could not get used to the matted look, particularly the rainbow effect on text. So, I ordered the PS Crystal film, and it has been great. It does not keep fingerprints off as well as the AG, but it seems better than a naked screen. And I don't worry about wiping it with whatever I have lying around. For me, it is the best compromise.

saberahul
Jun 14, 2010, 12:59 AM
I'd say keep the screen protector if you're a fanatic of prints. I saw this guy at work wiping down his iPad every 3 minutes (literally as me and my mentor had nothing better to do than time him)... it's like he had an alarm to wipe down the iPad... lol

XciteMe
Jun 14, 2010, 01:04 AM
I don't know how anybody can stand using those Anti-Glares. Really. Yeah I suppose if you're walking around in broad daylight all day it's for you, but what about when you're indoors? Makes your screen go from crisp, bright and beautiful to... just dull.

And the Crystal ones, while better, also sacrifice some image quality, contrast and sharpness. Remember that you're still adding yet another layer to the actual LCD display, which is unnecessary.

christianinri
Jun 14, 2010, 01:05 AM
I agree with others on here that the Powersupport Antiglare is king. Now only if they would put the iPhone 4 Antiglare on their website so that I can have it by the 24th.

xraytech
Jun 14, 2010, 02:03 AM
I don't know how anybody can stand using those Anti-Glares. Really. Yeah I suppose if you're walking around in broad daylight all day it's for you, but what about when you're indoors? Makes your screen go from crisp, bright and beautiful to... just dull.

And the Crystal ones, while better, also sacrifice some image quality, contrast and sharpness. Remember that you're still adding yet another layer to the actual LCD display, which is unnecessary.

Sometimes it's not about glare and fewer finger smudges. Some people like the feel of Anti-Glares. For me, swipes feel smoother on Anti-Glares over Clears and Naked screens.

dazcox5181
Jun 14, 2010, 05:05 AM
Thanks for your thoughts on this. I took the protector off yesterday and it won't go back on now- the screen is so much nicer.

I'll look into the power support crystal - anyone know a good UK supplier?

matmont1305
Jun 14, 2010, 06:11 AM
Had a Gecko clear protector on for a couple of weeks, took it off this morning and could not be happier without it on, cleaning the screen is so much easier naked!

Gahau
Jun 16, 2010, 02:47 PM
My iPad is now free! It feels soooo much better I enjoy the screen mucho mucho more it's niiiiice as it should be.
I bought the damn thing, I own not the other way around lol
For those that are scared of scratches... I too a medical blade, sharp pointy as hell try to scratch the he'll of it... Nothing took a blunter item so i can create friction... Still nothing that screen is tough!
If any of that couldn't damage the screen I don't see what could...
A case yes a screen protector... No
Please bear in mind that the test iPad was not my own (I was a one point in time) I did not spare it i went as hard as I could!

Friscohoya
Jun 16, 2010, 05:49 PM
For sure the clarity of naken glass is tops, but man those fingerprints. I had to microfiber that sucker every 5 minutes.

Fingerprints are ok. I mean it is a touchscreen device...

I have never placed a cover on my iphone. Many drops and years of it being unprotected in my pocket later, it still works and looks like new. Just needs a quick wipe across the front. The ipad is a bit different, but for me once I turn it on, the fingerprints go away and screen looks great. I did always wonder what happened to the claims of the oleophobic screens that are fingerprint resistant?

thedarkhorse
Jun 16, 2010, 07:41 PM
I bought a cheap back shell case that came with a screen protector on day 2. My marware eco-flip case from ebay should be arriving this week hopefully, I expect to take the screen protector off once I have the eco flip which covers the screen.

eagleglen
Jul 4, 2010, 03:43 AM
Damn... The new iPhone's retina display is making me dislike the anti-glare film on my iPad even more. I wish I could take is off and see what the display was like without totally trashing the film. I don't think I'll be able to put it back on once I remove it. It's a PS film if that matters and it was over $30 with shipping, so I hate to just trash it.

But I remember how much I hated the fingerprints on my iPad all the time. With the anti-glare film i only clean the screen once or twice a day I think I should try the crystal version but I had it on my 3GS and there were always air bubbles. I have my iPhone 4 with just a bumper and no screen protection. It's such an incredible screen to use naked and for some reason fingerprints haven't been bothering me. It makes me want try try the iPad without a screen protector again.

Has anyone else's views changed after getting the new iPhone?

macpluslaptop
Jul 4, 2010, 06:18 AM
Nope. I'm keeping the AG on my iPad. The mirror effect of the larger screen is magnitudes more disturbing than on the iPhone. I don't want to see myself every time I use an app, or view the surrounding countryside. All avoided with the AG. But I have removed AG from my iPhone. Now I have a clear protector and it preserves the beauty of that screen.