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Old Dec 13, 2012, 09:13 PM   #1
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Screen protector, is it necessary for the ipad mini?

Hello guys, I am about to get an ipad mini (white one, because of the scuffs on black models) and it seems we are not sure about what screen does it bring. I'm mostly asking because I had a Nexus 7 (really really good tablet I must say, too bad it came with some light bleed) and after a week using it some tiny scratches appeared on the screen, really hard to see but still pissed me off because I was extremely careful with it, for this reason I would like to know what's the situation here, I don't want surprises. So, those brave enough to keep your ipads naked, whats your experience so far?

PD: I'd be even happy if it brought the same glass than the iphone 3gs, I still got mine somewhere around here and its screen remains flawless.
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Old Dec 13, 2012, 09:26 PM   #2
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i only put case on my Ipad 2. Screen seems really thick and sturdy to me so i leave it naked.

I dont know about the feel of Ipad mini so wait for others to comment.
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Old Dec 13, 2012, 09:27 PM   #3
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I've cracked so many devices that my answer to a screen protector is always yes. You can buy them relatively cheap and even one crazy accident is totally worth it.
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Old Dec 13, 2012, 09:29 PM   #4
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I've cracked so many devices that my answer to a screen protector is always yes. You can buy them relatively cheap and even one crazy accident is totally worth it.
i seriously do not think screen protector will save your divice if you dropped it. It might help preventing scratches in some case.
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Old Dec 13, 2012, 10:38 PM   #5
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Your screen can still crack with a screen protector, it's nice to have but not necessary by any means.
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Old Dec 14, 2012, 05:18 AM   #6
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Your screen can still crack with a screen protector, it's nice to have but not necessary by any means.
Well, I gotta say I'm more worried about scratches than cracks since I find it harder to drop it if you are careful, on the other hand for a little scratch to appear it only takes a speck of dust harder than the screen (if the screen is good this shouldn't be an issue, but since we are not 100% sure...)
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Old Dec 14, 2012, 07:19 AM   #7
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Well, I gotta say I'm more worried about scratches than cracks since I find it harder to drop it if you are careful, on the other hand for a little scratch to appear it only takes a speck of dust harder than the screen (if the screen is good this shouldn't be an issue, but since we are not 100% sure...)
I'm VERY careful but my mini slipped out from under my arm and the VERY thin screen shattered and the mini was in a tough leather case/stand. The genius was shocked -- SHOCKED -- at how thin it was and even got tiny slivers of glass in his finger as he was slipping it out of its case. Its definitely not gorilla glass, more like stiff cellophane. Be wary. I now have a second one -- gotten free through credit card points, but thats the only way i'd get one after that screen experience. I wouldnt pay $329 plus tax as i dont think its yet ready for action. I'm not sure how the mini will hold up over time because of its extreme light weight and thinness compared to my ipad 3 or even my nexus 7.
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Old Dec 14, 2012, 08:20 AM   #8
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If you are talking about scratches , no you dont . See scratch test videos on youtube , even with razor blades they dont scratch .
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Old Dec 14, 2012, 08:36 AM   #9
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Old Dec 14, 2012, 05:56 AM   #10
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I agree, I don't think a screen protector is necessary on an iPad.
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Old Dec 15, 2012, 11:20 AM   #11
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Screen protector, is it necessary for the ipad mini?
Subjective matter -- just as it is with any other device.

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So, those brave enough to keep your ipads naked, whats your experience so far?
It's going to vary from person to person. Some won't experience any scratches. Some will have minor scratches. Some will have major scratches. The experiences of other random people means nothing with regard to what your experience will be like.

You need to take whatever steps you are willing to deal with if you're concerned about scratches. No matter how scratch resistant something is, scratch resistant does not mean unscratchable. Again, this applies to any device out there.

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on the other hand for a little scratch to appear it only takes a speck of dust harder than the screen (if the screen is good this shouldn't be an issue, but since we are not 100% sure...)
It has nothing to do with whether the screen is "good" or not and everything to do with whether or not the material sliding against the screen is harder (as you yourself stated).
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Old Dec 15, 2012, 01:46 PM   #12
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I use a screen protector on all of my Apple devices to help keep all of the magic contained inside of them.

Seriously, though, I haven't used screen protectors on any of my touch devices from the LG Voyager to my iPad and S3 and I haven't had any issues. I also make sure to keep my phones in a pocket without anything in them (keys/change) and I have a folio case on my iPad. So I guess what I'm trying to say is that under my circumstances, I've deemed them unnecessary, but I can't tell you what will work best for you.

Another option is to just throw AppleCare+ on it for $100 and then you won't have to worry about scratches/drops/spills or anything like that.
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Old Dec 15, 2012, 06:48 PM   #13
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I use a screen protector on all of my Apple devices to help keep all of the magic contained inside of them.

Seriously, though, I haven't used screen protectors on any of my touch devices from the LG Voyager to my iPad and S3 and I haven't had any issues. I also make sure to keep my phones in a pocket without anything in them (keys/change) and I have a folio case on my iPad. So I guess what I'm trying to say is that under my circumstances, I've deemed them unnecessary, but I can't tell you what will work best for you.

Another option is to just throw AppleCare+ on it for $100 and then you won't have to worry about scratches/drops/spills or anything like that.
Keys and coins cannot scratches you device: the glass of the screen is harder than metal.
But you can easily scratches aluminum , so I use smart case for my iPad but no screen protector. And this since iPad 1.
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Old Dec 16, 2012, 11:16 AM   #14
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I always use a screen protector and usually also use clear or matte Ghost Armor on the body of the device. This helps preserve the resale value of my iDevices and makes it more palatable financially to upgrade every year when the new models come out.

The $50 or so I spend on screen and body coverage is worth more than $100 when it is time to resell to Amazon/Gazelle/etc..
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Old Dec 16, 2012, 11:47 AM   #15
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I always use a screen protector and usually also use clear or matte Ghost Armor on the body of the device. This helps preserve the resale value of my iDevices and makes it more palatable financially to upgrade every year when the new models come out.

The $50 or so I spend on screen and body coverage is worth more than $100 when it is time to resell to Amazon/Gazelle/etc..
You get $100 more than an unprotected device? Right.
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Old Dec 17, 2012, 04:44 AM   #16
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You get $100 more than an unprotected device? Right.
Absolutely. The combination qualifies the "used" device as highest grade and I also have the box(es) and unused accessories.
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Old Dec 17, 2012, 06:00 AM   #17
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I have a smart cover for my mini to protect the screen when not in use, and a soft case to slide both into, but other than that, nothing, I like mine naked (mine is Black and Slate and has no scratches on it despite daily use).

I know these are expensive and dear devices, and I know their pristine (day 1) state can last longer with protection, but it just seems to me that taking reasonable care of the device is more enjoyable than overly worrying and wrapping it in countless layers to ward off any potential scratch or sign of normal wear and tear. That's just my philosophy.
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Old Dec 17, 2012, 02:48 PM   #18
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