iPad Do you use a screen protector?

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by luv2shop85, Mar 6, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2012
    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.
  2. macrumors 68000


    Nov 2, 2006
    And Yourself?
    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.
  3. TG1
    macrumors 6502a


    Feb 21, 2011
    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.
  4. macrumors 68040


    Yes, I do: The SGP Steinheil Ultra Crystal.

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

    Feb 28, 2007
    Currently use a PowerSupport AG on my mini as well as iPhone. I just like the feel way better and much less fingerprints.
  6. macrumors 68000

    Sep 18, 2010
    Hamilton, New Zealand
    One of the best screen protectors in the market
  7. macrumors 68040


    Oct 7, 2007
    baltimore, md
    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.
  8. macrumors regular

    Feb 28, 2007
  9. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 5, 2010
    One Infinite Loop, Cupertino CA
    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.
  10. macrumors 65816

    Oct 7, 2010
    Nope, Smart case works perfectly for my wife and I....
  11. macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
  12. macrumors 6502


    Feb 8, 2012
    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.
  13. macrumors 6502


    Jul 25, 2012
  14. macrumors regular

    Dec 5, 2007
    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.
  15. macrumors newbie


    Feb 25, 2013
    I use this screen protector

    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 don’t 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 “T” 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 wasn’t too bad. I didn’t 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 didn’t 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 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.
  16. macrumors 68040

    Jul 18, 2011
    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.:eek:
  17. macrumors 603

    May 21, 2009
    I use a screen protector full body "ghost armor"

    Plus a Smart Cover

    Stay away from zagg
  18. macrumors regular


    Mar 10, 2011
    Mt. Hood to Puget Sound
    Body Guartz Pure

    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.
  19. macrumors 65816

    Dec 9, 2011
    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.
  20. macrumors newbie

    Apr 6, 2013
  21. Oui
    macrumors 6502

    Nov 9, 2012
  22. macrumors 68000


    Jan 11, 2012
    Eastern CT
  23. Oui
    macrumors 6502

    Nov 9, 2012
  24. macrumors 68000


    Jan 11, 2012
    Eastern CT
  25. Oui
    macrumors 6502

    Nov 9, 2012
    If you need to ask, you wouldn't believe me anyway.

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