iPad 2 Matte Screen Protector Suggestions

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by savestheday, May 20, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Hi all,
    I love the SGP and Powersupport screen protectors but it's tough to justify buying a close to $30 sheet of plastic. I use SGP on my iPhone and have previously used them on my iPad. IThrough.com had a great deal on the SGP screen protectors for the iPhone 4 (like $4 a package). Are there sites that run a similar deal or that have a comparable matte screen protector that's cheaper? Thx.
     
  2. macrumors member

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    I agree. just ordered BSE for the back (actually full kit $20) and dont want to spend another $30 for the front. Any help with comparable front screens would be appreciated.
     
  3. macrumors member

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    whatever you do, don't get the Zagg anti glare invisible shield. It is horrific. you can hardly read the screen for the rainbow effect. no glare or fingerprints though.
     
  4. macrumors 6502a

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    I hear you on the cost factor, but I have to say, there is nothing close to the Power Support anti-glare screen protector. I've had it on my iPad I and now have it on my iPad 2. I tried the zaggmate, but disliked the "orange peel" effect that was clearly visible. The PS is so durable, that I actually took it off my first iPad, after using it for a year, and put it on my new device until they had the latest version available. I can read under bright lights, outside as well, with no glare/reflections bugging my eyes.
     
  5. macrumors 6502

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    I have tried many AG screen protectors and trust me powersupport is the best. But if you are looking for a well made protector that does the trick without too much grainyness on the text and want something under $20, i would suggest splashmasque screen protectors from amazon. i believe they go for something like $17. The company ha really good customer service if you have problems with the protector and need a replacement and the antiglare works really well. it does have some distortion on the text but it isnt so much that it would bother you unless you are really OCD, in whih case you would go with powersupport.
     
  6. macrumors 6502

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    Same here.
     
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    Blorzoga

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    PS AG Rules! Well worth it.
     
  8. macrumors member

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    today I took a look at a comparison of the power support crystal clear and anti-glare. I thought it was very noticeable (at least to my eye) that the text on the anti-glare was not as clear and sharp. Any comments on this from users?

    Also, unfortunately right now power support is out of stock on the anti-glare. I may wait but how is it in comparison to SGP anti-glare.

    Edit: Ooops. that was yesterday. just checked and they are in-stock again!
     
  9. macrumors member

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    The iPad's screen is not high-resolution enough to really make this an issue. I use their anti-glare protector on my iPhone 4 and it does cause some "fuzzing" at such a high-DPI display, but the display on my iPad 2 is just crappier and I don't really notice it at all (I'm using Power Support anti-glare on both).

    For me, any issue with the fuzziness caused by the anti-glare protector is way overshadowed by it making the screen much easier to use. The texture on the anti-glare shields is also much less prone to showing fingerprint oils and smudges which is probably the biggest benefit, in my opinion.
     
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    mcdj

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    I'm a PS fan for the iPhone, but for the iPad I'm perfectly happy with the Speck Shield, whose biggest feature is 2 protectors for less than the price of one PS. Clarity is good, fit is superb. Got mine for $17.
     
  11. macrumors 65816

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    I have a PS anti-glare on mine. My husband just got his and has not put any screen protector on at all and to be honest, to my eye (which I admit are a bit older than any of yours I suspect) I really can't see a difference when looking at exactly the same web page.

    I guess some folks might notice a difference but to be honest I suspect it would be very slight. Having the anti-glare and anti-fingerprint properties is worth it for me.

    However, I know where you are coming from - spending $30 or so on a chance is a bit of a crap shoot. Just glad I did.
     
  12. macrumors 6502

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    +1

    i'm surprised that i see only a few testimonials for the speck shieldview. the matte shield gets my vote over the power support.
     
  13. macrumors 6502

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    +1
     
  14. macrumors newbie

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    :) Oh, thanks, I was going to get that from Amazon UK. Finally decide for the much cheaper one though.
     
  15. macrumors regular

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    I cannot stand to look at the iPad without a matte screen protector on it these days.

    I've currently got the Cygnett anti-glare on my iPad 2. It's not bad, but not as good as the Power Support. I thought that I'd swap it for the Power Support once it became available in the UK, but I managed to get it on so perfectly, that I'm loathe to take it off!
     
  16. macrumors regular

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    I bought 3 for $10 from amazon (crazyondigital brand). They are not quite as clear as power support but for me at 11 times the cost per protector I just cant justify power support anymore for ipad. For retina display on the iphone 4 I wouldn't use anything but power support but for the lower DPI on the ipad 2 they work just fine for me. The anti-fingerprint works great on these too.

    If you want the best and can afford it go for power support though.
     
  17. macrumors member

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    I just bought the Macally anti-fingerprint protector for my son's ipad 2. I had high hopes for it based on the marketing hype (7 layer design) but its clarity leaves a lot to be desired. I can't compare it to any other AG protectors unfortunately, but if it were my ipad, I'd take it off (my son doesn't care). That said, one thing that I do really like about it is that because the AG layer is under a hard coat layer, the surface feels smoother with less texture than most AG protectors that I've used on my iPhone.
     
  18. macrumors member

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    I got the ones made from japanese materials (as opposed to their standard ones) at handhelditems. Very happy with them.

    Tried two other cheapo brands and this one was by far the clearest.
     
  19. macrumors 6502

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    For some reason it seems like that the ones made in Japan always seem to be better...
     
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    class77

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    You get what you pay for and PS is superior to the other films, IMHO
     
  21. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So I ended up going with:

    Speck Products ShieldView Screen Protector for iPad 2 , Matte Finish, 2-Pack (SPK-A0326)

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004SGSHKC

    Couldn't be happier. Went on easier than the SGP and is about the same quality. Thanks to whoever suggested it.
     
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    kylera

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    How is the touch sensitivity? Some people say that it is visibly worse than without a film.

    I mean, granted, there will be a hit in sensitivity, but is it that bad of a hit?
     
  23. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I think it's fine. I've had plenty of other matte screen protectors, seems to be about the same as them.
     
  24. macrumors 6502

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    I can't tell a difference at all. I love my power support antiglare. I was leery of it for many reasons but am more than happy.
     

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