Thinking of removing screen protector

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by dazcox5181, Jun 12, 2010.

  1. macrumors regular

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    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?
     
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    Did you also happen to see the smudges and oils from hundreds of people using the devices everyday? Disgusting.
     
  3. macrumors 65816

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    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.
     
  4. macrumors 6502

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    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.
     
  5. macrumors regular

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    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.
     
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    peapody

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    For sure the clarity of naken glass is tops, but man those fingerprints. I had to microfiber that sucker every 5 minutes.
     
  7. macrumors member

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    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.
     
  8. macrumors regular

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    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.
     
  9. macrumors 6502a

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    I have gone naked. . .

    . . . 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.
     
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    antiprotest

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    Bare screen is best. No problem with fingerprints, smudges at all.
     
  11. macrumors regular

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    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.
     
  12. macrumors newbie

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    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.
     
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    cloroxbleach4

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    Remove it. Let your ipad be free!
     
  14. macrumors newbie

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    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.
     
  15. macrumors regular

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    I had a screen protector on my I touch n my phone regret it from day 1
     
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    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.
     
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    gwynne

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    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.
     
  18. macrumors newbie

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    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.
     
  19. macrumors 6502a

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    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.
     
  20. macrumors newbie

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    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.
     
  21. macrumors 68040

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    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
     
  22. macrumors 6502

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    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.
     
  23. macrumors member

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    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.
     
  24. macrumors 68020

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    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.
     
  25. thread starter macrumors regular

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    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?
     

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