12.9 owners w/ glass screen protector --

Chupa Chupa

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I've always put screen protectors on my iDevices. The 9.7 Pro was the first time I used a glass one because the film kind felt "sticky" with the Pencil. But it also made the 9.7 feel a lot heavier or maybe less light, not that the glass protector is that heavy.

So now I'm debating whether to leave the 12.9 naked or put the protector on. I really want to keep it light as possible since it's already 1.5lbs. What is your impression of the 12.9's heft with the glass protector on? Is it noticeable when holding?
 

akash.nu

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If you use a case that covers the screen generally you won't need a protector as such.
 

Pspressart

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I've always put screen protectors on my iDevices. The 9.7 Pro was the first time I used a glass one because the film kind felt "sticky" with the Pencil. But it also made the 9.7 feel a lot heavier or maybe less light, not that the glass protector is that heavy.

So now I'm debating whether to leave the 12.9 naked or put the protector on. I really want to keep it light as possible since it's already 1.5lbs. What is your impression of the 12.9's heft with the glass protector on? Is it noticeable when holding?
Why do you put screen protectors on your iDevices? I have not put one on any of mine. I haven’t had any scratches or blemishes, but then I tend to be careful about what touches my screen.
 
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canesalato

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Eh?! Most cases have a cover for the screen bit unless it only covers the back of the iPad, like some clear cases. Just search on amazon. You'll find loads.
But the part of the case that covers the screen is generally (much) heavier that the screen protector.

My opinion (I use a glass screen protector on my 12.9):
- The screen protector is about 100 grams, and it is definitely noticeable
- However smart covers or the front parts of cases usually are in the 200-300 grams range, sometimes more.
- I live close to the sea and, thanks to sand, I had scratches on my iPads, regardless the front cover, it’s very easy here that a small grain gets stuck between the cover and the screen and then the screen WILL get scratched. A glass screen protector for me is peace of mind.
- The coating on current iPad screens makes them harder to clean from fingerprints, compared to older generations. My screen protector is super easy to clean.
- With the glass screen protector I don’t need a front cover at all and just use an ultralight back case (which I remove when I arrive home). I think it’s a good compromise, at least for me.
 

Shanghaichica

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Generally no.
Thanks. I will order one. I'm asking because I was using an adonit pixel on my iPad Air 2 and I had to take the glass screen protector off because it didn't detect the pen a lot of the time and I had to press down really hard on the screen.
 

canesalato

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Thanks. I will order one. I'm asking because I was using an adonit pixel on my iPad Air 2 and I had to take the glass screen protector off because it didn't detect the pen a lot of the time and I had to press down really hard on the screen.
My Apple pencil works perfectly. My glass screen protector is 0.27mm thick
 
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PBz

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I've always put screen protectors on my iDevices. The 9.7 Pro was the first time I used a glass one because the film kind felt "sticky" with the Pencil. But it also made the 9.7 feel a lot heavier or maybe less light, not that the glass protector is that heavy.

So now I'm debating whether to leave the 12.9 naked or put the protector on. I really want to keep it light as possible since it's already 1.5lbs. What is your impression of the 12.9's heft with the glass protector on? Is it noticeable when holding?
Might not be popular here but IMO glass screen protectors are a scam. iPad glass will break or not break. Glass cover will break and when it 'saves' the iPad screen you don't know if iPad screen was breaking anyway.
 

Chupa Chupa

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Might not be popular here but IMO glass screen protectors are a scam. iPad glass will break or not break. Glass cover will break and when it 'saves' the iPad screen you don't know if iPad screen was breaking anyway.
I can't speak for others but I don't put screen protectors on my devices to protect from breaking. I do it to keep the glass clean. With a screen protector I can use any kind of glass cleaner and not worry about damaging the glass. If you clean an iPad with a solvent that has alcohol or ammonia, which many glass cleaners contain, you will wear down the coating.

Additionally, a protector protects against anything else that might spill on the screen. I was doing some paint touch up on my stair railing once and my phone rang. I grabbed it fast out of my pocket with my free hand and splat the brush hit the screen. So, yes, very happy I had a screen protector on because I just had to peel it off and put a new one one.

iPhone protectors are $5. iPad $5-15. Cheap insurance and easy cleaning. That is no scam to me. It does exactly what I expect it to do.
 
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