Anti-Glare Glass Screen for iPad?


MadGoat

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Anti-Glare Glass Screen for iPad?

Is this an option you wish Apple offered for the iPad?

Example
Not going to happen.

Though I imagine that PowerSupport will have an antiglare screen protector out within days for an insanly expensive price.
 

maflynn

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Yeah, they'll offer an anti-glare screen on the iPad as soon as they do on the iPhone.
 

Chupa Chupa

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If the screen is as bright as advertised I don't think glare is going to be an issue. I really have no probs w/ my iPhone and I'm not a glossy fan. There will be "invisible" screen protectors that will help reduce glare also.
 

bpd115

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If you check the accessories thread you'll see there are anti glare screen protectors with a matte finish that will be available.

I've tried the invisible shield type on my iphone and it was ok, didn't reduce glare, had a rubbery feel and started to collect dirt where the seams are.

I purchased a 2 pack of anti-glare matte films for my iPhone at the Apple store for 14 bucks and they are great. They can be removed and reapplied if necessary and greatly reduce fingerprints and smudges which I saw from the iPad demo videos after the keynote were apparent.
 

4DThinker

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The screen has a Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating. I bought a screen protector for another of my devices that claimed the same, and it added a non-glare matte finish to my screen,

So the iPad may come with a low-glare screen already.
 

greygray

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It comes a form of a screen protector that you need to buy. So far, only the MBP has this option.
 

MattPlen

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BoxWave has Cleartouch anti-glare for the iPad. While I generally use the clear ones and not the anti-glare for my other gadgets, for the iPad I would highly recommend getting an Anti-Glare. I have one on my iPad for 2 main reasons:

1) The iPad’s glossy screen is beautiful but can be difficult to read in certain environments such as in the sun. The anti-glare’s matte finish helps to defuse the light so it’s not reflected strait into your eyes.

2) The glossy finish on the screen is a fingerprint magnet. But with an anti-glare, you won’t run into that problem fingerprint.

As for what company you should go for, I would recommend BoxWave’s ClearTouch. In my experience, you DO get what you pay for. I’ve used several different brands, many of them are cheap and low quality. I’ve learned my lesson. I decided to go with a well recognized brand for my iPad. The quality and clarity of their screen protectors is amazing and unmatched! Since the iPad’s screen is glossy I went with the anti-glare version. It significantly cuts down on the glare and another bonus is that it reduces fingerprints from the screen from all that tapping and touching!

http://www.boxwave.com/products/cleartouch/cleartouch-screen-protector-apple-ipad_3779.htm

Installation was easy. Just make sure you have scotch tape in case you get dust or lint stuck under the side that adheres to the screen. The sticky side of the tape is a great way to remove any specks of lint or dust that may get trapped, causing air bubbles. In case you accidentally get A LOT of dust trapped underneath, the ClearTouch is nice because you can wash it off with a little soap and water.

Some people say Invisible Shield is good, but I noticed that their screen protectors have an “orange skin” (aka “orange peel”) like texture to it which makes the screen look somewhat distorted. It also feels rubbery to the touch, which makes it difficult to swipe around the screen. While I’d recommend them for maybe a phone, I don’t for the iPad. For me personally I always seem to go back to BoxWave.
 

Dorkington

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Dear god I wish Apple would stop using glossy displays.

It's making me contemplate going elsewhere, honestly.
 

macpluslaptop

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Dear god I wish Apple would stop using glossy displays.

It's making me contemplate going elsewhere, honestly.
Ditto. The next external display I get will have to come from Dell or whatever company offers something nonglossy. Losing my $900 won't make any difference to Apple.
 

Dorkington

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Apr 5, 2010
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Ditto. The next external display I get will have to come from Dell or whatever company offers something nonglossy. Losing my $900 won't make any difference to Apple.
Nope.

I understand why they do it, it markets very well and without lights on their screens are fabulous... but man, is it annoying for actual photo editing on my iMac...

At least with the iPhone/iPad I can put a filter on it.
 

pyrodex

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Jul 10, 2008
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BoxWave has Cleartouch anti-glare for the iPad. While I generally use the clear ones and not the anti-glare for my other gadgets, for the iPad I would highly recommend getting an Anti-Glare. I have one on my iPad for 2 main reasons:

1) The iPad’s glossy screen is beautiful but can be difficult to read in certain environments such as in the sun. The anti-glare’s matte finish helps to defuse the light so it’s not reflected strait into your eyes.

2) The glossy finish on the screen is a fingerprint magnet. But with an anti-glare, you won’t run into that problem fingerprint.

As for what company you should go for, I would recommend BoxWave’s ClearTouch. In my experience, you DO get what you pay for. I’ve used several different brands, many of them are cheap and low quality. I’ve learned my lesson. I decided to go with a well recognized brand for my iPad. The quality and clarity of their screen protectors is amazing and unmatched! Since the iPad’s screen is glossy I went with the anti-glare version. It significantly cuts down on the glare and another bonus is that it reduces fingerprints from the screen from all that tapping and touching!

http://www.boxwave.com/products/cleartouch/cleartouch-screen-protector-apple-ipad_3779.htm

Installation was easy. Just make sure you have scotch tape in case you get dust or lint stuck under the side that adheres to the screen. The sticky side of the tape is a great way to remove any specks of lint or dust that may get trapped, causing air bubbles. In case you accidentally get A LOT of dust trapped underneath, the ClearTouch is nice because you can wash it off with a little soap and water.

Some people say Invisible Shield is good, but I noticed that their screen protectors have an “orange skin” (aka “orange peel”) like texture to it which makes the screen look somewhat distorted. It also feels rubbery to the touch, which makes it difficult to swipe around the screen. While I’d recommend them for maybe a phone, I don’t for the iPad. For me personally I always seem to go back to BoxWave.
Can you post a few pictures in direct light for us please?
 

SPNarwhal

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can you take some with it turned on?

actually, that might be a lot to ask by now, since you've probably already put it back on.

oh well.
 

Mitchrapp

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Looks like the pic of it, on and off are at different positions on that coach. Almost like when you put it on, you moved the iPad out of the light more.

That's what I see anyway.
 

dosx53

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Apr 7, 2010
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I'd love to have this option (and also one for the little MBP as well, please! :p). And a dual-digitizer screen. But i know it won't happen.
 

woodekm

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Feb 24, 2008
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I love eating fried chicken and playing a good game on my iPad. :):):eek:


Looks like a germ concert.
 

macpluslaptop

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I've tried the invisible shield type on my iphone and it was ok, didn't reduce glare
Zagg admits that the IS isn't antiglare. But a couple of companies are already shipping antiglare protectors for ipad - Griffin, Incipio, etc.
 

jonutarr

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Sep 1, 2006
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I use a clearcal screen sticker on my 27" iMac, my eyes were sick and sore without it

Good to see one for the ipad
Death to gloss!
 

sigma8

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Looks like the pic of it, on and off are at different positions on that coach. Almost like when you put it on, you moved the iPad out of the light more.

That's what I see anyway.
No.. The right-hand side just shows a big ball of light. If it were glossy, you'd be able to see clearly what was generating that light, unless it was a) coincidentally a big fuzzy ball of light, or b) the sun.

Still, just because something is diffuse doesn't mean it doesn't have a lot of glare. The touch-sensitive Sony Readers are not glossy, but seem to reflect back more light than hits them, somehow. The glare is horrible. Worse than glossy. At least with glossy, the reflectivity is so clear that the light source will generally be limited to a small pinpoint. On the Sony, it diffuses and swallows up a quarter of the screen, bathing it in impenetrable glare. This only happens on their touch models, the non-touch ones are blessedly glare-free. Not sure what they were thinking with the high-glare ones.
 

macDonalds

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I usually don't get into the matte vs. glossy debates with laptops but for the iPad I think it would be nice to have a matte finish. I brought my iPad to the park this weekend and it was unusable. My wife, however, was using the nook which was excellent.

Apples to oranges, I know, but some anti-glare film would be great for the iPad.
 

Maaz

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Hell no, I love the glossy screens on my iMac, iPhone, and iPad. It makes the screen quality so much nicer.
 

eelpout

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It's probably just me, but I never understand why people often refer to Apple glossy/glassy screens as "beautiful." :confused:

I have a 27" i5 iMac and the screen is like... whatever. It is what it is.