Become a MacRumors Supporter for $25/year with no ads, private forums, and more!
  • Did you order new AirTags? We've opened a dedicated AirTags forum.

Alundra

macrumors regular
Original poster
Dec 31, 2012
186
10
Its been almost a month and my ipad air display is not scratched yet, makes me think if using a screen protector is really necessary. I use a smart case though.

What about you guys?
 

FrankB1191

macrumors 6502a
Jun 14, 2013
722
1
Pennsylvania
I haven't needed my car's seatbelt for years, but still wear it. ;) My dry application screen protector is invisible, and allows me not to worry. It can be peeled off in seconds, but scratches can't. Zagg protectors are another story, and those are not invisible.....
 
Last edited:
Comment

Dlanod

macrumors 6502a
Jul 11, 2008
956
61
UK
I have never used protectors on any of my iPads and never had a scratch yet. Always use a case though that covers the screen in transit.
 
Comment

mentaluproar

macrumors 68000
May 25, 2010
1,733
135
Ohio, USA
I've put my iPads (old 2, current 4) through some serious abuse. I have only used smart covers. I tried screen protectors (a zagg and bodyguards) on the iPad 2 and found they made it a miserable user experience. The Zagg was the worst by far.

The only scratch I ever got on the screen was on the iPad 2 when I tried to use the smart cover to clean finger prints off to it. There was a speck of something between the cover and the screen and I gouged it in. fortunately, I couldn't see it when the screen turned on. It was just irritating knowing it was there.

You really don't need a screen protector, in my opinion. iPads are built to withstand a ton of abuse.
 
Comment

maflynn

Moderator
Staff member
May 3, 2009
67,835
35,299
Boston
I've always used screen protectors, the cost of the tablet is such that I'd rather not take a chance on getting scratches, especially when my kids use it.

Additionally I had the olephobic coating wear off on an iPhone once. I'm kind of paranoid that could happen again so the screen protector is on to keep that in pristine condition.
 
Comment

leftyMac

macrumors regular
Feb 20, 2011
126
15
I used to use it on iPod and iPad, but recently I decided to take them off. Couldn't be happier.
 
Comment

s2mikey

Suspended
Sep 23, 2013
2,490
4,252
Upstate, NY
Not this time. My Air screen is so easy to clean. A few puffs of breath and a soft cloth and she's like brand new. Screen protectors are so hard to get on right and reduce the image quality of the device from what I see.

I don't see the point.
 
Comment

Angler

macrumors regular
Mar 26, 2011
238
72
Never used one on 3 iPads no scratches. Just Smart Cover and sleeve for transit. Don't waste your money. Can't beat the feel of nakedness :D
 
Comment

bevsb2

Contributor
Nov 23, 2012
1,881
784
I use a case to protect my iPads but never a screen protector and I've never had a scratch. I am the only one who ever uses my iPad however and if children are using it I would want a screen protector in place.
 
Comment

speed4tu

macrumors member
Mar 30, 2009
98
0
I never uses one on iPads. Just on my iPhone. My ipad never sees loose change in my pocket etc.
 
Comment

ugcop

macrumors 6502a
Mar 15, 2012
599
103
Traveling @ Warp Speed ...... USA
Have used Otterboxes on all iDevices until this last one. I use a Crowne book style case now with no screen protection. I like the feel of less bulk and clearer screen. I spray and micro towel every couple of days.
 
Comment

fanchee

macrumors 6502a
Nov 23, 2009
540
20
I never use screen protectors on iPads, but I do on my iPhone. And I've never had any scratches on any of my iPads. That being said, like many here, I DO use a Smart Cover, which protects it enough around the house. And when I go out, I put it ina sleeve.
 
Comment

ApfelKuchen

macrumors 68040
Aug 28, 2012
3,974
2,529
Between the coasts
First generation iPad - no protector, no scratches. Wrap-around case? Absolutely yes.

My philosophy is that damage is most likely to happen in transit. In transit, a screen protector is far less protective than a cover (Smart or otherwise). Impact worries me far more than scratches, and with a case, I'm covered for both.

For what it's worth... Yes, a screen protector preserves the oleophobic coating. In fact, the coating never gets used at all. That sounds good if you're planning to sell your device when you're done with it, but I far prefer the feel of the naked screen to any of the screen protectors I've tried. I'm just not the type to sacrifice my own user experience in order to enhance resale value. If I've used a tool so much that the surface finish wears off, then the tool has more than paid for itself.
 
Comment

eggersj

macrumors 6502
Apr 23, 2008
357
18
I have yet to scratch the screen of any ios product... Naked ipad air here all the way!
 
Comment

Saturn1217

macrumors 6502a
Apr 28, 2008
993
254
IMHO personal electronics should work for YOU not the other way around. That doesn't necessarily mean don't use a screen protector but just keep things in perspective. It is a tablet not a baby. If you don't use a screen protector because you don't want to, Apple services isn't going to come and take your iPad away for negligence. Worst thing that is going to happen is maybe you get a scratch. If that is completely unacceptable to you, use a screen protector. Otherwise live with the (small) risk that this might happen.

In my experience I haven't needed a screen protector but I am also probably not going to get one because I use a stylus with my iPad and don't want a screen protector interfering with that. I did stupidly drop a phone onto my iPad's screen when I was half asleep but thankfully no damage was done.
 
Comment

thelookingglass

macrumors 68000
Apr 27, 2005
1,966
414
I stopped using screen protectors with my latest iPad and have been pleased with the experience. The touch screen just feels so much better without a screen protector, not to mention fingerprints are much less of an issue.

i find that with a smart cover on, the screen is adequately protected. I even stopped going with a screen protector on my iPhone, although that one is making me a bit more nervous.
 
Comment

ZhenyaF

macrumors 6502
Mar 28, 2008
446
45
Brooklyn, NY
Not using a screen protector on either of my iPads, just poetic smart cases. I dont have a screen protector on the iPhone either.
 
Comment

kramjam

macrumors 6502
Feb 3, 2008
308
21
California
Never believed in using a screen protector for iPads myself, but I'm a huge fan of glass screen protectors for my iPhone. iPhone goes with me everywhere and much more prone to being dropped or put somewhere where objects may come close to it. Having played with iPads that are protected by some kind of protector, something just felt kind of off.
 
Comment

SL4VE

macrumors 6502
Aug 19, 2010
451
10
I use a leather case, no problems with screen. I would never try to have one of those screen protectors applied; I'm careful with my electronics.

X2

Although I did try in my iPad3 and it was the most horrible looking thing ever.
 
Comment
Register on MacRumors! This sidebar will go away, and you'll see fewer ads.