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macrumors regular
Original poster
Dec 31, 2012
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?


macrumors 6502a
Jun 14, 2013
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.....
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macrumors 6502a
Jul 11, 2008
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.


macrumors 68000
May 25, 2010
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.


macrumors Haswell
May 3, 2009
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.


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


Sep 23, 2013
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.


macrumors 6502
Mar 26, 2011
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


Nov 23, 2012
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.


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


macrumors 6502a
Mar 15, 2012
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.


macrumors 6502a
Nov 23, 2009
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.


macrumors 601
Aug 28, 2012
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.


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


macrumors 65816
Apr 28, 2008
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.


macrumors 68020
Apr 27, 2005
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.


macrumors 6502
Feb 3, 2008
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.


macrumors 6502
Aug 19, 2010
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.


Although I did try in my iPad3 and it was the most horrible looking thing ever.
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