All iPads Do I need a screen protector for my Air?

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  1. dj95 macrumors member

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    I am having no luck with applying the screen protectors for my air - I either get bubbles that won't go or bits of fiber stuck under it. Both are making the screen look horrible and to be honest, makes me enjoy using it less. I'm usually overly protective of my iDevices with cases and screen protectors for each of them but usually there are no bubbles. Do I need a protector for the screen on the air? How scratch resistant are they? Thanks
     
  2. JonMPLS macrumors 65816

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    I am sure you will get lots of opinions on this, but I hate screen protectors. I do not have them on any of my iPhones or iPads, and do not have scratches. I typically have some type of case/cover for my iPads to avoid scratching in my briefcase, and keep my iPhone in my pocket. I do avoid using them if my hands are too dirty . . . I think screen protectors are like vinyl seat covers--not something I would want to use on a new leather interior.
     
  3. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    Just as on any device it's a matter of preference. Please refer to the countless other threads on the topic and decide for yourself.

    How do you expect it to be quantified? It can scratch. The question, as always, is how willing are you to put up with the scratches? Again, subjective matter.
     
  4. Maziar macrumors 6502

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    I've never used an screen protector on the iPads I had(1,3 and now Air) and haven't had a single scratch on the screen.
    Some people,however, like it.It's a matter of opinions
     
  5. Nhwhazup macrumors 68000

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    Nothing worse than a screen protector that is crooked or has dust underneath. I feel for you.

    I guess it's pretty subjective as to whether you need a screen protector or not. Really comes down to personal preference. I for one am completely careful with my electronics but within 2-3 weeks can always detect minuscule surface scratches on the screen. They don't show by looking straight on but under a light and at an angle they are there. So I always end up with a screen protector - but that's just me. I have family members tell me that they don't use screen protectors and they never get scratches. Well what the real deal is, they never see them. I can see them when held just right but I definitely don't point them out - what you don't see won't hurt you - so to speak. I guess it's up to you - if you really want to be sure of no scratches then keep trying with a screen protector.

    There are a few companies out there with free replacements - namely Tech Armor (on Amazon). I went through my first two with both having dust underneath before figuring out my new sweater that I was wearing was the culprit. I requested another set and nailed a perfect install the next time around. Look on YouTube for the steamy bathroom installation technique and also use a tape lint roller to totally clean off any dust and keep some scotch tape around just in case. Good luck.
     
  6. Daria macrumors regular

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    I'm planning to get this brand on my new iPad Air: http://www.bestskinsever.com/best-s...tectors-cases-covers-shields-films?mode=list&

    I have one of their protectors for the screen of my iPhone4 and it's perfect. Though I'll say I had a friend install it for me. :) I watched him do it and it does take care and finesse to get it done. However, the finished product is wonderful and worth the trouble, in my opinion.

    And I have a "brand X" on my classic iPod Touch; it's icky, has bubbles which won't resolve, etc. So Ill be sticking with BestSkinsEver.
     
  7. Roy Hobbs macrumors 68000

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    I have had every iPhone and most of the iPad models and I've never used a screen protector. Never a scratch on any of the screens
     
  8. New2MacOS macrumors member

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    I always put screen protector on my gadgets for peace of mind. Hence, I have it on my iphone, ipad air, and also my surface pro 2.
     
  9. Rooskibar03 macrumors 65816

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    A Power Support Anti Glare screen protector has been on every idevice I have ever owned.

    In fact my Air is two days old and its killing me waiting for screen protector to arrive.

    The fingerprints on the screen drives me bat s*#t crazy.
     
  10. deluxeshredder macrumors 6502a

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    If you are careful with your devices and won't mind 1-2 tiny scratches a month, you'll be fine without a screen protector.
     
  11. FrankB1191 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm pretty good at applying screen protectors without bubbles, but it can take a while to get it right. The best method for a dry screen application is to use Scotch tape to lift and remove the dust that causes bubbles. Problem is, each time you lift, more dust can get trapped(!!!!). If you have a friend that can apply screen protectors well, ask them if they wouldn't mind doing yours.

    I feel much more comfortable with a screen protector, but that's me. ;)
     
  12. Jasonkrick macrumors member

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    I do not use a screen protector for any of my iPhones or iPads.

    The glass is very scratch resistant more than ones knows. And I am very rough with my electronics.

    What I do have though is thin protective case for my iPhone and my main use iPad (Air) for I have a very bad habit of dropping them. Therefore. A protective film doesn't do me any good.
     
  13. amrtat71 macrumors newbie

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    You can't go wrong with Power Support crystal clear or Tech Armor with the free replacements. Additionally if you prefer a glass protector the Bodyguardz Pure is nice. Or I might try the glass iloome if I was going for a thinner glass one. I usually always use Power Support but they were way late coming to the game and I ended up buying Tech Armor and am just as happy with their product and it's much cheaper.

    I have the Pure glass on my iPhone and it is great. I dropped my phone and the screen corner hit the ceramic tile floor. The Pure shattered but my screen was fine.

    On my iPad I prefer the plastic rather than the glass - not sure why, but I just do.
     
  15. amrtat71 macrumors newbie

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    excuse me my english not very good finally whats your offer?
    in apple one body say ArmorSuit MilitaryShield is the best that don't lose retina quality?
     
  16. Nhwhazup macrumors 68000

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    Most of the clear ones should keep the clarity. I've never used ArmorSuit so I can't offer any recommendation for their product. Hopefully some others may share their experience with ArmorSuit. Anybody?
     
  17. amrtat71 macrumors newbie

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    any body help?:confused:
     
  18. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    I think the sticky screen protectors on iPads are a waste of money and they get ruined easily-i use a griffin survivor on my ipad and it just happens to have a built in screen protector that doesn't bubble so I'm happy :)
     
  20. ldburroughs macrumors 6502

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    I've owned a number of iPads and have tried even more screen protectors. In the end I rip them off and resort to a bare screen. I use a SmartCover on my Air, so the screen is pretty well protected when not in use and tucked away in my bag. That being said, however, I owned one that I bought secondhand with AppleCare that had tiny scratches on the screen. The previous owner, a former Apple employee, just carried it around and didn't really care about protecting it ... at all, I think. It wasn't dropped and there were no dings, but I did notice the small, nearly invisible scratches. What I'm getting at is, they certainly can scratch. Just like anything else, you need to treat them with at least a little care. If you have a cover for when it's not in use, then I see no real reason to get a screen protector. Having used many, I didn't like any.
     
  21. iPodJedi macrumors 6502a

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    i never thought of it that way- if u have a smart cover you don't really need a screen protector.
     
  22. darknyt macrumors 6502a

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    Everytime I see someone's iPad they claim are scratch-free, they really aren't. They may not be deep gouges, but they typically have tons of those micro-scratches that may be more in the oleo-phobic coating instead of the actual glass, but they're there.

    I always put a Zagg HD on my devices. Feels like glass, no impact to clarity, and best of all - peace of mind. I know when I finally take it off, it actually WILL be scratch free. I usually find a few marks on the cover that I can tell would have scratched the iPad if it was naked.

    But I have kids so no matter how careful I am with my devices, one of those little buggers always finds a way to get a hold of it.
     
  23. Rocko1 macrumors 68020

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    If you have owned a iPhone or iPad and used it regularly for any length of time without a protector, you more than likely have scratches. They maybe fine, hard to see, but they are there.

    Tech Armor makes great protectors with lifetime warranty, even against installation errors.
     
  24. SomeGuyDude macrumors 6502a

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    I've started putting anti-glare screen protectors on mine. Yeah, they make the display a bit less sharp and vivid, but holy CRAP is it nice not getting blinded by glare and smudges. I get 'em just for that. The protection is a bonus.
     
  25. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    Not true. As always, it only takes grit harder than the screen which can get trapped under the cover. The cover may help to mitigate some or even the majority of scratches but it won't necessarily prevent all scratches. Now, whether that's worth being concerned over is a subjective matter.
     

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