Do you use a screen protector under your Smart Cover?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by musika, Mar 10, 2012.

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Do you use a screen protector under your Smart Cover?

  1. Yes, I do keep both on my iPad.

    25 vote(s)
    22.1%
  2. No, Just a Smart Cover.

    73 vote(s)
    64.6%
  3. Just a Screen Protector.

    3 vote(s)
    2.7%
  4. Nothing is protecting the screen.

    12 vote(s)
    10.6%
  1. musika macrumors 65816

    musika

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    #1
    On my iPad 2, I have always kept a matte screen shield on, even though I keep a Smart Cover on my iPad 2. I've been thinking of taking it off, seeing as I have a Smart Cover over the screen, anyway.

    Do you? And why?
     
  2. boltjames macrumors 68040

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    I always wear a condom under my condom, you know, just to be safe.

    I've got an iPad 1 that's got thousands of daily miles on the odometer that's never been screen-protected. Not a scratch. You're worrying about the wrong side. Gorilla Glass doesn't scratch; aluminum does.

    BJ
     
  3. sekazi macrumors 6502

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    I do not have a iPad but I will tell you if you remove that Matte screen protector you will end up putting another on in a week. I tried it with my iPhone 4 and after a week of streaks, smudges and never staying clean I put mine back on.

    Even though a matte protector slightly messes with picture quality the advantages outweigh it. No more noticeable smudges, smudges come off easily (usually from being in my pocket), finger glides smoothly across the screen and never grips, you will never see a reflection instead of the screen.
     
  4. fat jez, Mar 10, 2012
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    fat jez macrumors 68000

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    #4
    My iPad 2 did while I was using a smart cover. Now I use a screen protector as well as a smart cover.

    Cue downvoting because I had a negative experience and posted about it.
     
  5. 7even macrumors 6502a

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    Cue downvoting because of your improper use of "queue" :p

    I rocked a screen protector under the smart cover because I hate glare, though, not to protect the screen.

    My last phone (non-iPhone) had gorilla glass as well but ended up having tiny scratches all over from carrying it in my pocket daily. So yes, GG does scratch.
     
  6. colshine macrumors regular

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    I've never used a screen protector on mine. I don't plan to in the future either.
     
  7. homeboy macrumors 6502

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    I prefer the look and feel without protection.
     
  8. ChristianJapan macrumors 601

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    I also use a matte screen protector to reduce the impact of fingerprints. On all my iDevices.
    Even then on the iPad screen foile I still can see where the keyboard is; but at least I can change from time to time.
     
  9. tarasis macrumors 6502a

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    sorry but the Gorilla Glass does scratch, I've had minor scratches on my 3GS and 4 (and 2G but that was because daughter knocked it out of my hand onto carpet seperater) despite being v careful. Since then all my iOS devices have had a screen protector on them. Indeed with the iPads pretty much always on day 1.
     
  10. steve dave macrumors 6502a

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    I didn't use one on my iPad 1 and it was always in the apple case and I still got scratches on the screen. So I used one on my iPad 2 and already bought one for my new iPad so it will go on as soon as I take the iPad out of the box. I found the glass on every iOS device I had were very prone to scratches.
     
  11. homeboy macrumors 6502

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    My mate has one of them and I dislike it for one reason, it kills the screen quality by making colours look subdued - they don't pop.
     
  12. ChristianJapan macrumors 601

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    Yup, it's not a free lunch ... But I'm ok with the colors I see through the folie. So right now still in favor to use a foile. Let see how it will be with the new iPad
     
  13. homeboy macrumors 6502

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    I do have to say though, that the glare and smudge free experience is quite calming, but I'm one of those guys that never put films or protectors on screens.

    My iPad 2 fared well for the 9 months I had it, I sold it without a single scratch or mark anywhere.
     
  14. djransom macrumors 68040

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    I have a screen protector under my Smart Cover.
     
  15. sekazi macrumors 6502

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    Not true. It may make it slightly grainy but color is fine to me. It maybe ever so so slightly darker but still looks great.

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  16. EIGHTYTHREE macrumors member

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    Hell no! Are people seriously putting screen protectors on iPads now....ridiculous! What are you doing that requires a screen protector?! Its not necessary, just enjoy your devices they way they are meant to be, use common sense and everything will be fine.However, I do understand common sense is lacking these days.
     
  17. steve dave macrumors 6502a

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    Nope. They actually scratch pretty easily. And because of the stupid way the smart cover folds it gathers any piece of dust and debris off of every surface you prop your iPad on. Then you close the cover and all that rubs right against the screen.
     
  18. brand macrumors 601

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    Do you have a better idea for the way the Smart Cover should fold?
     
  19. sekazi macrumors 6502

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    the opposite direction so the outside sits on the surface.
     
  20. kajitox macrumors 6502a

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    To all the haters: I would like to give a first-hand experience with using JUST the Smart Cover... on the inside of the cover, there's the soft felt material. Unfortunately if you put that on a table that has ANY grit on it, that grit becomes embedded in the cover. Then when you close the cover and walk somewhere, you shove the grit against the glass screen and viola, scratches.

    It has happened to me and I am EXTREMELY anal about my electronics. I unfortunately won't buy another Smart Cover, and I prefer having just the iVisor on it anyway.

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    It doesn't work as well this way. It is pretty clearly meant to work the other way.
     
  21. brand macrumors 601

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    I don't have a Smart Cover but from looking at images online I don't see how that could work. I like to think that Apple did plenty of R&D and came up the the best possible way for it to work. Are there aftermarket Smart Covers that are designed in the way you are wanting?
     
  22. sekazi macrumors 6502

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    Not that I know of. I received my Smart Cover today and it does fold that direction and stay but I do not know if it works while on the iPad.
     
  23. kajitox macrumors 6502a

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    It will close, but the fold at the magnetic connection will "give" a little, making it pretty annoying to type on. Not to mention that you cannot use it standing up for video, it can collapse spontaneously.
     
  24. elmo151 Guest

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    not planning to use a screen protector

    went 2 yrs on iPad1 without any trouble :D
     
  25. donnaw macrumors 65816

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    I use the Power Support anti-glare. Not so much for protection but for the anti-glare and anti-fingerprint. As for the screen clarity, my husband doesn't have a screen protector on his and to be honest I really don't see a difference. So I gave him my smart cover and I just have an iCarbon skin, a screen protector and a sleeve for travel. Works just right for me.

    For me, the pluses outweigh any negatives.
     

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