From anti-glare to crystal

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by Lartymarf, Oct 28, 2007.

  1. Lartymarf macrumors regular

    Aug 11, 2007
    So I picked up the power support anti-glare when I got my iPhone.
    Actually, the anti-glare was the only one in stock at the apple store,
    so I put it on, "what... it's matte? oh.. it says anti-glare.. duh!"

    Great.. no finger prints... but I decided to switch to the power support
    crystal film to mimic the original design with the glass on top of the
    screen and although I am now battling finger prints, smudges, and
    glare... I do enjoy the extra bit of clarity over the anti-glare.

    Just preferences... wanted to share I'm one of those that started
    out anti-glare but now am back to the shiny world.

    As long as it's an iPhone....
  2. asc88 macrumors newbie

    Oct 13, 2007
    so, how annoying are the fingure prints?? and do u prefer the clear screen from the anti-glare one?? i wanna buy one, but am kinda confused at the moment as to which one to get...thanks!!
  3. Alloye macrumors 6502a

    Apr 11, 2007
    Rocklin, CA
    I had the anti-glare for a few days and didn't care for it. It did keep the fingerprints away, but I also thought it made the display look slightly grainy and out-of-focus. Now I just go naked. :eek:
  4. asc88 macrumors newbie

    Oct 13, 2007
    And, how would you compare 'naked' with a screen protector?? Heard a lot that the glass does not get scratched n stuff.... how has your experience been so far??

    Also, does the clear screen protector actually get more finger prints than just having the screen naked??
  5. thestaton macrumors 6502

    Jan 19, 2006
    I picked up the anti-glare and I'm going to have to take it back. I couldn't get it installed without air bubbles and I tried for 2 hours. The crystal support I had before the anti-glare installed no problem... I was looking forward to the no finger prints / smudges though.
  6. Lartymarf thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 11, 2007
    I'm the OP of this thread, and I've used both.

    My personal opinion is as follows:

    * Oil/finger/face smears are no longer an issue.
    * Keeps you from keep having to wipe down the screen.
    * Trade-off is (to my eyes) the screen looks a little grainy
    and just a TINY bit out of focus (refering to txt letters)
    and screen little washed out when outdoors and the sun
    shinning down on you.

    Original Crytal:
    * A completely transparent protective layer on top of glass.
    * Text letters are back to original sharpness, great contrast
    since there are no graininess.
    * Trade-off is you still have to keep wiping oil smudges off
    the front of the screen.

    It's the same as glossy vs. matte screen on the Apple laptops.

    It's down to personal preference.

    I'm getting tired of having to wipe down the screen, so I may
    go back to anti-glare, and when I get tired of the little extra
    graininess, I will come back to the crystal.

  7. psingh01 macrumors 65816

    Apr 19, 2004
    I have the anti-glare and I think I will make the switch to the crystal film. I also feel the anti-glare makes some of the dark scenes in movies appear with "negative black" where that didn't happen before I installed the film.

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