HD AntiGlare VS. Clear for iPad 3

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by beluga2010, Jun 3, 2012.

  1. beluga2010 macrumors newbie

    Jun 3, 2012
    Hey Guys its another one of those questions.

    Do you guys prefer an

    HD AntiGlare Screen Protector for the iPad 3. The AntiGlare will reduce screen clarity a bit but the nice matte surface reduces glare / fingerprints.

    Or would you rather get a

    Clear Screen Protector which looks crystal clear but will have slight reflective glare and you will see finger prints and smudges on the screen protector.

    I am stumped.
  2. Atomant669 macrumors regular

    Oct 28, 2011
    I'm typing through a clear screen protector now as we speak. That or I'll just go naked. Would never compromise the retina with a matte screen protector,
  3. Scottyee macrumors regular

    Mar 12, 2012
    San Francisco Bay Area, USA
    Speaking from someone who has tried my new iPad 3 screen configured all 3 ways:

    1) Naked
    2) Moshi AG anti-glare/matte screen protector
    3) Power Support 'Crystal' clear screen protector

    I really appreciated the antiglare viewability outdoors the Moshi screen protector provided, but let down by its significant compromise of retina quality text/image sharpness. Though the Power Support screen protector closely preserves the retina text sharpness, it still looks less sharp than the naked screen. Because I purchased AppleCare Plus which includes 2 replacements for accidental iPad damage, I decided to go back to keeping my screen naked to fully appreciate the Retina quality screen, especially when reading text and viewing hi resolution pictures. :)
  4. Rodster macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2007
    Same here. I tried anti-glare on several devices and it just takes away from the screen. I remember walking into a Best Buy mobile store in a mall and checking out the new iPad. The BB employee brought over his personal iPad 2 with a matte screen protector and even looking at the screen dead on, it just looked awful. The image was distorted, it had a shimmering look to the screen.

    I always go with a clear screen protector.
  5. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Polling won't help you. You need to decide based on your preference. It's not a one-size-fits-all matter. I preferred an SGP antiglare on my iPad (but use a crystal/oleophobic on my iPhone) but YMMV. The antiglare certainly does not eliminate smudges but I couldn't stand the smudges on the crystal. Polling will tell you what's popular. What you prefer is something entirely separate.

    The merits of both are covered in countless prior screen protector threads if you want opinions.
  6. 10-Dee-Q macrumors 6502

    May 10, 2006
    Bandung, West Java, Indonesia & Singapore
    power support AFP crystal clear
    for sure
    though the "AFP" doesn't really work as advertised
  7. Atomant669 macrumors regular

    Oct 28, 2011
    IMO other than a crystal clear screen protector, no matte or any form of coloured screen protector (privacy screen protector included) should be applied on a retina display. That's a sacrilege!!!!!!!!
  8. lincolnmayer macrumors member

    Feb 17, 2012
    Realistically, I think the glare isn't too big of a problem.

    As some of the other guys have mentioned, I'd opt for the clear screen protectors for maximum protection. I've purchased mine through Amazon and it has been amazing for the low price.
  9. Atomant669 macrumors regular

    Oct 28, 2011
    Glare is never a problem on an iPad since it's relatively small and very easy to adjust it's angle to avoid any form of glare.
  10. donnaw macrumors 65816

    Apr 19, 2011
    Austin TX
    For me the glare is a problem. I use my iPad outside a lot, plus for some reason the lamps in my house cast a glare (I'm sure it's the height of the lamps) and I found I was constantly moving my iPad to try to get rid of it. Plus the anti fingerprint properties are nice.

    I find that I prefer the Power Support antiglare. I tried it without and for me it's just better with the antiglare. I personally don't see a lot of degrading of the screen. I actually put my husband's naked one next to mine with the antiglare and the difference was very slight to my eyes.

    As one poster pointed out polling won't help you. Everyone has different needs and likes. My only suggestion is that if you do go with a screen protector get a good one. A cheap, poorly installed screen protector is the worst option of all. If you aren't comfortable installing yourself then pay to have it done. Some of the crystal protectors out now are superb and not even noticable if installed correctly.
  11. JMG, Jun 5, 2012
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2012

    JMG macrumors 6502a


    May 4, 2006
    Clear, but I have run into situations where I wish I had anti-glare. Someone just posted an anti-glare comparison for SGP vs PS, and the PS one had better optical clarity than the SGP. Maybe its the best of both worlds.


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